WILD ILLUSION (GB) continued the fine recent form of British-bred horses when running out an authoritative winner of the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood on Thursday.
Godolphin’s homebred has done her team proud throughout her career, landing the Gr.1 Prix Marcel Boussac as a juvenile in 2017 before finishing fourth in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas and second in the Investec Oaks and the Ribblesdale Stakes.
Dropped back to 10 furlongs and given a fine front-running ride by William Buick, she brought home a British-bred clean sweep when finishing two lengths ahead of Mascalls Stud’s URBAN FOX (GB) and Cheveley Park Stud homebred VERACIOUS (GB). BILLESDON BROOK (GB), who won the Guineas for Stowell Hill Stud, followed them home in fourth. British-bred LIGHTNING SPEAR (GB) took Wednesday’s Qatar Sussex Stakes whilst there have been notable Gr.1 victories for BENBATL (GB), WITH YOU (GB) and POET’S WORD in recent days.
Wild Illusion is by Dalham Hall’s star stallion DUBAWI out of RUMH, a Listed winner for Godolphin.
All three of Rumh’s progeny to appear so far have been smart. Wild Illusion is a half-sister to Newmarket Listed race winner REALLY SPECIAL (GB). Her two-year-old half-sister CERATONIA (GB), by Banstead Manor Stud’s OASIS DREAM (GB) made an impressive winning debut for the same connections at Ascot late last month.
Trainer Charlie Appleby said: “She’s been running well all season. We brought her back in trip and I think that’s the best she’s been. She’s a very tough filly and I told William to be positive as we knew there was no problem about her staying. We’ll let the dust settle now. She’s had a busy time but she seems to be thriving.”
LIGHTNING SPEAR (GB) finally claimed Group 1 glory as he led home fellow British-bred EXPERT EYE (GB) in the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood.
Now seven, the David Simcock-trained entire has been knocking on the door at the highest level for four seasons, having finished placed in the likes of the Lockinge at Newbury and the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. He is also a dual winner of the Gr.2 Celebration Mile and was third in this race 12 months ago.
In the hands of Oisin Murphy, he quickened a length and a half away from Juddmonte homebred EXPERT EYE.
The winner was bred by Newsells Park Stud near Royston in Hertfordshire, by Cheveley Park Stud’s stallion PIVOTAL (GB) out of Listed-winning mare ATLANTIC DESTINY. He is the most recent of the five of the broodmare’s progeny to reach the track. They also include OCEAN WAR (GB), who won the Listed Newmarket Stakes for Godolphin in 2011.
He was bought by David Redvers for 260,000gns at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in 2012 on behalf of Sheikh Fahad’s Qatar Racing Limited.
Trainer David Simcock said: “He’s done very little wrong apart from win a Group 1. A lot of work goes into him, he’s been placed in six Group 1s and has never really let us down. You need that little bit of luck and that was fantastic. I’m more pleased for the horse than anyone. He’s Sheikh Fahad’s favourite horse and he’ll be so made up about it.”
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.
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