Extortionist is a sprinter who thrives on racing and has been a brilliant standard bearer for his rookie trainer, Olly Stevens.
The son of Dandy Man did not mess about in getting his young handler’s name in lights, winning on his career debut at Nottingham on April 20h 2013 and, just two months later, giving Stevens a prized first Royal Ascot success when landing the Windsor Castle Stakes.
The second half of his six-race two-year season was something of a disappointment, although he did run creditably in both the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes (when third) and the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes (fourth).
His 2014 campaign got off to a slow start with uninspiring efforts at Newmarket and Sandown. But, dropped into handicap company for the one and only time in his career, he won at Newmarket on June 21st and the confidence that gave him has inspired a string of superb subsequent efforts.
A close second at Group 3 level in Ireland was followed by a convincing victory in a similar event at Sandown despite it being his fourth run in four consecutive weekends.
A narrow defeat by Take Cover in the Group 2 King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood came next before, granted his ideal conditions of a strong pace over five furlongs on fast ground, he notched his inaugural Group 1 placing when third to Sole Power and Stepper Point in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York’s prestigious Ebor meeting. He could not follow up over six furlongs in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock Park when missing the break and always at the rear to come 15th of 17.
Next he contested a Group 3 at the Curragh but could only finish seventh.