DARLEY PRIX MORNY (Group 1)
Deauville, Turf, 1200m
24 August 2014
Al Shaqab Racing’s The Wow Signal took his unbeaten record to three with a smooth defeat of fellow Royal Ascot winner Hootenanny (Quality Road) in Sunday’s Gr.1 Darley Prix Morny.
The son of Starspangledbanner was held up as Ride Like The Wind (Lope De Vega) made the running from the expected leader Hootenanny, but the latter got to the front by half way. Frankie Dettori, meanwhile, guided The Wow Signal towards the far side of the runners and he came through with a sustained run to beat the US colt by by half a length. The hitherto unbeaten filly Ervedya (Siyouni) stayed on from the back to finish third, a length further behind.
He is the first top-level winner for his trianer, John Quinn, who commented, “We’re delighted. It’s a great day. I wouldn’t say this is what we do it for, but these are the days you dream of. Everyone works hard and you hope you might come across a horse like him. We’re thrilled to have our piece of it. He’s crying out for seven furlongs and I would say it will either be the Dewhurst or the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere for him next.”
The Wow Signal was bred by Mrs Tommy Stack and is a graduate of the Tattersalls Ireland September and Brightwells Ascot Breeze-Up sales. He was purchased as a breeze-up horse by Sean Quinn and then subsequently selected as a horse in training, to stay in the yard following his maiden win, by Richard Knight, on behalf of Al Shaqab racing. He had an eyecatching debut win at Ayr in May, with the subsequent four-times Gr.2-placed Jungle Cat back in third, and was then purchased privately by Al Shaqab Racing before his convincing victory in the Gr.2 Coventry Stakes (with Jungle Cat again third). He holds entries in the Gr.1 Middle Park Stakes, Gr.1 Dewhurst Stakes and Gr.1 Racing Post Trophy but Harry Herbert, Racing Manager for the owners, suggested a return trip to France for the Gr.1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere is likely to be next.
The Wow Signal is the first foal out of the unraced Murabka, a High Chaparral half-sister to the dual Irish Listed winner Tolpuddle (College Chapel), later a Gr.2- placed chaser, and to the US Gr.3-placed Prevalence (Cadeaux Genereux). His grandam Tabdea (Topsider) is a Listed-winning half-sister to the Gr.1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches winner Ta Rib (Mr Prospector), out of the Stakes-winning Secretariat mare Madame Secretary.