September 20 2018
Soldier’s Call is ready to battle for Group 1 glory next month after proving himself the fastest juvenile in training at Doncaster’s St Leger Festival on Friday (14th September).
The son of Showcasing blitzed his rivals with a dominant display in a strong renewal of the Group 2 Wainwrights Flying Childers Stakes over five furlongs – his third high profile success of the season.
Now Soldier’s Call may take on the older speedballs in the Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp on Arc weekend before flying out to The States for a crack at the Breeders’ Cup.
Archie says: “You’ve got to be delighted. He’s a very quick two-year-old and we’ve always held him in very high regard.
“He’s now a Group 3 and Group 2 winner so we’ll have to look at Group 1 races. His two options are the Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp and the $1 million Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs.
“He’ll probably take in one or both of those. There are lots of good older five furlong horses around but you’d like to see him getting a lot of weight from them all in Paris.”
Sporting the grey silks of Clipper Logistics, Soldier’s Call posted another trademark victory under jockey Daniel Tudhope on Town Moor, streaking clear of a quality field including his Molecomb Stakes victor Rumble Inthejungle.
Well Done Fox, a Listed winner at York, followed him home in second with Breeders’ Cup-bound Gossamer Wings back in third – only a couple of lengths ahead of Archie’s other runner Shumookhi, a Listed winner in her own right who stayed on well to be fifth.
Whatever happens in Paris or Stateside, it’s already been a remarkable year for the colt – an 85,000 gns purchase from Tattersalls as a yearling – who first made his mark by winning the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.
He couldn’t quite justify favouritism in the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes at Glorious Goodwood but then bounced back to give Archie and the team their first ever Group success when landing the Group 3 Prix d’Arenberg at Chantilly at the beginning of September.
“Everything went wrong at Goodwood,” recalls Archie. “He got a bad bump from the winner coming out of the stalls which was probably his own fault as he jumped left. He was then just always a bit behind the pace and a bit behind the bridle.
“He did a quicker time at Chantilly on similar ground than Marsha did when she won the Abbaye at that track,” adds Archie. “To come back and win in France in such a very quick time and then back it up here in 13 days is very special.
“I’m delighted for his owner Steve Parkin, of Clipper Logistics, who has been such a valued supporter of mine. I’m hoping we can now go and win him a Group 1. That would be a dream come true for all of us.
By Simon Mapletoft