11 September 2017

CHEMICAL CHARGE (IRE) booked his ticket for Group 1 Canadian International at Woodbine with a narrow victory in the Group 3 September Stakes at Kempton Park on Saturday.  The five-year-old son of Sea The Stars (IRE) took a keen hold, but had to be switched wide to make his challenge over a furlong out, before finishing strongly to score by a head.  Remarkably consistent, the winner has only once finished out of the first three in 13 starts and has been placed at Group level on three occasions before this, his first win at Group level.  

Sire of last season’s dual Derby winner Harzand (IRE), Sea The Stars (IRE) stands at Gilltown Stud, where his 2017 fee was €125,000.  There are 10 opportunities to buy progeny of Sea the Stars (IRE) at the upcoming Goffs Orby Sale, while two lots by the sire are catalogued in the Tattersalls September Yearling sale.  

Later on the same card, INVINCIBLE ARMY (IRE) gave trainer James Tate the biggest success of his training career to date after he gained a deserved first Pattern victory in the Group 3 Sirenia Stakes having finished second in both the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes and the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes, the two-year-old son of Invincible Spirit (IRE) came good on the big stage when running out an impressive winner of this six-furlong contest.  Positioned just behind the early pace, the favourite picked up long-time leader Corinthia Knight (IRE) (Society Rock (IRE)) inside the final furlong before striding to victory by a length and a half in a new two-year-old course record time.  Tate said afterwards “… we will look at the [Group 1] Middle Park [Stakes], but I just don’t think he likes soft ground. If there is not a suitable race, we won’t run. I will discuss America [Breeders’ Cup] with Saeed [Manana, owner]. They are fun discussions to have.” Bred by Rabbah Bloodstock, he is out of Rajeem, who won the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes.  His sire, Irish National Stud flagship stallion Invincible Spirit (IRE) stood for a fee of €120,000 in 2017.  There are 13 by the sire catalogued in the Goffs Orby Sale.  

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