• The week’s significant milestones, facts and figures
20 Perfect Power
France: Few races on the international calendar come so obviously ‘marked for export’ as the Prix Morny, in which Sunday’s win for the Richard Fahey-trained Perfect Power was the 20th victory in the last 25 years for a horse not trained in France.
Earthlight, who won for Andre Fabre in 2019, was the last domestic winner of the Deauville G1 contest – but only two of the last 17 have been won by a home-trained juvenile.
Since the turn of the century, there have been winners for Wesley Ward (3), Brain Meehan (2), Aidan O’Brien, Gerard Butler, Mick Channon, Peter Chapple-Hyam, Tommy Stack, David Wachman, David Simcock, Clive Cox, John Quinn, John Gosden, Karl Burke and Michael Bell.
GB: Snowfall’s four-length victory in last week’s Darley Yorkshire Oaks means she has won her four races this term by a cumulative 32¼ lengths. The Ballydoyle filly’s wins include a record margin of 16 lengths at Epsom in the Cazoo Oaks; her 8½-length victory in the Irish Oaks was the biggest since Blakestown scored by ten in 1905.
50 Trevor Denman
USA: Del Mar’s legendary race caller Trevor Denman recently passed the 50-year mark as a racecourse commentator.
According to South Africa’s Turf Talk, Denman first went behind the mic on August 14, 1971 and called his first race as an 18-year-old at Clairwood in Durban. The 68-year-old is currently calling his 37th season at Del Mar.
• Trevor Denman interview at TurfTalk
17 Tim Easterby
GB: With her Nunthorpe Stakes success, flying filly Winter Power became trainer Tim Easterby’s seventh G1 winner – nearly 17 years after the sixth, which came with Somnus in the Prix de la Foret of 2004. Sprinters have provided six of the trainer’s G1 wins, the exception coming via Bollin Eric’s St Leger in 2002.
Winter Power’s Nunthorpe came 45 years after Easterby’s uncle Mick won the York highlight with Lochnager in 1976.
2 Stroxx Carlras
Not one Derby but two for Stroxx Carlras, who completed the Swedish/Norwegian Derby double at Ovrevoll in Oslo on Sunday [August 22] under jockey Nicolaj Stott for Danish-based rookie trainer Rikke Bonde.
• Read more at Ovrevoll website
1 Gianluca Bietolini
France: Grand Glory’s surprise 23-1 success in the Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville was the first G1 triumph on the Flat in the career of Italian trainer Gianluca Bietolini, who set up shop at Maisons-Laffitte in 2013. The five-year-old mare, who short-headed the 2020 winner Audarya, was winning her third Group contest.
GB: After the attentions of COVID in 2020, York was delighted to welcome back the ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’ Ebor Festival, where a total crowd figure for the four days of 84,021 represented a 1.1% increase on 2019. Friday’s crowd of 18,953 (up 19%) was a record.
Chief executive William Derby commented: “To slightly increase our attendance on 2019, after such a challenging period for everyone, and to sell out stand side on Sky Bet Ebor Saturday at 30,000 for the first time in the modern era, was quite remarkable.”