Newmarket Juvenile Racing, New York LGCT Showjumping, Record Price for Sporthorse Foal.

As we in the northern hemisphere slip into the autumn, racing and sport horse competition starts to wind down in some cases and into final championships for the rest. At Newmarket, the racing fraternity start to look towards next season’s classic contenders with two group 1 races for juveniles, and in New York, the next round of the Longines Global Champion’s Tour took place.

At Newmarket, the first of the two autumn meetings at the course were staged with a double of Group 1

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races – both for two year olds only, one for colts and the other for fillies. Both races were run over six furlongs and both were sponsored by Juddmonte Farms.

Lezoo takes the Cheveley Park Stakes

In the fillies race, The Cheveley Park Stakes, there were ten runners. Aidan O’Brien had just the one filly in the line-up with Mediate, a filly by No Nay Never out of a Dalakhani mare who was sent off as the favourite. She had had a long season, winning her first race in April this year and then followed up with three more wins, all at Group level. Richard Hannon’s Trillium was also well thought of; another filly by No Nay Never, this time out of an Invincible Spirit mare. Winner of her last three runs, two at Group level – surely she had the right to be in the line-up. Saeed Bin Suroor ran another well respected juvenile Mawj, a filly by Exceed and Excel out of a New Approach mare. She was a two time winner from five runs including at Group level. Ralph Beckett also had a brace of runners along with Karl Burke and Patrick Twomey with one each among others.

At the off, Karl Burke’s Swingalong took the lead from the start and when jockey Clifford Lee asked for the final push, there was little left in the tank allowing Mawj and Mediate go past along with one of Ralph Beckett’s fillies, Lezoo, previously with five runs and winner of four. However, she had not been seen out for over two months which suggested she may need the run following her break. Not to be though, the filly was not very quick away from the stalls but in the final two furlongs took charge by ¾ of a length winning with William Buick on board going away from the others strongly. Lezoo is by the first season sire in Europe, Zoustar out of a Red Clubs mare. Mediate was second and ridden by Ryan Moore  and Mawj was third ridden by Ray Dawson.

The colt’s equivalent race was the Middle Park Stakes, Group 1. There were eight runners. In this Aidan O’Brien had two and both very well respected. The first of the two won the Prix Morny at Deauville just three weeks ago and was the only one to win a Group 1 – Blackbeard. Yet another horse by No Nay Never and out of a Born To Sea mare. His other runner was The Antarctic, a colt by Dark Angel out of a Lawman mare. He had won twice this year but was third behind Blackbeard in the Morny – so was not as well thought of. James Ferguson had an interesting runner – only a maiden winner at Yarmouth but won by such a huge margin, many of the pundits gave Zoology a big chance –  another, by Zoustar. In the race this horse was well beaten and ended in seventh place. Finally, Persian Force, trained by Richard Hannon was well thought of. He was winner of three races from six runs including in Group company and was second to Blackbeard in the Morny.

Blackbeard wins the Middle Park Stakes – another juvenile victory to his name

At the start, Blackbeard was very unruly and looked for a time that Ryan Moore and he would part company – although they didn.t. Blackbeard behaved in a way that is very rare to see for an O’Brien horse. They are usually so calm and laid back before a race – what this horse is like at home is anyone’s guess? No Say Never colts are known for being quirky, but this was an exception. Despite all of this, Blackbeard still won the race by two lengths. O’Brien’s other entry, The Antarctic was second with Tom Marquand on board and Persian Force was third. It was a huge effort from The Antarctic as he was very slowly away from the start and in reality had no chance against the winner, but did have great finishing to come second. Persian Force was prominent throughout but didn’t have the finishing speed to worry the winner.

In Cologne in Germany, Charlie Appleby and William Buick did score in the Group 1 Preis Von Europa; the 60th running and sponsored by von DZ PrivatBank for 3 year olds and up over 1 ½ miles. The race was won by Rebels Romance who was held up for a late run in the final two furlongs before winning going away. There were seven runners.

Longines Champions Tour. Round 14

In New York, the Longines Champions Tour saw its fourteenth out of sixteen rounds staged of the 2022 competition. Another course set by Italian Uliano Vezzani saw the 35 competitors have to jump 16 jumps with a time allowed of 80 seconds. Only four went clear in the first round and therefore went for the jump off, where again all four jumped clear so it was down to the clock to decide the winner. This was an exciting and tense jump off as there was less than a second between the four clears. The first of the four was Malin Baryard-Johnson for Sweden riding H & M Indiana; clear in 41.45 seconds. No poles down. The second of the four was Shane Sweetnam riding Alejandro for Ireland. He was just a touch slower finishing clear on 41.51 seconds. Pieter Devos for Belgium riding Mom’s Trouple de la Roque was the second to last in and he took the lead just by half a second. Finally,

Daniel Deusser win this leg of the LGCT in New York

Daniel Deusser riding Scudera 1918 Tobago Z rode in for Germany. He was last to go in the first round, so in many ways was in the pole position for this jump off. He won by the slimmest of margins of just 0.8 of a second. His time was 41.07 seconds.

The results in New York certainly shook up the leader board leaving Ben Maher from Great Britain at the top with 250 points. Although he knocked one down in the first round here, he was one of the fastest 4 faulters in time. He came 6th overall. Second on the leader board was Malin Baryard-Johnson with 244 points for Sweden and third was the long-time leader at the top of the board – Christian Ahlmann for Germany who did not compete in New York, so stayed on his total point score of 238. The penultimate round is in Riyadh next month.

St Tropez – France

In France at St Tropez, the other 5 star FEI showjumping event took place with 43 combinations going for the Grand Prix over 1.60 meters. Cedric Logis from France designed the usual 16 jumping effort course over 485 mteres with a time allowed of 78 seconds in the first round. The time was tight for some but there were eleven who got round clear in the first round and also within the time allowed. Julien Gonin for France won with over a second to spare riding Valou du Lys in 45.45 seconds. He was one of four clear rounds in the jump off. The second was Billy Twomey riding Chat Botte ED in 41.68 seconds for Ireland and third was Edward Levy riding  Uno de Cerisy for France in 43.20 seconds. The fourth and only other jump off clear was again from France, Nicholas Delmotte.

Record price for sport horse foal

Like the thoroughbred market, which despite the economic challenges facing the world at present, top well bred horses are in high demand. At the Equibreeding Auction in Belgium over the weekend, saw a record price for a foal of 360,000 euros. The colt foal is the only full brother to the stallion Emerald.  The previous record for a foal was last year at Zangersheilde Quality auction of just 160,000 euros.

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