By Daithi Harvey
Juddmonte Farms have added to their sponsorship portfolio with Saturday’s G1 Cheveley Park S. at Newmarket set to carry the Juddmonte prefix. This latest addition sees the first three races on the card sponsored by Khalid Abdullah’s group of farms with the G2 Juddmonte Royal Lodge S., a race won by the mighty Frankel (GB) in 2010, kicking off proceedings. Juddmonte also lend their brand to the day’s other juvenile Group 1 event the Middle Park S. Douglas Erskine Crum, chief executive of the Juddmonte Group, explained the thinking behind the organization’s decision to increase their presence at the home of British racing.
“With Juddmonte sponsoring the Middle Park Stakes and Royal Lodge Stakes – two of Europe’s premier races for 2-year-old colts – sponsorship of the Cheveley Park Stakes for 2-year-old fillies on the same card was the ideal opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to supporting high class racing at Newmarket. The races will be worth a combined total of £500,000 in 2017, rising to £675,000 by 2018 – a near 50% increase in prize money from 2016,” he said.
Erskine Crum continued, “The three races tie in with key points in Juddmonte’s history, with Frankel achieving his first Group victory in 2010 when winning the Royal Lodge by 10 lengths, and Known Fact providing Prince Khalid with his first Group 1 winner in the 1979 Middle Park. Another Juddmonte stallion, Oasis Dream, won the Middle Park in 2002, setting an all-aged course record in the process. Prince Khalid has won the Cheveley Park Stakes twice, with Prophecy in 1993 and with subsequent dual Classic winner Special Duty in 2009. Juddmonte Farms also has a link to the race title, as the Cheveley Park Estate was acquired by Harry McCalmont in the late 19th Century, along with Banstead Manor Stud.”