Freshman Sire Soldier’s Call Off The Mark At Ripon

Minutes after freshman sire Phoenix Of Spain (Ire) (Lope De Vega {Ire}) notched his first winner at Leicester, Ballyhane Stud incumbent Soldier’s Call (GB) (Showcasing {GB}) repeated the feat when Archie Watson trainee Dreadpirateroberts (Ire) (Soldier’s Call {GB}–Gangster Squad {Fr}, by Astronomer Royal) graduated in Saturday’s Black-A-Moor Inn Half A Mile Away EBF Restricted Novice S. at Ripon.

The 85-40 favourite ran second in his Brighton debut last week and broke sharply to seize an immediate lead in this return. In command throughout, he was last to come off the bridle after halfway and kept on strongly under a final-furlong drive to hold the late bid of Innvincible Friend (Ire) (Inns Of Court {Ire}) by a length.

Dreadpirateroberts is the fifth of six foals and third scorer out of a winning half to Listed Landaluce S. third Ridemetothemoon (Malibu Moon). The April-foaled bay’s dual stakes-placed third dam Catcher (Storm Cat) is a full-sister to G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic and GI Swaps S.-winning sire Cat Thief.

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