September 03 2018
Doncaster’s St Leger Festival could be the next stop for our star two-year-old Soldier’s Call, who gave Archie and the team a day to remember when he battled to our first ever Group success in the Prix d’Arenberg at Chantilly on Saturday, 1st September.
The son of Showcasing may re-appear in the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes over five furlongs on Town Moor and could also take on his elders in the Prix de l’Abbaye next month, before flying Stateside for a crack at the new $1 million Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint.
“We’ll consider the Flying Childers now and both Soldier’s Call and Listed winner Shumookhi are in the Abbaye, where they’d get a lot of weight from the older horses, but Churchill Downs is the main end-of-season plan for him,” says Archie.
“It was a massive result for us and his owner Steve Parkin, of Clipper Logistics. He was one of the first horses Steve sent us and it’s great to repay his faith. He’s a very special colt and I’m delighted that our plan to make him a Group winner at two has come to fruition.”
An 85,000 gns purchase from the Book 2 yearling sales at Tattersalls, Soldier’s Call also gave Archie his first Royal Ascot winner when landing the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes in June.
He made every yard of the running under Danny Tudhope in the five-furlong Group 3 feature in France, bouncing back from a defeat in the Molecomb Stakes at Glorious Goodwood where he finished third, despite the race not going to plan.
Sent off the 9/10 favourite, Soldier’s Call’s winning time was 56.76 secs – that’s 0.74 secs faster than standard. He finished a length ahead of another British raider Queen Of Bermuda, trained by William Haggas and a Listed winner in Deauville on her previous start.
By Simon Mapletoft