Pyledriver (GB)

Pyledriver in Good Order After Win, Hong Kong Still Plan

G1 Coronation Cup hero Pyledriver (GB) (Harbour Watch {Ire}) exited his victory in the Listed Churchill S. in good order and his next target remains the G1 Longines Hong Kong Vase on Dec. 12. "He was fantastic on Sunday morning," said trainer William Muir, who trains with Chris Grassick. "He moves so beautifully and he's like a dressage horse the way he trots away. He's got so much bounce--he's perfect. "He lost a wee bit of weight but I thought he would. He was quite over his racing weight so...

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Pyledriver On Track For Hong Kong Bid

Group 1 winner Pyledriver (GB) (Harbour Watch {Ire}) will return in the Betway Churchill S. at Lingfield next weekend before an intended start in the G1 Longines Hong Kong Vase in December. The 4-year-old, who claimed the G2 King Edward VII S. and G2 Great Voltigeur S. at three, had an abbreviated two-start campaign this season. Second by 2 1/4 length in the G2 Jockey Club S. at Newmarket making his 4-year-old bow, Pyledriver clawed his way to a neck victory in Epsom's G1 Coronation Cup over Al Aasy (Ire)...

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German Target Possible For Pyledriver

Group 1 winner Pyledriver (GB) (Harbour Watch {Ire}), who won June's G1 Coronation Cup, is under consideration for the Nov. 7 Grosser Preis von Bayern at Munich, according to co-trainer William Muir. The 4-year-old entire has been out of action since a minor setback ended planned starts in the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. at Ascot and in York's G1 Juddmonte International S. "I'll let him tell me when he's ready," said Muir, who trains with Chris Grassick. "After York I said I wouldn't set more targets...

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Pyledriver to Miss King George After Setback

Group 1 winner Pyledriver (GB) (Harbour Watch {Ire}) will miss the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. after suffering a setback, but nine still go forward, including the high-class Love (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). Trainer William Muir revealed the news on the Nick Luck Daily Podcast. The G1 Coronation Cup victor sustained an injury to his off hind leg. Muir told Nick Luck's Daily Podcast, "He worked superb on Saturday, we went to Charlie Hills's and he worked stunning with a very good miler. I walked over to meet...

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Pyledriver to Skip Royal Ascot and Wait For King George

Friday's G1 Coral Coronation Cup victor Pyledriver (GB) (Harbour Watch {Ire}) will most likely remain on the bench during Royal Ascot and will instead target the G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. at Ascot on July 24. The 4-year-old colt was reported to be in good form, if a bit tired by trainer William Muir. "It took a bit out of him--he didn't eat brilliant for two nights but he licked up last night," said Muir. "The first night he normally does leave a bit, but the second...

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Coronation Cup Glory For Pyledriver

Only 11th behind Serpentine (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in last year's G1 Epsom Derby, Pyledriver (GB) (Harbour Watch {Ire}) put that sour experience firmly behind him on Friday when returning to register a career-best success in the G1 Coral Coronation Cup. Showing his class when successful in the G2 King Edward VII S. at Royal Ascot and the G2 Great Voltigeur S. at York last term, the bay who races for the new William Muir-Chris Grassick training partnership had been sharpened by his seasonal debut when runner-up in the G2 Jockey...

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Coronation Cup For Pyledriver

Dual Group 2 winner Pyledriver (GB) (Harbour Watch {Ire}) is being aimed at Epsom's June 4 G1 Coronation Cup. Co-trainer William Muir, who trains with Chris Grassick, has indicated his stable star exited his second-place finish in the G2 Jockey Club S. on May 1 in good order. A winner of the G2 King Edward VII S. and G2 Great Voltigeur S. in 2020, Pyledriver was also third in the G1 St Leger at Doncaster in September prior to an unplaced run in the G1 QIPCO Champion S. a month...

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Pyledriver Stands Ground for St Leger

MGSW Pyledriver (GB) (Harbour Watch {Ire}) is vying for favourtism in the G1 Pertemps St Leger S. at Doncaster, as he is one of 15 horses to stand their ground in the final British Classic of the season on Saturday. A listed winner at two, Pyledriver was second in the June 3 G3 Classic Trial S. over the Kempton all-weather to open his 3-year-old account and captured the G2 King Edward VII S. at Royal Ascot by two lengths on June 16. The July 5 G1 Investec Derby did not...

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St Leger Gains Pyledriver, Hukum Also Possible

MGSW Pyledriver (GB) (Harbour Watch {Ire}), who won the G2 Great Voltigeur S. on Aug. 19, has been confirmed for the G1 St Leger at Doncaster on Sept. 12, Racing Post reported on Sunday. Trainer William Muir confirmed the news, with the G1 Grand Prix de Paris at ParisLongchamp, also on Sept. 12, off the table. The La Pyle Partnership, consisting of owner/breeders Roger Devlin and brothers Guy and Hugh Leach, raced Pyledriver to a listed success at two. The colt ran second in the G3 Unibet Classic Trial S....

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Pyledriver Bounces Back To Dominate the Voltigeur

Only 11th in the July 4 G1 Epsom Derby, Pyledriver (GB) (Harbour Watch {Ire}) relished being back on kinder terrain on Wednesday as he turned the G2 Sky Bet Great Voltigeur S. into a procession at York. Saddled with a three-pound penalty due to his clear-cut win in the G2 King Edward VII S. over this trip at Royal Ascot June 16, the 10-1 shot had one behind early but when moved forward by Martin Dwyer was able to take command with ease passing the two-furlong pole. Stretching clear despite...

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Pyledriver Eyes German Group 1

GSW Pyledriver (GB) (Harbour Watch {Ire}) could try for Group 1 glory in Germany, once he has had time to recover from his unfortunate passage in the G1 Investec Derby at Epsom. Trainer William Muir has the Preis von Europa at Cologne in mind for his stable star, whose hopes of Classic success were dashed soon after the start on Saturday. "Once he got knocked over that was our race gone," said Muir. "It happened when they cross from one side of the track to the other. He ended up...

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Investec Derby Attracts 17 Entries at This Stage

Listed winner and ante-post favourite English King (Fr) (Camelot {GB}) is among 17 entries for Saturday's G1 Investec Derby at Epsom.The mile-and-a-half Classic finds itself in an unusual position on the calendar this year, coming a month later than normal and after both Royal Ascot and the Irish Derby, because of the late start to the campaign. That will not matter one iota to the winning connections come this weekend, though--and for Ed Walker, trainer of Lingfield Derby Trial winner English King, it would be the realisation of a childhood...

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