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May 23, 2022
Appleby Goes Native and Weld has a Song at The Curragh
All bloodstock and racing eyes were on The Curragh where both the Tattersalls sponsored Irish One and Two Thousand Guineas took place. Meanwhile the showjumping world turned its attention to St Tropez this weekend as they staged the fifth of the eight stage of the Longines Global Champions League. Gareth Hughes of Great Britain won the CDI dressage Grand Prix at Compiegne in France riding Classic Briolinka with fellow Brits taking third and fourth in the same class of 26 combinations; Charlotte Fry riding Dark Legend in third and the other Charlotte – Dujardin in fourth riding Imhotep, the first time this horse had been seen in international competition.
We start at The Curragh. In the Tattersalls Irish Two Thousand Guineas, the first classic of the year in Ireland, there were nine runners. The going for the mile long contest was good to yielding. At the head of the field was the Charlie Appleby trained Native Trail, back to avenge his Newmarket defeat by Corebus, (not running in this race) and once again ridden by William Buick. To be fair, this race was nothing of the quality of its Newmarket equivalent, but the Joseph O’Brien trained Buckaroo was the most promising of the Irish trained entries winner on the course last time out of a listed contest. Father Aidan had just the one runner, normally he has half the field, in Ivy League ridden by Ryan Moore. The other runners seemed of little consequence including the only other raider from Great Britain in the form of Imperial Fighter sent over from Andrew Balding’s yard and ridden by Ben Coen. The worry for Native Trail was his draw – right on the inside rail – and with his apparent inability to change into top gear as quickly as the jockey would like when asked, would the horse get caught in the inside and be hemmed in? In the event, Native Trail was on the inside, but William Buick asked his mount for effort rather earlier than one would have normally expected. The result was as expected though, Native Trail took his time to get going, but in time to avoid the dreaded hemmed in scenario. The horse had to work quite hard to overcome the opposition, but he did and won by about 1 ½ lengths from an outsider, New Energy trained by Sheilah Lavery in Ireland and ridden by W J Lee. Andrew Balding’s Imperial Fighter was third.
A record was broken here – Charlie Appleby is the first trainer ever to win the English, Irish and French Two Thousand Guineas with three different horses in the same year. He won the French Two Thousand Guineas last weekend at Paris Longchamp with Modern Games. Quite clearly Charlie Appleby is spoilt for choice this year with his team, but I just wonder, the way he runs, whether Native Trail could just comfortably get the Derby distance. His pedigree says No as 1 mile 2 furlongs would be his limit, but not all horses conform to their pedigree heritage!!
In the Tattersalls Irish One Thousand Guineas, 14 runners came forward to chance their arms. Aidan O’Brien was aiming to win this race for the fourth consecutive time, and his chances of success were thought to be good with Tuesday, (third in the Newmarket equivalent race). Tuesday was ridden by Ryan Moore and won her first race of the season at Naas, only a maiden, but she did win with some style. A major adversary to Tuesday was the Dermot Weld trained Homeless Songs, a filly who won her only outing this term in the form of a Group 3. Whether she actually beat anything of any good was a matter for debate however. Aidan O’Brien had another three in the race, one of which was History, another Galileo filly and winner of her last two races, one of which was earlier this year at Group 3 level. Although this field was not particularly strong, it was an even field so the winner could have come from anywhere? In a very even race, Tuesday was prominent throughout but never got to the front. The race was led in the most part by Agartha trained by Joseph O’Brien. When the business end of the race was reached, Agartha soon faded as did Tuesday who was no match for a filly at the back of the field who just put an electrifying speed on to take a comfortable lead from Tuesday in the form of Homeless Song ridden by Chris Hayes for Dermot Weld. This was Dermot Weld’s fifth triumph in this race. Tuesday was second and Concert Hall, also trained by Aidan O’Brien was third. It is likely that the winning daughter of Frankel out of a mare by Dubawi will run at Royal Ascot in the Coronation Stakes, but Homeless Song does have the pedigree to have a tilt for the Oaks at Epsom, although that race may now come just too soon for the filly?
Show Jumping in St Tropez
In St Tropez, many of those in the showjumping circuit vacated Windsor to arrive in France for the next top Grand Prix class in the Longines Grand Tour Championship League. In The final Grand Prix after the two qualifiers, there were 33 starters from 10 different nations to take on the Gregory Bodo’s testing course. Twelve combinations went clear in the first round and therefore to the jump off. Eight of the twelve went clear for a second time giving them all double clear rounds. The team from Belgium were all prominent in the jump of occupying 4th to 6th places inclusive. The third on the podium was from The United States, Spencer Smith riding Theodore Manciais with 35.35 seconds on the clock. The second home was Harrie Smolders riding Monaco from the Netherlands very close behind with 35.09 seconds and the winner was from Sweden in the form of Malin Bayard-Johnsson riding H&M Indiana with a winning round of 34.71 seconds. Following her win, Marlin praised not only her horse but also her coach Marlon Zanotelli who she said pushed her all the way as he did in Rome where she also took the top podium place.
With just three rounds of this Longines Global Champions League to go, Pieter Devos from Belgium with heads the leader’s table for the series with 110 points. Gillie Thomas is second with 101 points and jointly, current third is Ludger Beerbaum and his trainee, Christian Kukuk both on 99 points. The next and sixth round of this championship is in Hamburg in a week’s time.
The editor Bernard Simpson has been involved with horses and the industry for over 40 years. Together with his wife, he bred many flat racehorses including some which were Royal Ascot winners. He is also experienced in equine media using video, photography and journalism. Bernard currently lives in Wiltshire. He and guest authors now present this blog and hope you like our articles.
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