Hurricane Lane & Native Trail grab the headlines on momentous week
Hurricane Lane completed an unprecedented treble as he powered to victory in the final Classic of the UK season, the St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday. He becomes the first Godolphin horse to win G1 races in Ireland, France and the UK in the same season following his exploits in the Irish Derby and Grand Prix de Paris.
A return to Paris could be on the cards for the Frankel colt for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on the first Sunday in October, where his main rival could be another of Godolphin’s star three-year-olds, Adayar.
Native Trail provided Godolphin with a third victory in the space of four years in the G1 Vincent O’Brien National Stakes with a scintillating performance in one of the season’s key juvenile races.
Now unbeaten in three starts, Native Trail will look to confirm his status as Europe’s best two-year-old colt by winning the G1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket next month.
Shamardal filly Fleur d’Iris also enhanced her Classic claims for 2022 with an easy success in the G3 Prix d’Aumale at Longchamp, while three-year-old Manobo stretched his perfect record to three when taking a Saint-Cloud Listed race by 10 lengths. Both could form part of a strong team of Godolphin contenders for the supporting races on Arc weekend.
In Australia, Anamoe made an exciting start to his three-year-old campaign with a surging win in the G2 Run To The Rose at Kembla Grange. Last season’s Sires’ Produce Stakes victor will now aim for further G1 glory in the Golden Rose, with the Caulfield Guineas also on the radar for the Street Boss colt.
Testimonial became Godolphin’s 7,000th winner worldwide earlier the same day when scoring in a Goulburn maiden.
Godolphin ended a lucrative Kentucky Downs meeting at the top of the owners’ standings with four wins yielding over US$1million in prize money, headed by Pixelate’s success in the G3 Mint Million. A return to G1 company for the Keeneland Turf Mile is one option for the ever-consistent four-year-old.
North America looks set to take centre stage this weekend, with a clutch of horses travelling out of Newmarket for major international prizes. Yibir is set to run in the Jockey Club Derby at Belmont on Saturday, with Creative Flair going for the Jockey Club Oaks on the same card.
Walton Street is in Canada for the G1 Canadian International at Woodbine on the same day, with two-year-olds Wild Beauty and Albahr lining up at the same fixture in the G1 Natalma Stakes and G1 Summer Stakes respectively.