Twentieth Winner For Competitive Edge
Grade I winning racehorse and brilliant young sire Competitive Edge scored his 20th Northern Hemisphere winner and first in Europe when Point Reyes (2f Competitive Edge x Hug And A Kiss, by Thewayyouare) won at Dundalk under the lights on Friday night.
Running over a mile, the filly ran near the rear of the pack under jockey Conor Maxwell soon after the break and was content to let the race play out in front of her. As they turned into the stretch, Point Reyes was ready to run and flew from her position in the back of the field to take over the lead in the final furlong.
The filly had plenty left as she flashed past the line a length ahead to win for trainer Gavin Cromwell and owner Lindsay Laroche.
“It was a good ride from Conor and he kept it simple out the back and she had the turn of foot to go past them,” Cromwell’s assistant Feidhlim Cunningham told IrishRacing.com “She was an expensive purchase as a breeze-up horse so we were hoping she'd be good enough off that mark around here. She had some nice enough form in deep maidens so we were hopeful coming here that she'd be better than those. We might keep her going here, we'll have a chat with Gavin and see.”
Bred by Klawervlei Stud, Point Reyes is the first foal for Grade III-placed Hug And A Kiss. Hug And A Kiss is a granddaughter of Grade I winner Marylebone and from the family of Tale of The Cat’s Grade II winner Alpha Kitten. Purchased for €32,000 as a yearling, Point Reyes was sold at this year’s Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale to Highland Yard and Harvey Bloodstock for 280,000gns as one of the top 10 most expensive offerings of the sale.
Competitive Edge’s winners have come in six different countries this year, with his 20 winners putting him among the leading Freshman Sires in all categories. He is at the top of the list by number of stakes winners with four, tying him with a group that includes stud mate and Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.