Mogul Stamps Class In Champions Juvenile Stakes
Mogul (2c Galileo - Shastye, by Danehill) confirmed his class when justifying favoritism in Saturday’s Group 2 Champions Juvenile Stakes on the first day of Irish Champions Weekend.
A full-brother to Japan and a 3.4million guineas yearling, the Newsells Park Stud bred colt impressed when winning his maiden at the Curragh last month. Ryan Moore was back on board at Leopardstown and rode the bay to chase the leaders, quickening from over two furlongs out. Soon leading, he ran on well under pressure to win by a length and a quarter, as the Sinawann mirrored market support in second.
On future plans, Aidan O’Brien later commented, “I'd say he would have learned plenty and we've been very happy with his progress form race to race so hopefully he'll progress on again. He would have a choice of two races now, probably the Dewhurst or the Vertem Futurity.”
Mogul played a significant role in a wonderful day for the Ballydoyle and Coolmore teams, as they enjoyed a four-timer on the card, each winner sired by Galileo and led by Magical’s Group 1 success in the Irish Champion Stakes.
Blissful (2f Galileo - Massarra, by Danehill) began as they would go on when battling bravely to land the opener, the Listed Ingabelle Stakes for two-year-olds over seven furlongs.
Ridden by Ryan Moore, she was following up on her maiden success at Tipperary last month. Aidan O’Brien said the best may be yet to come from Blissful, commenting after the race, “Ryan hadn't ridden her in a while, he was delighted with her and thought she had progressed a lot since he rode her. She's a filly that will stay further and will have no problem stepping up to a mile. The Fillies Mile could be a possibility for her.”
A Coolmore homebred, Blissful is bred on the ultra-success Galileo-Danehill cross, as is Mogul. One of six Stakes horses out of the mare, she is a full-sister to Group 1 miler Gustav Klimt (Galileo) and Gran Criterium heroine Nayarra.