Great run from Soldier’s Call in the G1 King’s Stand Stakes
Soldier’s Call, the second foal out of $15,000 Schumer Bloodstock purchase Dijarvo, ran an outstanding third against his elders in the G1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday.
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.
One of only several 3yos in Tuesday’s King’s Stand Stakes, Soldier’s Call showed bags of pace to lead the field and only gave best late on to the seasoned veterans Blue Point and Battaash.
“He’s run a huge race,” said trainer Archie Watson. “He’d run against these horses at two, which very few horses do, and I’m delighted with him. That’s the way to ride him. He showed a lot of speed today.
“He ran a very good race at York [when second in the Westow Stakes] and he’s taken a big step forward today. I know he’s good enough to win one of these.
“All roads probably lead to the Group Ones at the end of the season.”
Bred by David Hodge’s Llety Farms in Wales, which churns out the winners year after year, Soldiers Call is the second foal out of Dijarvo.
Dijarvo hails from a family well known to Llety, something which was influential in their decision to target the mare 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 high-class 2yo filly Mamba Noire.
Soldier’s Call provided a fine return on investment for his breeder when selling for 85,000gns to Joe Foley at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Sale.