This is one to look out for in the future, as Lord Horse Club may have another superstar on their hands. Lord Quest won the Niigata Nisai (for 2 y/os) today by 4 lengths geared down with devastating ease.
Prince of Wales Stakes
After the race, the connections said they were pleased with the ride Williams gave Brazen Beau (though I thought it cost the horse the race). I think the jockey change stems more from Darley/Godolphin owning Brazen Beau. The initial plan was that Brazen Beau was to be leased back to his Australian connections until the Diamond Jubilee. Now the lease is up and the horse is considered property of Godolphin, which means he is now entitled to a Godolphin jockey. I believe the horse is even stabled at Godolphin Stables in Newmarket
I remember all the drama when Kauto Star retired, and from what I read it sounded like Clive Smith was being very difficult. Paul Nicholls and the team at Ditcheat wanted the horse to stay there and live out the rest of his days in a field, but Smith insisted the horse be retrained for dressage. Each time Nicholls or Smith would make a public statement on the matter, they would slam the decision of the other. It was sad to see such a dynamite team dissolve in such a way, but I supported Nicholls. I am all for racehorses being retrained, but when a horse has accomplished as much as Kauto Star has, and is being retired at age 12 (not the 5/6/7 year olds being retrained after flat racing careers), asking him to take up a new discipline just doesn't seem fair to me. And to read that Smith didn't even tell anyone at Ditcheat that the horse was injured, or give them a chance to say their goodbyes, it just leaves a bad taste in your mouth - something a horse like Kauto Star doesn't deserve
Upsetting to see that Paul Nicholl's team wasn't informed of Kauto's condition/death until right before the release was made public. It sounds like a god awful series of injuries/events that no creature, let alone one so legendary, deserves. RIP.
It's CierraJanay and Chitu77's chance to buy their champion!
I'm just happy he is racing at a realistic level, though this is one of the toughest listed contests I have seen in a while.
I was really impressed with Kingfisher, especially considering how he couldn't get a split to save his life in the last 2 furlongs. Ballydoyle's older horse rankings are very slim right now, so here's hoping they don't sell Kingfisher to Mike De Kock or Robert Hickmott any time soon.
I hope/wonder if they will keep Able Friend in Europe for another try, or bring him back in the future. While today obviously showed that he is not invincible, I think he is a lot better than his 6th placed effort. His trainer didn't sound too discouraged post race when he said "we will be looking to come back with either him or something else". I would love to see him in the Sussex.
Won his maiden impressively and looks to have a nice future as one of the late blooming 3 year olds of this crop. Kind of seems open and shut as to why people like him?
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