Cobh Heads to Newmarket for Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes and Seeks Automatic Berth into Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
NEWMARKET, ENGLAND (Sep. 25, 2020) – China Horse Club International’s Cobh (IRE) heads a field of five in Saturday’s Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (G2) at Newmarket. The 1-mile contest, restricted to 2-year-old colts, offers a guaranteed fees-paid berth into the US$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) as part of the “Win and You’re In” international Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series.
The Breeders’ Cup Challenge is a series of stakes races whose winners receive automatic starting positions and fees paid into corresponding races of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which is scheduled to be held at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky, on Nov. 6-7.
Cobh, a son of Kodi Bear (IRE) has won two of his three starts, most recently the Irish Stallion Farms/EBF Stonehenge Stakes (Listed) at Salisbury on Aug. 21.
Trainer Clive Cox said: “He won very pleasingly at Salisbury. Physically he has done well since the race. He is a well-made scopey type and he’s really pleased me in his work since the race.”
When asked whether a trip across the Atlantic for the 1-mile Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf could be on the cards, Cox said: “He is a progressive individual, and if he runs well, then it would be nice to have the Breeders’ Cup under consideration for him. I trained his sire Kodi Bear, and this horse is from his first crop. I am pleased he has enough speed to win over 7-furlongs, but he also stays a mile well.”
New Mandate (IRE), winner of the listed bet365 Flying Scotsman Stakes at Doncaster on Sept. 11, heads the opposition. The Ralph Beckett-trained son of New Bay (GB) will once again be ridden by Frankie Dettori.
Four-time Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf-winning trainer Aidan O’Brien fields Ontario (IRE), who was a close-up third in the Galileo Irish EBF Futurity Stakes (G2) at The Curragh last time out. Ryan Moore takes the ride.
Completing the line-up are unbeaten pair Gear Up (IRE) and Pleasant Man (GB). The Mark Johnston-trained Gear Up made it two wins from two starts when taking the Tattersalls Acomb Stakes (G3) at York’s Ebor Festival in August, while Pleasant Man, trained by Roger Charlton, steps up to stakes company for the first time after winning impressively over 1-mile at Haydock on debut earlier in the month.
As part of the benefits of the Challenge Series, the Breeders’ Cup will pay the entry fees for the winner of the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes to start in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, which will be run at 1-mile over the Keeneland turf course. Breeders’ Cup also will provide a travel allowance of $40,000 for all starters based outside of North America to compete in the World Championships. The Challenge winner must already be nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program by the Championships’ pre-entry deadline of Oct. 26 to receive the rewards.
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The 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 Championship races, is scheduled to be held on November 6-7 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky and features a total of $31 million in purses and awards. The event will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup website, breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media.
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