16 April 2018

Not content with dominating the Grand National and Classic trials, Irish-breds made their presence felt from Japan to France and Spain over the weekend.

TOWER OF LONDON (IRE) was first to get in on the act in the Grade 3 Arlington Cup at Hanshin, Osaka on Saturday.

This three-year-old son of Kildangan Stud’s Raven’s Pass has been mentioned in these dispatches having won a Grade 2 and placing at the highest level in Japan. He carries the colours of Godolphin and is trained by Kazuo Fujisawa.

Guineas Trials day at ParisLongchamp revealed a few clues as to who will be in contention for the upcoming Classics and one had to be impressed with how MUSIS AMICA (IRE) went about her business in the Group 3 Prix de la Grotte to maintain a perfect 2-2 record.

It was a good weekend for Kildangan Stud stallions all told and this filly from the first crop of Dawn Approach (IRE) provided another big winner for Darley’s County Kildare establishment. This race often has a bearing on the French 2,000 Guineas. 

Meanwhile, CASTERTON (IRE), sired by Fastnet Rock out of a Sadler’s Wells mare, won the Listed Seymour Stakes on the same programme for Australian-based owners OTI Management.     

In Madrid, the Irish influence was also felt in the Premio Cimera, the Spanish 2,000 Guineas, as ANOTHER DAY OF SUN (IRE) shone. Bred by Patrick Gleeson, the son of Yeomanstown Stud stallion Camacho fetched €20,000 at the Goffs November Foal Sale and sold to the latter operation for €26,000 at the Goffs Open Yearling Sale. He won once from 10 starts in Britain last year before continuing his career in Spain.   

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