Dartmouth Prevails In Yorkshire Cup Thriller

3rd at YOR, Gr. Stk, £165,000G2 Betway Yorkshire Cup (13f 188y)Winner: Dartmouth (GB), h, 5 by Dubawi (Ire)

Dartmouth and Ryan Moore | racingfotos.com

By Tom Frary

Backed into favouritism on this return, The Queen’s Dartmouth managed to prevail in a thrilling finish to this feature of the May meeting’s final day under another making-the-difference ride from Ryan Moore for a popular success on the rain-battered Knavesmire. Coming of age when winning the G3 John Porter S. switched from a waterlogged Newbury to Chelmsford’s Polytrack and staged over an extended 13 furlongs last April, the bay followed up in the G3 Ormonde S. over that same trip at Chester in May before upstaging Highland Reel (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in the G2 Hardwicke S. at Royal Ascot in June. Only third behind that rival in the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. back at Ascot in July, he failed to give the 3-year-old Algometer (GB) (Archipenko) 12 pounds when second in the G3 Arc Trial over 11 furlongs at Newbury in September prior to his typically genuine Woodbine run.

Held up in fourth early as the nine-year-old former G1 Prix du Cadran winner High Jinx set off in isolation, Dartmouth was delivered stand’s side as a line of five fought out the finish spread across the track from the quarter pole. It looked near the line as if the 2015 G1 St Leger heroine Simple Verse would emerge on top against the far rail, but Moore was able to conjure a final surge from the Royal runner and overhaul the mare as just over a length covered the first five home. The Queen’s racing manager John Warren said, “I didn’t think he was going to get there, but Ryan had decided to come this side and although I don’t think he anticipated they would be as far away as they were it was another masterful ride. He’s an exceptionally brave, tough and genuine horse and it is rare to have a horse of this calibre. You can always depend on him to overcome adverse conditions and I suspect Sir Michael will look at the [G2] Hardwicke [S. at Royal Ascot June 24] again. I would be very surprised if he didn’t, as that’s his race. He’s an intreresting horse at this kind of trip and although you can ask horses that try and they give it, you can’t exploit them too much.” His rider added, “He travelled very easily the whole way and has that mile-and-a-half pace so he was doing a bit too much at stages, but he’s such an honest horse. It didn’t help that I was apart from them at the finish, as every time he has a fight he gives more so he’s done well.”

One of three black-type winners for his G3 Blue Wind S.-winning dam Galatee, Dartmouth has already surpassed the best of those in the G2 Grand Prix de Chantilly scorer Manatee. The third dam Albertine, a half to the French champion and sire Ashmore (Fr), produced the GI Breeders’ Cup Classic and G1 Prix d’Ispahan hero Arcangues and the G3 Prix de Psyche winner Agathe (Manila) who was also runner-up in the G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches and third in the G1 Prix de Diane. Her daughter Aquarelliste (Fr) (Danehill) was able to win that Chantilly Classic, while her full-brother Artiste Royal (Ire) captured the GI Charles Whittingham Memorial H. and GI Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship S. Also from the family of the G1 1000 Guineas heroine Cape Verdi (Ire) (Caerleon) and GI Beverly D. S. and GI Diana S. winner Angara (GB) (Alzao), Galatee also has an as-yet unraced 3-year-old colt by Oasis Dream (GB) named Demophon (GB), a 2-year-old daughter of Dubawi (Ire) named Desert Breeze (GB) and a colt foal also by Dubawi.

Friday, York, Britain
BETWAY YORKSHIRE CUP-G2, £165,000, YOR, 5-19, 4yo/up, 13f 188yT, 3:01.90, sf.
1–DARTMOUTH (GB), 127, h, 5, by Dubawi (Ire)
1st Dam: Galatee (Fr) (GSW-Ire, $149,253), by Galileo (Ire)
2nd Dam: Altana, by Mountain Cat
3rd Dam: Albertine (Fr), by Irish River (Fr)
O-The Queen; B-Darley (GB); T-Sir Michael Stoute; J-Ryan Moore. £93,572. Lifetime Record: G1SP-Eng & GISP-Can, 16-8-2-2, $894,192. *1/2 to Manatee (GB) (Monsun {Ger}), MGSW-Fr, $335,650; and Gaterie (Dubai Destination), SW-Fr, $138,365. Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Simple Verse (Ire), 127, m, 5, Duke of Marmalade (Ire)–Guantanamera (Ire), by Sadler’s Wells. (€240,000 Ylg ’13 GOFORB). O-QRL/Sheikh Suhaim Al Thani/M Al Kubaisi; B-Barronstown Stud (IRE); T-Ralph Beckett. £35,475.
3–High Jinx (Ire), 127, g, 9, High Chaparral (Ire)–Leonara (Ger), by Surumu (Ger). (€37,000 Ylg ’09 AROCT). O-Mr & Mrs W J Williams; B-Haras de la Perelle (IRE); T-Tim Easterby. £17,754.
Margins: NK, NK, HD. Odds: 2.75, 6.50, 40.00.
Also Ran: Endless Time (Ire), Marmelo (GB), Clever Cookie (GB), Muntahaa (Ire), Crimean Tatar (Tur). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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