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King George: cockcrow in the stats

2010/07/27 - Statistics
Olivier Peslier, from the Mayenne county born at Cossé-le-Vivien 37 years ago, has just made the cock crow, emblem cherished by our English friends, at Ascot on this anniversary day of the first Channel crossing by plane from Calais to Dover, y Louis Blériot, in 37 minutes. He has done it with Harbinger, our own plane to us, sporting lovers.


Harbinger (Dansili) has not only crossed the Channel but also the sparse pack (one of the smallest since its creation) of the  King George VI and Queen Elizabeth St. His 5 opponents of the day have only been able to witness the damages when passing the post. The stewart at the finish line has announced 11 lengths (unseen to date) in a record time of 2'26''78 over the 12 furlongs of the take off course, improving Grundy's time (2'26''98 in 1975) and by almost one second Galileo's one in 2001.

The ease with which Bering's grandson (re-cockcrow) has flown over the debates has consigned to oblivion the Generous (7 lengths), Mill Reef (6), Dahlia (6), St Jovite (6), Ribot (5), Daylami (5), Ragusa (4), Shergar (4), Dylan Thomas (4), sorry about the few...


Harbinger has beaten the finish margins record, retained until now by Generous

Harbinger had scored a month ago over the same course in the HArdwicke St. (Gr.2), ridden by Ryan Moore. Doyen in 2004 had already made the double, as did the filly Park Top in 1969, aggressor in 1960 and Aureole in 1954.

Hi co-pilot, Sir Michael Stoute, lands for the 5th time this Englsih Arc de Triomphe further to his successes in:
- 1981 with Shergar (a grandson of Val De Loir, cockcrow) in front of the Prix de Diane winner, Madam Gay.
- 1993 with Opera House (Sadler’s Wells) in front of 2 winners of 3 Derbies, White Muzzle (Italian) and Commander In Chief (English and Irish).
- 2002 with Golan (grandson of Generous) in front of the Champion Stakes winner Nayef, Hardwicke St. winner Zindabad and the Prix de Diane and Vermeille scorer, Aquarelliste.
- 2009 with Conduit (a son of Dalakhani, cockcrow and out of a dam by Sadler’s Wells) defeating his stablemates Tartan Bearer and Ask (ridden by Olivier Peslier).

To be observed that Golan, Conduit and Tartan Bearer belong or have been bred by the Weinstock family, Ballymacoll Stud Farm.


Olivier Peslier

7th victory for a French jockey

Olivier Peslier is once again on the podium, for the third year in a row further to his 3rd place with Ask last year and his 2nd place in 2008 with Papal Bull, 2 boarders at Sir Michael Stoute's who takes, for the occasion, his first Gr.1 with a French jockey.

The Mayenne-bred jockey is the 7th French winning jockey after:
- Christophe Soumillon (Hurricane Run in 2006 for Michael Tabor and André Fabre)
- Yves Saint-Martin (Match in 1962 for François Dupré and François Mathet, Pawneese in 1976 for Daniel Wildenstein and Angel Penna)
- Roger Poincelet (Vimy in 1955 for Pierre Wertheimer and Alec Head, Right Royal in 1961 for Mme Jean Couturié and Etienne Pollet)
- Freddy Palmer (Montaval in 1957 for Ralph Strassburger and George Bridgland).

Nasram in 1964 (Mme Howell Jackson) and Dahlia (N.B. Hunt) in 1973 (in front of Rheingold) were trained in France by Ernest "Ernie" Fellows and Maurice Zilber abd ridden by the Australian William-Bert "Bill" Pyers.

Regarding the Epsom Derby, there was no question of Workforce (King's Best). Defeated from the start of the finish line, he hasn't been able to imitate the 13 other horses who made the double Derby-King George VI.
On his side, Cape Blanco (Galileo) has finished second in front of the "Poulidor", Youmzain. Winner of the Irish Derby, Aidan O'Brien's pupil has not either managed to imitate the 10 horses that have scored in both the Irish Derby and the King George VI.


Venerable Bering takes his first English Gr.1 as a damsire, while he has just been retired from stud duties.

1st English Gr.1 for the sire and damsire

Quite a surprising fact, Harbinger offers to his sire Dansili and his maternal grandsire Bering their first Gr.1 in the British land. In France, by his sons and daughters (Rail Link, Zambezi Sun and Passage Of Time), Dansili had already taken 4 Gr.1, not even counting Proviso and Price Tag's places, but thus nothing overseas until Harbinger, although Dansili is standing in Newmarket. On his side, Bering is already the maternal grandsire of Torrestrella (Poule d'Essai). He had alread scored at the highest level in England with the 2-year-olds Glorosia and American Post.