Queen Of Bermuda “ran a blinder” to place fourth at the prestigious Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs, Kentucky, yesterday.
The two-year-old filly was chosen as one of 12 runners for the 5˝-furlong Juvenile Turf Sprint on “Future Stars Friday” and produced a gutsy display to earn $50,000 for her handlers.
Ridden by Frenchman Flavien Prat, having been sent off at 14-1, Queen Of Bermuda found herself checked in as she approached the final straight and towards the back of the field.
She finished strongly, however, overtaking 7-2 joint-favourite Soldier’s Call, who beat the Bermuda Thoroughbred Racing-owned horse into second last month at the group three Prix d’Arenberg at Chantilly Racecourse in Oise, France.
“She ran a blinder,” Simon Scupham, the BTR chairman, said. “Fourth place in black-type terms [a stakes winning/placed horse] is so huge for breeding [value].”
The American-owned Bulletin, in only his second outing, won the inaugural $1 million race in an exceptional front-running performance.
The 4-1 second choice became the first horse in Breeders’ Cup history to win with only one previous start, a victory at Gulfstream Park’s Hollywood Beach Stakes last month.
Yesterday’s race was Queen Of Bermuda’s last outing under Suffolk-based trainer William Haggas as she is set to switch to H. Graham Motion’s Maryland stable in the United States.
Bought at the Craven Breeze Up Sale in April for 230,000 guineas (about $293,000), Queen Of Bermuda has had an impressive season, winning a group three race in Ayr, Scotland, and a Listed race at Deauville, France.