Today saw the official launch of the Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers’ Million (WHSM) 2019
Bjorn Nielsen’s 2018 Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers’ Million victor, STRADIVARIUS, looked
magnificent and showed his wellbeing in no uncertain style as he was paraded.
His trainer, John Gosden, and regular pilot, Frankie Dettori were on hand to lend their
support to the initiative which aims to build on the success of last year and bring more
attention and excitement to the Stayers’ division.
For 2019, the WHSM has been further enhanced with the introduction of four qualifying
races in Dubai, Germany, France and Ireland to supplement the four British qualifiers
which remain as last year.
Consequently, this means that the WHSM will be awarded to the connections of a horse
that first wins one or more of eight elite staying races staged between March and May:
• Dubai Gold Cup sponsored by Al Tayer Motors (Dubai) – March 30th
• Vintage Crop Stakes (Navan) – April 28th
• Longines Sagaro Stakes (Ascot) – May 1st
• Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes (Chester) – May 9th
• Comer Group International Oleander-Rennen (Berlin-Hoppegarten) – May 12th
• Matchbook Yorkshire Cup (York) – May 17th
• Matchbook Henry II Stakes (Sandown Park) – May 23rd
• Prix Vicomtesse Vigier (ParisLongchamp) – May 26th
If one of these horses can then go on to win the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot (June 20th),
the Qatar Goodwood Cup at the Qatar Goodwood Festival (July 30th) and the
Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup at York’s Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival
(August 23rd), its connections will win the £1 million prize.
As in 2018, the £1 million will be split between the connections of the successful horse,
with 70% awarded to the owner and 30% divided equally between the trainer, stable
staff, breeder and jockey.
Speaking at the launch, John Gosden confirmed that the Matchbook Yorkshire Cup
would again be the likely starting point from which Stradivarius would seek to defend
Also at the event, Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to Prince Khalid Abdullah, revealed
that WEEKENDER (GB), a stablemate of last year’s victor, could be looking at the WHSM.
John Gosden said: “The great thing about the Stayers’ Million this year is that there are
so many more entry races. It starts in Dubai on Saturday and there are now races in
Germany, France and Ireland. These new races mean that the dream will stay alive at
least until after the Gold Cup and hopefully Stradivarius can do it again. Stradivarius is
in great form with himself and the plan is to start off as he did last year in the Yorkshire
Charles Hamilton (CEO Weatherbys Hamilton) said: “I really thought the Stayers’ Million
could be done at this time last year even though there were doubters. The Gold Cup is
the key race and once that is in the bag the Goodwood Cup and Lonsdale Stakes are a
good fit in the calendar.
“We dipped our toe in the water last year as regards qualifying races but we thought we
would extend it to Europe and Dubai this year.”
Frankie Dettori partnered Stradivarius to three of his four key victories last year. He said:
“Stradivarius is remarkable in that he’s a stayer with a turn of foot.
“What he did was remarkable but when it came to the last race in the Lonsdale Cup he
was pretty much a tired horse. We’re going to try again but it will be more difficult this
year with more competition and more miles on the clock.”
AVILIUS (GB) on Saturday claimed a first Group 1 victory of his career with an authoritative triumph in the Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill in Australia.
And in doing so he became the 29th individual Group 1 winner for his sire, PIVOTAL (GB).
Bred and owned by Godolphin, the five-year-old gelding came from a long way back in the mile-and-a-quarter Ranvet Stakes to deny former British raider HE’S EMINENT by two and a quarter lengths in the hands of Kerrin McEvoy.
Avilius, out of SUNDAY SILENCE mare ALESSANDRIA (GB), has been in inspired form since his switch to James Cummings’ yard, having previously been in the care of Andre Fabre.
He has won seven times from 10 outings in Australia and has only tasted defeat once in four starts in 2019.
Avilius is a full brother to the Group 2-winning SAINT BAUDOLINO, who also finished second in the 2012 French Derby, and a half-brother to Listed scorer ARMY BULLETIN.
“We had him cherry ripe for today and I’m very impressed for the team.
“This horse has done a fantastic job. He’s a super horse and that was a demonstration of the supreme turn of foot that he can exhibit.
“He had a bit to turn around from his performance in the Australian Cup and we knew it but he’s had a fantastic fortnight and I’m just proud of the team.
“I’m just so impressed by the horse to come from such a difficult position to claim them and win with authority.
“That’s the sort of weight-for-age promise that he demonstrated when he hit the racetrack in Australia last year.
“He’s got up and won us a Group 1 so we’re thrilled for the horse.
“It’s a great result for the entire operation.”
Tattersalls is to launch an all-new £15,000 Bonus Scheme exclusively for horses purchased at the 2019 Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale which takes place April 15th – 17th.
Similar to the widely acclaimed £25,000 Tattersalls October Book 1 Bonus, participating owners will receive a £15,000 bonus if their 2019 Craven Breeze Up purchase wins a Class 2, 3 or 4 two year old Maiden or Novice race in Britain or an ‘Open’ two year old maiden in Ireland. The cost to enter the £15,000 Craven Breeze Up Bonus will be a single payment of £1,000 and the number of qualifying British and Irish maiden and novice races is expected to number around 300 races.
The new £15,000 Craven Breeze Up Bonus will run alongside the hugely popular £25,000 Tattersalls October Book 1 Bonus scheme which has already rewarded owners with well in excess of £3 million in bonuses. All two year olds, sold, bought in or failing to meet their reserve at the 2019 Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale will be eligible for the £15,000 bonuses.
Commenting on the new £15,000 Craven Breeze Up Bonus, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;
“The £15,000 Craven Breeze Up Bonus has been inspired by the enormous popularity of the £25,000 Tattersalls October Book 1 Bonus and will make Europe’s premier two year olds in training sale an even more compelling fixture for owners and trainers alike. Winners of £15,000 Craven Breeze Up Bonuses will routinely collect around £20,000 in prize money for winning their maiden and in some cases more than £50,000. The £25,000 Tattersalls October Book 1 Bonus scheme has been so well received since its inception and the £15,000 Craven Breeze Up Bonus reinforces our commitment at Tattersalls to encourage racehorse ownership by boosting prize money.”
Leading Breeze Up consignor John Cullinan who sold Group 1 winner BRANDO (GB) and dual Group 2 winning two year old MEHMAS at the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up added enthusiastic support saying:
“Well done to Tattersalls. I know that the October Book 1 Bonus has brought more owners and trainers to Book 1 and it is wonderful that Tattersalls has extended the scheme to the Craven Breeze Up Sale. Winning serious prize money at maiden level is incredibly important and the prospect of landing a £15,000 bonus is a massive incentive for owners to target the Craven Breeze Up.”
Trainer Ed Dunlop further endorsed the £15,000 Craven Breeze Up Bonus saying;
“We were thrilled when we won the first ever £25,000 Tattersalls October Book 1 Bonus with GLOBAL APPLAUSE (GB) and we will be doing our best to win the first £15,000 Craven Breeze Up Bonus. Tattersalls Breeze Ups have been kind to us with TRIP TO PARIS (GB), CONTRIBUTER and RED VERDON all Tattersalls Breeze Up purchases and the prospect of winning a £15,000 bonus makes the Craven Sale more enticing than ever.”
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE £15,000 TATTERSALLS CRAVEN BREEZE UP BONUS
ELIGIBILITY: Any lot offered for sale in the 2019 Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale which is sold, bought in or unsold.
ENTRY FEE: £1,000 payable to Tattersalls by May 8th.
QUALIFYING RACES: Any Class 2, 3 or 4 two year old Maiden/Novice race run in the UK between May 20th and November 9th 2019. Any ‘Open’ two year old Maiden race run in Ireland and Northern Ireland between May 20th and November 9th 2019.
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