Exciting two-year-old Steel Bull, who was a gutsy winner of the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood last week, will now race for Chantal Regalado-Gonzalez having been purchased by the Classic-winning owner in a private deal.
The news was confirmed by the Racing Post’s bloodstock desk with Regalado-Gonzalez’s Racing Manager Bill Dwan saying: “Mrs Regalado Gonzalez has purchased Steel Bull and the plan is that the horse will run in the Phoenix Stakes at the weekend.
“He was very impressive at Naas first time out, winning by two and a half lengths, then he backed that up in better company at Goodwood. He did it the hard way in the Molecomb Stakes so he looks an exciting prospect and please God he can compete the top level this weekend.
“The Nunthorpe has also been mentioned but we’ll take one step at a time. A lot has happened quickly for this horse so I wouldn’t like to predict too far in the future. After the Phoenix we’ll let the dust settle and see what the next option is.”
Regalado-Gonzalez’s silks have been carried to victory by a number of horses including this year’s Group 3 winner Patrick Sarsfield as well as the likes of four-time Group/Grade 1 heroine Iridessa and Qualify, who was a shock 50-1 winner of the Oaks in 2015.
Threat heads inaugural Tattersalls August Sale
Dual Group 2 winner Threat is the headline act among 774 lots catalogued for the first ever Tattersalls August Sale.
The new auction has been introduced in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the problems vendors and purchasers have encountered during this time.
Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony said: “The Covid related circumstances surrounding the decision to introduce a Tattersalls August Sale are well documented and we have been hugely encouraged by both the quality and quantity of entries.
“Originally pencilled in for two days, we have extended the sale to three days to accommodate the number of entries and the catalogue has the strength and depth that will appeal to a wide cross section of buyers, both domestic and further afield.
“Despite the current challenges, our recent July Sale achieved a phenomenal 96 per cent clearance rate, which demonstrates the enduring appeal of sales of this nature at Tattersalls, and we have already received extremely positive feedback from our myriad of overseas markets.”
Beverley and Catterick host Flat turf fixtures while Lingfield stages an all-weather card that features the Amy Murphy-trained Emotional Moment contesting the mile novice median auction stakes.
The daughter of Sepoy returns to the venue where she struck on debut by an impressive four lengths back in June. Having disappointed at Newcastle last month, this contest looks ideal for her to regain the winning thread.