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Bargain buy Pyledriver provided a feelgood factor in 2020 when he ran in two Classics and showed himself to be among the best three-year-olds in training. Known by those closest to him as “Dave” from the day he was foaled, he is owned by brothers Guy and Huw Leach, plus their long-time friend Roger Devlin.
He changed hands for only 10,000gns as a yearling; a victim trainer William Muir believes of his sire [Harbour Watch] becoming unfashionable. He sees parallels in his own Lambourn yard, where less than 30 horses reside.
“It’s all fashion, nobody even looked at him [at the Sales] – and he’s gorgeous to look at with a great stride,” Muir told Champions Series before Pyledriver ran in the Pertemps St Leger. “We’re not a fashionable yard, everyone wants somebody younger. It’s just one of those things.”
Pyledriver ran a cracker to be third at Town Moor, beaten just over a length. That was no surprise, though, given the nature of his impressive wins en route in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot and Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes at York when carrying a 3lb penalty. In both races, his partnership with Martin Dwyer was plain to see.
After an impressive 2nd to Sir Ron Priestly in preparation, a first Series win for Pyledriver soon followed in the Coral Coronation Cup at Epsom. Taking the running up halfway, the gutsy colt fought off the attentions of Al Aasy to secure his first Group 1 success.