Step Up In Trip Sparks Arthur’s Court Win
A step up in trip saw the Hugo Palmer-trained Arthur’s Court (2c Camelot – Logjam, by Royal Academy) gain his maiden win at Windsor on Monday evening.
Placed last time out over seven furlongs, he was given a hold-up ride on his first start over a mile, as James Doyle waited until the three furlong pole to make his move. Pressing the leading pair, he was driven out to lead approaching the final furlong and stayed on well to beat previous winner Dramatic Sands (Footstepsinthesand) by a length and three quarters.
Owned by John Livock, Nat Lacy and Mrs MV Magnier, Arthur’s Court was a €90,000 yearling purchase at Arqana by his trainer and Avenue Bloodstock. He was bred by Lynch-Bages and Rhinestone Bloodstock and is a half-brother to multiple Group winner Boris De Deauville.
Step Up In Colt Sparks Downdwarf Improvement
The improving Downdraft (4c Camelot – Cinnamon Rose, by Trempolino) made a successful step up in trip to take Her Majesty’s Plate, a Listed contest over a mile and six furlongs, at Down Royal on Friday.
The Joseph O’Brien-trained colt was following up on his debut black-type victory in the Lenebane Stakes over a mile and a half at Roscommon earlier in the month. Sent off second favourite under a penalty, he chased the leaders for much of the way and was driven to challenge over a furlong out by Donnacha O’Brien. Leading inside the final furlong, he wan on to beat the favourite The King (Mastercraftsman) by three lengths, with a further five lengths back to Giuseppe Garibaldi (Galileo) in third.
Donnacha O’Brien was full of praise for Downdraft after the race, saying, “He’s a beautiful horse to ride, you just throw the reins at him and he goes along at his own pace. Then when you give him a squeeze he is there for you. He’s an improving horse and I think the step up in trip brought about more improvement. He is tactical and he relaxes, so you would have a load of options with him.”
Owned by OTI Racing, Downdraft was bred by Airlie Stud and is a half-brother to Moyglare Stud Stakes heroine Chelsea Rose, herself the dam of dual Group 1 winner Kew Gardens (Galileo).
Downdraft Improvement Leads To Latest Win
Downdraft (4c Camelot – Cinnamon Rose, by Trempolino) became the latest Stakes winner by his sire when taking the Listed Lenebane Stakes at Roscommon in the colours of OTI Racing.
Monday saw the Joseph O’Brien-trained colt sent off favourite following a fine run at Royal Ascot, where he was beaten less than four lengths in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes, despite not getting a clear run. Reunited with Donnacha O’Brien, the bay tracked the leader for much of the way and was travelling well two furlongs out, from which he was ridden to lead a furlong later. He was ridden out to hold off a challenge by Massif Central, prevailing by half a length on the line.
The winning jockey later commented,”Downdraft has a nice little turn of foot. They went very slow and I was happy just to sit on him and when I asked him to quicken he did it smartly for me.”
Bred by Airlie Stud, Downdraft is a half-brother to Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes heroine Chelsea Rose, also known as the dam of dual Group 1 winner Kew Gardens (Galileo) and Prix Maurice de Gheest runner-up Thawaany.
A little bit of Royalty arrived at the farm today, our Camelot mare is a beautiful addition to the broodmare band. She will most likely be sent to Honorius this year. pic.twitter.com/nGnh5HZK3l— Knightsbridge (@KBloodstock) August 7, 2019
Camelot stands at a fee of €40,000 in 2019.