It was a bumper weekend for Cheveley Park Stud with a couple of big race victories for homebred runners and two further stakes successes for progeny of MAYSON and PIVOTAL. On Saturday at Haydock, the returning Group 1 winner VERACIOUS (Frankel) got her season off to the perfect start by landing the Listed Dick Hern Stakes with a degree of comfort under Ryan Moore. Sir Michael Stoute’s mare defeated One Master to land the Falmouth Stakes last year and will now have her sights raised once again.
Sunday at Salisbury saw the five-year-old REGAL REALITY (Intello) drop back in trip to contest the Group 3 Sovereign Stakes. Having tracked the pace with Richard Kingscote during the race, he came through to challenge two furlongs out and burst clear in the final furlong to register an emphatic success, his third at Group 3 level. He is the second homebred winner of the contest for Cheveley Park Stud, following in the footsteps of Zonderland (Dutch Art), who took this prize in 2016 for Clive Cox and Oisin Murphy.
Over in Deauville on Sunday there was a notable success for Archie Watson, Hollie Doyle and Hambleton Racing with MAYSTAR (Mayson) in the Listed Prix Moonlight Cloud over six furlongs. This was a deserved success for the three-year-old son of MAYSON, who has been twice Listed-placed and earned over £140,000 for connections to date. Maystar was bred by Ballinvana House Stud from an advertised fee of £5,000 in 2016, the same fee Mayson stood for in 2020.
It was a day to remember for Hambleton Racing, who were also celebrating victory with two sons of PIVOTAL. The doughty WATCHABLE notched his 11th career success for David O’Meara in a Class 3 event at Thirsk. Whilst over at The Curragh, GLEN SHIEL prevailed in a thrilling finish to the Group 3 Phoenix Sprint Stakes for Archie Watson and Oisin Orr.