BLAIR SPRINGS SURPRISE ON SUPER SATURDAY
12 March 2018
Five of the 11 contenders in the
€ 244,000 Group 1 Jebel Hatta at the 2018 Super Saturday meeting at Meydan
Racecourse donned the royal blue silks of His highness Sheikh Mohammed’s
Godolphin Stables. It was the Charlie Appleby-trained BLAIR HOUSE (IRE) that
caused upset, delivering a telling burst when it mattered most to cross the
post ahead of fellow Godolphin-owned and race favourite Benbatl.
The five-year-old gelding was
claiming Stakes success for the first time, having won a competitive handicap
at the same racecourse last month. Darley bred and own both BLAIR HOUSE (IRE)
and his half-brother Key Victory (IRE), a son of Darley sire Teofilo (IRE) who
stands at their Kildangan Stud in County Kildare for a fee of €40,000. Key
Victory (IRE) broke his maiden on the first time asking at Newmarket last
October and holds early entries in both the 2,000 Guineas and the Irish Derby.
Fellow Darley homebred and
“carnival veteran” JUNGLE CAT (IRE) was in winning action at Meydan on Saturday
taking the Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint for the second straight year. The
six-year-old bay gave trainer Charlie Appleby one of his three victories on
Super Saturday with a comfortable two and a quarter length win and to bring his
career earnings past €754,000.
JUNGLE CAT (IRE) is the best of
nine runners out of the Listed winning race mare Mike’s Wildcat, while his
half-brother Texas Wildcatter was a juvenile winner and the runner-up of two
Group 3 contests.
Meanwhile, NORTH AMERICA was the
record-breaking winner of the € 325,000 Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge. He is out
of Northern Mischief, who was sold at the Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale in
2016 by Tinnakill House to Coolagown Stud and Joli Racing for just €1,000. The Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge is a warm up
for the Group 1 Dubai World Cup and NORTH AMERICA will attempt to be the fourth
horse to clinch the valuable double on Saturday March 31st.