Saturday, September 29, 2018

Juddmonte Beresford Stakes Racing Roundup

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This Sunday the European road to the 2019 Kentucky Derby takes us across the pond to Naas Racecourse in County Kildare, Ireland, where MOUNT EVEREST is trending as the morning-line favorite in the Juddmonte Beresford Stakes (Group 2).
Mount Everest comes into this race with a 1-1-0 record in three starts for trainer Jim Bolger including a win in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden race. Here’s the chart call and link to watch the video of that race.

MOUNT EVEREST close up, soon led, joined 3 furlongs out, led again and stayed on best in final furlong.

Galileo, the sire of Cape of Good Hope, is a Classic Champion Thoroughbred and multiple Group Stakes winner that compiled a 6-1-0 record in eight starts with $2,245,373 in career earnings.
Galileo made only one start as a two-year-old, easily winning by an impressive 14 lengths.
As a three-year-old, Galileo won his season debut in the Ballysax Stakes. He followed that with his first Group win in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trail Stakes (Group 3). Galileo then earned classic honors with wins in the Vodafone Epsom Derby (Group 1) and the Budweiser Irish Derby (Group 1). His last group win was in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (Group 1).
As a stallion, Galileo was champion sire in 2008 and from 2010 to 2017 with 73 Group One winners and numerous Classic Champion Thoroughbreds:
Capri (St. Leger, Irish Derby,), Found (Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe), Frankel (2,000 Guineas), Australia (Epsom Derby, Irish Derby), Ruler Of The World (Epsom Derby), Magician (Irish 2,000 Guineas), Gleneagles (2,000 Guineas, Irish 2,000 Guineas), The Gurkha (French 2,000 Guineas), Churchill (2,000 Guineas, Irish 2,000 Guineas), Roderic O’Connor (Irish 2,000 Guineas), Treasure Beach (Irish Derby), Capri (Irish Derby, St. Leger), Soldier Of Fortune (Irish Derby), Order Of St George (Irish St. Leger), Cape Blanco (Irish Derby), Sixties Icon (St. Leger) and New Approach (Epsom Derby).
With an A+ Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile®, Mount Everest is the best-bred horse in this herd and he has the potential to earn Group Stakes honors.
Galileo is also the sire of JAPAN who comes into this races off a maiden win for trainer Aiden O’Brien in the Exchange Inn Ballybunion & Kevin's Bar Listowel Irish EBF Maiden race. Here’s the chart call of that race:

JAPAN chased leaders, 5th hallway, pushed along 2½ furlongs out, ridden into 3rd under 2 furlongs out, stayed on well inside final furlong to lead close to home.

Japan also has an A+ Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile® and I look for him to be competitive in this race.
SOVEREIGN is also sired by Galileo and he comes into this race off a maiden win in his third start for trainer Aiden O’Brien. Here’s the chart call of that race:

SOVEREIGN chased leader, improved to dispute after 1 furlong and soon led, pushed along to assert 2 furlongs out, clear entering straight, kept on strongly final furlong, eased close home.

Sovereign has room to improve off his maiden win and with an A+ Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile® I look for him to be competitive.
Honorable mention goes to Guaranteed and Power of Now. Guaranteed has a B Classic Champion Thoroughbred Profile® and Power of Now has a C profile. However, their Behavior Index could potentially make them competitive in this race.


Ranking, total points, Trainer
1. Mohawk (IRE), 10, Aidan O’Brien
2. Sydney Opera House (GB), 4, Aidan O’Brien
3. Cape of Good Hope (IRE), 2, Aidan O’Brien
4. Victory Command, (IRE), 1, Mark Johnston

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