Judemont’s victory at Newbury places him in position to win the Doncaster Classic, while Batefred St. Leger’s best hope is an arrest.
Judemont’s victory at Newbury places him in position to win the Doncaster Classic, while Batefred St. Leger’s best hope is an arrest. John and Thady Gosden’s Frankel gelding won the Chester Vase on soft ground in May by a significant margin. Won, but only placed tenth in the Epsom Derby and fifth in the King Edward VII at Royal Ascot Take…
On both routes, the terrain was good to firm, while at Newbury it was good to soft. He appeared even more at ease as he defeated Frankie Dettori in the third group of the Jeffrey Freer Championship by half a stroke. Layman is now the standard, but it demands a considerable amount of ground to play.
“He clearly won the trial, and we know he enjoys the tranquility of the terrain,” said Barry Mahon of Juddmont. “I believe the owners have expressed a preference for Ledger Road as long as the soil is loose, so we’ll take that route.”
Macduff appears to be another promising horse owned by Juddmont, as he won easily on his Newmarket debut earlier this month. She was a descendant of a mare named ‘Present Tense’, the half-sister of the famous Kingman’s mother.
Connections was ecstatic about his first triumph, but he was not under a great deal of pressure because he was expected to flourish at age three. “It was a successful debut, he’s a good horse,” Mahon said. “He’s a large horse, so he won’t race frequently this year. Ralf is taking his time, and we’ll likely wait until mid-September to choose his next race.”
“He is from a respectable family; his mother is the sister of Kingman. Next year will be his year; I don’t believe we will be able to dominate him this year.”