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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?

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The Coral Eclipse (G1)

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My Dream Boat just gets the better of Found in The Prince Of Wales’s Stakes. Picture courtesy of Horsephotos and Getty Images.  

Would The Gurkha beat Found? Over 10f? On this ground?

Hymn…

That’s what the market wants us to believe. The Gurkha lost his last race, the St James’s Palace Stakes at the Royal meeting. The view post race was that if rerun, the result would comfortably reverse. The winner Galileo Gold was given a masterful ride by Frankie Dettori who picked him up a furlong out to go 2L clear driving him easily to the line.

When The Gurkha broke from the gate Ryan Moore dropped him in, whether that was by design or not is unclear. What is clear is in doing so he was shuffled back and from then on he struggled with his position. When he got to make his run Frankie had flown and granted he was checked and had to switch outside Awtaad but the reality is he was unable to travel comfortably through the early stages of the race and that is where the damage was done. Over this longer trip that might be less of an issue but will there be enough left in the tank to produce the pace he displayed in winning the French Guineas? That’s what he’ll need to do to win this. Travel and quicken.

Plenty of questions then for The Gurkha to answer.

So let’s go back to the question here. If The Gurkha was to take on Found who would you back to win? Fair chance that if 11/2 was available on the mare you’d take it as opposed to the miserly 10/11 on the colt given her overall level of form.

My Dream Boat is available at 11/2 having beaten Found last time out in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes over this 10f trip. Found has looked to make a race winning move when she pulled clear of the pack a furlong out. Adam Kirby had My Dream Boat daydreaming at the back. He woke him up, pulled him wide and passed all to catch Ryan Moore by a neck on the line. It was a fabulous ride.

Time Test is running out of time. He missed Royal Ascot because of the give in the ground but Roger Charlton is keen to run now with similar conditions underfoot. He beat Western Hymn here in April over course and distance in the Brigadier Gerard but have connections one eye on the next time out?

Hawkbill is asked to step up on his Group 3 Tercentenary Stakes win at the Royal meeting. He’s on the up having stitched five win’s on the bounce and Godolphin have every right to put him in here. The experience will stand to him.

It’s a fascinating race, the weight of money for The Gurkha since last Sunday would suggest he’s unbeatable. If he is to be found out it’ll be by My Dream Boat.

Recommendation : My Dream Boat 11/2 win

The Irish Oaks (Group 1)

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Together Forever battles it out with Star Of Seville in the Musidora Stakes at York. Picture courtesy of Getty Images and Alan Crowhurst.

The beauty of the Irish weather is it’s unpredictably they say.

Yesterday morning the Curragh reported the ground good to firm. This morning after 10.7 mm of rain it was reported good to yielding.  If the local very heavy showers in the greater Dublin area through Friday hit the Curragh we will have soft ground. Aidan O’Brien reported this evening Qualify a most unlikely runner on account of her need to hear her feet rattle to show her best. The forecast today is dry and windy so it might dry out come the late post time but it still odds on that the winner will like to get her toe in.

Curvy the favourite has been a revelation this year going from strength to strength. She was beaten three times as a juvenile but this year she’s unbeaten in four including last time out in the Ribblesdale. That was on good to firm. She did handle a yielding surface first time out in a Navan handicap.

Words is the leading Ballydoyle fancy. She has only had the two runs. She won at the Curragh last June and didn’t see a racecourse again until this June when she won the Munster Oaks at Cork beating the year older Carla Bianca who franked the form very nicely by winning a G3 at Leopardstown on Thursday. Words really caught the eye at Cork and looked a very talented filly who will try to emulate her mother Moonstone who won this race in 2008. Both her runs have been on good to firm so we won’t know how she will handle this softer surface.

Seamie Heffernan gets the leg up on Together Forever the most experienced filly in the field. She’s having her ninth run. She’s a G1 winner at two having taken the Fillies’ Mile last year. She was only beaten a head by Star Of Seville (since a winner of the Prix Diane) in the Musidora and lost all chance when cannoning into a rival at Epsom in the Oaks.

Michael Hussey rides Kissed By Angels who showed she’s talented when beating Devonshire in the Irish Guineas Trail. Devonshire ran 3rd in Irish Guineas where she herself finished tailed off beaten 17 L. She is only filly in the line up to have chalked success on heavy ground when she won the trial.

Jack Naylor first two runs were on soft and she was beaten both times. She then won three in a row beating Legatissimo in the sequence but this year she’s fallen short at G1 level getting beaten in the Irish 1000 Guineas and she laboured at Epsom tiring in the last furlong.

From England Hugo Palmer sends Covert Love. She showed nothing in her one run last year well beaten on the all-weather at Lingfield but this year she’s notched up three on the bounce stepping up in class from an all-weather Chelmsford maiden to a listed win last time out at Newcastle. Her two turf wins have been on good ground.

Also travelling is James Fanshawe’s Speedy Boarding another inexperienced filly who was also a winner at listed level last time out and Gretchen sent by the all-conquering John Gosden who will come under starters orders for only the third time. She won her maiden at Newmarket and was 6 L behind Curvy in the Ribblesdale.

Jim Bolgers Stellar Glow makes up the numbers only Jim Bolger never makes up the numbers especially with a daughter of Sea the Stars who was a winner last time out.

Words looked a filly that oozes class and its no wonder Aidan has been patient with her but if it turns soft we don’t know if her class will be enough to carry her through. On the other hand her stable companion Together Forever has acted on a yeilding surface when winning at listed level last October and showed her class in winning a G1 last year and going down a head to a French Oaks winner. You’ll have to forgive her not handling the camber in the Oaks however at 12/1 she’s worth forgiving and is certainly the each way option.

Recommendation: Together Forever 12/1 ew 

 

 

 

 

Coral-Eclipse Stakes (G1)

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Cougar Mountain chasing home Solow in the Queen Anne. Picture courtesy of Alan Crowhurst and Getty Images. 

Golden Horn’s Derby win got a boost last week at the Curragh with the 2nd, 3rd and 4th all finishing in the same order but stepping up a place at the Curragh.

It solidified his position at the top of the market for this first generational meeting of the colts this season. In numbers the race lacks depth but that cannot be said about the quality. In the Derby winner we have a horse who has the potential to become one of the all time greats running over a trip that his owner always thought would be his best.

He has to beat The Grey Gatsby who hasn’t won since beating Australia in the Irish Campion Stakes last year. His three runs this year have yielded a 2nd to Solow at Meydan , a 4th to Al Kazeem at the Curragh and a 2nd beaten a short head by Free Eagle at Royal Ascot. That last one was terribly unlucky. Caught in a pocket he couldn’t get out until too late and a yard by the line he had his head in front. This 10f is his best trip as he displayed in winning the French Derby and collaring Australia last year.

Cougar Mountain is a fascinating entry here. Has Aidan O’Brien got him wrong so far? His second visit to the racecourse was to contest the July Cup and he continued at sprint distances for the remainder of the season. This year he’s run three times over a mile doing his best work last time out when 3rd to Solow in the Queen Anne.

This could well be a tale of right and wrong.

John Gosden was right earlier in the week to say the market has got this wrong. He thought even’s about Golden Horn and 2/1 about The Grey Gatsby was a fairer reflection of their respective chances. He didn’t mention the 12/1 on offer about Cougar Mountain which has since shortened to 10’s.

Kevin Ryan was also right to say The Grey Gatsby is not given the respect he deserves by the racing public.

Aidan O’Brien could well be telling us post race he was wrong with his horse last year but he’s found his right trip now.

 

Recommendation : Cougar Mountain 10/1 ew