Heredia Secures Century Of Stakes Winners For Dark Angel
The Richard Hannon trianed Heredia turned the Listed EBF Dick Hern Stakes into a procession as the Dark Angel filly ran out a comfortable winner under Sean Levey while also recording a record 100th Stakes winner for her sire. Settled behind the early pace-setters, the four-year-old made smooth progress to challenge for the lead at the furlong pole. Asked to go and win her race, she sprinted clear and ran out a clear winner. Purplepay ran on to take second, three and three-quarter lengths behind the winner, with Orchid Bloom one and a quarter lengths further back in third
She runs in the colours of her owner-breeders St Albans Bloodstock and is the first foal out of the Gr.3 Atalanta Stakes winner and Gr.2 Dance Smartly Stakes third Nakuti, a half-sister to the US Gr.2 winner Amade. This is the immediate family of the Gr.2 Mehl-Mülhens-Rennen winner Maljoom, the Gr.3 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes winner and Gr.1 1,000 Guineas runner-up Arch Swing and the Canadian Gr.3 winner and Gr.1 Summer Stakes third Vitalogy.
Dark Trooper, Osbourne and Walker Nail Shergar Cup Win
Hollie Doyle and Saffie Osborne won two races apiece to lead the Ladies team to victory in the Shergar Cup at Ascot on Saturday. Japanese rider Kazuo Yokoyama got Rest of the World off to a great start, winning the Dash on the Tom Clover-trained Rogue Lightning, but the Ladies fired back in the Stayers as Doyle partnered Jessica Harrington’s The Very Man to victory. Osborne then recorded the first of her brace in the Challenge with the Andrew Balding-trained Scampi, before Europe got on the board, with Thore Hammer Hansen riding Roger Varian’s Perotto. Doyle and Osborne then sealed a 78-73 win for the Ladies over Rest of the World with rides on James Tate’s Regal Empire in the Classic and Ed Walker’s Dark Trooper (Dark Angel) in the Sprint. Hollie Doyle topped the jockeys’ standings, winning the Alistair Haggis Silver Saddle, on 48 points.