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There were few speedier two-year-olds around in 2018 than Soldier’s Call and he has already kept up the good work in 2019.
The portents were good to judge by his performance against older, more mature, more experienced opposition in the Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye at ParisLongchamp in October.
Soldier’s Call was third, beaten a head and a short head behind Mab’s CrossBattaash a half-length back in fourth.
He was getting plenty of weight from his top-class rivals that day but this year, worse off in that respect, he is stronger and more finished article, for all that the son of Showcasing – bred to be an out-and-out 5f performer – is not the biggest.
Before his trip to France in the autumn he had thrived against his peers, winning a minor event at Haydock; the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot; a Group 3 contest at Chantilly plus the Group 2 Flying Childers at Doncaster.
The one blip was when third in the Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood, when not at his best.
Soldier’s Call failed to make an impact in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs on his final start but it came after a long, fruitful season and is easily forgiven.
He confirmed himself one of the fastest horses in training when third behind Blue Point and Battaash in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot after blazing a trail – a nose ahead of Mabs Cross.
Watson said: “He’s run a huge race. He’d run against these horses at two, which very few horses do, and I’m delighted with him. That’s the way to ride him. He showed a lot of speed today. He ran a very good race at York [on his return] and he’s taken a big step forward today. I know he’s good enough to win one of these.”
Soldier’s Call confirmed that when beating all bar Battaash in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York and followed that with a staying-on fourth to Fairyland in the Group 1 Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh.
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