Breeders’ Cup on horizon after Soldier’s Call blitzes Flying Childers field
Soldier’s Call proved once again on Friday that he is one of the best 2yos in Europe with a scintillating win in the Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster.
It was a third stakes win for Soldier’s Call, who is the second foal out of Dijarvo, bought for just $15,000 by Chad Schumer as agent for his breeder Llety Farms at the 2014 Keeneland January Sale.
Ridden by his usual partner Danny Tudhope, Soldier’s Call was never challenged on the front end and quickened clear for a near three-length win over Well Done Fox and Gossamer Wings.
“Soldier’s Call is a Group 3 winner and a Group 2 winner so it’s got to be Group 1s now,” said trainer Archie Watson. “His options are one or both of the Abbaye, getting the two-year-old allowance at Longchamp, and the new Juvenile Turf Sprint at the Breeders’ Cup, which is five and a half furlongs at Churchill Downs.
“He’s a very quick two-year-old, we’ve always held him in very high regard. Goodwood was a little bit disappointing but he’s gone out and won a Group 3 in a very quick time in France and backed up here within 13 days and he’s absolutely blitzed them.
“If you were to ask me now where we’d be headed next June, if we were lucky enough to get him to Ascot, I’d say he’d be a King’s Stand horse rather than a Commonwealth Cup horse.”
The son of Showcasing was previously successful in the Group 3 Prix d’Arenberg and the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot. He also ran third in the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
Bred by David Hodge’s Llety Farms in Wales, which churns out the winners year after year, Soldiers Call hails from a family well known to Llety, something which was influential in their decision to target Dijarvo when she came up for sale at Keeneland.
The daughter of Iceman won three races, including the Listed Prix la Flèche, and is from the immediate family of last year’s high-class 2yo filly Mamba Noire.
Soldier’s Call provided a fine return on investment for his breeder last year when selling for 85,000gns to Joe Foley at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Sale.