The announcement earlier this week that the racing operators and the Racing Association will shortly be facilitating the implementation of the payment of 1% of all stakes earned to grooms, has once again highlighted the extreme financial burden carried by the owner.
Storm Cat (Northern Dancer – Terlingua)
Saturday’s English and US classic races saw the influence of the late, great Storm Cat to the fore in no uncertain fashion.
The former dual US Champion sire is the broodmare sire of Saturday’s Gr1 Qipco 2000 Guineas winner, Gleneagles (Galileo) and great grandsire of Friday’s Kentucky Oaks winner, Lovely Maria (Majesticperfection), while his son, Yankee Gentleman, is broodmare sire of brilliant Kentucky Derby winner and US Triple Crown hope, American Pharoah (Pioneerof The Nile).
Azincourt could follow up today
The Cape raiders struck an early blow when clinching four of the six Scottsville features last Sunday. Brett Crawford and Corne Orffer were one of the successful combinations when Gulf Storm scored a sensational win in the Listed In Full Flight Handicap and they could follow up in today’s topliner at the same venue.