Peace Envoy to Stand at Worsall Grange Stud

Group 3 winner Peace Envoy (Fr) (Power {GB}–Hoh My Darling {GB}, by Dansili {GB}), has been retired to Worsall Grange Stud in North Yorkshire for the 2018 season. Off the mark at first asking over the Dundalk all-weather, the Aidan O’Brien trainee was back on top two starts later in the Listed Rochestown S. in 2016. After a runner-up finish in the G2 Railway S., he captured his biggest win in the G3 Anglesey S. at The Curragh in July of that year, before placing third in the G1 Prix Morny switched to France later on. All told, the dark bay saluted the judge three times from 13 starts and earned $180,609. The former Coolmore runner will stand for £2,000.

“He’s a big, strong, good looking horse,” said Worsall Grange’s Aaron Anderson. “Peace Envoy showed speed and class on the track and we hope he will be well received by breeders.”

Bred by Team Hogdala in France, Peace Envoy is a half-brother to Swedish champion Our Last Summer (Ire) (Zamindar), as well as G3 Prix des Chenes third Kadyny (GB) (Zamindar). His winning dam is a half-sister to GSP Everlasting Love (GB) (Pursuit of Love {GB}), while his third dam is a half-sister to the outstanding international champion Dahlia (Vaguely Noble {Ire}).

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Week in Review: Intriguing Plot Twists Anchor Rousing Breeders’ Cup

By T. D. Thornton

If this year’s Breeders’ Cup was a theatrical production, you’d have to give its cast of characters high marks for intrepid off-script improvisation. Many of the anticipated stars of the World Thoroughbred Championships flubbed their big-stage performances, yet budding understudies rose to the occasion, stealing the show with aplomb by incorporating new plot twists that now spin the sport’s chief story lines in intriguing new directions.

Would you have thought that the Friday and Saturday races would have unfolded as appealingly and competitively as they did if you knew ahead of time that pari-mutuel favorites would tank and only manage two wins from 13 races, with nine of those chalky no-shows failing to even hit the board?

Or what if I told you in advance that it would be evident just a few jumps out of the gate in the GI Breeders’ Cup Classic that the highly hyped showdown between Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song) and Gun Runner (Candy Ride {Arg}) was never going to materialize, yet the 2:01.29 of drama in the closing act would still rate the Classic as one of the most captivating races of the year?

Some of those 11 well-beaten Breeders’ Cup favorites could very well qualify to have their photos plastered on milk cartons in an effort to determine why they went “missing” on the most important racing weekend of 2017.

Yet by a similar analogy, you could make a strong case for Gun Runner deserving to get his picture emblazoned on the front of a Wheaties cereal box, because the chestnut colt’s hard-earned victory epitomized the twin virtues of finely honed athleticism and an ability to deliver a dynamic performance under pressure.

When jockey Mike Smith had to shake the reins at a lackluster Arrogate soon after the starter sprung the latch in the Classic, the focal point of the race immediately shifted to Gun Runner, who had jumped away keenly and then confidently secured a ground-saving spot under Florent Geroux just ahead of the projected main speedster, Collected (City Zip).

Those two sparred tenaciously through energetic early splits of :22.50 and :46.31, then came on even terms three-eighths out. At that point it had already been made obvious that Arrogate was not going to be an active participant in the final race of his meteoric career, and it was just starting to sink in that even the determined sophomore West Coast (Flatter) was not going to be able to parlay his gift-trip stalking of the duelers into any meaningful stretch attack against his elders.

The frontrunning slugfest continued until just before the furlong pole, when Gun Runner finally cracked the pesky Collected for good, then clicked into yet another overdrive gear to demonstrate he still had plenty of power in reserve.

So Gun Runner vanquished Arrogate for the first time in their three matchups. Even if his victory was not the result of direct hoof-to-hoof combat against that arch rival, other aspects of the 4-year-old’s scintillating win stand out.

For starters, Gun Runner conquered the perceived slant against inside speed that had been percolating through the first two days of the championships at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Although the sample size is too small to deem it a true “bias,” Gun Runner was the only wire-to-wire winner from seven main track Breeders’ Cup races (three closers, two stalkers, and one pace-presser accounted for the others).

Gun Runner also attained his first lifetime victory at 10 furlongs, smartly shaking free of his 0-for-3 stigma at that distance, and he’ll enter the winter as the presumed Horse of the Year victor in the Eclipse Awards voting.

Gun Runner has been a three-year study in watching a racehorse methodically mature into a champion, and here’s hoping we see more of him on the track in 2018.

To steal a line from the always-quotable jockey Kent Desormeaux–who seemed to invent a new turn of phrase earlier on Saturday when he waxed glowingly in the aftermath of Roy H (More Than Ready)’s win in the GI Breeders’ Cup Sprint–Gun Runner has “gained the ascendancy” to the highest level of the sport.

The buildup to Saturday’s Classic was preceded by several solid lead-in Breeders’ Cup races that stand out on their own: The new-course-record score by Talismanic (GB) (Medaglia d’Oro) in the GI Turf, and the look-what-we-have-here breakout performance by the maiden Good Magic (Curlin) in the GI Juvenile.

With four long, white stockings, a distinctively striking full-face blaze, and an aura of gritty determination, Talismanic in full flight is a treat to watch race, and the deliberate way he punched past top-ranked North American grass specialist Beach Patrol (Lemon Drop Kid) and defending Turf winner Highland Reel (Ire) (Galileo{Ire}) was a more impressive effort than it might seem at first viewing.

Talismanic’s authoritative win also underscores the potent precision of legendary French trainer Andre Fabre, who opted to send only one horse to this year’s Breeders’ Cup but made it count at generous 14-1 odds. It’s also worth noting that Talismanic was one of only eight horses not treated with Lasix in the Breeders’ Cup, and the only one to finish better than fifth.

The stylish unveiling of 2-year-old Good Magic exactly six months from the GI Kentucky Derby sets him up as the (very) early favorite for the first leg of the 2018 Triple Crown. Stalking the pacemakers confidently with an inside trip, Good Magic responded willingly to his cue to quicken by jockey Jose Ortiz, and the million-dollar KEESEP yearling inhaled the field in deep stretch with an authority that belies his light (three races to date) seasoning.

Granted, the very-wide-on-both-turns overland journey that beaten favorite Bolt d’Oro (Medaglia d’Oro) endured begs the legitimate question of whether Good Magic really got a stern test from the best horse in his division on the first Saturday in November. But we have the whole winter ahead of us to debate such Derby-related minutiae, and for now it’s fine just to appreciate Good Magic’s coming-out party, which was capped off by a decidedly feel-good moment when the NBC microphones picked up an enthused Ortiz congratulating and praising his mount past the finish wire as Good Magic noticeably pricked his ears in response to the encouraging words and touch of his rider.

Of all the beaten favorites in the Breeders’ Cup, none tugged at the heart so much as Lady Eli (Divine Park) in the GI Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, both because of her career-long stature as an adversity-overcoming racemare and because she seemed to have the most legitimate excuse of all the chalky no-shows.

Lady Eli was banged around and stepped on from behind heading into the first turn and was tossing her head around like she wanted to savage the competition before settling midpack and finishing an uncharacteristic seventh. After the race, it was revealed that she lost a hind shoe and suffered significant lacerations and puncture wounds to both of her hind legs. The injuries are not life-threatening, but a need for stall rest has forced her withdrawal from this week’s Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

Safety, by and large, was not an issue at the 2017 Breeders’ Cup, as all 159 starters finished their respective 13 races. There was also no need for overt officiating, as no results required prolonged inquiries, objections, or changes in the order of finish by the stewards.

In fact, the only happenstance that could even be remotely called a “controversy” involved the pre-race stewards’ determination that Charles Fipke, the owner of Forever Unbridled (Unbridled’s Song), would have to pay double jockey fees as a penalty for a late rider switch from Joel Rosario to John Velazquez. Forever Unbridled ended up winning the GI Distaff, and trainer Dallas Stewart deserves an award for level- headedness for his emphatic but polite attempts to defuse the situation by repeatedly switching the focus back to his mare, even as numerous media entities kept asking him to explain the situation over and over again, both before and after the race.

 

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Taylor Made Launches Breeding Promo for KEENOV

Taylor Made Stallions has launched a new promotion for the Keeneland November sale called “Taylor Made Money”, which is designed to enhance value for the buyers and sellers of broodmares that are in foal to Taylor Made’s freshman stallions of 2017–California Chrome, Mshawish, and Not This Time–it was announced Sunday.

“Our new ‘Taylor Made Money’ promotion was designed to benefit both buyers and sellers of the over 50 broodmares selling at this week’s Keeneland November sale that are in foal to our exciting first-year stallions of 2017: California Chrome, Mshawish and Not This Time,” said Duncan Taylor, Taylor Made President CEO. “Buying one of these mares will automatically earn the buyer Taylor Made Money that will be good to use for up to 33% off the stud fee for an approved mare they wish to breed to one of those stallions in 2018, and the buyer will also receive the benefit of Taylor Made Stallions honoring the guaranteed live foal agreement in 2018 for the broodmare they purchase.”

Taylor Made Money is credit earned by a buyer of a broodmare in foal to the aforementioned three stallions at Keeneland November. That credit can be used to significantly reduce the stud fee on one of those three stallions for an approved mare in 2018. Broodmares purchased in foal to one of the stallions will also be given a free season for an approved mare back to the same stallion for the 2018 breeding season if the purchased in-foal mare does not produce a live foal in 2018.

California Chrome, standing for $40,000 in 2018, will have a $30,000 Taylor Made Money Fee; Mshawish, standing for $15,000 in 2018, will have a $10,000 Taylor Made Money fee; and Not This Time, standing for $15,000 in 2018, will have a $12,500 Taylor Made Money fee.

 

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‘Barman’ Out of Cup With Temp

Three-time G1 Melbourne Cup starter Who Shot Thebarman (NZ) (Yamanin Vital {NZ}), the 2014 G1 Auckland Cup hero and last out G2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup victor, will not compete in this year’s A$6.2-million G1 Emirates Melbourne Cup, after spiking a temperature Sunday morning. The Chris Waller trainee’s best previous finish was a third in 2014. He ran fifth last term.

“This afternoon when returning to the stables, Who Shot Thebarman presented with an elevated temperature and due to the level of elevation, I have no option but to withdraw the horse from the 2017 Emirates Melbourne Cup,” Waller told Racing Victoria Chief Steward Terry Bailey in a Sunday email. “It is obviously a great disappointment to the owners, my staff and I, however, the welfare of the horse comes first and for that reason, he must be scratched from Tuesday’s race.”

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Arqana December Catalogue Released

The catalogue for the four-day Arqana December Breeding Stock Sale, slated for Dec. 9-12, is now available. From a total of 953 lots catalogued, 455 mares, 174 filles, 319 weanlings and four stallions will go under the hammer. The dam of G1 Irish Derby and G1 St Leger hero Capri (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), Dialafara (Fr) (Anabaa), was purchased for €175,000 out of this catalogue in 2010, while Morning Light (Fr) (Literato {Fr}), the dam of dual French Classic hero Brametot (Ire) (Rajsaman {Fr}), brought just €12,000 in 2013. The latter was reoffered at this sale in 2014 and cost just €26,000.

Among the choicest lots is Zakia (Fr) (lot 197), a New Approach (Ire) half-sister to unbeaten G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe heroine Zarkava (Ire) (Zamindar) from the 41-strong Aga Khan Studs consignment. Zarkava is already the dam of G1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud hero Zarak (Fr) (Dubawi {Ire}).

Two Group 1 winners will be offered by Ecurie des Monceaux in December, one, G1 Premio Lydia Tesio heroine Sortilege (Ire) (Tiger Hill {Ire}) (lot 184) is in foal to top miler Kingman (GB). Lot 163, Molly Malone (Fr) (Lomitas {GB}) also hails from the Monceaux draft. A winner of the G1 Qatar Prix du Cadran, she is from the extended family of stellar German sire Monsun (Ger), dual Classic hero Brametot (Ire) and MGSW MG1SP Wekeela (Fr).

Monceaux’s Desiree Clary (Ger) (Sholokhov {Ire}) (lot 200), MGSP and fourth in the G1 Prix de Diane, is the lone mare in foal to Triple Crown hero and Horse of the Year American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) to grace a sales ring in Europe this season. She also ran third in the GIII Long Island H. Stateside.

Morning Mist (Ger) (Peintre Celebre {Nureyev}), a half-sister to the aforementioned Brametot, is lot 24. From the consignment of Ronald Rauscher, she is in foal to Group 1 sire Adlerflug (Ger).

Wertheimer et Frere brings a string of 21 fillies and mares to Arqana. Their Siligreen (GB) (Dansili {GB}) is entered as lot 178. She is a half-sister to G3 Prix du Calvados victress Polydream (Ire) (Oasis Dream {GB}) and out of French SW Polygreen (Fr) (Green Tune), who also placed third in the GIII Monrovia H. They also offer lot 159, Gravitee (Fr) (Galileo {Ire}), a full-sister to G1 Prix du Jockey Club hero Intello (Ger), carrying her first foal by Maxios (GB).

Group 3 runner-up Interesting (Ire) (Raven’s Pass) lot 105 is one of 16 from the Godolphin consignment. The daughter of GSW MG1SP With Fascination (Dayjur) is in foal to Iffraaj (GB), who is enjoying a top notch season in both hemispheres this year, represented by the likes of champion miler Ribchester (Ire) in Europe and Group 1 winners Gingernuts (NZ) and Jon Snow (NZ) Down Under.

Foals of interest include Sam Stone (Fr) (lot 53), a Dabirsim (Fr) half-brother to SW Stone Roses (Fr) (Rip Van Winkle {Ire}) and SW MGSP Straight Right (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) consigned by Haras du Petit Tellier; and a Frankel (GB) half-brother to MGSW G1SP Goken (Fr) (Kendargent {Fr}), consigned by Haras de Colleville, is lot 218.

There are also 10 wild card slots available for fillies with fresh form or mares and weanlings with updates. The sale begins at 11 a.m. local time each day barring Dec. 10, which starts at 10 a.m.

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The Queen’s Recorder to Montfort & Preaux

The Queen’s homebred Recorder (GB) (Galileo {Ire}–Memory {Ire}, by Danehill Dancer {Ire}) will stand at Haras de Montfort Preaux in France next year. A winner of two of his three starts, including the 2015 G3 Acomb S. at York for trainer William Haggas, the chestnut was favoured in the G1 Phoenix S., but was injured prior to that event and retired. Recorder will command a fee of €6,000.

“We are, of course, very happy to have been chosen by the Queen and her team to stand Recorder at Montfort Preaux Stud,” said stud owner Sylvain Vidal. “When John Warren contacted us, it was immediately clear to us that Recorder, bred by Her Majesty the Queen, was very dear to her. The Queen wishes to support him with her own mares and give him his best chance at succeeding, which means a lot to us. I would also like to thank Richard Venn for his help.”

Added John Warren, racing and breeding advisor to Her Majesty the Queen, “We hope the French breeders find in Recorder an opportunity to use a precocious but Classically bred stallion. The Queen inspected Recorder at Sandringham last week and we stood there saying that for all we know we might be looking at the winner of the [G1] 2000 Guineas.”

The first foal of G2 Cherry Hinton S. and G3 Albany S. victress Memory (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}), Recorder is a full-brother to French SW and G2 Qatar Prix Chaudenay runner-up Call To Mind (GB) and a half to SP Learn By Heart (GB) (Frankel {GB}). Memory herself is a half-sister to G3 Tyros S. heroine Remember Alexander (GB) (Teofilo {Ire}), while their dam is the GIII Miesque S. third Nausicaa (Diesis {GB}).

“This son of the champion Galileo has everything needed to succeed at stud,” said Mathieu Alex, Manager of Haras de Montfort Préaux in charge of client relations. “Very well bred, Recorder boasts two of the bloodlines that have been instrumental in Coolmore’s success, Galileo and Danehill Dancer.

As soon as we saw Recorder at the Royal Studs, we were convinced by his physique. He is a magnificent horse, powerful, very elegant and a wonderful mover.”

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A Phenomenal Horse

By Bill Finley

Most people figured this would be the year of a super horse. They were right and they were wrong. Super horse? Yes. Just not the one we thought.

Words like “greatness” and “superstar” are thrown around too easily in this sport, but with Gun Runner (Candy Ride {Arg}), every superlative you can think of is right on the mark. This is one fantastic race horse.

Coming into yesterday’s GI Breeders’ Cup Classic, we already knew he was a very good horse. Gun Runner had owned the summer, with three straight Grade I wins, all of them impressive victories. Yet, not everyone was convinced he was the best horse in the sport. In fact, he was not the favorite in the Classic. Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song) was.

There were not many doubts about Gun Runner coming into the Classic, but he managed to take a championship race and turn it into a show where he was the star and everyone else was part of a supporting cast. Good horses don’t do that. Very good horses don’t do that. Only those rare horses that are among the best of their era are capable of such a thing.

It’s not just that he won the most prestigious race run on this continent open to older male horses, it’s how he did it.

Because he had four very good horses in the race, Bob Baffert was set to play the spoiler and some wondered aloud if the white-haired trainer might gang up on Gun Runner. With different owners involved with all four of his horses, Baffert was never going to sacrifice one of his runners to benefit another. Still, with the way the race developed, Collected (City Zip) played the role of a rabbit.

Under Florent Geroux, Gun Runner bounced out of the gate, but Martin Garcia on Collected went right after him. With Gun Runner holding a slight lead, Collected pressed and pressed and pressed some more. The first quarter went in 22:50, and neither jockey was willing to give the other a breather.

With so many quality closers in the race, both Gun Runner and Collected figured to hit a wall at some point, but it never happened. At the top of the stretch, the two were only a head apart. It was then that Gun Runner found another gear. He shook off Collected and drew off to win by 2 1/4 lengths.

Turning in an outstanding performance in his own right, Collected held gamely for second. Really, it was a two-horse race from the moment the gates opened to the instant they crossed the wire.

So Gun Runner is obviously Horse of the Year. Where does he stand among the all-time greats? That’s a tough one to answer in any sort of definitive sense, but, at the very least, he belongs among a short list of great horses that have raced over the last few years, that also includes American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) and, yes, Arrogate.

Everyone in the Gun Runner camp had every reason to be elated yesterday, but perhaps no group was happier than the people at Three Chimneys. They bought into this horse so that they could stand him at stud and now they’re involved with a horse that is going to be one of the most in-demand sires to come around in a long time.

In time, we’ll learn more about what co-owners Three Chimneys Farm and Winchell Thoroughbreds have in mind when it comes to future plans for Gun Runner. They have already mentioned a start in the GI Pegasus World Cup, which is good news and bad news for Gulfstream Park.

You don’t want to put on a $16 million race and not have the top horse in the sport involved, but this is a unique race and it depends on 12 owners putting up $1 million to secure a spot in the field. They’re going to have a hard time finding 11 people who want to run against ths monster.

The Bob Baffert-Juddmonte team was hoping that Arrogate, not Gun Runner, would be the subject of the 600 or so words of fawning praise that have just jumped off my keyboard so far. That didn’t happen, but this is no time to bury this horse. Rather, it might be a good time to overlook his race yesterday and reflect back on what a great horse he was when on top of his game. You have to be very special to win, in succession, the GI Travers, the Breeders’ Cup Classic, the Pegasus World Cup and the GI Dubai World Cup.

The real Arrogate didn’t show up again yesterday as he finished in a dead-heat for fifth with Gunnevera (Dialed In) and was never, at any time, a serious threat in the race. What happened to him? One theory is that he hates the Del Mar racing surface, as he was 0 for 3 there after the Dubai World Cup. That’s possible, but the more likely scenario is that he ran so hard and overcame so much in Dubai that he was never again the same horse.

He will now enter stud and anyone holding his post-Dubai struggles against him when deciding who to breed their mares to would be, well, out of their minds. No matter how he finished up the year, he is still a horse who went on an historic run and was, for seven months, one of the best horses anyone has ever seen. Just like Gun Runner, he’s odds-on to be a good sire.

So another Breeders’ Cup is in the books and, just as there always is, there were stories aplenty. Peter Miller, a trainer you don’t hear much about, ran one-two in the GI Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint and followed that up with a win with Roy H (More Than Ready) in the GI Breeders’ Cup Sprint. World Approval (Northern Afleet) left little doubt that he’s the best turf horse in America by winning the GI Breeders’ Cup Mile. The incomparable Chad Brown not only won the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, but dd so with a maiden Good Magic (Curlin). So many longshots won on the card that the lines at every ATM at every racetrack and simulcasting outlet in America wound around the block.

But those stories were footnotes on this day, a day that was all about one horse-Gun Runner.

 

 

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Castellano Earns Shoemaker Award

By Christina Bossinakis

Javier Castellano, who nabbed the first race in this year’s Breeders’ Cup with Rushing Fall in the GI Juvenile Fillies, continued to make his presence felt through the remainder of the series, ultimately capturing the 15th Bill Shoemaker Award. In addition to his victory aboard the Chad Brown runner, he earned a second (Sprint–Imperial Hint), three thirds (Juvenile Turf–Voting Control; Filly Mare Sprint–Carina Mia; and Classic–West Coast) and a fourth-place finish (Juvenile–Givemeaminit) over the course of the two-day championships. The Shoemaker Award is based on a 10-5-3-1 scoring system on first through fourth-place finishes in each of the 13 Breeders’ Cup World Championship races.

Castellano finished with a total of 25 points, edging Jose Ortiz, Flavien Prat and John Velazquez, all of whom earned 23 points. Velaquez, who captured the award in 2004, 2011 and 2014, was the only rider to earn two races in the 13-race showcase. Past winners of the Shoemaker include Mike Smith, Ryan Moore and Garrett Gomez.

 

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On-Track Handle Sets New Breeders’ Cup Record

The 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Del Mar lured a total of 70,420 fans to the seaside oval who wagered $25,181,317 on track, the highest in the history of the event, which expanded from one day to two in 2007. That number represented a 21.4% increase from the $20,742,846 wagered at Santa Anita 12 months ago.

Saturday’s full-card on-track handle was $15,981,250 and was the largest since 2006. Common-pool wagering was $113,803,603, a 6% gain over 2016. Total handle for the two days was $166,077,486, which improved on the 2016 total of $156,861,811 by 5.9%. Total handle was highest since the 2010 Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs, when an additional two Breeders’ Cup races were programmed.

“We were treated to world championship performances over two days of the very best in international racing, combined with spectacular weather, smooth operations and excellent customer service from our hosts at Del Mar” Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Craig Fravel said. “Del Mar proved to be an extraordinary venue for our Championships and we want to thank its staff, our volunteers and the greater San Diego community for the warm welcome and gracious hospitality extended to our guests from around the world. We also want to thank racing fans for their enthusiastic support of our event.”

Joe Harper, president and general manager at Del Mar, also sung the praises of the event.

“Del Mar, its staff and the community of San Diego absolutely shone for this Breeders’ Cup,” he said. “I could not be more proud of the effort that was put forth by everyone at our racetrack and all the folks in San Diego who jumped on board for this marvelous event and made it into something spectacular. This was racing at its best; it was Del Mar at its best; and it was San Diego being all it could be. It was a complete winner.”

Saturday’s attendance was 37,692. Owing to the relatively small capacity at Del Mar, officials limited ticket sales to 37,500 for each day.

 

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Raven’s Pass’s Rising Star Tocco D’Amore Takes the Finale

By Tom Frary

Earning TDN Rising Star status on her six-length winning debut in a 10-furlong maiden here Apr. 9, Tocco d’Amore overcame a seven-month absence to continue the trail and register a convincing first black-type success in the process. Confidently anchored in mid-division early by Pat Smullen, the bay moved to Lagostovegas in the centre of the track and after gaining the advantage passing the furlong marker found a late surge to put her seal on Ireland’s last black-type race of 2017. “It’s a very pleasing performance by her. She is a very valuable filly and I look forward to winning group races with her next year,” trainer Dermot Weld stated. “She would always appreciate an ease in the ground and would not want it firm. She is a smart filly. She had a setback fairly soon after her previous run and was off all through the summer. We just waited and patience paid dividends.”

As expected from a €2million purchase from Pat O’Kelly famed nursery at Kilcarn Stud, Tocco d’Amore has fancy connections with her dam, the G2 Blandford S. runner-up Spirit of Tara, now responsible for a total of six black-type performers headed by Godolphin’s talented Echo of Light. Himself a €1.2million buy at the Goffs Orby auction that Kilcarn have helped shape in recent times, he captured five group races for the operation which included the G2 Prix Daniel Wildenstein. Now a sire alongside his smart Kingmambo half-brothers Akarem (GB) and Multazem, he is also a half to the G2 Ribblesdale S. runner-up Flame of Gibraltar (Ire) (Rock of Gibraltar {Ire}) and Irish History (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) who was third in the G1 Coronation S. The second dam Flame of Tara (Ire) (Artaius) was high-class in her own right, winning the latter Royal Ascot contest when it was still a group 2 and also the G2 Pretty Polly S. and finishing runner-up in the G1 Champion S. Her seven black-type performers feature her stellar full-sister Salsabil (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells) whose five top-level victories included the G1 Irish Derby, G1 Epsom Oaks and G1 1000 Guineas and who later produced three pattern-race winners headed by the GII Knickerbocker H.-winning sire Sahm (Mr. Prospector). Flame of Tara’s son Marju (Ire) achieved renown as a sire after taking the G1 St. James’s Palace S. and finishing second in the G1 Epsom Derby, while her other notable representatives were the G3 Prix de Psyche scorer and G1 Irish 1000 Guineas runner-up Danse Royale (Ire) (Caerleon), the SW and MGSP sire Song of Tara (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells) and the G2 Ribblesdale S. third Nearctic Flame (Ire), another by Sadler’s Wells who went on to throw three black-type performers. Also from the family of the GI Breeders’ Cup Turf hero Northern Spur (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells) and G1 Grand Criterium-winning sire Second Empire (Ire) (Fairy King), Spirit of Tara also has an as-yet unraced 2-year-old colt by Declaration of War named Texas Ranger (Ire) and a yearling colt by Invincible Spirit (Ire). The latter was purchased for €120,000 at the recent Orby by Justin Casse.

FINALE S.-Listed, €45,000, NAA, 11-5, 3yo/up, 12fT, 2:45.70, sf.
1–TOCCO D’AMORE (IRE), 121, f, 3, Raven’s Pass–Spirit of Tara (Ire) (GSP-Ire), by Sadler’s Wells.
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN.
(€2,000,000 Ylg ’15 GOFORB). O-Moyglare Stud Farm; B-Kilcarn Stud (IRE); T-Dermot Weld; J-Pat Smullen. €26,550. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $41,263. *1/2 to Akarem (GB) (Kingmambo), MSW-Eng GSP-Ire, $267,792, to Echo of Light (GB) (Dubai Millennium {GB}), MGSW-Eng Fr, G1SP-Ity, $459,479.
2–Lagostovegas (Ire), 126, m, 5, Footstepsinthesand (GB)–Reine de Coeur (Ire), by Montjeu (Ire). O-John Donohue. €8,550.
3–Mustajeer (GB), 131, g, 4, Medicean (GB)–Qelaan, by Dynaformer. (50,000gns HRA ’17 TATJUL). O-David Spratt. €4,050.
Margins: 3, NK, HF. Odds: 1.75, 2.50, 3.00. Click for the Racing Post result. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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