Bloodstock Bites: Winning Vote

  • By: Chris Hill
  • Last Updated: March 26 2014, 11:54 GMT

With the start of the British Flat season just days away and the All-Weather season building to its million pound Easter crescendo, Lingfield Park took centre stage on Saturday.

Robin Hoods Bay (left) ridden by Luke Morris beats Windhoek (blue colours) ridden by Silvestre De Sousa
Robin Hoods Bay (left) ridden by Luke Morris beats Windhoek (blue colours) ridden by Silvestre De Sousa

The Group Three Winter Derby was the feature and was won convincingly by the Ed Vaughan-trained Robin Hoods Bay (Motivator) who went one place better than last year under Luke Morris.

Out of Bijou A Moi (Rainbow Quest), an unraced half-sister to the Listed runners-up Bite of the Cherry (Dalakhani) and Pietra Dura (Cadeaux Genereux), the dam of the U.S. Grade Three winner and Grade One Yellow Ribbon Stakes runner-up Turning Top (Pivotal), Robin Hoods Bay is twice a graduate of Tattersalls, on the latter occasion when selling to Bobby O’Ryan for just 5,200 guineas at the 2010 Horses-In-Training Sale, and is a half-brother to two other winners including Bill of Rights (Kyllachy), a winner last season in Sweden.

Bijou A Moi herself is out of the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes winner and Irish Champion Two Year-Old Filly from 1996, Bianca Nera, whose half-sister Hotelgenie Dot Com was runner-up in the 2000 Moyglare Stud Stakes before producing the 2006 Group One Fillies’ Mile and 2007 Falmouth Stakes winner Simply Perfect, with the further family producing last year’s Jersey Stakes winner and Irish 2000 Guineas runner-up Gale Force Ten.

2005 Derby winner Motivator is certainly starting to find his feet after a slow start to his stud career with Robin Hoods Bay becoming his tenth individual Group winner from five crops of racing age and with last year’s Arc and French Oaks heroine Treve due to return next month, the Group Three victory of Robin Hoods Bay could be just the start of a fantastic season for the Haras du Quesnay resident.

The Irish turf Flat season kicked off last Sunday with last season’s Champion Two Year-Old sire in GB and Ireland, Invincible Spirit, carrying on where he left off in 2013 and being responsible for the first Irish two year-old winner of 2014, the Kevin Prendergast-trained Beach Belle.

The second winner out of Lady O’Reilly’s Listed Dance Design Stakes winner and narrow Pretty Polly Stakes runner-up Beach Bunny (High Chaparral), Beach Belle hails from the family of the 1995 Prix Marcel Boussac winner Miss Tahiti, the dam of last season’s Group Three Oh So Sharp Stakes winner and current 1000 Guineas favourite Miss France (Dansili).

The sole black-type race on the card, the Group Three Park Express Stakes, was won by the Dermot Weld-trained Vote Often (Beat Hollow), a three year-old Juddmonte homebred full sister to the Champion French Two Year-Old from 2006 and Prix Marcel Boussac winner Proportional (Beat Hollow).

Vote Often is one of four winners produced to date by Minority (Generous), a winner over ten furlongs in France and close second in the Group Three Prix Minerve for Pascal Bary, whilst Roger Charlton’s Beckhampton stables is home to the two year-old half-brother to Sunday’s Group Three winner, Bold (Oasis Dream).

Minority herself is a half-sister to a pair of Listed winners in the shape of Skipping and Innocent Air as well as to the placed mare Skipping, the dam of Godolphin’s Grade One E P Taylor Stakes winner Folk Opera, whilst further back it is the family of Gran Premio del Jockey Club winner St Hilarion and Irish Champion Stakes and Premio Presidente della Republica winner Muhtarram.

For Beat Hollow, who stands as a dual-purpose stallion at Ballylinch Stud in County Kilkenny, the victory of Vote Often means he has now sired eleven individual Grade/Group race winners, eight on the flat and three over obstacles, whilst the cross that produced both Vote Often and Proportional, that of the four-time Grade/Group One winner with a Generous mare, was also responsible for last season’s Listed Prix du Ranelagh winner Cape Peron.

Beach Belle "The second winner out of Lady O’Reilly’s Listed winner and Pretty Polly runner-up Beach Bunny, Beach Belle hails from the family of the 1995 Prix Marcel Boussac winner Miss Tahiti, the dam of last season’s Oh So Sharp winner and current 1000 Guineas favourite Miss France."
Beach Belle

Over obstacles, the Tim Easterby-trained Run Ructions Run (Westerner) gained an important black-type victory when narrowly landing Saturday’s Listed Mares’ “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle Finale at Newbury under Dougie Costello.

Bought for €5,000 by Ballywalter Farm at the 2010 Goffs Open Yearling Sale, the five year-old mare is the second winner produced by Perfect Prospect (Golan), an unraced half-sister to The Cockney Mackem (Milan) who Nigel Twiston-Davies trained to three victories under National Hunt rules and to be placed in both the Grade Two Silver Trophy Handicap Chase and Grade Three Byrne Group Plate. Further back, it is also the family of four-time Irish St Leger winner and Champion Older European Stayer in 2002, Vinnie Roe.

Run Ructions Run’s victory is just the latest success for Castle Hyde Stud resident Westerner coming just over a week after the success of Western Warhorse in the Grade One Arkle Chase at Cheltenham and the same season that Captain Cutter claimed the Grade One Challow Novices’ Hurdle, Deputy Dan landed the Grade Two Leamington Novices’ Hurdle and Creepy took the Grade Two Hyde Novices’ Hurdle.

The DBS @ Newbury Sale that took place at the Berkshire racecourse after racing on Friday saw the winning Irish point-to-pointer Glenwood Star (Oscar) take top lot honours when selling to Anthony Bromley of Highflyer Bloodstock for £51,000.

One of six winners out of the 1993 Grade One Stayers’ Hurdle winner Shuil Ar Aghaidh (The Parson), a half-sister to the two-time Irish Listed jumps winner Rawhide (Buckskin) and to the dam of the dual Grade One winner Trafford Lad (Tragic Role), Glenwood Star is closely related to a couple of Graded performers this season, namely the Grade Two Flyingbolt Novice Chase winner Bright New Dawn (Presenting) and the Grade Three T A Morris Memorial Mares’ Novice Chase winner Ballinahow Lady (Beneficial), whilst it is also the family of the 2014 Bobbyjo Chase winner and Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up On His Own (Presenting).

With Supasundae (Galileo), a Wetherby bumper winner on his only start, being bought back by his vendor for £47,000, the next priciest lot to change hands at the Newbury sale was the Irish bumper winner Poker School (Gold Well) who initially passed through the ring unsold but was later purchased privately by trainer Ian Williams for £45,000.

At the conclusion of the sale, eighteen lots had changed hands for a total of £366,000, a decrease of 66% on the 2013 renewal, at an average price of £20,333 and median of £20,500, a reduction of 60% and 53% respectively, with the success of the recent Brightwells Cheltenham Festival Sale the apparent reason for such a dramatic downturn.

Chris Hill

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