It was a glorious day for American breeders at the "Glorious Goodwood" meeting in England Friday as U.S. bred horses won all three of the stakes on the card. Topping off the day was a victory by the 2-year-old Montgomery's Arch in the Richmond Stakes (Eng-II).
In other Goodwood added-money action, Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms' homebred Phantom Wind won the Oak Tree Stakes (Eng-III) and the Clovelly Farm-bred Alkaased landed the Glorious Stakes.
Montgomery's Arch, a son of Arch
, out of the Seattle Slew mare Inny River showed grit and determination while coming on again the stretch to win the race by a neck over Sheikh Mohammed's Mystical Land (by Xaar). Michael Tabor's Silver Wraith (by Danehill Dancer) was two lengths back in third. The dark bay or brown Montgomery's Arch covered the six furlongs under James Spencer over the "good to firm" going in 1:12.81.
Bred in Maryland by Sycamore Hall Farm, Montgomery's Arch is the sixth stakes winner sired by Arch (Kris S.--Aurora, by Danzig
). Arch stands at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky. where his 2004 stud fee was $5,000. Trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam, Montgomery's Arch is now two-for-two, having broken his maiden at Folkestone on July 8. He is owned by Franconson Partners.
Consigned by Walnut Green, agent, Montgomery's Arch was a $50,000 purchase by Jamie Railton at last year's Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling auction. He was purchased by N.P. Littmoden at Tattersalls' April sale of 2-year-olds from Jamie Railton, agent for $37,590.
Grabbing the lead 50 yards from the wire in the Oak Tree Stakes, Juddmonte Farms' Phantom Wind won by a half-length over Nyramba. Cheveley Park Stud's Chic was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third. The first two across the line are trained by John Gosden.
The winner is a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Storm Cat
out of Ryafan, by Lear Fan
. Ryafan won an Eclipse Award in North America as the champion turf female as a 3-year-old in 1997. Phantom Wind covered seven furlongs of the Oak Tree, for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up, in 1:26.10.
Another Kentucky-bred, Alkaased, scored in the listed Glorious Stakes. The 4-year-old son of Kingmambo
, out of the Niniski mare Chesa Plana, was bred by Robin Scully's Clovelly Farms and is owned by M. R. Charlton. Clovelly Farm, a near 700-acre spread near Paris, Ky. is also the birthplace of last year's Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) winner Pleasantly Perfect. Trained by Luca Cumani, Alkaased won the 1 1/2-mile Glorious Stakes by a neck over Saeed Suhail's First Charter. The final time of the race was 2:34.40.