JAPAN (GB) continued his seemingly relentless ascent with a terrific victory in the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York on Wednesday.
Aidan O’Brien’s colt had this season already won the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Group 1 Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp in July.
And Japan was once again back in business at the highest level with a gutsy head defeat of the highest-rated Flat horse in training, CRYSTAL OCEAN (GB), who was bred at the Rothschild family’s Southcourt Stud in Bedfordshire.
The British breeding industry had further cause for celebration as the Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned ELARQAM (GB) finished third, another length away from the winner.
Successful jockey Ryan Moore said:
“All he’s done is improve since the Dante. He had to try so hard and ran all the way to the line. He’s very progressive.
“He’s got better and better and hopefully he will keep on progressing. It was a superb performance.”
Japan, who also 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 continues 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.
Mogul finished an encouraging second on his racecourse debut at Gowran on August 14 and holds a raft of lofty entries.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien said of Japan:
“I’m very happy with him. Every day since he started in the Dante he has just kept on going forward.
“He has made lovely progress since France. He has a lovely mind. We know he gets a mile and a half but he also has the class for a mile and a quarter.
“He’s a very exciting horse. The race we were thinking of after this was the Irish Champion Stakes. The Arc and the Breeders’ Cup are also possibilities.”
Denford Stud hailed another stunning performance from CORONET (GB) after she secured a second Group 1 triumph of the season in the Darley Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville on Sunday.
The Berkshire-based owners and breeders were once again in dreamland as the John Gosden-trained grey added to her considerable gains from the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in June with an irrepressible performance under Frankie Dettori.
Coronet, a five-year-old daughter of DUBAWI, stayed on purposefully inside the final furlong and never looked like losing, with runner-up WITH YOU (GB) three-quarters of a length in arrears.
Fellow British-bred contender, RED TEA (GB), finished third – a further length and three-quarters away from the winner.
Richard Evans, Denford Stud farm manager, said:
“She’s absolutely fine (on Monday morning) and has taken the race really, really well.
“We’re still on a high, to be honest. The ground was a slight concern – we didn’t want it like a bog – but it dried out and became quite sticky, and she doesn’t mind it on the soft side.
“She was a very comfortable winner and we are obviously well chuffed with her.
“We started the season wondering whether or not she would win a Group 1, and now she has won two of them.
“It is a wonderful result for everyone concerned.”
Coronet is a half-sister to four winners, most significantly the 2015 St Leger runner-up, MIDAS TOUCH (GB), and Group-race performer STREETCAR TO STARS (GB). She is out of laudable mare APPROACH (GB), who was by the mighty DARSHAAN (GB).
She is now likely to have one more run before her retirement.
Richard Evans added:
“Coronet will now be lined up for the (Qipco British Champions) Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot on Champions Day (October 19).
“That will be her swansong and she will then head off to the paddocks.
“She’s a retained homebred so she’ll come back to the stud after her racing career is over, which will be lovely.
“It’s also fantastic for Prince Faisal (Denford Stud owner) who bred Coronet.
“We’ll be pushing our luck asking for another Group 1 from her, but this is as probably as good as it gets, to be honest.”
ADVERTISE (GB) showed class and bravery in equal measure to claim a third Group 1 triumph in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville.
The three-year-old son of SHOWCASING (GB), trained in Manton by Martyn Meade, added to his considerable gains in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot with a neck defeat of fellow British-bred raider BRANDO (GB), who won this race two years ago.
Owned by Phoenix Thoroughbreds Ltd, Advertise was bred at Cheveley Park Stud, in Newmarket, and was sold to Dermot Farrington for £60,000 at the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale at Doncaster in August 2017.
He is a half-brother to FLAVIUS TITUS (GB), who has won four races between six and seven furlongs – the most recent of which coming at Newmarket on June 8.
His dam, FURBELOW (GB) – by the mighty PIVOTAL (GB) – is carrying a full-brother to Advertise, who also claimed Group 1 glory in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh last August.
Trainer Martyn Meade told the Press Association:
“I’m absolutely over the moon. We were quite confident coming here, but you can never be over-confident as so much can go wrong.
“There was plenty of pace on, which was a big help, and he saw it out really well.
“He’s won three Group Ones now in Ireland, England and France, which is a great achievement.”
“You’ve now got Haydock, Champions Day at Ascot and the seven-furlong race on Arc day (Prix de la Foret).
“We’ll take our time and think very carefully as we want to make sure he finishes on a high – I wouldn’t like him to get beaten at this stage.
“We also want to make sure we don’t overdo it as you can easily get tempted into getting greedy.”
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