Juddmonte Farms


Second season sire BATED BREATH is undergoing a purple patch with seven winners in the last six days. The smart two-year-old Landshark (trained by Jessica Harrington) won on his debut at Leopardstown (10th August).

Purchased as a yearling at Tattersalls October Book Two yearling sale for just 5,000 guineas, Landshark (pictured right) went on to top the 2017 Goresbridge Breeze-Up sale when BBA Ireland’s Eamonn O’Reilly signed for the colt at €210,000. He is the first runner in Ireland for US-based owner Bob Edwards’, e Five Racing Thoroughbreds. Edwards said: “Eamonn called me and said, ‘I have something really special here Bob. It’s not going to be an Ascot horse but he could potentially be a really good horse.’”

Also on the 10th August, BATED BREATH's Juddmonte-bred Facilitate easily won the Prix de la Huderie at Deauville. Trainer David Smaga said: “She is a very nice filly... she’s not at full capacity on soft going.” She could return to the same track later this month as she holds an entry for the Gr.3 Prix de Meautry (27th August).

As well as a flurry of recent winners, BATED BREATH has a contender in the Gr.1 Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday (13th August). Railway Stakes (Gr.2) victor Beckford is set to take on four Aidan O’Brien horses in the race that the trainer has dominated, winning it 15 times, most recently with Caravaggio in 2016. Beckford’s trainer Gordon Elliott said: “This is another step up in class for him and it'll be a different story, but he's going nicely and I'm hoping he will represent us well.”

Date: 11 August 2017