Bayern didn't just win the Haskell, he laid Untapable, Wildcat Red, Social Inclusion, and the whole nine yards of them absolutely to waste!
I think the connections of Noble Mission had a specific agenda for sending him to Germany for the G1 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis. Strange it may sound, the Dallmayr-Preis has for several seasons been a "win and your in" event for the G1 Arlington Million in America, a race I recently read on-line that Noble Mission may be targeting next month. I think Lady Cecil thought they could slip over to Munich, win the Dallmayr-Preis, and avoid having to pay any of the Million entry fees. Somebody just forgot to tell Noble Mission there was a very talented German 3yo by the name of Lucky Lion waiting to spoil the party.
@jonquil, I've already seen a bunch of different comments on different racing web-sites saying Lucky Lion's win over Noble Mission adds substance to Sea The Moon's chances in the Arc, but I'm not so sure. Honestly, good though he's been at 2400 meters throughout his career, is Noble Mission really good enough at that distance to be a factor in the Arc? And I would argue he's a bit bitter racing at today's distance of 2000 meters than he is at 2400 meters, IMO. That's by no means a knock at Sea The Moon. He's a very talented horse with a ton of still unseen potential I'm sure. But I wouldn't rate him as highly as I do Taghrooda or Australia at this point. But TJMO.
Lucky Lion, 2nd behind Sea The Moon in the G1 German Derby, beats Noble Mission to win the G1 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis in Munich, Germany.
@jonquil, Hannon, Jr. has Olympic Glory entered right now, but my hunch is that's to just to cover if the ground turns soft. If it doesn't rain a bunch and change the ground at Goodwood by Wednesday I would expect to see Hannon scratch Olympic Glory.
According to everything I've read on-line up til now, the "duel on the downs" is set to happen this coming Wednesday at Goodwood in the G1 Sussex Stakes. The best older turf miler(arguably) in Toronado set to go head to head with the best turf miler from the classic generation in Kingman(no arguably to it). Been licking my chops waiting for this meeting to happen. I personally give Kingman a slight edge in the race because of the 3yo weight for age break he gets, but can't just summarily dismiss Toronado's chances either because nobody rides Goodwood Downs like Richard Hughes, IMO.
Godolphin would've been much better served leaving Sharestan in this race along with Windhoek than they were leaving Long John, because I said this earlier today, I don't think Long John would stay 10-1/2f if he took a taxi, and Sharestan has been lights out in races at 10f & 10-1/2f.
No knock on the colt, but IMO Taghrooda's a cut above Sea The Moon. She's definitely faced and beaten much tougher company than he has to date. I don't think Sea The Moon could've won the King George, let alone in the fashion that Taghrooda did, but TJMO.
Taghrooda's win in the G1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes guarantees her a spot in the G1 Breeders Cup Turf in November should connections decide to go that route with the King George being one of the "win and your in" races in Europe for the BC Turf. Even though John Gosden has ran fillies in the BC Turf in the past, I.E., Dar Re Mi & The Fugue, my gut feeling is Sheikh Hamdan won't be shipping Taghrooda any further than to Longchamp in October where the G1 Prix De l'Arc de Triomphe will be her swan song race before sadly being retired to broodmare status. Really a special performance by this filly today at Ascot!!
@Euro Trash, does Sea The Stars have any offspring currently active that's more talented than this filly? I thought her performance in the Epsom Oaks was awfully good, but this performance was truly special, IMO. As long as it's not bottomless ground she has to be considered a very live shot in this year's Arc. Especially given how fillies & mares have ruled the roost of late in the Arc.
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