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Soldiers Call to Royal Ascot; dam purchased for $15,000

Norfolk Stakes hopeful Soldiers Call pictured as a yearling

Soldiers Call is en route to Royal Ascot after showing his rivals a clean pair of heels in a competitive novice at Haydock on Thursday. Returning after a highly promising runner-up effort on debut for trainer Archie Watson, the son of Showcasing made all under Danny Tudhope and ran on strongly to win with authority.

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.

“Soldiers Call is still learning and is a bit green, but he has plenty of speed,” Tudhope told the Racing Post. “He’s a proper 2yo and might be aimed at Royal Ascot where he’d stick to five in the Norfolk.”

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.

Soldiers 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.

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