Juddmonte-sired horses snatched three Group wins at Deauville today (15th August). Starting with a first Group win for DANSILI’s First Sitting in the Gr.3 Gontaut-Biron and swiftly followed by a FRANKEL Group race double from Eminent (Prix Guillaume d’Ornano, Gr.2) and Lady Frankel (Prix de Lieurey, Gr.3).
First Sitting is a full brother to Group 1 winning Emulous and was bought at Tattersalls Horses in Training Sale for 15,000 guineas in 2014.
2000 Guineas and Derby contender Eminent demonstrated his class by taking an early lead and finishing three lengths clear at the line. Trainer Martyn Meade said: “There was no lead here and so we had no other tactic than to make it and it worked out on this particular occasion. He has come through some difficult times and has struggled a little bit, but today he bowled along and said this is me and what I can do. Beating a dual Classic winner in France is exciting and that’s what made this race so good.”
Lady Frankel, who was previously third in the Gr.3 Prix de la Grotte, gave Frankel his eleventh Group winner from his first crop when she overcame a tricky run to triumph in the Prix de Lieurey (Gr.3). Trainer Andre Fabre commented: “She has run a good race today and I think she’ll stay further, so I would imagine she’ll come back next time in the [Gr.1 Prix de l’] Opera [at Chantilly, 1st October].”
Unbeaten champion racehorse FRANKEL sired his first Australian winner on Tuesday when pricey ($1.6 million) yearling Merovee collected the XXXX Gold Maiden Plate on Newcastle’s Beaumont track (15th August 2017).
Trained by Chris Waller and ridden by Hugh Bowman, Merovee (pictured left as a yearling) wasn’t the best away in the seven-horse field but soon slotted into a handy trail.
Bowman whipped out three and four wide on the bend, setting out after those ahead of him, reaching the lead at the 200 metres. Merovee dug deep to repel a strong challenge from four-time Group 1 winner Princess Coup’s son Legendofoz, going on to score by 0.6 lengths.
“He looked good and felt really good,” Bowman said, “His (debut) run was maybe disappointing on face value but I wasn’t disappointed because it was a slowly run 1200 metre race and he was simply out-sprinted.
“Over more distance today I was able to get moving when it suited me. I wasn’t trapped in among them like at his first start. I loved the way he dug deep the last 100 metres. He had a fight on his hands and for a pretty experienced horse to respond the way he did was a very good sign.
“To the eye to me he still looks very immature physically so he is going to be a much nicer horse in time.”
Merovee was bred by John Singleton’s Strawberry Hills Stud out of his multiple Group 2 winner and Golden Slipper-placed mare More Strawberries. The colt was knocked down to Waller for $1.6 million at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. Merovee is FRANKEL’s fourth runner in Australia.
The Juddmonte Farms Group consists of properties in the UK, Ireland and the USA.
Juddmonte is one of the leading breeders in the world and have to date bred 105 individual Group/Grade 1 winners of 201 Group/Grade 1 races, including 25 Classic winners. Group/Grade 1 win number 200 and Classic winner number 25 came courtesy of fourth generation homebred Enable, who won the Oaks in 2017.
Juddmonte Farms race all its homebred progeny in Khalid Abdullah’s colours (green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves).