Traisha lands the Listed Beckford stakes

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Invincible Spirit filly Traisha bounded clear on the far side rail in the final furlong to land the Beckford Listed stakes  from Urban Artist under David Egan.

David held the filly up in midfield, she was switched left going well 2 furlongs out, she came clear in the final furlong on the far rail, she did it easily winning by 3 lengths.

David Said:- "When the gap came two out, I either had to commit or wait sitting and I decided to go,She had a little look in the last furlong, but she is a very straight-forward filly and Joseph was confident beforehand."

Joseph said: “She has been consistent and progressive all year. It’s nice to win a stakes race with her. She’s a very well-bred filly.There’s a chance she might stay in training next year. The decision will be with the owners so we’ll wait and see, but there is a chance.”

Pretty Gorgeous gives Shane his first Group 1 win in the Fillies Mile

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Lawman filly Pretty Gorgeous gave Shane Crosse his first Group 1 winner when landing the Fillies Mile, 2 years after Joseph won the race with 4 time Group 1 winner Iridessa. The filly had missed her intended run last weekend in France due to the contaminated feed drama. The filly was winning her 3rd race of the year. 

Shane held the filly up in the centre, she made headway over 2 furlongs out, she led entering the final furlong ran on well winning by half a length. 

Joseph said: “It’s fantastic and I thought Shane gave the filly a great ride. He was patient on her and committed when he had to. Shane is a young man, but he is a very good rider, strong and cool in a finish, and he doesn’t panic. She was fighting them off at the line. She has got a great constitution. She went to France last weekend and came back. The lad that rides her out at home said she had taken the journey well and was in good shape, and all credit goes to them as they said she would come here with every chance. I was quite worried myself and I had a good conversation with Mr Oxley during the week and he was keen enough that if she was in good shape that we would take the chance and let her run. The way it worked out the French race looked a tough race and the ground was nicer here. She has won her Group One and whether that was here or France, I wouldn’t be fussy. It has worked out well in the end. She is an exciting filly going forwards. I would think the 1000 Guineas is the obvious target now. She has the options of the Breeders’ Cup, but we will probably decide to put her away for the season. She is a Lawman, so she would not be bred to go very far. I think Lawman’s can get 10 furlongs and I see her more as an eight to 10-furlong filly rather than an Oaks-type filly at this stage.”


  Thunder Moon wins Group 1 National stakes

 Thunder Moon 
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Zoffany Colt Thunder Moon landed the Vincent O'Brien National stakes under Declan McDonogh at the Curragh. 

Declan had the colt chasing the leaders on inner, he was short of room 1 1/2f out, he was switched left and badly checked over 1 furlong out, he went 5th 1 furlong out, he was ridden and quickened to lead inside final furlong, stayed on well close home. To win by 1 1/2 lengths.

Declan said:- He quickened very well. I just got on their heels when I was trying to angle out a little bit, I had to bite the bullet and sit and suffer.

“He showed great heart when he got a bit of room. He was always giving me the feel that he was going to run them down and he was very impressive.

“He was very impressive the first day but you just never know what you are beating. I'd say he's got a serious will to win because when he got tight he just wanted to run by them again.

“I'd say the ground was as slow as he wants it, he has a real fast ground action and I think fast ground will suit him really well as he's a strong traveller.

“He seemed like he was in third gear the whole way. It's lovely to get a Group 1.”


Galileo Chrome wins the St. Leger to give Joseph his first English Classic

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Australia Colt Galileo Chrome wins his 4th race of 2020 when winning the St. Leger at Doncaster under Tom Marquand to give Joseph his first English Classic the win also provided Australia with his first Group 1 success. His regular jockey Shane Crosse became unavailable because of a positive test for Covid-19.

Joseph made history with this victory, becoming the first man to ride and train a St Leger winner since Harry Wragg in the 1930s.

Joseph said:-" It’s fantastic, a great performance from the horse – very tough, genuine and stayed very well.Tom gave him a fantastic ride.It’s great for Tom. He’s obviously been riding extremely well for a number of years now all over the world – and when he was available, we didn’t have to look any further.It’s very well-deserved.

As for Crosse, he added: “Shane, I’m sure, is obviously gutted to miss the ride on him.But Shane’s a young man, and he’s a very talented rider – and he’ll have plenty of big rides in the future.”