October 13 2018
Europe’s fastest juvenile SOLDIER’S CALL, who came within an ace of beating his elders in France last weekend, remains on course for a possible crack at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs next month.
The $1 million showpiece could bring down the curtain on what has already been a remarkable season for the turbo-charged colt, who is already a dual Group winner.
Archie confirms: “The Breeders’ Cup is under consideration as long as I am happy with him over the next couple of weeks.”
Soldier’s Call took his form to a new level when finishing a close third against older rivals in the Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye over five furlongs at Longchamp on 7th October.
“He’s come out of that race very well,” adds his trainer. “It was a brilliant performance to come so close to winning a Group 1 as a two-year-old against older opposition.
“Whether we go to The States or not, we’re already looking forward to campaigning him at the highest level next year with the aim of building his already impressive profile.”
Ridden by Oisin Murphy in the grey silks of Clipper Logistics, Soldier’s Call was only collared deep inside the final furlong in France by winner Mabs Cross and runner-up Gold Vibe, who finished just a head and a short-head in front of him.
The performance complemented his victories in the Group 3 Prix d’Arenberg at Chantilly and the Group 2 Flying Childers at Doncaster in September, as well as his Royal Ascot success in the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes.
A son of Showcasing, he was purchased by joe Foley for 85,000 gns at the Tattersalls Book 2 yearling sale last year and has now elevated his official rating to a lofty 114.
By Simon Mapletoft