IMPRESSIVE DEBUT FOR FRANKEL'S HIGHEST GROUND
The Niarchos Family-bred colt earned the TDN's 'Rising Star' tag after his win at Leicester yesterday (23rd September).
Taken from the Thoroughbred Daily News, 24th September 2019
Despite a slow exit from the stalls, Ryan Moore encouraged his mount to recoup several forfeited lengths and into midfield after the early exchanges of the seven-furlong Kegworth Novice Stakes at Leicester. Nudged along approaching the quarter-mile marker, the 3-1 chance powered his way to the front with one and a half furlongs remaining and kept on strongly in the closing stages to easily outclass his 10 rivals and earn TDN Rising Star status with an impressive two and three-quarter length success from Macho Boy.
James Horton, assistant trainer to Sir Michael Stoute, said, "He doesn't jump well at home and being on the wing on that rail just intimidated him. Ryan Moore did the right thing and went across to follow the right horses and he ended up doing it smoothly."
He continued: "He has got a very likeable attitude. The last couple of weeks he has just shown us at home that he might be alright.We will see how he comes out of it, but we might look to get him out on a racecourse again this season. He will have learnt plenty today. Judging by how he won over seven furlongs, a mile will be no problem for him. I think he will be a mile-and-a-quarter horse next season, although he showed plenty of speed today."
Highest Ground becomes the eighth winner out of Listed Prix Herod third Celestial Lagoon and the May foaled bay is a half-brother to Listed Prix Volterra victress Night of Light, stakes-winning Prix Chloe Gr.3 second Maria Gabriella and the dual stakes-placed Roatan.
Date: 24 September 2019