October 05 2019

Band Practice wins the Criterium de Vitesse at Chantilly under Oisin Murphy

Band Practice has her sights set on the Breeders’ Cup after a storming success in Paris on Monday, 30th September.

Our progressive two-year-old completed a hat-trick with a seamless step up in class in the Listed Criterium de Vitesse over five furlongs at Chantilly.

The Clipper Logistics-owned daughter of Society Rock had three parts of a length to spare over Godolphin’s favourite Divine Spirit, rated 11lb superior and representing Charlie Appleby and William Buick.

Archie is now aiming for Santa Anita in November. “She’s shown her versatility on the soft ground and has won very well,” he says. “The filly in second has very good form and it was a long way back to the third.

“She is improving with every run and the plan is to point to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint”, he adds.

“Most importantly it is fantastic to make her a stakes winner for Steve Parkin and Clipper Logistics. She’s also our third stakes winner by Society Rock following dual Listed winner Corinthia Knight and Listed winner Shumookhi.”

After the race, winning jockey Oisin Murphy told Sky Sports Racing: “She’s a thorough professional and it was good placing by Archie to find this race.

“It’s a shame her sire Society Rock passed away because he was a fantastic stallion and she shows all the attributes of what he achieved in his first few seasons.

“She didn’t mind the soft conditions, even though she’d won on fast ground in Scotland, and is improving with every run.”

Her Stateside assignment at Santa Anita on Friday 1st November is a five-furlong dash worth $1 million. Clipper Logistics’ sprint star Soldier’s Call finished sixth in it last year on a wet track at Churchill Downs, after missing the break.

Band Practice was scoring her third career victory from just five starts – all achieved in September. She got off the mark over 5f at Chepstow before defying a penalty in a better class novice at Musselburgh, both over the minimum trip.

Now boasting valuable black type, the filly was bought at Goffs in Ireland as a foal for €50,000 by Joe Foley and is a half-sister to a Listed winner so her Paddock value is already assured.

By Simon Mapletoft