Godolphin send the well-bred Distant Goddess, trained by Charlie Appleby, to make her debut in the 1m1½f fillies novices’ stakes on Wolverhampton’s all-weather card today.
The three-year-old daughter of Darley’s flagship sire Dubawi is out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Bastet, making her a half-sister to 2012 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches heroine Beauty Parlour.
It was at the 2018 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale where Stroud Coleman Bloodstock went to 800,000gns to secure the Book 1 yearling.
Her opponents in today’s contest include her stablemate Endless Echoes, an unraced daughter of Shamardal, and the Roger Varian-trained Rideson, who was beaten only half a length in a novice event at Chelmsford earlier this month.
Kempton also race on the all-weather today while jumps cards are held at Newcastle and Plumpton.
Mullins at the treble
Willie Mullins bagged a treble at Thurles on Sunday including wins in both Grade 2 contests on the card.
The Closutton handler enjoyed a 1-2-3 in the Horse & Jockey Hotel Chase as Real Steel saw off stable companions Footpad and Voix Du Reve while Elimay defied her stablemate Cut The Mustard in the Coolmore NH Sires Capri Irish EBF Mares Novice Chase.
Death of Bollin Eric
Bollin Eric, winner of the 2002 St Leger, has died at the age of 21 at Brenda Bowditch’s Colmer Stud in Dorset.
Trained by Tim Easterby for his owner-breeders Sir Neil and Lady Westbrook, Bollin Eric also won a Lonsdale Cup in addition to his Classic triumph.
Easterby, speaking to the Racing Post, said: “It’s a sad loss. We had some wonderful days with Bollin Eric and his win in the St Leger was the climax of the racing careers of his owners Sir Neil and Lady Westbrook, who sadly died soon afterwards.
“I know he had a great home down in Dorset where they thought the world of him and he had a very good life by all accounts.”