Juddmonte Farms


Cormorant became a new Group winner for KINGMAN with a winning performance in the Derby Trial Stakes Gr.3 at Leopardstown today (9th June).

Taken from the Thoroughbred Daily News, 9th June 2020:

Prior to Leopardstown’s Derby Trial Stakes Gr.3, Aidan O’Brien had already saddled the winner of the fillies’ maiden and the first four home in colts’ equivalent and so it was hardly a shock that his trio dominated the finish to today's blue riband pointer. What was surprising was that it was Michael Tabor’s Cormorant (KINGMAN) who held sway over the favourite Russian Emperor and Iberia, with the grey blown by a fair wind on a day for the front-runners.

Left alone by the punters due to a largely uninspiring juvenile record and an assumption he was there for pacemaking duties, Cormorant nonetheless naturally carried the threat of a major upgrade having moved connections to invest 1.05 million guineas at Tattersalls October Book 1. He was quickly placed at the head of affairs by Padraig Beggy, Ballydoyle’s little-used but unerringly-potent secret weapon. Digging deep up the straight as all four rivals lined up behind for a swing, he was game to the death and held half-length and one and a half-length margins over his stablemates as he brought up a 13th renewal for the master trainer.

“He’s a colt that had plenty of racing last year and I think that stood to him today,” the winning rider said. “He jumped out, knew his job, went a good gallop and from halfway he kept galloping like Aidan said he would and kept going well. He’s an honest horse, it was first-time blinkers and they seemed to work. He kept finding plenty. I was good and aggressive with him and from halfway got him going. The last furlong I was letting him just do enough to win. He’s a horse that can hopefully keep on improving. I’d say as the year goes on he might even handle a little bit of cut in the ground.”

Date: 09 June 2020