Cross-channel Stakes success for Shamardal and Farhh

Alzire lands Prix Coronation at Saint-Cloud, while 2,000 Guineas second King Of Change takes Fortune Stakes; new winner for star freshman Night Of Thunder

Not one to rest on his laurels following Pinatubo’s exceptional win in Sunday’s G1 National Stakes, Shamardal added a new Stakes winner to his record in fine style on Wednesday, 18 September when his three-year-old daughter Alzire ran out the ready winner of the Listed Prix Coronation at Saint-Cloud.

Always prominent under Christophe Soumillon, Alzire soon moved clear once asked for her effort and ran on superbly to win the one-mile contest by two lengths to record her third win this year.

Bred by Haras d’Etreham and Pencarrow Stud, Alzire is out of the winning Galileo mare Purely Priceless, herself a daughter of four-time G1 winner Peeping Fawn.

Shamardal has now sired 15 Stakes winners in 2019, headed by Champion sprinter elect and Royal Ascot hero Blue Point, who will stand his first season at Kildangan Stud next year. The aforementioned Pinatubo has been allotted a Timeform rating of 134p – the best this century and higher than Frankel was rated at two. Shamardal is also sire of G1 Darley Prix Morny winner Earthlight.

A few minutes earlier, Farhh’s G1 2,000 Guineas second King Of Change added a well-deserved first Stakes win, with a convincing victory in the Listed Fortune Stakes at Sandown.

Richard Hannon’s charge was always in touch under Sean Levey and taking the lead a furlong out, kept to his task well to win by a length and a quarter from Turgenev (Dubawi). He could now return to G1 company in the QEII at Ascot’s Champions Day on Saturday, 19 October.

King Of Change is out of the winning mare Salacia (Echo Of Light), making him a half-brother to Cape Cross's G1-placed, Group-winning son Century Dream.

Farhh is also sire this year of G2 Royal Ascot winner Move Swiftly, plus G1 Gold Cup and G1 Goodwood Cup second, Dee Ex Bee.

Also on Wednesday, first-season sire sensation Night Of Thunder notched his 22nd individual winner when Magical Journey made a successful debut at Beverley.

He now boasts an astounding 61 per cent winners to runners and has made the best start at stud of any stallion in Europe in the last 20 years.