Son Of Imperial Monarch Impresses On Hurdle Debut
Irish point-to-point winner Star Gate (4g Imperial Monarch - Supreme Judge, by Brian Boru) extended his unbeaten record to the racecourse proper when running out an easy winner of Tuesday’s Maiden Hurdle at Chepstow.
From the second crop of Beeches Stud sire Imperial Monarch, the bay won his sole start for Colin Bowe in a Four-Year-Old Maiden at Belharbour and was subsequently sold to Evan Williams for £140,000. Racing just shy of two and a half miles on his first start for Mr and Mrs William Rucker, Star Gate tracked the leaders under Adam Wedge and led from the second last. Soon clear, he scored by six and a half lengths with minimum fuss, as the black-type favourite settled for runners-up honours.
Adam Wedge was full of praise for the winner, saying, “Star Gate has done it very impressively. He's done everything professionally and in a nice way. It's lovely to come here and win a nice race like that, hopefully the future is bright for him.”
Bred by James Leahy, Star Gate is one of two Colin Bowe graduates by Imperial Monarch to have impressed under rules. Fellow four-year-old maiden winner Cill Anna was sold to Tom Malone and Paul Nicholls for £115,000 and has won her last three starts, most recently in a Listed mares’ novices’ hurdle at Doncaster.
Bumpy Johnson (Imperial Monarch) was bought privately by David Pipe after one start for Mattie Collins and impressed on his first start under rules earlier this month, when racing seven lengths clear in a bumper.