Starspangledbanner Filly Blows Them Away In Ripon Trophy
Flotus (2f Starspangledbanner - Floriade, by Invincible Spirit) continued a terrific season for Starspangledbanner when running out an impressive winner of the Listed Ripon Champion Two-Year-Old Trophy.
Simon and Ed Crisford’s charge produced a striking debut performance at Goodwood in May (pictured) and appeared to appreciate a change of tactics on Monday, as Silvestre De Souza rode the bay to make all. Ridden from two furlongs out, she went clear inside the final furlong and was eased down to score by four and a half lengths.
Flotus holds an entry in next month’s Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes, which now looks an obvious target. Bred by Newtown Stud and TJ Pabst, the 125,000gns yearling purchase is owned by a partnership including J-E Dubois, B Kwok and E Babington.
She becomes Starspangledbanner’s third juvenile Stakes winner of the year, whilst his current three-year-olds include Grade 1 Saratoga Derby victor State Of Rest (Starspangledbanner).