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Saddler’s Rock

YO

  • 2019 Series win-2nd-3rd - -
  • 2019 Total prize money

Summary

Unraced as a two-year-old, he was successful at the third time of asking at the age of three in a 12-furlong maiden at Tipperary in June 2011 and demonstrated he had stamina when taking a 14-furlong handicap at Leopardstown the following month.

Pitched into Listed company at the Curragh in August, his upward curve continued when he finished a close third to Fictional Account and the reigning Ascot Gold Cup hero Fame And Glory, going down by just a length and a half.

His first Pattern race victory came in his final start of the 2011 season in the fifth Long Distance race in the QIPCO British Champions Series, the Group 2 Stobart Doncaster Cup in September, when he stormed to a four-length victory over Opinion Poll.

He returned in 2012 on June 8 in the Listed Saval Beg Stakes and finished half a length behind the improving mare Midnight Soprano over a mile and six furlongs. He went on to take third in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on June 21, the second race in the Series Long Distance category, when he appeared to be unsuited by the slow early pace before staying on well.

In the next Long Distance race, the Artemis Goodwood Cup on August 2, he was ridden much closer to the place and ran a great race to win by a length from Askar Tau. But that turned out to be very much the high water mark of his season as he failed to finish in the first three in four other starts, the best of which being a fourth place behind Molly Malone in the Group 1 Qatar Prix du Cadran at Longchamp in October.

He started 2013 with two runs in Dubai, a pipe-opener over 1m 6f followed by the two-mile Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan’s Dubai World Cup Night on 30 March, but after running free early on and ending up in front, he could not quicken in the straight and finished out of the frame behind easy winner, Cavalryman.  

In the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot he had his ideal conditions, but he could not match his form from 2012, finishing a disappointing eighth and he again disappointed in the Artemis Goodwood Cup when 12th of the 14 runners, but he ran his best race of the season so far when third in the Irish St Leger in September and followed that with a respectable staying on fifth in the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot on QIPCO British Champions Day.

He started back in Meydan but two poor runs, including in the Group 2 Gold Cup on Dubai World Cup Night, makes his current form very questionable. He then ran in Ireland in the Coolmore Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan in May but finished last and then was a distant 11th in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in first time blinkers.

He has now joined Jonjo O’Neill for a jumping campaign and ran in the Betfred Cesarewitch first but finished 25th.

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