Royal Defender (Soldier Of Fortune) Impresses At Dawstown

Impressive Run Continues For Soldier Of Fortune

Royal Defender (4g Soldier Of Fortune - Kings Sister, by King’s Theatre) emerged as Colin Bowe’s latest potential star when drawing clear in Monday’s four-year-old geldings maiden at Dawstown.

Lining up in a field of ten, the bay was sent off favourite under Barry O’Neill and was full of running when sitting in second four fences from home. Leading after the third last, he boasted a clear advantage by the final fence and kept on well to score by ten lengths.

Royal Defender is the first foal bred by Thomas Mulhern out of Kings Sister, who has a yearling brother by Wings Of Eagles.

Soldier Of Fortune sired a four-year-old double the previous day, while on Tuesday, Green Oaks Top Cat (5m Soldier Of Fortune - Molly Cat, by Dylan Thomas) made it two from two in the mares’ bumper at Sedgefield.

Trained by Philip Kirby and carrying the colours of the stable’s racing club, she was sent off favourite to defy a penalty for a comfortable debut success in March. Joe Williamson took the ride once again and positioned his mount tracking the leaders, pushing the chesnut along to lead from two furlongs out. Ridden to hold off a challenge approaching the final furlong, she kept on well to win by three parts of a length, with the front pair drawing ten lengths clear of the field.

Green Oaks Top Cat was bred by Kilashee House Limited out of the winning Dylan Thomas mare Molly Cat.