Soldier’s Call wins the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot; dam bought for $15,000
Soldier’s Call, out of $15,000 Schumer Bloodstock purchase Dijarvo, proved that he was a colt out of the top drawer at Royal Ascot with a highly impressive victory in the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes.
Sent off at 12/1 in the 28-runner field, the son of Showcasing showed admirable professionalism to lead the nearside group and quicken clear to account for his far side rivals to win by half-a-length from Sabre. It was only the third for Clipper Logistic’s colt, who won well at Haydock on his previous start.
“Soldier’s Call has got so much natural speed,” said trainer Archie Watson, who was celebrating his first Royal Ascot success. “He’s very quick and very talented. We were umming and aahing about running here or in the Norfolk so I’m glad that I’m vindicated. He surprised me with how professional he was on his debut. He ran very well and they broke the track record, and then he won well at Haydock. He’s blisteringly fast and it was a great ride from Danny [Tudhope].”
Jockey Danny Tudhope was similarly impressed.
“It was a great performance from this horse,” he said. “He’s got so much speed, he was a bit behind the rest of them on the far side but I was able to do my own thing – nothing hassled me. I just wanted to keep it simple and stay straight. He won nicely in the end.”
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.
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.