Opening photo: Oisin Murphy celebrates victory in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas riding Kameko (USA) (m. B. 2017 Kitten’s Joy)
QIPCO 1000 & 2000 Guineas 2020, Newmarket, 06 & 07 June
Going a little way I can say, with certainty, that in the last four hundred years, that is, since the foundation of thoroughbred horse racing in the United Kingdom, Classic race had never been held without the public in the stands.
This year it went like this and will go on for a long time, both in Europe and in the United States of America.
We are fortunate that several televisions record these events so we do not lose anything from the armchair of the house: the regret of not being able to be present on the places of the various crimes remains, to enter even more into the red of the egg of these wonderful races in equally wonderful racecourses.
I don’t want to put any medal on my neck, but when I saw Pinatubo (GB) (mb 2017 Shamardal) appear at the presentation rod I realized that I had been right: the horse had not made the change of age, despite the triumphalistic statements on the its Winter development released by its trainer Mr. Charlie Appleby.
And in the race he showed that he is certainly not “the best horse in the entire history of horse racing”, the top 2 years that has ever been seen on tracks around the world.
Down the hat to the English bookmakers who, with the help of print and TV, and with the unjustified excitement of Handicappers around the world, have built a myth that made them cash in, between ante – post betting and operations from the declaration off-set starters, mind-boggling figures.
It has hugely disappointed Arizona (IRE) (m. B. 2017 No Nay Never) that his jockey, Mr. Ryan Moore, has even slowed to the finish line not just around the corner.
Who ran well, indeed very well, is Wichita (IRE) (m. B. 2017 No Nay Never) who, with Lanfranco Dettori in the saddle, showed the green mice to the winner Kameko (USA) (m. B. 2017 Kitten’s Joy).
Oisin Murphy found a perfect gap between Wichita and the other representative of Godolphin, Military March (GB) (mb 2017 New Approach), and he won the race with full merit: it can be said that the QIPCO 2000 Guineas, 2020 edition, they were won by the best horse.
Kameko’s mother, Sweeter Still (IRE) (f. B. 2005 Rock Of Gibraltar), was raised by Mrs. Ann Marie O’Brien, married to Aidan, and in the United States she won a Group 3 race and a Stake, at m. 1,600.
Father Kitten’s Joy (USA) (m. S. 2008 El Prado) won by m. 1,600 m 2,400.
In the ante – post market for the Investec Derby Kameko is favored at 4/1, and second favorite, between 9/2 and 5/1, is English King (FR) (mb 2017 Camelot), who is trained in Newmarket, by Ed Walker, former assistant of Luca Matteo Cumani.
English King, reared in France by Monceaux et Allied, might be favored for inverted coaches.
Who will he be?
English King is a son of Camelot (GB) (mb 2009 Montjeu), who mounts at Coolmore Stud, in Fethard, Co. Tipperary, Ireland, at the rate of € 40,000 and Platonic (GB) (fb 1999 Zafonic) , little running stuff, for the colors of Luca and Sara Cumani’s Fittocks Stud, which on 01 December 2004 went to the Mixed Auctions of Tattersalls, in Newmarket, and was purchased by Suprina (Ms. Patricia Boutin), for Ghinee 100.000, most likely for SASU Ecurie des Monceaux and for Lady O’Reilly (Skymarc Farm and / or Haras de la Louviere).
Platonic is a daughter of Puce (GB) (f. B. 1993 Darshaan), a discreet racing mare, but the breed production has been good.
Platonic produced Prudenzia (IRE) (fb 2005 Dansili), which gave, hold on tight, Magic Wand (IRE) (fb 2015 Galileo), which won almost € 4,000,000 worldwide, and Chicquita (IRE) (fb 2010 Montjeu), winner of the Darley Irish Oaks, Gr-1, and purchased at the Goffs Mixed Auctions, on November 23, 2013 by Peter & Ross Doyle for the Coolmore Group, for € 6,000,000.
Our friend English King, bought at the Yearlings Auctions in Arqana, Deauville, for € 210,000 from Agent Mr. Jeremy Brummitt, on behalf of his current owner, Mr. Bjorn Nielsen, won the Betsafe Derby Trial Stakes, Listed, m. 2,300, in a truly impressive way.
I currently don’t know who will represent Ballydoyle at the Investec Derby, but English King is my favorite.
Let’s move on to the QIPCO 1000 Guineas.
Devastating success of Love (IRE) (f. S. 2017 Galileo).
Observing the race projected on my TV screen by a camera that captured the mares alongside, I was able to notice, in a perfect way, the action of Love, edited by Ryan Moore.
I was reminded of the mounts of Steve Cauthen, riding Orban (USA) (mb 1983 Irish River), when, in the Rome Prize, at the time Group 1, he beat fair and square Tony Bin (IRE) (mb 1983 Kampala ).
Before the race Henry Cecil (not yet Sir) explained to me that Cauthen would go in the lead and, at every gallop time, he would increase the speed in an imperceptible, but sensitive way and in the end the opponents would collapse.
All this because Steve Cauthen, Cecil said, had the stopwatch in his head and was the only jockey who could practice that way of running.
Said and done.
The other day Love was not in the lead, but the way in which she got at first and then how she accelerated was identical to that day in Rome: at least I had the same impression.
Far be it from me to compare Ryan Moore to Steve Cauthen, the best jockey I have ever seen fit and who does photography, in my ranking, with Lester Piggott.
In 1979, in Turin, I organized a challenge Lester Piggott vs. Steve Cauthen: was a crowd record, never beaten and a record of the movement of betting on the field, also never beaten.
Let’s go back to Love.
The mare does not belong to a “special” family, even if she is half a sister of Lucky Crystale (GB) (f. B. 2011 Lucky Story), winner of two Group 2 races and purchased by Juddmonte.
Lucky Crystale has two products from Frankel (GB) (m. B. 2008 Galileo), a female born in 2019 and a male in 2020.
Already a Gr-1 winner at 2 years of age, Love will only improve and I don’t see who can beat her in the Investec Oaks, Gr-1, m. 2,400, race for which it is favored at an altitude that varies between 5/4 and 6/4.
Both Love and the second arrival Cloak Of Spirit (IRE) (fb 2017 Invincible Spirit) are the daughters of a daughter of Pivotal (GB) (ms 1993 Polar Falcon), a stallion who is proving to be a phenomenal father of mares, not far from Galileo (IRE) (mb 1998 Sadler’s Wells) and Giant’s Causeway (USA) (ms 1997 Stom Cat).
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