Juddmonte Farms

NELSON MAKES GROUP WINNING RETURN

Taken from the Thoroughbred Daily News, 15th April 2018

Nelson (FRANKEL) enjoyed a profitable juvenile campaign, backing up a breakthrough score going one mile at Leopardstown in his third start with victory in the Gr.3 Golden Fleece Stakes. The bay closed last term with a neck second to subsequent Gr.1 Racing Post Trophy runner-up Roaring Lion in the Gr.2 Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket (30th September 2017) and carried a three-pound impost for his juvenile highlight in this seasonal return.

For the Gr.3 Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown (14th April) he was sent to the fore after the initial strides and enjoying a comfortable lead until turning for home. He was shaken up inside the two pole and kept on resolutely under continued rousting in the closing stages to withstand the persistent attention of stable companion Delano Roosevelt and double his blacktype tally. Delano Roosevelt had lowered Nelson's colours when the pair met in their 27th July debuts over one mile at this track. Gr.1 Racing Post Trophy third The Pentagon, was the first of four runners off the bridle, but nonetheless kept on to complete a Ballydoyle trifecta.

"Nelson handles soft ground and we had to have something make the running," said trainer Aidan O'Brien. "He had gone forward in his races before and won around here making the running. He'll come back here next month for the [Gr.3] Derrinstown [Stud Derby Trial] and that's what they'll probably all do. Donnacha, was delighted with the horse and said he stays well."

Date: 16 April 2018