Royal Dornoch Earns Berth in Juvenile Turf at Newmarket


Royal Dornoch won the Juddmonte Royal Lodge (G2) at Newmarket Racecourse and earned a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. (Photo credit: Newmarket Racecouse).

Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs. John Magnier’s 2-year-old longshot Royal Dornoch (IRE), under jockey Wayne Lordan, prevailed by a neck over 6-5 favored Kameko to win Saturday’s one-mile $160,000 Juddmonte Royal Lodge (GII) at Newmarket Racecourse. With this victory, Royal Dornoch earned an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf through the international Breeders’ Cup Challenge.

The Breeders’ Cup Challenge is an international series of 86 stakes races whose winners -receive automatic starting positions and fees paid into a corresponding race of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, on Nov. 1-2. As part of the benefits of the Challenge series, Breeders’ Cup will pay the entry fees for Royal Dornoch to start in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, which will be run at one mile. Breeders’ Cup also will provide a $40,000 travel allowance for all starters based outside of North America to compete in the World Championships.

Royal Dornoch, trained by Aidan O’Brien, joins stablemate Mogul (GB), winner of the KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes (G2) at Leopardstown, and Decorated Invader, who captured the Summer Stakes (G1) at Woodbine, as the first three horses to earn automatic berths into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf this year.

Royal Dornoch, a bay son of Gleneagles (IRE) out of Bridal Dance (IRE) by Danehill Dancer (IRE), completed the one mile in a juvenile course-record time of 1:35.13.

Royal Lodge Replay

Running prominently in the center of the course against six rivals, Royal Dornoch chased the pacesetting Kentucky-bred Kameko, ridden by Oisin Murphy, inside the final furlong and steadily wore down his opponent to get up in time at the finish. Two O’Brien-trained runners, 9-1 Iberia (IRE) and 6-1 Year of the Tiger (IRE), finished third and fourth respectively. Sound of Cannons (GB), Highland Chief (IRE) and Pyledriver (GB), completed the order of finish.

WE’LL DOUBLE YOUR FIRST DEPOSIT UP TO $100 + GET A FREE $20 BET at TVG. Use coupon code GET120 during checkout. Expires 12/31/2019.

“He has ability, he was third in a Group 2 over six furlongs (Qatar Richmond Stakes at Goodwood, Aug.1) so he has the pace, but we always felt he wanted the mile,” said Lordan to ITV Racing afterward. “He’s a very straightforward colt, he had to dig deep and he did.”

Today’s win was the second in seven starts for Royal Dornoch, but his first at the mile distance. He broke his maiden at Gowran Park in Ireland two races back at seven furlongs, but trailed a five-horse field in his last start, the seven-furlong Pommery Champagne Stakes (G2) at Doncaster on Sept. 14.

NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll

No. Horse Points
1 Flightline 351
2 Life Is Good 306
3 Olympiad 292
4 Jackie's Warrior 282
5 Clairiere 142
5 Country Grammer 142
7 Epicenter 121
8 Regal Glory 89
9 Nest 87
10 Hot Rod Charlie 48
As of August 1, 2022

DRF Past Performances

Check out the most powerful
interactive Past Performances
used by Michael Dempsey. Use the code TENOFF19 which gives
you a 10% discount on any DRF Formulator plan that is one month or longer.


Free Horse Racing Picks

Get free horse racing picks each day from expert race handicapper Michael Dempsey Click Here

Belmont Stakes News & Reports
Breeders' Cup
Turf ‘n’ Sport handicapper Michael Dempsey has the Belmont Stakes covered with his selections, analysis and fair odds for every race on the card!
Wager on the Belmont Stakes
Belmont Stakes News

Belmont Stakes Reports

Horse Racing Betting Tips

Horse Racing Betting Tips
Turf 'n' Sport handicappers give out basic horse racing handicapping information..