By Jon Lees
GB: Trainer David O’Meara has a new Group horse in his ranks after being sent one of Germany’s top performers in the shape of Royal Youmzain.
Five-year-old entire horse Royal Youmzain won Italy’s G2 Gran Criterium in 2017 and added two G3 races the following season for Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Andreas Wohler.
On his latest start he finished fifth in the conditions race run on the Saudi Cup undercard in which Bahrain’s Port Lions beat Japanese mare Deirdre.
Royal Youmzain has now been bought by Qatari owner Mohammed Bin Hamad Khalifa Al Attiya, from Jaber Abdullah, and joined O’Meara’s 131-strong team in Upper Helmsley, near York.
“He arrived in the yard on Thursday night,” said O’Meara. “He is a really nice horse to be quite honest. He will race for a new owner for us. He owns Baghdad, who won at the last two Royal Ascots for Mark Johnston.”
Royal Youmzain has won three of his 15 starts, earning over £320,000 in prize-money, and will complement a stable which still contains last year’s Queen Anne Stakes winner Lord Glitters and another millionaire in Suedois.
“You’d like to think he could become a similar flagship horse for the yard,” said O’Meara. “He is quite highly rated – I am not quite sure what his rating would be in this country, but he is a good horse who stays a mile and a half. He was third in the German Derby.”
O’Meara can make no plans for his team until racing resumes from the coronavirus shutdown, but in the meantime training continues.
“We are coping fine,” he added. “We are practising the social distancing as best we can, keeping the horses going. They are all cantering away. We’d all like to see some light at the end of the tunnel but we just have to sit and wait.”