Kodiac's Ubettabelieveit Takes the Flying Childers


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Bouncing back from a last-place finish in the G2 Gimcrack S. at York Aug. 21, the July 16 Listed National S. winner Ubettabelieveit (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) edged out Sacred (GB) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}) in a thriller to capture Friday's G2 Bombardier Flying Childers S. at Doncaster. Drawn widest, the bay who was sent off at an inflated 40-1 raced in rear of the group racing up the centre early before moving to the fore approaching the furlong pole. Gaining a narrow advantage over that 11-10 favourite with 150 yards remaining, he drifted right but was always holding her to score by a short head, with Measure of Magic (Ire) (Kodi Bear {Ire}) 1 1/4 lengths away in third. Ridden by Rowan Scott, the winner was providing the burgeoning jockey with an instant breakthrough. “I'm delighted to get a group winner so soon after riding my claim out,” he said. “The horse did it very well, he didn't make it easy for himself, but it's happy days. It was a big race so I wanted to do everything right, but you have to treat it like another race.”

Successful by 3 1/2 lengths in a course-and-distance novice contest June 30, Ubettabelieveit went up the ladder again with success in the National also at this trip at Sandown July 16 before pulling his chance away and flopping in the Gimcrack. Trainer Nigel Tinkler had kept the faith and his stable star had a suitably strong pace to aim at in this race which was swerved by the G2 Norfolk S. winner The Lir Jet (Ire) (Prince of Lir {Ire}) due to the drying ground. “He showed how good he was in the National Stakes–he's a very, very good horse,” he said of the latest longshot to win a juvenile pattern race in 2020. “Last time, I probably shouldn't have run him over six there. He ran too keen and the ground was horrific. Everything went wrong, but luckily Oisin Murphy looked after him. How he was 40-1 I don't know–it was probably because I train him! Unbelievable. You're always wondering at this time of year, but he was working well and this is brilliant. He was given a fantastic ride.”

Tinkler revealed that he is yet to be tempted by a tilt at the G1 Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp, where he will receive a sizeable weight-for-age allowance. “There's a one per-cent chance he could run in the Abbaye,” he added. “He wouldn't run there if it was soft, but that's the one race you'd have to possibly think about. It's one per-cent, because it might be soft by then. We'll see how he is–the ground would have to be no worse than good.”

Ubettabelieveit's dam Ladylishandra (Ire) (Mujadil) had already produced a trio of black-type winners, which makes it all the more remarkable that he was available for just 50,000gns at the Tattersalls October Book 1. They are Harlem Shake (Ire) (Moss Vale {Ire}), who took the G3 Premio Omenoni, Tropical Paradise (Ire) (Verglas {Ire}) who annexed the G3 Oak Tree S. and G3 Supreme S., and Shenanigans (Ire) (Arcano {Ire}) who had her day in the sun in the Listed Rothesay S. and was also third in the G3 Princess Elizabeth S. and G3 Hoppings S. The family includes the sires Jim French, Ajdal, Formidable and Caesour. Ladylishandra's yearling filly by Galileo Gold (GB) is catalogued in the upcoming Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale.

Friday, Doncaster, Britain
BOMBARDIER FLYING CHILDERS S.-G2, £60,000, Doncaster, 9-11, 2yo, 5f 3yT, 1:00.77, gd.
1–UBETTABELIEVEIT (IRE), 127, c, 2, by Kodiac (GB)
1st Dam: Ladylishandra (Ire), by Mujadil
2nd Dam: Mevlana, by Red Sunset (Ire)
3rd Dam: Dance Partner, by Graustark
1ST GROUP WIN. (€35,000 Wlg '18 GOFNOV; 50,000gns Ylg '19 TATOCT). O-Martin Webb Racing; B-Ringfort Stud (IRE); T-Nigel Tinkler; J-Rowan Scott. £34,026. Lifetime Record: 5-3-0-0, $62,117. *1/2 to Tropical Paradise (Ire) (Verglas {Ire}), MGSW-Eng, $195,204; Harlem Shake (Ire) (Moss Vale {Ire}), GSW-Ity & SP-Fr, $309,134; and Shenanigans (Ire) (Arcano {Ire}), SW & MGSP-Eng, $156,997. Werk Nick Rating: B. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Sacred (GB), 124, f, 2, Exceed and Excel (Aus)–Sacre Caroline, by Blame. O/B-Cheveley Park Stud Ltd (GB); T-William Haggas. £12,900.
3–Measure of Magic (Ire), 124, f, 2, Kodi Bear (Ire)–Lilly Be (Ire), by Titus Livius (Fr). (€9,500 Ylg '19 GOAUTY). O-JP Murtagh Racing; B-Mr & Mrs Reddy Coffey (IRE); T-Johnny Murtagh. £6,456.
Margins: NO, 1 1/4, HD. Odds: 40.00, 1.10, 12.00.
Also Ran: Burning Cash (Ire), Steel Bull (Ire), Ventura Tormenta (Ire), Mohawk King (Ire), Frenetic (Ire), Perotto (GB), Winter Power (Ire). Scratched: The Lir Jet (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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