• The week’s significant milestones
19 Gestut Schlenderhan
Germany: Gestut Schlenderhan extended its own record when the Francis Graffard-trained In Swoop became the historic stud operation’s 19th winner of the Deutsches Derby at Hamburg-Horn on Sunday [July 12].
The owner-breeder’s 18 previous winners are: Sieger (1908), Ariel (1914), Marmor (1918), Mah Jong (1927), Alba (1930), Sturmvogel (1935), Orgelton (1938), Wehr Dich (1939), Schwarzgold (1940), Magnat (1941), Allgau (1943), Asterblute (1949), Allasch (1953), Don Giovanni (1969), Alpenkonig (1970), Stuyvesant (1976), Adlerflug (2007) and Wiener Walzer (2009).
Sent off at nearly 14-1 for the 151st running of Germany’s senior Classic, the son of 2007 Derby hero Adlerflug was the first winner of the €650,000 event to be trained in France; it was also a first G1 triumph for jockey Ronan Thomas.
100 Chad Brown
USA: America’s number one trainer Chad Brown reached a notable landmark at Keeneland on Saturday [July 11] when he landed his 100th G1 win with Guarana in the Madison Stakes.
“It’s a whole body of work from 12½ years now of training,” said Brown, who completed an Eclipse Award four-timer as champion in 2019.
“It has to do with my team of co-workers, owners and horses both present and past,” added the 41-year-old. “They all contributed to the 100 Grade 1s.”
Brown wasted little time in setting off for the second century either, as he saddled Rushing Fall to defend her crown in the G1 Jenny Wiley later on the card; the mare has now won G1 races aged two, three, four and five.
The former Bobby Frankel assistant won his first G1 event with Zagora in the Diana Stakes at Saratoga in 2011. According to Equibase, he ended Saturday with a career total of 1,790 victories for prize-money of $184 million. He stands eighth on the all-time list for career earnings in North America.
144 Zac Purton
Hong Kong: Zac Purton landed his fourth jockeys’ title in Hong Kong at the penultimate meeting of the season on Sunday [July 12] at Sha Tin when the Aussie recorded his 144th victory of the 2020-21 campaign.
Purton had an eight-win lead over his rival Joao Moreira at the start of an 11-race card. Moreira won the opening race before Purton hit back in the fourth on David Hall-trained Fast Most Furious; in any event the ‘Magic Man’ is banned for Wednesday’s finale at Hong Kong.
1,000 PJ McDonald
GB: PJ McDonald rode his 1,000th winner in Britain when scoring aboard the Mark Johnston-trained Zabeel Champion in the Bet365 Handicap over 1m2f at Newmarket’s July meeting on Friday [July 10].
The 38-year-old Irishman rode his first winner at Naas in July 2001 on Ventura, a horse who carried the colours of the legendary Vincent O’Brien and was trained by his son Charles.
After moving to Britain, he started out as a dual-purpose rider and enjoyed his first big-race success over jumps with Hot Weld in the Scottish Grand National in 2007.
Zabeel Champion was McDonald’s 963rd Flat winner in Britain, where he has also landed 37 over jumps. His sole British G1 winner came on Laurens in the 2017 Fillies’ MIle at Newmarket; he won the Prix de Diane on the same filly in 2018.
“There are lads riding a lot more winners than me but my career only properly took off in the last five or six years,” said McDonald. “It was hard graft and small tracks, not so many good horses, in the early years but it helped me keep my feet on the ground and made me appreciate all the good that’s happened over the last four or five years.”
12 Niels Petersen
Sweden: Danish trainer Niels Petersen landed his 12th Derby in Scandinavia when he saddled Bullof Wall Street to claim the Swedish Derby at Jagersro on Sunday [July 12].
Based at Ovrevoll in Norway, Petersen has won three Svenskt Derbys altogether (Duke Derby 2014, Nordic Defense 2018, Bullof Wall Street 2020). He has also landed the Norwegian Derby six times at Ovrevoll (Go Go Gadget 2010, Old Pal 2012, Eye In The Sky 2014, Our Last Summer 2016, Square De Luynes 2018, Privilegiado 2019) and the Danish Derby three times at Klampenborg (Quite A Mission 2013, Daviici 2014, Suspicious Mind 2016).
Jockey Carlos Lopez, who rode Bullof Wall Street, has won four of the last five editions of the Swedish Derby.
5,000 Glorious Goodwood
GB: Crowds are gradually being allowed back to racetracks around the world – in a socially distanced kind of way, naturally – and 5,000 certainly seems to be the magic number.
With Deauville leading the way at the weekend, French racecourses have been given the okay to allow up to 5,000 people through the turnstiles, though it’s probably a moot point until Arc weekend anyway.
According to the Racing Post, Goodwood are also talking about that same figure for a day during their high-profile Glorious meeting that begins on July 28. Managing director Adam Waterworth has set his heart on a government-approved test event during the five-day fixture with around 4,000 annual members plus staff and connections.