Visualisation takes Listed Honours

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21.09

No Nay Never Colt Visualisation made all to win the Listed Edmund and Josie Whelan Memorial Listowel Stakes by 2 1/2  lengths under an inspired ride by Declan McDonogh. 

The colt was rousted up away from the stalls by Declan, enabling him to move across the field and grab the lead. he chasing pack attempted to close the gap from the home turn, but Visualisation never looked in any real danger of being caught with Geometrical 2nd and Casanova close up in third. The win was the colts 4th of the season.

His winning time was 1m. 56.00 which was bang on the course average on yielding to soft going.

Assistant trainer  Brendan Powell, said: “Declan was brilliant on him. He got him out from the gates and to the front and he has dictated lovely the whole way. He has given him a breather on the bend and then kicked. I think he is improving all the time and obviously the softer the ground, the better. He stays well, is very genuine and has won that well in the end. That’s his best win and the best he has been. Where Joseph will go now I don’t know, but he’ll stay further."


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Agartha makes all to land the Group 2 Debutante Stakes


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21.08

Caravaggio filly Agartha followed up her Group 3 success of last month when winning the Group 2 Alpha Centauri Debutante Stakes for new owner Scott C Heider.

Agartha made all the running, she was ridden under 2 furlongs out, she was 2 lengths clear over a furlong out, stayed on well inside the final furlong to maintain her 2-length advantage at the line under Declan McDonogh.

Assistant Brendan Powell said:- “She's unreal, she's tough and Declan said she seems to go on any ground. Last time out he made plenty of use of her and he's done the same today. You could see them trying to come at her one by one. Shane was on the other one Seisai and said they went a proper gallop. She seems to stay well; she gallops well and puts her head down. Most of all she's an absolute trier. I know most were over shorter trips, but it makes you wonder how she didn't win her maiden. You don't mind that with what she's done now. It's only onwards and upwards with her. She's tough and hardy.”

AGARTHA currently has entries in the following races:

WEATHERBYS SCIENTIFIC £200,000 2-Y-O STAKES at Doncaster on 09 September 2021

MOYGLARE STUD STAKES (Group 1) at Curragh on 12 September 2021

ROCKFEL STAKES (Group 2) at Newmarket (Rowley) on 24 September 2021

bet365 FILLIES' MILE (Group 1) at Newmarket (Rowley) on 08 October 2021


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Twilight Payment Returns to winning ways


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13.08


Teofilo Gelding and Melbourne Cup winner Twilight Payment returns to winning ways when landing the Group 3 Comer Group Irish St Leger Trial Stakes under a positive ride by Declan D P McDonogh.

Twilight Payment chased the leaders, he made headway to lead under 4 furlongs out, he was ridden 2 furlongs out, stayed on well final furlong to win by 1.75 lengths from Princess Zoe and Emperor Of The Sun.

His winning time of 3m. 5.31 secs, was 0.49 secs faster than the course average on good to yielding ground.

Brendan Powell said: “He’s a good old stager. I think he’s won it when Declan sent him on turning in and he got two lengths on them. I thought Princess Zoe might pick him up, but he’s some hard horse to pass. He’s so tough. Declan said he felt great going to the start and that’s the first time since he rode him last year that he’s got that sort of feel off him. He’s shown that he’s trained on and seems like the horse of old.”

Twilight Payment currently has entries in the following races:

COMER GROUP INTERNATIONAL IRISH ST LEGER (Group 1) at Curragh on 12 September 2021

QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS LONG DISTANCE CUP (Group 2) (1) at Ascot on 16 October 2021

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State Of Rest takes Grade 1 honours Saratoga Derby Invitational

 

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07.08

Starspangledbanner Colt State Of Rest was given a peach of a ride from John Velazquez when landing the Grade 1 Saratoga Invitational Derby.

John waited patiently in 6th with Sate Of Rest, coming off the final bend he was 4 wide, he made a strong run 1 ½ furlongs out to lead 1 furlong out ridden out to win by a length beating Soldier Rising, Du Jour and Bolshoi Ballet.

 Winning time was: 1m 53.35s

Joseph said:- “I thought Johnny gave him a fantastic ride,” “The pace was pretty strong. He got him comfortable, and he came home strong. We knew that he would love the good track and we knew he would love getting more distance today. He actually was unlucky not to win the last race , he ran a really good race. We knew that getting more distance today would suit him well. Obviously, we weren’t sure how he would handle this level and he hadn’t been around turns like this before, but he handled it really well. It’s fantastic to be here,” he said. “It’s the most beautiful track. Fantastic atmosphere. We’ve been looked after so well by everyone. It’s an absolute pleasure to be here.”

Velazquez said -“The horse is actually a very, very nice horse and he was not really paying attention out in the post parade, so I was a little bit worried that his mind wasn’t on the business and that’s what he did. He didn’t break very well,” Velazquez said. “I didn’t panic. I just saved all the ground, looking for somewhere to go down the stretch and when I got him out, he responded really good."

State Of Rest has the following entries:-

FITZDARES ROYAL WHIP STAKES (Group 3)

CELEBRATION MILE (Group 2)

IRISH CHAMPION STAKES (Group 1)

CLIPPER LOGISTICS BOOMERANG MILE  (Group 2) 

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Snapraeterea wins another Listed race


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07.08

Buratino colt Snapraeterea made all the running to win the Listed Platinum Stakes by four lengths under Declan McDonogh.

Snapraeterea broke well to lead the field, he travelled well 2 ½ furlongs out, he asserted his lead 1 furlong out, ran on strongly under 1 furlong out, he was eased close home, winning comfortably

Time 1m. 25.58 secs, which is 6.12 secs faster than the course average on today's going

Brendan Powell, assistant trainer said: "He is one of the toughest, most honest horses you'd ever get, and I think the mile and a furlong the last day a sixth in the Meld Stakes at Leopardstown was too far for him. Declan said he loved this straight seven and burned them all off one by one. John Farrell bred and owns all the family, has kept them all and the horse and owner deserve every success."

Snapraeterea has the following entries :-

INVESCO PENSION CONSULTANTS DESMOND STAKES (Group 3)

FITZDARES ROYAL WHIP STAKES (Group 3)

CLIPPER LOGISTICS BOOMERANG MILE (Group 2)




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Seisai claims Listed Honours


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06.08

Gleneagles filly Seisai wins the Listed Coolmore Stud Churchill Stakes under a nice ride from Shane Crosse to make it 2 wins from 4 starts.

She tracked the leader, lay 3rd on the inner at halfway, Shane angled her out between horses and bumped a rival under 2 furlongs out, soon made headway, she was challenged and slightly hampered and edged right 1 furlong out, ridden and led narrowly 150 yards out, kept on well to win by half a length.

The winning time of 1m. 40.86 secs, was 0.59 secs faster than the course average on soft ground.

Shane said:- “She’s all tough this filly. There is not a whole lot of her but she’s very good. She had to take on the boys today. She relishes a mile and the juice in the ground was no bother to her. That ground today was perfect for her and she’ll probably handle softer. There is a strong headwind, and it wasn’t easy, she had to be tough. Onwards and upwards hopefully.”

Seisai currently has entries in :- Group 2 Alpha Centauri Debutante Stakes & Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes.



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Velocidad Plans


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Exciting Gleneagles filly Velocidad looks likely to be going to the Group 1 Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes on 25th September.

The unbeaten filly holds an engagement in the Group 1 Keenland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday, but Joseph isn't certain if she will be a starter.

Joseph Said:- “She probably won't run on Sunday, but I haven't fully decided yet, She might go straight for the Cheveley Park, that's her big target, and I haven't decided yet if I'm going to run her again before then. She's good and came out of her last race well.”

Velocidad won her maiden in May before landing the Group 2 Airlie Stud Stakes on her most recent start.

She also holds entries in the Group 2 Alpha Centauri Debutante Stakes and the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes.

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Agartha Breaks her Maiden to Land the Group 3 Silver Flash Stakes 


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22.07

Caravaggio filly Agartha breaks her Maiden status at the 5th attempt when making all to land the Group 3 Frank Conroy Silver Flash Stakes, to win by 2.75 lengths.

The Filly was a first Graded stakes winner for both her sire and dam. Her Dam Arya Tara became Joseph’s first pattern winner when winning the Listed Stanerra Stakes on the 14th of July 2016 in Joseph’s first season as a trainer.

Joseph said: “We've always thought a lot of her, and she's been running very well. Today we said we'd let her bowl along and she loved it. Maybe we were restricting her a bit much. When we let her bowl along today, she really got into a great rhythm and galloped. They didn't let her go, they followed her along all the way, she's a good filly. I'd say she'll go further too. The dam won a mile-and-a-six Listed race (at this venue under Ana O’Brien five years ago) so she could certainly go a mile at two anyway. We'll probably head for the Debutante with her now. We've always had a very high opinion of her, and she's done nothing but improve with each run.”

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Latest News on Baron Samedi and Thundering Nights


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Baron Samedi has his sights on the Group 1 Irish St. Leger which is seen as his long-term target 

Joseph said “Baron Samedi has the Irish St Leger as his main target and may have a run before then. If he does run before it will be in the Irish St Leger Trial. He’s been in good form since returning from America.”

He currently has entries in :-

COMER GROUP INTERNATIONAL IRISH ST LEGER TRIAL STAKES (Group 3) at Curragh on 13 August 2021

WEATHERBYS HAMILTON LONSDALE CUP (Group 2) (1) at York on 20 August 2021

SKY BET EBOR (Heritage Handicap) (2) at York on 21 August 2021

IRISH CHAMPION STAKES (Group 1) at Leopardstown on 11 September 2021

COMER GROUP INTERNATIONAL IRISH ST. LEGER (Group 1) at Curragh on 12 September 2021

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Thundering Nights could be set for a globe-trotting campaign later in the year after that Curragh success.

Joseph said: “Thundering Nights is on a little rest at the moment, and we have no immediate plans.

“She has some options in France, Ireland and America later on in the year, so we’ll be concentrating on the late summer and autumn."

She Currently has entries in : 

DARLEY YORKSHIRE OAKS (Group 1) (1) at York on 19 August 2021

COOLMORE AMERICA 'JUSTIFY' MATRON (Group 1) at Leopardstown on 11 September 2021

IRISH CHAMPION STAKES (Group 1) at Leopardstown on 11 September 2021