Godolphin Aims at Breeders’ Cup Success
By J A McGrath
Smart two-year-old Masar is to be aimed at the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Del Mar, USA, on November 3 and misses Saturday’s G1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.
“Masar is a very consistent young horse, who is more confident when running on a quicker surface,” Appleby explained.
“With Doncaster on the slow side, I think Del Mar is the preferable option for him. His profile is very like Outstrip’s.
“He’s a G3 winner (Sandown’s Solario Stakes), and G1 placed (Chantilly’s Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere), so he brings a high level of form to Del Mar,” the trainer added.
Masar, who has never been out of the first three in four starts, was not beaten far by Happily and Olmedo in the Lagardere but was slightly inconvenienced by the ground.
Appleby believes that Loxley, another New Approach colt, will not look out of place in the Racing Post Trophy, for which he has been supplemented.
He said the inexperienced juvenile has progressed significantly since dead-heating for first (with Istanbul Sultan) in a Goodwood novice on October 15.
“It’s asking a lot of this horse to step up to a G1, but I feel he learnt a lot at Goodwood on his first outing, and he has come forward for that experience,” the trainer added.
In other two-year-old news, Mythical Magic is a confirmed runner in Saturday’s G3 Horris Hill Stakes at Newbury. “He’s come out of his trip to Chantilly well, and I feel the drop back in trip will suit him,” Appleby said.
The breeding industry is the cornerstone of the Breeders’ Cup program, the very foundation of our Championships and Challenge series. All horses have to be nominated in order to compete in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and it all begins with the stallions.
North American stallions are nominated annually to the Breeders’ Cup, the nomination is for the upcoming breeding season and the fee to be eligible is equal to the stud’s advertised breeding fee. Once the stallion is nominated and begins breeding (covering mares) all of his progeny (foals) from that breeding season are then eligible to be nominated the year they are born. If a stallion is really popular and has more than 50 foals born each year, then he pays more in nomination fees.
Foals born in North America only have to be nominated once to the Breeders’ Cup, by October 15 of the year they are born, their breeder pays a one-time $400 nomination fee and that foal is then is fully eligible to run in any Breeders’ Cup World Championship race for its entire racing career. For the nominator, a Breeders’ Cup nomination pays off in the sales ring with nominated foals bringing six times on average what non-nominated foals sell for and it pays off in nominator awards earned through the Challenge Series and in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
Stallions that stand outside of North America can participate too, international stallions standing in the Northern Hemisphere pay 50% of their stud fee and stallions standing in the Southern Hemisphere pay 25% of their stud fee. Once an international stallion is nominated for a breeding season, all his foals that are born the following year receive free nominations to the Breeders’ Cup.