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Update On The Pattern Racing World Championships 2019 (24th May)

Five G1’s last week, two in Australia, the Doomben Cup and Goodwood Handicap, one in America, The Preakness Stakes, one in England, the Lockinge and one in Japan, the Yushun Himba – Japanese Oaks.

1. The Horse Championship

Not much change in the overall standings, Osbourne Bulls remains top with Beauty Generation and Winx joint second. Kenedna, the Doomben Cup winner added a second G1 to go with the Coolmore Legacy Stakes won last month, the others, Despatch (Goodwood Handicap), Mustashry (Lockinge), War Of Will (Preakness Stakes) and Loves Only You (Yushun Himba) were all first-time G1 winners.

2. The Sire Championship

Deep Impact goes top on the back of one-two in the Japanese Oaks usurping Street Cry.

3. The Jockeys Championship

Hugh Bowman didn’t score this week but remains in pole position. Joel Rosario’s second in the Preakness moves him to joint fourth.

4. The Trainer Championship

James Cummings is still top. Chris Waller closes in on him with a second in the Doomben Cup while Sir Michael Stoute scores his first points of the year with Mustashry’s victory in the Lockinge.

5. The Owner Championship

No change for Godolphin who remain top after a blank weekend. Not so for Hamdan Al Maktoum, the Lockinge win puts him joint third with Coolmore.

6. The Breeder Championship

Darley stay in pole though Northern Farm closes the gap with a first and third in the Japanses Oaks.

Coming This Weekend

CountryTrack Date StatusPattern Race Name
AustrailiaEagle FarmSaturday 25 May 2019(G1)Kingsford-Smith Cup
IrelandCurraghSaturday 25 May 2019(G1)Tattersalls Irish 2000 Thousand Guineas
USASanta AnitaSaturday 25 May 2019(G1)Gamely Stakes
USASanta AnitaSaturday 25 May 2019(G1)The Gold Cup At Santa Anita
FranceParisLonchampSunday 26 May 2019(G1)Prix d’Ispahan
FranceParisLonchampSunday 26 May 2019(G1)Saxon Warrior Prix Saint-Alary
Hong KongSha TinSunday 26 May 2019(G1)Standard Chartered Champions and Chater Cup
IrelandCurraghSunday 26 May 2019(G1)Tattersalls Irish 1000 Thousand Guineas
IrelandCurraghSunday 26 May 2019(G1)Tattersalls Gold Cup
JapanTokyoSunday 26 May 2019(G1)Tokyo Yushun – Japanese Derby

Follow the 2019 G1 Pattern Racing year in championship format by clicking on the links below.

PRWC 2019 Horse, PRWC 2019 Jockey, PRWC 2019 Trainer, PRWC 2019 Sire, PRWC 2019 Owner, PRWC 2019 Breeder

View last years championships here by clicking on the links below.

PRWC 2018 Horse, PRWC 2018 Jockey, PRWC 2018 Trainer, PRWC 2018 Sire, PRWC 2018 Owner, PRWC 2018 Breeder

 

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The Lockinge Stakes (G1)

The Lockinge kicks off the G1 season for older horses in Britain over a mile.

Laurens entering the parade ring at Leopardstown before winning the Matron Stakes

It’s an open contest, favouritism falls to the Aidan O’Brien trained Le Brevido, an intake from the Andre Fabre yard in France. This is his second run for Ballydoyle having made his reappearance in the Gladness Stakes at Naas three weeks ago where he put in an adequate performance running third.

His market position is largely due to reputation, a talking horse whose best performances came in 2017. In the French Guineas he was beaten a short head by Brametot and followed up with a win at Royal Ascot in the Jersey Stakes. He looked to have an exciting future.

Injury curtailed his season and Andre Fabre only got him to the racecourse once last year where favouritism was not justified when sixth in the Abernant Stakes last April at Newmarket.

He’s there to be shot at.

Last year the mile division was dominated by Alpha Centurai, alas injury in the Matron Stakes on very firm ground led to retirement. She was beaten by Laurens herself a multiple G1 winner who was a nose winner over September in the Fillies Mile at Ascot as a juvenile. As a three-year-old she lit up the season for connections with wins in the Prix Saint-Alary, Prix Diane, Matron Stakes and Sun Chariot Stakes, all confined to her own sex.

Two other fillies will also take on the boys, I Can Fly and Billesdon Brock. I Can Fly did just that at G2 level last year in the Boomerang Stakes at Leopardstown coming from last to first under a hands and heel ride. She proved it was no fluke when pushing Roaring Loin to a neck in the Queen Elizebeth 11 Stakes on Champion Stakes Day. Billesdon Brock took the Newmarket Guineas at a big price, 66/1 but failed to build on that later in the season.

No stand out colt emerged from the mile division last year. Three G1 winners come here, Romanised (Irish Guineas), Without Parole (St James’s Palace Stakes) and Accidental Agent (Queen Anne) to try to add another. Of them, Ken Condon’s Romanised offers most appeal. He won at the Curragh (tipped here) on very fast ground coming from the back, picking off the pack and pipping Saxon Warrior.

He never hit those heights again in three subsequent runs at G1 level but he’s had a comeback run like Le Brevido, in the Gladness Stakes where he couldn’t get daylight until too late. The run suggested the engine is still there, Le Brevido was only a ½ L in front of him come the line.

Of the others Beat The Bank and Lord Glitters are appealing to try to make the top level breakthrough, the latter put in a great performance behind Almond Eye at Meydan over a slightly longer trip of 9F in the Dubai Turf.

Aidan might have rebuilt Le Brevido but he offers little value. Laurens might need an extra couple of furlongs to really shine however her class may win out. It’s Romanised on quick ground, the quicker the better, that stands out most. If he gets a bit of racing room he can come late to steal it.

Recommendation: Romanised 22/1 ew

Romanised and Laurens (RFC)

Follow the 2019 G1 Pattern Racing year in championship format by clicking on the links below.

PRWC 2019 Horse, PRWC 2019 Jockey, PRWC 2019 Trainer, PRWC 2019 Sire, PRWC 2019 Owner, PRWC 2019 Breeder

View last years championships here by clicking on the links below.

PRWC 2018 Horse, PRWC 2018 Jockey, PRWC 2018 Trainer, PRWC 2018 Sire, PRWC 2018 Owner, PRWC 2018 Breeder

Pattern Racing World Championships 2018 – Owner

On the eve of the third running of the Pegasus Invitational, we will take a chance to review last years global Group One Pattern Races.

There is a hierarchy in The Pattern Race system, races are graded either G1, G2, G3 or Listed class, over 1,500 globally. The grading determines the hierarchy with G1 status elevating a race to the highest level. There were 314 G1 races run across the globe last year. 

The Derby, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Cox Plate and Breeders Cup Classic, all for older horses are the top G1 races in their respective countries. There are top two-year old G1 races, the Dewhurst, Prix Marcel Boussac, Golden Slipper or Breeders Cup Juvenile, less lucrative in terms of prize money, stepping stones to the bigger races.

G1’s are run on dirt and turf, over distances between five furlongs and twenty furlongs, can be restricted to age groups or same sex.

We treat them equally to establish a world championships including all 314 G1’s.

The Pattern Race World Championships

Each race is allocated 10 points for a win, 7 points for second and 5 points for third, points scored in each race are accumulated and presented in championship format with categories for Owners, Trainers, Jockeys, Breeders, Sires, and Horses.

Owner’s Category

Today we will review the Owner’s category, without them there wouldn’t be any racing, they are the bill payers.

For Godolphin 2018 was a great year, a resurgence, they top the Owners Table.

Godolphin are Number 1 in the PRWC 2018 Championships – Owner Category

Podium
Position


Owner
1st
Place
Points
2nd
Place
Points
3rd
Place
Points

Total
Points 
1Godolphin
No Of Places
300
(30)
119
(17)
95
(19)
514 
(66)
2Coolmore
No Of Places
140
(14)
161
(23)
145
(29)
446
(66)
3Qatar Racing
No Of Places
50
(5)
28
(4)
10
(2)
88
(11)

The boys in blue finish top of the PRWC 2018 – Owner’s Category, a position they last held in 2015 beating Coolmore, winners in 2017 and 2016. Both made the rostrum sixty-six times, the thirty wins for Godolphin the deciding factor.

They scored their first points in February in Australia with a win by Hartnell in the Orr Stakes and finished the year with a third place in the last G1 in America, the La Brea Stakes on the 26th December.

They are truly a worldwide outfit operating across all major racing jurisdictions with an ever-widening net. England is the home to their principle trainers, Saeed bin Suroor and Charlie Appleby who provided a large haul of their points however the yards of James Cummings in Australia, Andre Fabre in France and Yoshitada Takahashi in Japan all won G1’s with horses entrusted to them, others also contributing to achieving their 514 points winning total.

Here is a table of points achieved by their trainers

 

Godolphin Trainers                                 
1st
Place
Points
2nd
Place
Points
3rd
Place
Points

Total
Points
Charlie Appleby (ENG)1202120161
Saeed bin Suroor (ENG)90285123
James Cummings (AUS)602815103
Andre Fabre (FR)10283068
Yoshitada Takahashi (JPN)200020
H-A Pantall (FR)07512
Clive Cox (ENG)0707
Willie McCeery (IRE)0055
Thomas Albertrani (USA)0055
Charlie Hills (ENG)0055
Bob Baffert (USA)0055
Total Points Scored30011995514

Coolmore, the “lads” interests merged under the one banner, finished second on 446 points. In contrast to Godolphin the points accumulated over the season primarily come courtesy of trainer Aidan O’Brien and the Ballydoyle operation. There are contributions also from Andre Fabre, Chad Brown and Mark Casse.

 

Coolmore Trainers             
1st
Place
Points
2nd
Place
Points
3rd
Place
Points

Total
Points
Aidan O’Brien (IRE)140154130424
Andre Fabre (FR)07512
Chad Brown (USA)0055
Mark Casse (CAN)0055
Total Points Scored140161145446

The dominance of the leading pair is apparent. Qatar Racing’s total of 88 might be a distance behind the front two however it is still a great feat to reach the rostrum. John Gosden, David Simcock in England and Chris Waller in Australia were their contributors.



Qatar Racing Trainers   
1st
Place
Points
2nd
Place
Points
3rd
Place
Points

Total
Points
John Gosden (ENG)400545
David Simcock (ENG)107522
Chris Waller (AUS)021021
Total Points Scored50281088

Owners are brave people, often forgotten and unappreciated. We take for granted the amount of money they put into the game yet for most there is little prospect of getting it back. They are the wealthy playing the sport of kings. For most the dream – to have a horse carry their colours to a place finish in a G1 is that – a dream. Only 449 of them scored points across the world. They deserve the happiness a podium finish brings them. Congratulations if your one of them.

Over the course of the next few months we will review the other categories.

You can follow the story of the 2018 G1 Pattern Race year by clicking on the links below. There you’ll find how the 314 G1’s run during the year panned out in a championship format.

PRWC 2019 Horse, PRWC 2019 Jockey, PRWC 2019 Trainer, PRWC 2019 Sire, PRWC 2019 Owner, PRWC 2019 Breeder

The Cox Plate (G1)

Rostropovich after his last win at Leopardstown over Irish Champions Weekend

Aidan O’Brien has sent Rostropovich to be his runner in the Cox Plate. 

There’s been a lot of talk about the quality of the European form versus the Australian equivalent and the concentration of the argument has centered around Godolphin’s Benbatl winner of the Ladbrokes Stakes at Caulfield two weeks ago and his chance of beating Winx denying her a fourth win in this race, the Arc of down under.

Rostropovich’s whose best form came at the Curragh in the Irish Derby in June where he put in a battling performance to finish second to Latrobe, a place in front of Saxon Warrior has largely been ignored.

After the Curragh he went to Ascot for the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes, England’s premier middle contest. Seamie Heffernan rode him positively bringing him to the front early making it a true run gallop, in the straight he began to thread water staying on eventually to finish fifth. 

He was given a break until September and brought back for a much easier encounter at G3 level where he beat his stable companion Giuseppe Garibaldi, all three trips over a mile and half.

It’s interesting that he’s brought back in trip here to ten furlongs, a trip he last won over in May when he took the Dee Stakes at Chester on a track not too dissimilar to Moonee Valley. That win brought a trip to Paris for the French Derby where he failed to land a blow behind Study Of Man hence the step up in trip.

Can he become the most unpopular horse ever to visit Australia? 

Well he has a chance, a son of Frankel means it’s in his blood and his best form, finishing in front of Saxon Warrior means he’s not far away from being up there with Roaring Loin given the Irish Champion Stakes run of Saxon Warrior, albeit on his best day. 

Winx has nothing to prove, she will be trying to win her seventh G1 of the year after a long campaign. She likes to come from off the pace, from way off the pace actually and Hugh Bowman her rider always exudes the utmost of supreme confidence giving her the opportunity to find her stride before she unleashes her turn of foot. It’s always been enough. 

Winx is the current Pattern Racing World Championship having won six G1’s last year. Since the beginning of the championships in 2013 no horse has ever won seven. It will be wonderful to watch her do it and have Australia celebrate but with Ryan Moore likely to let Rostropovich take it on, there’s a chance, an outside one, that her speed may just be tested, just once to often this season.

Recommendation: Rostropovich 33/1 ew

You can follow the story of the G1 Pattern Race year by clicking on the links below. There you’ll find how the 251 G1’s already run this year have panned out in championship format.

PRWC 2018 HorsePRWC 2018 JockeyPRWC 2018 TrainerPRWC 2018 SirePRWC 2018 OwnerPRWC 2018 Breeder