ORBY BUY LANDS RICHMOND STAKES
10 August 2018
LAND FORCE (IRE) continues to improve with every run and
captured his first pattern victory in Thursday’s Group 2 Richmond Stakes at
Glorious Goodwood. Successful in a maiden in May, Aidan O’Brien’s colt was next
placed at Listed level, then a close third in the Norfolk Stakes at Ascot,
before winning a Listed contest at Tipperary by two lengths in July.
His latest success saw him beat recent Group 3 winner Marie’s
Diamond (IRE) by a length, with just a neck back to Shine So Bright in third.
The Gimcrack Stakes is next in a long list of entries for LAND FORCE (IRE), who
is the first Group winner by his sire, No Nay Never, who stood for a fee of
€25,000 this season. Bred by Mrs Evie Stockwell, the colt cost Coolmore
partners €350,000 at the Goffs Orby Sale and is a half-brother to dual Grade 1
winner Photo Call (IRE).
Their dam, Theann, won at Group 3 level and is a Rock Of
Gibraltar half-sister to multiple Group 1 winner Halfway To Heaven (IRE), also
known as the dam of top-class filly Rhododendron (IRE). The second dam,
Cassandro Go (IRE), had the speed to win three top sprints and is a half-sister
to Irish 2,000 Guineas victor Verglas (IRE).