Placidia wins in style

27 May 2014

Placidia wins in style

PLACIDIA opened her account in style when taking the second division of the 1m2f fillies’ maiden at Lingfield this afternoon.

The daughter of Sea The Stars runs in the colours of her owner/breeder Bjorn Nielsen, who boards his mares at both Watership Down Stud and Kiltinan Castel Stud.

Placidia is the ninth winner out of her dam Palmeraie. Her siblings include Group 2 winners Policy Maker and Pushkin and Plante Rare, the dam of Group 1 winner Planteur.

Trained by David Lanigan, Placidia deserved to get her head in front having been placed three times from five previous starts.

She ran out a ready winner under Ted Durcan, beating the well-bred Juddmonte newcomer Scallop by two and a half lengths.

Earlier in the afternoon, Toast Of The Town went down by just a head in the first division of the all-weather event.

The John Gosden-trained filly carries the colours of Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber and John’s wife, Rachel Hood. She was narrowly beaten by a subsequent Listed winner last time out and should be winning soon.


Impressive York win for Shamshon

15 May 2014

WATERSHIP Down Stud sales graduate Shamshon made an impressive start to 2014 with victory in a five-furlong conditions race at York’s Ebor Meeting.

The son of Invincible Spirit was sold for 420,000gns to Mandore International Agency at Tattersalls Book 1 in 2012.

Running in the colours of Al Shaqab Racing and trained by Richard Hannon, he was a Listed winner at two and also finished a close fifth in the Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury. He signed off last year with a below-par effort in the Breeders’s Cup Juvenile Turf over a mile.

Dropping back in trip, Shamshon travelled strongly under Frankie Dettori before powering clear to win by a length.

Dettori said: “I was impressed. He didn’t stay a mile in America but I honestly thought he wouldn’t have the legs for five (furlongs).

“He had a five pound penalty today but he showed a lot of speed and stuck his neck out gamely.

“Six furlongs may prove to be his best trip and hopefully he can build on this.”


So Many Shot In Line For Italian Oaks Bid

06 May 2014

SO Many Shots staked her claim for Italian Oaks glory with an easy victory in the Listed Premio Baggio in Milan on Sunday.

The Duke Of Marmalade filly is a close relation to Watership Down Stud broodmare, Claba Di San Jore. She is out of Claba Di San Jore’s half-sister Cand Di San Jore.

So Many Shots won the 2000m contest by four lengths under a confident Cristian Demuro.

Her trainer, Stefano Botti, is looking forward to running her in the Italian Oaks, he said: “She is a strong filly and I don’t think the extra furlong will be a concern. She deserves to take her chance in the Oaks.”

Claba Di San Jore (Barathea) was bought by Watership Down Stud for 575,000gns at Tattersalls in 2012. She has produced three Group 1 winners to date in Jakkalberry, Crackerjack King and Awelmarduk.