Terrific second by Soldier’s Call in the Nunthorpe
Soldier’s Call, the second foal out of $15,000 Schumer Bloodstock purchase Dijarvo, ran yet another outstanding race when second to Battaash in the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York on Friday.
In a race in which Dayjur’s track record was smashed, Soldier’s Call showed his usual blinding pace to race prominently and stuck gamely on for second, with the Group 1 winners Ten Sovereigns, Fairyland and Mabs Cross among those well behind.
“He likes it here,” jockey Danny Tudhope told reporters. “He’s run a great race and we’re unfortunate to run into a horse like Battaash.”
The son of Showcasing was bred in Wales by David Hodge out of Dijarvo, a French Listed winner sourced on behalf of Hodge at the 2014 Keeneland January Sale.
Soldier’s Call has been remarkably consistent for trainer Archie Watson.
He struck at last year’s Royal Meeting when successful in the Windsor Castle Stakes and later added the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes and Group 3 Prix d’Arenberg to his record. He was also third in the G1 Prix de l’Abbaye – a remarkable performance for a 2yo against older horses.
“I’m delighted,” Watson told reporters. “He’s got bags of pace and has fought the rest off well, and is a pleasure to train.
“There are three more Group 1s this year that are suitable – there’s the Flying Five in Ireland, the Abbaye again, and the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. We’ll have a think but I think France and America are his two most likely targets.”
“He’s a credit to connections,” said ITV Racing’s Jason Weaver. “He was a rocket juvenile – they don’t always train on but he’s done just that.”