Lord North (IRE)
OwnerGodolphin, LLC - Lessee
Bred in Ireland, Lord North (Ire) has raced exclusively in England, brought along by renowned British trainer John Gosden in just 10 starts since the end of 2018. His patience has paid off with six wins, a second and a third for earnings of $482,874.
Lord North won his only race as a 2-year-old by a length despite hesitating at the break and racing over turf rated soft. More than six months passed before he began his 3-year-old season in April 2019. Wary of the starting gate and trying a synthetic surface for the first and only time, he defeated his lone opponent by 11 lengths. He tried stakes competition a month later but again was reluctant to enter the gate and finished eighth. He was subsequently gelded and given more than three months off.
The change and the break proved beneficial. In the final four starts of his 3-year-old season, Lord North won twice and was second twice. At Ascot in his first race back, facing older horses for the first time, he lost by half a length after giving up the lead. In his next start, 1 1/8 miles over the Newmarket turf, he raced past a mile for the first time, faced 29 rivals, and won by three-quarters of a length. The turf was rated heavy for his next start and he again finished a good second.
In the last start of his 3-year-old season, Lord North again tried stakes racing and this time came away the winner in the Weatherbys TBA James Seymour Stakes (listed) at Newmarket despite heavy turf.
After a seven-month break, Gosden stepped up expectations for Lord North’s 4-year-old season and the gelding delivered. He earned his first group win in the Betway Brigadier Gerard Stakes (G3) at Haydock in June 2020, holding off a challenge to win by a head, and then, 10 days later, scored his first Group 1 win by 3-3/4 lengths in the prestigious Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Ascot, a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1).
Given another two months off, Lord North returned to be third in the Juddmonte International Stakes (G1) behind multiple Group 1 winners Ghaiyyath (IRE) and Magical (IRE) despite losing his right front shoe.
Lord North sometimes races near the pace but more often is reserved near the back of the field before making his bid.
Lord North was bred by Godolphin and is owned by Godolphin’s founder, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and ruler of Dubai. Godolphin has operations in England, Ireland, the United States, Japan, Australia, and the UAE. Gosden has 3,000-plus training wins worldwide including more than 100 Group/Grade 1 events, among them five Breeders’ Cup races.
|October 17, 2020||QIPCO Champion S.||ASCOT||1||10|
|August 19, 2020||Juddmonte International S.||YORK||1||3|
|June 17, 2020||Prince Of Wales's S.||ASCOT||1||1|
|June 07, 2020||Betway Brigadier Gerard S.||HAYDOCK PARK||3||1|
|November 02, 2019||Weatherbys TBA James Seymour S.||NEWMARKET||1|
|October 19, 2019||Balmoral Handicap Stakes (Class 2) (Sponsored By Qipco)||ASCOT||2|
|September 28, 2019||Bet365 Cambridgeshire Handicap Stakes (Class 2) (Heritage Handicap)||NEWMARKET||1|
|September 06, 2019||Lexicon Bracknell Handicap Stakes (Class 2)||ASCOT||2|
|May 23, 2019||Matchbook Low Commission Exchange Heron S.||SANDOWN PARK||8|
|April 29, 2019||Maven Restaurant & Bar Now Open Novice Stakes (Class 5)||NEWCASTLE||1|
|October 19, 2018||Market Cross Jewellers British Ebf Novice Stakes (Class 4) (Plus 10 Race)||REDCAR||1|
- October 28, 2020
Authentic, Tiz the Law, Swiss Skydiver, Maximum Security, Improbable and Magical Lead 201 Horses Pre-Entered for 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships
Led by this year’s Triple Crown race winners Tiz the Law, Authentic and Swiss Skydiver; multiple Grade 1 winners Improbable and Maximum Security; and Irish Champion Stakes (G1) winner Magical (IRE), 201 horses, including 39 from overseas, have been pre-entered for the 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
- August 18, 2020
Red-Hot John Gosden Looks to Lord North to Secure Automatic Berth into Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic
Prince of Wales’s Stakes (G1) winner Lord North (IRE) has a chance to win his second race in the international Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series this year when he tackles the 1 ¼-mile Juddmonte International Stakes (G1) at York on Wednesday.
- August 17, 2020
It will be a classic case of ‘catch me if you can’ with Ghaiyyath, who is the English version of Ghostzapper—he has enough speed to bury you early and late.The key appears to be what Ryan Moore will do on Magical and how hard and early he will push the favorite.