Holy Roman Emperor Posts More Group 1 Wins
World renowned shuttle sire Holy Roman Emperor added a 13th Group I winner to his tally in the US on the weekend when Glorious Empire (7g Holy Roman Emperor x Humble and Proud, by Pivotal) captured the $1 million Sword Dancer Stakes at Saratoga.
Winner of the Group II Bowling Green Stakes at Saratoga last month, the James Lawrence trained seven year-old was able to repeat the performance when taking out this mile and a half test on turf by a dominant length and three-quarters.
Ridden forward from the gate by Julien Leparoux, Glorious Empire made all the running and despite being challenged strongly coming to the home turn, he found another gear and cruised clear for a powerful win.
— Breeders' Cup (@BreedersCup) August 25, 2018
Glorious Empire began his career in Great Britain, and was a winner from two starts in Hong Kong in 2015 before eventually finding his way to North America. He provided his current trainer James “Chuck” Lawrence with his first Group I win.
“I’m trying to get my voice back,” said Lawrence.
“We knew this horse had this kind of talent, it was just a matter of getting it to come out, so here we go… I thought the 23[-second] quarter[-mile] got us, but then he really slowed it down for Julien [Leparoux], luckily… When he slowed it down, I was pretty happy and I just kept yelling throughout the turn, ‘Julien, let him go, let him go.’ I knew he was fit, it was just a matter of getting the wire to come fast enough. He responded at the top of the lane. That was really special.”
Bred to be a Champion Honorius is a 7 year stallion with an impeccable pedigree and strong racing credentials that will prove to be popular in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, UK, a strong turf stallion that performed at the highest grade Honorius is set to be a future star. pic.twitter.com/V1yDzSO8I3
— Knightsbridge (@KBloodstock) July 8, 2018
Glorious Empire has earned a ticket to the Group I Breeders’ Cup Turf with Saturday’s win, and Lawrence confirmed a trip to Churchill Downs would likely be the long-term goal going forward.
Glorious Empire is the best of two winners from Humble and Proud, a half-sister by Pivotal to stakes-winner Delsarte.
An incredibly versatile sire of 13 Group I winners in nine countries, Holy Roman Emperor has the ability to sire sprinters, stayers and everything in between.
Fabulous Holy Roman Emperor enjoyed his second European Classic winner of 2018 when Well Timed (3f Holy Roman Emperor-Wells Present, by Cadeaux Genereux) prevailed in the German Oaks.
The Stall Ullmann home-bred was sent off favourite for the 160th running of the Preis der Diana at Dusseldorf and she shook off Night Of England to win by a length and three-quarters. The Champs Elysees filly Wonder Of Lips (3f Champs Elysees-Wunderblume, by Lomitas) came third.
Trained by Jean-Pierre Carvalho, the exciting filly had won the G2 Diana Trial at Hoppegarten on her previous run.
Well Timed was following in the steps of Holy Roman’s 2018 G1 Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Romanised (3c Holy Roman Emperor-Romantic Venture, by Indian Ridge) in bringing Classic victory for their sire.
Holy Roman Emperor is well-used to international success and Glorious Empire (7g Holy Roman Emperor-Humble And Proud, by Pivotal) was his latest globe-trotting scorer at Saratoga at the weekend.
Jimmy Lawrence’s charge shared the spoils in the $250,0000 G2 Bowling Green Stakes when joined at the wire by Channel Maker.
“It just worked out,” said Lawrence. “We wanted to get him out there by himself and let him settle, and hopefully, get away with easy fractions. At the top of the lane I didn’t think they would catch him.”
Bred in Ireland by Patrick Grogan, Glorious Empire has amassed around $317,000 in prize money during a career that has also seen victories in Britain and Hong Kong.
GET READY FOR THE HONOR(IUS) ROLL … At first flush, you might consider that HONORIUS is just the type of stallion to produce a good stayer … and you’d probably be right.
After all, he ran third in the Group One Spring Champion (2000m) behind Dundeel, third in the Group One Queensland Derby (2400m) and second – again behind Dundeel – in the Group Three Gloaming Stakes (1800m). All up, he ran seven – yes, seven – stakes placings as a 3YO.
He then came out and won the Group Three Craven Plate (2000m) at four, along with a second in the Group Three Kingston Town (2000m) before running fourth – in successive years – in the Group Three David Jones (2000m).
The first Honorius born today at Larneuk in Victoria. pic.twitter.com/2TXq4jqYLf
— Knightsbridge (@KBloodstock) August 24, 2018
Trained by Darren Weir, Honorius raced on until he was a 7YO. But the thing is, he also won twice in town at two! How’s that for staying power? Meanwhile, Honorius is by the Danehill stallion, Holy Roman Emperor, a Champion 2YO Colt, but a stallion who can count among his 75 stakes winners the likes of Hong Kong Horse of the Year and Champion Middle Distance Horse, Designs on Rome and New Zealand Horse of the Year and Champion Stayer, Mongolian Khan. What’s more, he’s also sired 2017 Group One winning sprinter, Sheidel and another Group One winning flyer in Rich Tapestry.
As for the other side of the pedigree, Honorius is a half brother to South African Horse of the Year and Champion Middle Distance Horse, Igugu and Ngaga, a stakes winner over 2000m in 2018. We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Honorius’s first foals this spring and have our fingers crossed they look just like dad. But you know what … you probably will end up with a stayer. Then again, who was the last owner of a Caulfield Cup winner who complained about being patient? Honorius stands this season at a fee of $5,500 inc. GST.
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