‘WICHITA’ provided Group success for Killinchy breeder Max Irvine, when the Aidan O’Brien runner landed the Park Stakes at Doncaster on Saturday. The local winner, with Frankie Dettori aboard, supplied important Group 2 black type for the local breeder, who is long established as the principal Ulster breeder on the flat.
‘Wichita’ led a furlong from home, but was all out at the finish to hold runner ‘One Master’. The local horse was denied a Group 1 when beaten a neck in the English 1,000 Guineas behind ‘Kameko’, while also finishing third at the top level at Royal Ascot and filled third at the same level in the Dewhurst Stakes as a two-year-old last year. The son of the American bred ‘No Nay Never’ is entered for a Group 3 at the Curragh later this month and is owned by the Coolmore trio, John Magnier, Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor having been bought for £140,000 as a yearling.
Apprentice Shane Crosse, who tested positive for Covid 19 on his pre-travel test, was denied a classic winner when his intended mount ‘Galileo Chrome’ won the Doncaster St Leger with Tom Marquand replacing the Irish rider.
Meanwhile at the Curragh on Sunday, Scarvagh trainer, Natalia Lupini was just denied in the premier sprint handicap. ‘Blairmayne’, which had been first reserve got into the race for owners, the Raintree Partnership, only to have to settle for second behind English challenger ‘Mr Lupton’, trained by Richard Fahy, however, the local horse picked up £25,000 for his efforts.