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Current Odds: 7-2 Gr. g. 4, Verglas (IRE) - Misskinta (IRE), by Desert Sun (GB)
Race HistoryDownload Past Performances
July 27, 2013 - Yor
Sky Bet York Stakes
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July 21, 2013 - New
Princess of Wales Stakes
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Dec. 15, 2012 - Bhp
Hollywood Turf Cup
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Jeremy Noseda was born Sept. 17, 1963 in London, England. He had no family in racing, but became smitten by the sport as a schoolboy and learned to ride at the age of 13. He spent school holidays working in the stables of Brian Swift and Jeremy Tree before turning down a place at Cambridge University in order to further his racing education. He was initially employed by John Dunlop, staying for six years, before moving on to work as assistant to John Gosden for five years, including three in California.
William Buick was born in Norway on July 22nd 1988. Son of Walter Buick an eight time champion jockey in Scandinavia.Apprenticed to trainer Andrew Balding, William rode his first winner in September 2006. He tied for the apprentice championship in 2008 with David Probert another apprentice in Andrew Balding's yard.
Yvonne Jacques is an independent investment management professional, having previously sold a successful Insurance Brokerage company she founded. She was an owner in the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Syndicate that owned the 2010 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Harbinger, a 180,000gns purchase as a yearling, who was subsequently sold to stand at stud in Japan for a sum reputedly fifty times greater than his purchase price.
Grandeur's sire, Verglas, won the 1996 Coventry as a juvenile at Royal Ascot. Second in the 1997 Irish 2000 Guineas, he was later imported to the United States, where his most significant result was a near-miss in the 1998 San Marino Handicap at Santa Anita. By Highest Honor, an exponent of the *Grey Sovereign sire line, Verglas is responsible for French highweight miler Stormy River, hero of the 2006 Prix Jean Prat; 2009 French 2000 Guineas victor Silver Frost; English Group 3 winner Glass Harmonium, who earned Group 1 glory in Australia in the 2011 Mackinnon; and Blackdoun, successful in the 2004 Del Mar Derby and La Jolla.
Grandeur is out of the winning Misskinta, by the Green Desert stallion Desert Sun. Although only Grade/Group 2-placed on the track, Desert Sun factors in the pedigrees of two of the most celebrated mares of modern times. He sired the legendary Sunline, a multiple Australian and New Zealand Horse of the Year. He is also the broodmare sire of unbeaten world champion sprinter Black Caviar and her multiple Group 1-winning half-brother All Too Hard. Other progeny of Desert Sun include New Zealand highweight mare Egyptian Raine and Group 1 star La Bella Dama.
Misskinta is a half-sister to the classy stayer Far Cry, the winner of the 1999 Doncaster Cup who was just edged in the 2000 Ascot Gold Cup. Also close up in the family is 2009 Orchid heroine Dress Rehearsal, while further back, one finds such Aga Khan celebrities as multiple highweight Darjina; fellow French classic winners Darsi and Daryaba; and Daryakana, victorious in the 2009 Hong Kong Vase.
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Winner of the mile and a half Hollywood Turf Cup last December has raced just twice since, most recently when finishing well to be second at York in a Group Two event late last month. Four-year-old has won six of his fourteen lifetime starts for conditioner Jeremy Noseda who has won with three of his last ten runners in North American graded stakes and will be the mount of William Buick who won the 2010 Million aboard Debussy. Son of Verglas is coming in fairly fresh and will be helped closing into a fast early pace and can be a major threat in race for which he has been pointed for all year by barn that has had great success shipping runners to this country and did draw the widest post but may be able to overcome that since his closing run style may allow him to drop in behind the field early.