It was good to see that two of the Group 1 winners on the opening day of Royal Ascot had had their pedigrees covered by thebreedingshed.
First there was Tepin whose victory in the Queen Anne Stakes meant that she emulated another mare Goldikova by winning Royal Ascot’s Group 1 mile for older horses in addition to the Breeders’ Cup Mile. Goldikova might have won three Breeders’ Cup Miles but it’s a much rarer feat for an American-trained horse to win in Europe than a European-based horse to win in America.
Ahead of Tepin’s debut in Europe, thebreedingshed reviewed her pedigree recently in this post which highlighted the strong ties in her pedigree to European racing thanks to US-bred sires who had been trained at Ballydoyle in Ireland in their racing days.
Interestingly, it was a US-bred colt trained by Aidan O’Brien at Ballydoyle who won the very next race after Tepin when Caravaggio, a son of Florida Derby winner Scat Daddy, won the Coventry Stakes.
Later in the afternoon the King’s Stand Stakes was won by the four-year-old son of Invincible Spirit, Profitable.
This was a pleasing result as last October we covered the rather overlooked success enjoyed by Profitable’s dam Dani Ridge as a broodmare in 2015 in this post.
Back then Profitable was no more than a listed winner, but this season he has won all three of his starts in pattern company, winning the Group 3 Palace House Stakes, the Group 2 Temple Stakes and now the Group 1 King’s Stand, looking Europe’s top five-furlong performer.
Meanwhile Profitable’s year-older half-sister Ridge Ranger (by Bushranger) won a listed race at Nottingham last month and has since finished second in a similar event at Haydock.
Also in need of an update is Dani Ridge’s German-trained grandson Gamgoom who was such a prolific winner in 2015. He hasn’t added to those successes yet this year but he did finish second in a listed race at Lingfield on the all-weather in March.
[Image: Steve F]