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.
Another good week for Godolphin bringing their total points won this year to 227 ½ points cementing their number one position in the PWRC Owners Table.
There were six G1’s on offer across the world over the weekend and they took a pair of them to bring their total to twelve G1 wins so far in 2019. In France, both the Guineas went their way, Persian King, now running in their colours took the Poulains and Castle Lady captured the Pouliches and in Australia, Osbourne Bulls ran second for the fifth time this year at G1 level in the Doomben 10,000. Those five seconds amassed between February and May puts him on top of the PCRW Horse Table ahead of Beauty Generation and the now-retired Winx.
His trainer James Cummings stays top of PRWC Trainer Table ahead of fellow Australians Chris Waller and the family Hayes, father David, son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig who trained Qafila, a Shadwell owed filly racing in the famous blue and white silks of Sheik Hamdan who took the South Australian Derby at Morphettville.
Street Cry tops the PRWC Sire Table on 80 points helped largely by the sequence of seconds by his son Osbourne Bulls and also, of course, his daughter Winx.
Darley remains in pole on the PRWC Breeders Table, Osbourne Bulls boosting their tally to 129 points.
Hugh Bowman remains top of the PRWC Jockey Table not having a ride in either G1 down under.
In America, the combination of Bill Mott and Joel Rosario, last years champion jockey, proved too good in the Man o’War Stakes at Belmont repelling the Aidan O’Brien pair Magic Wand and Hunting Horn into third and fourth with Arklow getting up to be second.
In Japan Normore made the G1 breakthrough taking the Victoria Mile in Tokyo with Australian Damian Lane aboard pushing him to third in PRWC Jockeys Table.
We had 82 G1’s run so far this year. There is still plenty to come, the European and US G1 seasons are really getting going now while the Australian and Japanese season are winding down for their winter/summer break. That will mean big changes across all six categories of the PRWC 2019 will be upon us.
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The fairer sex proved the stars across the world last year, Winx in Australia, Almond Eye in Japan, Monomoy Girl in America and Enable in Europe. All multiple G1 winners who also caught the public’s imagination.
Will we see another star filly this year, one that could reach the heights achieved by those mares?
Almond Eye won the Japanese 1000 Guineas last year, adding the Japanese Oaks and St Leger later in the season. It’s been a long time since that has happened in England, 1985 to be precise when Sir Henry Cecil trained Oh So Sharp to win the Fillies Triple Crown.
Could the gap be bridged this year?
Qabala is favourite for the first leg, the 1000 Guineas tomorrow. Roger Varian’s filly won her maiden over 7F at the end of September punted from 11/2 to 7/2F. She won a head, safe to say they knew what they had. She reappeared in the Nell Gwyn Stakes and was an impressive winner coming through the pack to win going away. The issue is there was no early pace so did the run flatter to deceive?
She’ll be accompanied to the post by her stable companion Mot Juste, a G3 winner last year who ran second to her in the Nell Gwyn.
Next best of the English is Dadhnu who was also a trial winner at Newbury taking the Fred Darling a short head from Iconic Choice.
The Irish challenge is deep both numerically and in quality, Skitter Scatter, Iridessa, and Fairyland are all G1 winners.
As juveniles Skitter Scatter took the Moyglare for Patrick Prendergast at the Curragh 2 L from Lady Kaya over seven furlongs with Hermosa a further 1¼ L behind in a taking performance. She’s now under licence to John Oxx. Iridessa gave Joseph O’Brien his first G1 win in England taking the Fillies Mile from Hermosa by 1½ L while Fairyland for Aidan O’Brien took the Cheveley Park over 6F.
Roll on this year to Leopardstown for the 1000 Guineas Trial and it was Lady Kaya who put in the authoritative performance to beat Happen and Iridessa. No doubt the third will improve for the run but so will the winner.
Aidan O’Brien also runs two juvenile G2 winners in Just Wonderful and Fleeting. Just Wonderful, the Rockfel winner over 7F here will have Ryan Moore in the plate while Fleeting, the May Hill winner over a mile at Doncaster has been nibbled at in the market backed from 28/1 to 16/1 since this morning.
Sheila Lavery’s filly Lady Kaya is the fairy tale winner, from a small stable, purchased for buttons and owned within the trainers family she had 10 L to spare over Pink Dogwood last August, now favourite for the Oaks.
Her overall level of form gives her every chance and she’s had the experience of going to Newmarket for the Cheveley Park, albeit it wasn’t as pleasant as she would have liked, trying to make all she folded coming out of the dip to finish to finish sixth. She may well benefit from that now. By sprinter Dandy Man the trip is a concern though there was no sign of her weakening over 7F at Leopardstown.
She won’t win a triple crown but she might turn out to be a very nice miler.
Recommendation:Lady Kaya 14/1 win
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We’re already well into the worldwide G1 pattern racing season, you can track it here, Winx and Beauty Generation top the PRWC Horse 2019 standings after lighting up the early part of the year with three G1’s each.
We kicked off the G1 European season last Sunday in the Prix Ganay and this week we move to Newmarket for Guineas weekend. In America Churchill Downs hosts the Kentucky Oaks and Derby.
Will we see a top-class three-year-old this year?
One capable of bouncing from one G1 to another remaining unbeaten from here to the end of the season, one capable of stepping up from a mile to 10f and then to a mile and a half, one capable of taking on and beating the older generation over those longer trips?
It’s a decade since Sea The Stars.
As is often the case come the 2000 Guineas, there’s a few of those who set the standard as juveniles missing here. Too Darn Hot, Ouorto and Mohaather met with setbacks in the build-up while Calyx and Persian King were rerouted.
It’s led to the not unfamiliar situation where Ballydoyle provides the favourite and second favourite for the Guineas today. Ten Sovereigns a speedy sort by No Nay Never has usurped Magna Grecia as favourite as Ryan Moore has been booked for the ride. He is unbeaten in three juvenile runs over 6F, the last in the G1 Middle Park where he was a classy winner over Jash. Is sprinting his game?
Magna Grecia had a similar end of season campaign, three runs, a Naas maiden win followed by a neck second to Persian King at Newmarket and then a win in the G1 Vertem Futurity Trophy Stakes at Doncaster over a mile.
The Irish presence is boosted by Madhmoon from the Kevin Prendergast stable. Also thrice run, he won a Leopardstown maiden in August and then beat Broome in the Junevile Stakes last Irish Champions weekend in September, both over a mile. Broome boosted the form with a good second in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere over Arc weekend and then bolted up in the Ballysax this term. Madhmoon went off favourite for the Guineas Trial at Leopardstown in April but found the Ballydoyle inmate Never No More who had the benefit of a winning run (entered in the Irish 2000 Guineas) a ½ L too good on that occasion.
Willie Haggas’s Skardu heads the English challenge on the back of his Craven win, he had a neck to spare over Momkin. As a trial, the Craven hasn’t produced a Guineas winner since Haafhd in 2004 though Masar’s win last year and subsequent Derby win has done a lot to reestablish the race’s credentials even if Masar couldn’t win the Guineas. Skardu had the one run last year, he was a shock 33/1 winner of a 7F maiden over this course in September.
Royal Marine and Al Hilalee represent Godolophin. The latter is somewhat of a surprise package, a maiden winner last year here over the July course he followed up with a listed win in Deauville beating Duke Of Harzand a short head who reopposes here. He spent the winter in Dubai and did a racecourse gallop two Saturday’s ago at Meyden arriving back to Newmarket on Sunday and was supplemented for the race on Monday. The former pipped Broome in Paris in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere. A trip on Dirt at Meydan didn’t work, he could only manage fourth, a spot he also filled when going off favourite for the Craven Stakes.
Marytn Meade’s Advertise possibly represents the strongest juvenile form. He was beaten twice in a five-runner campaign, Calyx got the better of him in the Coventry at Royal Ascot when they were split by the width of the track and Too Darn Hot put him in his place in the Dewhurst when leaving him comfortably 3 ½ L in arrears. In between, he won the G2 July Stakes at Newmarket and went to the Curragh to win the G1 Phoenix Stakes over 5F.
It’s an open Guineas with the loss of too many principles to answer the question we posed earlier, will we see a superstar three-year-old this year? Caylx’s win at Ascot yesterday suggests these are an above average bunch and he’ll now go down the sprinting route. The setbacks to Too Darn Hot and Ouorto means it’s too early to give us a definitive answer as to how good this crop is. The suspicion is that they are good, a cut above the norm, the premise built largely on the back of Too Darn Hot.
In the meantime, Madhmoon can put down a marker, his two-year-old form too was very good. He’ll come on a great deal from his Leopardstown seasonal debut in April where the 7F trip was too short for him and the soft ground against him. He’ll relish the step back up to a mile here and he’ll love the fast ground even more.
Recommendation:Mahmoom 8/1 win
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Pattern Races form the top level of flat horseracing the world over providing the benchmark of quality for thoroughbreds.
The races are divided into three categories Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3 with the top level being Group 1. In north America they are referred to as Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3.
Pattern races are conditions races meaning the weights carried by the runners are dictated by the conditions attached to the race.
Weights are set according three factors, sex of the runners with females receiving an allowance from males, age with younger horses getting an allowance from older ones to balance maturity and finally success at the level previously with horses who have won at the level giving an allowance to those who have not.
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