Noble Mission gets the Gold
Noble Mission continued his vast improvement this season with a first Group 1 victory in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh. It was also a first Group 1 victory for trainer Lady Cecil, who, along with owner Khalid Abdullah, decided to supplement the great Frankel’s younger brother into this race, after much improved efforts this season with victories in both the Gordon Richards Stakes and Huxley Stakes.
The 5yo has really turned a corner this season in terms of performance, having struggled earlier in his career which had many questioning his attitude at times. Being a full brother to Frankel was never going to be an easy task but Lady Cecil’s charge is starting to show glimpses of his siblings ability and seems to have matured a great deal since the end of last season.
A change to front running tactics seems to have made a real difference this season and those tactics were again seen to full effect here, with James Doyle making plenty of use of his mount with an aggressive ride. The pair made nearly all as they set a decent pace from the off and having stolen a few lengths down the hill, kicked for home turning in catching his rivals on their toes in the process.
Noble Mission, a joint Evens favourite with Magician, kept up the gallop up the straight and despite tiring before the line, just had enough to see off his co-favourite by 1 1/4 lengths, with Euphrasia putting in a career best effort to finish a further head back in third.
An emotional Lady Cecil said: “This is so so special, especially for Noble Mission. James gave him a great ride and I am so thankful that Prince Khalid has left him with me and not retired him or sent him to America or anything.
“He is a stronger horse this year and James has really clicked with him. It is just wonderful for everyone at Warren Place. We wanted to get that Group 1. I’m lost for words.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
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