British-bred runners continued to star on the European stage on Sunday with a Group 1 double across Germany and France.
Following the one-two-three for British breeders in Saturday’s King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored By QIPCO) at Ascot, it was the turn of another smart middle-distance performer, BENBATL (GB) to take the Grosser Dallmayr Preis in Munich by a stylish two and three-quarter lengths from fellow British-bred and British-trained STORMY ANTARCTIC (GB).
Godolphin’s homebred son of Dalham Hall’s DUBAWI is out of NAHRAIN (GB), who was also bred by Darley and was a dual Gr. 1 winner in the Flower Bowl Invitational and Prix de l’Opera. A two-year-old half-brother by DANSILI (GB) named MONTZAR (GB) is in training with William Haggas and is entered in next year’s Investec Derby. There is also a yearling full-sister.
BENBATL has been in fine form this year with victory in the Gr.1 Dubai Turf capping his excellent record at the World Cup Carnival.
Trainer Saeed Bin Suroor said: “I am very pleased with him and the options are open. There is the Juddmonte International at York and the Irish Champion Stakes, and later in the year there is Australia. We will talk to Sheikh Mohammed about the options.”
Over at Deauville, there was also a British-bred one-two in the Prix Rothschild as George Strawbridge’s WITH YOU (GB) was an impressive three-length winner over Godolphin homebred CROWN WALK (GB).
The renowned American owner-breeder has maintained broodmares in Britain for many years and WITH YOU has already shown a high level of form in a handful of starts, finishing a narrow second to Karl Burke’s LAURENS in the Prix Saint-Alary and fifth to the same filly in the Prix de Diane.
By Banstead Manor Stud’s recently-retired DANSILI (GB), she is a daughter of Strawbridge homebred IN CLOVER (GB) and a full-sister to Gr.1 Prix de l’Opera winner WE ARE (GB). A two-year-old full-sister named FEATURING (GB) has not yet appeared for the same trainer, Freddy Head.
Saturday’s King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored By QIPCO) at Ascot produced a stunning result for British breeders with a one-two-three hailing from the country’s studs.
Victory in an epic battle between two Sir Michael Stoute stablemates went to POET’S WORD, bred by Barry and Fiona Reilly’s Woodcote Stud just outside Epsom.
The neck runner-up, caught close home, was the Southcourt Stud-bred CRYSTAL OCEAN (GB), whilst Denford Stud’s homebred CORONET (GB) filled third place.
POET’S WORD, by Dalham Hall Stud’s late stallion POET’S VOICE (GB), was sold for 300,000gns at Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 2 to Charlie Gordon-Watson and is out of Woodcote homebred WHIRLY BIRD (GB).
A half-brother by RIP VAN WINKLE sold for 150,000gns to Japanese owner Kenji Ryotokuji, whilst a KINGMAN (GB) filly who sold to Stroud Coleman Bloodstock/Brightwalton Stud for 200,000gns has since been named INCHARGE (GB) and sent to Charlie Hills.
POET’S WORD broke his duck at the highest level in last month’s Prince Of Wales’s Stakes and has an entry in next month’s Juddmonte International Stakes.
Sir Michael Stoute, who was winning the race for a record sixth time, said: “You’re just sorry there’s a loser. They’re just two admirable, honest, sound competitors. There’s nothing between them really, is there? It’s a midsummer championship at a wonderful racecourse.”
Barry Reilly told the Racing Post: “It’s been a great day. He’s such a brave horse. It always seems when you breed a horse in a good race, that year always turns out to be a weak renewal of that particular race. Whether it was weak or not the finish, well… it was not as good as Grundy and Bustino but it wasn’t too bad!”
“We didn’t come to Royal Ascot, we stayed with the girls who work with us. We watched it in our lounge and had a bit of a party. There were four dogs and five of us all there watching the race that day. We all ended up in the middle of the carpet and the dogs went running.
“This time we went in the parade ring before and then went through to the lawn and me and Fiona were jumping about like two lunatics. Afterwards we were introduced to Mr [Saeed] Suhail [owner] and a few other people – it’s just been a great day.”
British-bred runners were making their mark across Europe on Sunday with notable Group 1 victories for WALDGEIST (GB) and URBAN FOX (GB).
The former was part of a memorable day for Newsells Park Stud as the colt led home a British-bred one-two in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.
URBAN FOX, meanwhile, came three and a quarter lengths clear of Investec Oaks winner FOREVER TOGETHER in the Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh. The William Haggas-trained filly was bred by Mascalls Stud, the breeding enterprise of sports promoter Barry Hearn and his wife Susan.
To add to Newsells Park’s delight, the winner’s three-year-old half-sister WALDLIED (GB) continued on her own upward curve in landing the Group 2 Prix de Malleret in impressive fashion later on the card in France.
WALDGEIST, trained by Andre Fabre, had also claimed the Criterium de Saint-Cloud at the same Parisian track nearly two years ago and has risen steadily back up the ranks this season in Group races at Longchamp and Chantilly. He was made to work very hard by Denford Stud’s homebred CORONET (GB) but prevailed by a nose. He has an entry in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored By Qipco) at Ascot later this month.
WALDGEIST, a son of GALILEO, was born at Andreas Jacobs’ stud near Royston in Hertfordshire and was bred in partnership with Gestut Ammerland and Coolmore as the Waldlerche Partnership. He carries the red and green silks of Gestut Ammerland’s Dietrich von Boetticher
His dam, WALDLERCHE (GB) was also bred by Newsells Park and is a half-sister to St Leger winner MASKED MARVEL (GB).
Julian Dollar, the general manager of Newsells Park, said: “It’s a special day and it’s all about Klaus Jacobs, who bought the stud in 2000 and sadly passed away before he saw all of this come to fruition.
“The grand-dam Waldmark was his favourite mare, she produced Masked Marvel, and Waldlerche was a very good filly who won the Prix Penelope and was ante-post favourite for the French Oaks. I’m sure he’d be thrilled about this.
“Waldgeist didn’t do too badly last year, he was second in the French Derby, but he has really come on this year, going Group 3, Group 2 and now Group 1. Waldlied is a big filly, she just had the one run last year, but she’s got better and better.
“We don’t usually keep the colts so Dietrich von Boetticher bought the Sea The Stars two-year-old, and he hasn’t run yet. There’s a very nice Kingman yearling, who’ll go to the sales, and she’s had a Galileo filly foal.”
URBAN FOX, meanwhile, had made marked progress from winning an Ascot handicap in May on her debut for Haggas. A daughter of Nottingham maiden winner LOMAPAMAR (GB) by Whitsbury Manor Stud’s stallion FOXWEDGE, she was originally consigned by Mascalls Stud through New England Stud and sold for 10,000gns at Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 2 in 2015.
After two good seasons for James Tate, she was sold again at Tattersalls last December for 425,000gns. A three-year-old half-brother, BOING (GB), is with Richard Hannon and a two-year-old by Cheveley Park’s GARSWOOD (GB) named GARRYOWEN (GB) is with Charlie Fellowes.
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