Soldier’s Call enters Breeders’ Cup picture with Arenberg win; dam bought for $15,000
Soldier’s Call, out of $15,000 Schumer Bloodstock purchase Dijarvo, followed up his Royal Ascot success by running out the impressive winner of the Group 3 Prix d’Arenberg at Chantilly on Saturday.
Ridden by his usual partner Danny Tudhope, Soldier’s Call put his natural speed to good use to make all the running and win unchallenged. Queen Of Bermuda, previously successful in a Listed race, was no match for Clipper Logistics’ colt in second.
“He was always in control, he showed blistering speed and is a very good two-year-old,” trainer Archie Watson told reporters. “He dictated it and quickened up smartly, he’s done it well.
“His main end-of-season target is the new five-and-a-half-furlong sprint at the Breeders’ Cup, and he’ll probably have one more race before then.
“It will either be the Flying Childers or the Prix de l’Abbaye against his elders, where he’d get all the weight.”
It was the second stakes win for Soldier’s Call following his success in a 28-runner edition of the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. The son of Showcasing 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 is the second foal out of Dijarvo, bought on behalf of Llety by Schumer Bloodstock for $15,000 at the 2014 Keeneland January Sale.
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 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.