White Royale wins on second start at Newcastle
White Royale led for virtually every yard in the 6 furlong EBF Stallions Novice Stakes on the all-weather at Newcastle on Saturday 4th June, shedding her maiden tag in impressive fashion at just the second time of asking.
The daughter of Speightstown had last been seen finishing a well beaten fourth of seven on her previous outing at Pontefract, however the step up in trip combined with an introduction to a surface her dam raced extremely well on produced a much improved display that saw her lead from the first yard to the winning post.
Under the guidance of Kevin Ryan (who had also trained the dam Sweet Hope in the UK), the filly had been working well in the weeks leading up to the race and a decent showing was expected. Under-rated jockey Keagan Latham decided to dictate the tempo of the race, opening up a length lead throughout the first two furlongs. With challengers seemingly queing up, White Royale still travelled with plenty of encouragement and began to turn the screw two furlongs out with only the twice placed Rapid Rise being able to cope with the increase in speed. A furlong out Rapid Rise drew alongside White Royale, however Latham had kept enough in the tank to put the challenge to bed relatively easily and guide the filly to an impressive one length victory, going away from the second again at the line.
White Royale winning at Newcastle
It was an extremely impressive display on only her second career outing, showing a solid high cruising speed from which she had the ability to produce a turn of foot as well as determination when fending off the challenge of a more experienced rival. Keagan Latham must also get credit for a race in which he dictated a perfect tempo from the front throughout.
White Royale's dam Sweet Hope had a relatively similar profile to her daughter, being a convincing maiden winner at 2 on the all weather after disappointing previously on the turf. After her 5 length maiden success at Lingfield, Sweet Hope went on to win the Grade 3 Endine Handicap after finishing second behind American Champion filly Indian Blessing in the Grade 1 Darley Test Stakes at Saratoga.
The victory also provides an update to Sweet Hope's 2015 Colt by Street Cry who heads to Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1. Images of this colt, along with other images of our yearlings, will be available shortly.
White Royale's dam Sweet Hope winning a Grade 3 at Delaware Park, USA
White Royale during her 2015 Yearling Prep