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Irish Champions Weekend (G1)

It could be an exceptional day for the Niarchos Family.

The owners of both Alpha Centauri and Study Of Man may end the day celebrating having the best three year old filly and best three year old colt in the world, on turf at least.

The Matron Stakes (G1)

Alpha Centauri after her win in the Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh in May

Jessica Harrington’s filly began her sequence of mile win’s with the Irish 1000 Guineas in May followed by the Coronation Stakes in June and Falmouth Stakes in July. She improved with each run and last time out in the Jacques le Marois in August she was mighty impressive when she beat Recoletos who has since franked the form in no uncertain terms by winning the G1 Prix de Moulin at Lonchamp last week.

Happily, Clemmie, Magical and Lightening Quick are the other Irish contenders. It’s hard to see any of them upsetting the favourite as she’s beaten Happily and Clemmie at the Curragh with the latter also suffering defeat at Ascot and Newmarket as well. Happily has got the closest to her and a win or place for any of the Ballydoyle trio will cement Aidan O’Brien’s position at the top of PRWC 2018 Trainers Table.

Happily 27th July 2017 at Leopardstown

Magical has yet to take her on and Ryan Moore has opted for her over the other two. He may expect she’ll improve the most as she’s only had the two runs this year winning the Kilboy Estates Stakes last time out. She can be expected to improve again for that.

Johnny Murtagh will hope Lightening Quick can repeat the feat of winning as she did this day last year when trained by Ger Lyons for the Ballylinch Stud Maiden, the opening race on the card. This granted is a bit thougher.

Lightening Quick who won the first this day last year

Laurens, a dual G1 winner over 10f in France steps back to a mile, a distance she last ran at when second behind Billesdon Brooke in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket. It’s a bold step having tried a mile and a half in the Yorkshire Oaks where she didn’t stay the trip. Dan’s Dream accompanies her from England having already been a visitor when running second at listed level at Tipperary last time.

Jessica Harrington has done a fabulous job with Alpha Centauri, her pride and joy. She has got her confidence to grow and grow throughout the season and she’s treated us to better and more authoritative performances each time she’s run.

There’s a tiny doubt about her on slow ground, it’s been a showery day in Dublin today, and she was beaten here on her first run of the year on heavy ground. Whatever the ground her class will tell, at least enough to see her out with Happily the one to chase her home.

A win here will see her top PRWC 2018 Horse Table though she’ll probably be sharing top spot with Winx when she win’s the George Main Stakes at Ranwick in the morning.

Recommendation: Alpha Centauri, Happily (Exacta) 

The Irish Champion Stakes (G1)

Study Of Man also looked a proper horse in the making in the spring when winning the Prix Greffulhe as a prep for the Prix du Jockey Club.

At Chantilly he didn’t disappoint winning it snugly.

He was given a summer break and brought back in August for a G2 at Deauville where on the face of it he did disappoint running fourth however in hindsight it looked a decent effort and his jockey Stephane Pasquier who’ll be having his first ride at Leopardstown reports him in top order expecting he’ll come on an awful lot for the run.

John Gosden saddles the favourite, trading slightly odds on, Roaring Loin was impressive at York in the Juddmonte where he easily had the measure of Poets Word. The second had a difficult passage but in truth the loin had roared and was long gone and there was no chance he would have been reeled in.

Ballydoyle send a quartet of G1 winners headed by Saxon Warrior. The Guineas winner has not hit the heights expected after Newmarket and could not get to Roaring Loin last time out at York in the International. There had only been a neck between them at Sandown in the Eclipse but at York Roaring Loin had extended that to 5L. Deauville, Athena, Rhododendron also run with the best of them possibly the latter.

Willie Haggas sends Addeybb over having already plundered G1 riches here this season with Sea Of Class and Urban Fox. This is tricker.

Verbal Dexterity makes up the line up, Jim Bolger’s horse is the forgotten one having won the National Stakes last year he missed the early season through injury but did make a pleasing comeback when fourth in G3 at the Curragh recently. If he can show that kind of form again he could well be a force to be reckoned with.

A cracking days racing to open Champions Weekend. Alpha Centauri will likely be crowned Queen of Ireland in the Matron while in a fascinating Champion Stakes Roaring Loin and Study Of Man will both lay claims to being the best middle distance colt of this generation. Preference is for Study Of Man who could yet become King Of France if he adds this on route to the Arc.

Recommendation: Study Of Man 10/1 win and Verbal Dexterity 20/1 ew

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The Pattern Racing World Championships (Part 2)

Aidan O'Brien

It’s been a good year for Aidan O’Brien and the Coolmore team

This is the 4th Year of the Pattern Racing World Championships (PRWC). 

The PRWC’s tracked the placings of 312 Group/Grade 1’s races across the world and we can now announce the winners of PRWC 2016.

Point’s are awarded for finishing in the top three in Grade 1/Group 1 contests.

Points                1st = 10 pts,                    2nd = 7 pts,                 3rd = 5 pts.

We have 6 categories, Horse, Trainer, Jockey, Sire, Owner and Breeder.

In the last post we covered the first 3 categories Horse, Trainer and Jockey and today we cover Owner, Sire and Breeder.

4. The Owners’s Championship’s 2016

PRWC 2016 – Owner
Rank Name Points Scored
1 Coolmore 494
2 Godolphin 379
3 Al Shaqab Racing 133

 

1st Coolmore Alice Springs on the way in after winning the Coolmore Matron Stakes

1st Coolmore Alice Springs on the way in after winning the Coolmore Matron Stakes

Coolmore take top spot from Goldolphin in a reversal of last years placings. Godolphin actually surpassed last years winning total of 372 points but Coolmore outpaced them going from 330 points up to 494.  The powerhouses in racing are separated by 115 points, that’s a very comfortable margin.

Naturally Ballydoyle were the big winners for Coolmore with 477 points and Simon Callaghan in America added 17 points.

2nd Godolphin Devonshire on her way out for the Coolmore Matron Stakes

2nd Godolphin Devonshire on her way out for the Coolmore Matron Stakes

Godolphin success came from trainers across the globe with John O’Shea in Australia contributing 156 points. In England 165 points were collected with Godolphin’s principle trainers Charlie Appleby winning 73 points and Saeed bin Surorr collecting 47 points. Richard Fahey, John Gosden and Roger Varian also collected in England for them while in the United States Kiaran McLaughlin won 42 points and Jim Bolger in Ireland added 12 points.

3rd Al Shaqab Racing Qemah on her way in after the Coolmore Matron Stakes

3rd Al Shaqab Racing Qemah on her way in after the Coolmore Matron Stakes

Al Shaqab advanced from 7th last year to take 3rd spot this year and will be very happy to have added 56 points on top of the 77 won in 2015. English trainer’s Hugo Palmer and Richard Hannon won 34 points and 12 points respectively. In France Jean-Claude Rouget won 60 points and in America Todd Plecther collected 20 points.

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5. The Sire’s Championship’s 2016

PRWC 2016 – Sire
Rank Name Points Scored
1 Galileo (IRE) 454
2 Deep Impact (JPN) 204
3 Dubawi (IRE) 146

 

Galileo retains his crown for the third year in a row with a with a whopping 454 points. He posted 24 wins, 22 2nds and 12 3rds. His winning margin was a massive 250 points and he also improved his winning score by 197 points from last year’s winning total of 257 points.

Ballydoyle horses won 400 points with Minding, Found and Highland Reel putting up 180 points between them. His stunning year was capped off with a first time 1, 2, 3 in the Arc, a feat he also achieved in the 1000 Guineas.

Deep Impact improved a place to 2nd with 11 wins, 7 2nds and 9 3rds.

He also created a first with a clean sweep of Japan’s Triple Crown. Dee Majesty won the Satsuki Sho – Japanese 2000 Guineas, Makahiki the Tokyo Yushun – Japanese Derby and Santono Diamond’s took the Kikuka Sho – Japanese St. Leger.

Dubawi slipped a place to 3rd with 7 wins 8 2nds and 4 3rds. His proudest moments were provided by Postponed who won the Dubai Sheema Classic, Epsom’s Coronation Cup and the International Stakes at York.

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6. The Breeder’s Championship’s 2016

PRWC 2016 – Breeder
Rank Name Points Scored
1  Darley 268
2  Northern Racing 156
3  Shadai Farm 98

 

Darley retain top spot on the breeders table improving their total from 241 points to 268 points. They also beat the number of  G1 wins having won 9 last year they upped that to 10 this year. They were 2nd in 15 having dead heated in the Emirates Stakes down under and 3rd in 13. No doubt with the streamlining of the Godolphin and Darley operations they will be looking to retain the title this year.

In Japan Northern Racing will also be very pleased moving from 7th last year on 87 points to 3rd this year on 156 points. They won 6 G1’s were 2nd and 3rd on 8 occasions.

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Who will be the champions in 2017?