JAPAN (GB) on Sunday registered a first Group 1 triumph in his upwardly mobile career by taking top spot in the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp.
Aidan O’Brien’s colt added to his gains from the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot with a half-length defeat of Slalom in the hands of Ryan Moore.
Japan, who finished third in the Derby at Epsom, is a son of GALILEO and was bred at Dr Andreas Jacobs’ Newsells Park Stud, in Hertfordshire.
He was bought by the Coolmore operation for 1.3million guineas at Book 1 of the 2017 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.
Japan’s prolific and much-in-demand dam, SHASTYE, has produced five winners, including 2013 Investec Oaks runner-up SECRET GESTURE (GB) and the Group 3-winning SIR ISAAC NEWTON, who also claimed the Wolferton Handicap at Royal Ascot three years ago.
Newsells Park Stud continue to reap the rewards from sending Shastye to Galileo, with two-year-old colt MOGUL (GB) bought by Coolmore for 3.4m guineas at Book 1 of the 2018 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien said of Japan:
“We’re very happy with him. We thought that the pace might not be strong, so Ryan rode him more prominently – it panned out well.
“We’ve rushed him a little bit from race to race. We’ll look to give him a little break before a prep for the Arc, or perhaps run in the Irish Champion Stakes.
“Hopefully he comes out of this well and the Arc is something to look forward to.”
VERACIOUS (GB) showed class and determination in equal measure to provide British owners-breeders Cheveley Park Stud with yet another Group 1 triumph in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.
The four-year-old daughter of FRANKEL (GB) had never claimed a victory at the highest level, nor had she truly shown her best form this season.
But Sir Michael Stoute’s filly came alive under Oisin Murphy with an ultra-game, all-the-way triumph at odds of 6-1.
Veracious – a half-sister to four winners, including dual Group 2 scorer and Queen Anne Stakes runner-up, MUTAKAYYEF (GB) – was strongly pressed on the dash to the finish and ended up with a neck in reserve
Trainer Sir Michael Stoute said:
“She ran very, very well at Royal Ascot (fourth in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes) but she did too much.
“This time, I asked Oisin to let her flow and relax and the change of tactics worked.
“It’s taken a long time to be spot-on this year.
“She’s versatile and she could go to the Nassau at Goodwood, but we’ll see.
“I think she could go eight (furlongs) or 10 (furlongs) – she’s in everything.”
Veracious was giving Frankel an eighth top-level triumph and went one better than her dam, INFALLIBLE (GB) by the mighty PIVOTAL (GB), who finished second in the 2008 Falmouth Stakes.
Cheveley Park Stud, owned by Patricia and David Thompson in Newmarket, were also winning the Falmouth for a third time following the victories of LOVERS KNOT (GB) and INTEGRAL (GB).
Cheveley Park managing director Chris Richardson said:
“It’s a fantastic result for the whole team – we are absolutely delighted with her.
“She’s a highly-strung filly that has come good as the season has progressed.
“She ran her best race in the Nassau last year (third to WILD ILLUSION (GB)) and she’ll probably go there now – though there are other options and lots of nice races in the autumn.
“It’s another great success for Pivotal and Infallible. She’s from a good family and it’s just very exciting.”
TOO DARN HOT (GB), last year’s Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes winner and European Champion Two-Year-Old, bounced back to winning ways in sizzling style on Sunday in the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat at Deauville.
Trainer John Gosden and owners Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber, who bred the star colt at their Watership Down Stud in Berkshire from the operation’s most high-profile family, had until this point endured a frustrating season with the colt, unable to find his optimum trip.
Following Sunday’s win over 7 furlongs, owner-breeder Lady Lloyd Webber told At The Races:
“He did that fantastically well over his perfect distance, perfect ground… We’re back on track, we’re not scratching our heads. We’ve got his perfect distance, he’s a speed horse through and through.”
She did, however, cite the Group 1 Sussex Stakes as a possible target for the immediate future.
When asked about the horse’s ideal distance, Gosden commented:
“We finally got him over the correct trip: 1400m, 7 furlongs, an easy flat mile – no problem.”
The son of Dalham Hall’s DUBAWI is out of broodmare DAR RE MI (GB), herself a Watership Down homebred who won Gr.1 races in Britain, Ireland and Dubai and has since become the stud’s flag-bearer.
Her offspring so far include LAH TI DAR (GB), the runner-up in last year’s St Leger and winner of this year’s Group 2 Middleton Stakes, and Gr.3 winner SO MI DAR (GB).
Asked what it means to be the owner-breeder of the dual Group 1 winner, Lloyd-Webber continued:
“It’s utterly incredible. We had the longest winter waiting for his three-year-old year and it’s been the longest spring to try and get his nose in front and it’s just such an excitement and so thrilling that he’s finally done it.”
The full-brother to Too Darn Hot became the most expensive yearling sold at auction last year when knocked down to David Redvers on behalf of Qatar Racing for 3.5million guineas at Tattersalls’ October Yearling Sale Book 1.
It was agreed last November that Too Darn Hot will stand at Dalham Hall Stud at the end of his racing career.
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