Great Racing at Ebor, York
Threading, who made such a good impression when winning on her debut at Goodwood, took the step up in class in her stride when landing the G2 Lowther Stakes at York. The daughter of Exceed And Excel tracked the quick pace set by Happy Like A Fool and when asked for her effort a couple of furlongs from home, ran on really well to record a one-and-three-quarter length triumph. She holds future entries over the same six furlong trip in the G1 Cheveley Park Stakes as well as the G2 Rockfel over seven.
Threading is a daughter of the unraced Seeking The Gold mare Chaquiras, who had previously produced three winners including four-time scorer Beachy Head (Shamardal). A sister to the great Champion Dubai Millennium, Chaquiras also has a yearling filly by Slade Power and has been scanned in foal to Farhh this season.
Famed as an exceptional sire of juveniles, Exceed And Excel has now sired 63 runners that have won a Stakes race at that age. These include the outstanding Outstrip and Buratino in the northern hemisphere with Helmet and Champion’s Sidestep and Overreach heading his Australian-bred performers.
Richard Pankhurst (John Gosden/Andrea Atzeni) tries for more G2 success in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood, UK, on Saturday, August 26.
The five-year-old horse has made one appearance so far in 2017, when finishing eighth and last in the G3 Criterion Stakes over seven furlongs at Newmarket on July 1.
Last year, the son of Raven’s Pass put up his best performance with success in the G2 Hungerford Stakes over seven furlongs at Newbury.
John Gosden said: “Richard Pankhurst is coming to himself and will appreciate the ground drying out.”
The five other starters in the Celebration Mile include last year’s first and second, Lightning Spear and Zonderland, plus G3 scorer Hathal.
Peace Trail (Charlie Appleby/Adam Kirby) has her first Pattern race appearance in the seven-furlong G3 Prestige Stakes.
The two-year-old Kyllachy filly made all on debut, when the cosy half-length winner of a seven-furlong maiden at Newmarket on August 12.
Peace Trail faces nine opponents including Listed winner Izzy Bizu plus course and distance scorer Billesdon Brook.
Her trainer Charlie Appleby said: “We were pleased with Peace Trail’s first outing at Newmarket and she has come out of the race well.
“She in drawn a bit wide on Saturday (stall 10) but she went forward at Newmarket and is a straightforward enough filly, so hopefully she can overcome it.
“I think she should run a big race.”
Walton Street (Charlie Appleby/Adam Kirby), who is unbeaten in two starts, steps up in both class and distance to contest the Listed March Stakes over a mile and six furlongs.
The three-year-old son of Cape Cross was successful by two lengths in an 11-furlong handicap at Goodwood on August 4 after starting out by winning a Pontefract maiden in July.
Charlie Appleby continued: “Walton Street progressed from his first to his second run and has come out of his latest start in good shape.
“The March Stakes is the next step up for him. He is a slightly hard horse to assess at home, because he is not known for being a work horse.
“But you can’t be any happier with what he has achieved on the track so far.”
White Desert made a winning debut over 10 furlongs at Newbury on July 13 and contests the handicap over a mile and a half, while Mountain Hunter triumphed over a mile at Newmarket on August 4 and runs in the handicap over a furlong further.
Prizemoney alone does not make a successful racing Festival in the British Isles. It might help draw the best horses, but there are other ingredients that create the perfect recipe for success.
York is fourth chronologically in the catalogue of big summer meetings in England. It takes place on one of the most superb racecourses anywhere in the world, and is watched from grandstands that provide excellent viewing and first class restaurants and facilities.
Next year, those facilities will be further upgraded, with attention switching to the middle of the course. Around £5m has been allocated for a revamp of the infield, according to William Derby, York’s chief executive, who this week oversees his 15th Ebor meeting.
Derby is rightly proud of the racecourse and the incredibly high standard of racing being staged over the four days this week, with Wednesday’s three-way tussle between Ulysses, Churchill and Godolphin’s Barney Roy in the G1 Juddmonte International setting the scene.
What appeared an epic contest on paper lived up to expectations in every regard.
Lord Grimthorpe, chairman of York Race Committee, felt that a truly strong renewal of the Juddmonte had taken place.
“It’s been Britain’s leading-rated race over the last few years, and of course, this year we had three crackerjacks all in the mix with a furlong to go. We would always be happy with a race like that.”
Lord Grimthorpe also paid tribute to the devotion of Yorkshire crowds. “I was brought up here in Yorkshire, and I love this course like no other,” he said.
“The racing public thrive on seeing good horses, having good facilities, and a good atmosphere on raceday. We love the enthusiasm the people have for the racing.
“We love them to come, dress up, have a good time. The racing public of York have been so supportive. They make it. They make it a fun place to come,” he said.
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