Lope Y Fernandez (IRE)
Jockey (from last start)
BreederS. F. Bloodstock LLC
SireLope de Vega (IRE)
DamBlack Dahlia (GB)
Derek Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor’s Lope Y Fernandez (IRE) is best known to American racing fans as perhaps the most unlucky and possibly best horse in last year’s FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile presented by PDJF (G1) when finishing a flying third, weaving his way through traffic. However, the Derrick Smith (purple and white) color bearer has been a fixture in top-level affairs in Europe for three seasons.
Competing in Group 1 company in 13 of his past 14 races, the son of Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) runner-up No Nay Never has yet to break through at that level, but has placed in the top three five times, including the Irish 2000 Guineas (G1) and Queen Anne Stakes (G1) in addition to the Breeders’ Cup Mile.
The Aidan O’Brien trainee enters the Breeders’ Cup off poor performances over ground much softer than he would prefer, finishing sixth in the Group 1 Prix du Moulin and seventh in the Prix Maurice de Gheest — both in France — as well as a seventh in the Qatar Sussex Stakes (G1) at Goodwood. Overall, on ground labeled good or better (firmer), he has finished in the top three 10 of 11 times.
Bred in Ireland by Tom Ryan’s S.F. Bloodstock, he is a half-brother to Group 2 winner Dark Vision, who won last year’s Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot. Lope Y Fernandez was a $1,029,420 purchase at Arqana Deauville August Yearling Sale of 2018.
|September 28, 2019||Juddmonte Middle Park S.||NEWMARKET||1||6|
|August 30, 2019||Round Tower S.||CURRAGH||3||1|
|July 30, 2019||Qatar Vintage S.||GOODWOOD||2||3|
|June 22, 2019||Chesham S.||ASCOT||2|
|June 07, 2019||Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Maiden (Plus 10)||CURRAGH||1|
- July 27, 2021
Get to know the contenders for Wednesday's Qatar Sussex Stakes.
- July 27, 2021
Following the defection of world #1 Palace Pier with a blood disorder, Irish star Poetic Flare is set to start hot favourite for Wednesday’s Sussex Stakes, the Qatar-sponsored highlight of the 5-day Glorious Goodwood meeting.
- July 26, 2021
Poetic Flare and Order of Australia Lead Wednesday's Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood for Automatic Berth into FanDuel Breeders' Cup Mile
Mrs. J.S. Bolger’s 3-year-old Poetic Flare (IRE), a two-time Group 1 winner, and Order of Australia (IRE), the defending US$2 million FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) champion, lead Wednesday’s Qatar Sussex Stakes (G1) at Goodwood Racecourse.