Alpinista ridden by jockey Luke Morris (center) defends to take second day feature
Alpinista dug deep to bring in an incredible seventh straight win at Darley Yorkshire Oaks in York.
It was also the fifth time in a row that Kirsten Rousing’s brave mare has won at Group One level, with brave daughter Frankel becoming the first Group One at home for coach Sir Mark Prescott since Marsha landed Nunthorpe on the same track in 2017 .
Irish Oaks winner Magical Lagoon and fellow La Petite raider Coco led seven strong teams in the early stages, with Luke Morris always in pole position over favorites 7-4.
Magical Lagoon was the first to crack as the race progressed on the straights and after beating La Petite Coco’s challenge by a long distance, Alpinista poked his head in and struggled to the line to beat back Aidan O’Brien Tuesday, who finished second at 7-2.
As winners at Saint-Cloud before this win at Knavesmire, all roads now lead back to France for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, with Betfair and Paddy Power both leaving Alpinista unchanged in the market at 8-1.
“They (Group One) are all great, but they are hard to come by. For a small home, every five or six years you get a good one and it’s incredible when that happens,” said Prescott. “We train dams, big dams, and big dams on this one. It’s an amazing family.
“His original goal was to go Coronation (Cup) and King George, but he wouldn’t come (with his mantle) in time for the Coronation, so then became Saint-Cloud (for the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud) and then here or in Vermeille .
“But Miss (Kirsten) Rausing (owner-farmer) really wanted to come here because she (Alpinista) had never won Group One in England. She really has done it all now, she won Group One in England, France and Germany. “
He continued: “That (Arc) has always been the goal. Last year we preferred to praise ourselves for being so smart to win three Group One in Germany, then when the one behind us (Torquator Tasso) came and won the Arc we felt more that we might not as smart as we thought!
“When he stays in training this year, that’s always been his goal.”
Like everyone involved at Heath House Stables, Morris looks forward to the first Sunday in October.
He said: “Since he’s been in a better place this year he seems like a foal with more class so we can dream about Paris now.
“Generally Yorkshire Oaks can look a little heavy with superstar Aidan, but I think it has a lot of depth and he has to give 9 pounds for the second. I thought it was a great performance. It’s great he can do it to show in England what he is. capable.
“It’s been a huge team effort – the teams at Heath House and Lanwades Stud. I’m just a lucky guy to get to sit on it a few times a year.”
O’Brien insisted he was “quite happy” that Tuesday’s heroine Cazoo Oaks was the dashing runner-up.
Tuesday is into his first game since finishing fourth to Westover in the Irish Derby at Curragh in June.
“He’s going to go on Champions weekend (Ireland) (10 and 11 September) somewhere, whether he’s going to stay here, or whether he’s going to Ireland or whether he’s going to France or whatever. going somewhere.
“We are quite happy with that. It was his first run back and he had a really good race.
“It was his first run backwards and he ran really well, and I don’t think he lost any power as he approached the line, did he? I don’t think he lost.
“He’s been back in shape after Curragh. He was a bit hot before the race, but I don’t mind – I’m hot myself too! He’s in the mix for the Arc and other races.”