The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Elusive City scored a three-length victory in the Gerrard Investment Management Richmond Stakes (Eng-II) at Goodwood. The victory was the first major stakes score for The Thoroughbred Corp. since the death of Prince Ahmed bin Salman on July 22.
Elusive City settled toward the back of the pack and had six lengths to make up on the leaders at the half way stage of the six-furlong race. Revenue, a winner at Royal Ascot, was second, followed by Checkit a length further back in third.
The Richmond victory increased Elusive City's career record to a perfect two-for-two. Trainer Gerard Butler is unsure of the next start for Elusive City, but said the Middle Park Stakes is the likely target.
Elusive City, by Elusive Quality, out of the Dayjur mare Star of Paris, was bred in Kentucky by the partnership of Silver Springs Stud Farm and Mrs. J. Costelloe. Elusive City is the first group/graded stakes winner for the first-crop sire that stands at Gainsborough Farm near Versailles, Ky.
The Thoroughbred Corp. purchased Elusive City for $250,000 at the 2001 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale from the consignment of Dromoland Farm, agent.