Sunday 18 August 2019

Well-connected Augusta Kate scores for Alan Shearer and company

Augusta Kate kept her unbeaten record intact with a comfortable success in the Coolmore N.H. Sires European Breeders Fund Mares INH Flat Race at Navan.

A daughter of Yeats out of unbeaten race mare Feathard Lady, the Willie Mullins-trained four-year-old is certainly bred for the job and made a huge impression when scoring by upwards of 23 lengths on her racecourse debut at Listowel in September.

Sent off the 4-6 favourite stepped up to Listed class, Augusta Kate sat second for much of the journey as Cashelard Lady cut out the running. They remained in that order after the turn for home, but Augusta Kate clearly had more in the tank and quickened up well once let down by Patrick Mullins to score by seven lengths.

The winner carries the colours of the Masters Syndicate, made up of leading owners Andrea and Graham Wylie, golfer Lee Westwood, agent Chubby Chandler, ex-footballer Alan Shearer and television presenters Ant and Dec.

The winning jockey said: "Her work at home is very laid-back, so we were wondering if Listowel was a fluke, but Steph Searle who rides her out every day felt that her work had improved and I would say that was a better performance than Listowel.

"There's no reason she couldn't go to Cheltenham (Champion Bumper), but you also have the mares' bumper at Aintree and the mares' bumper at Punchestown.

"We might give her a little break now. You could come back here in a month's time for the Grade Two bumper, but I think for a four-year-old filly taking on geldings around here would be a tough ask."

Mullins snr said: "She's an extraordinary mare to do what she did against a really good field. I thought it was a very good race on paper. She shows very little at home, but comes alive on the racetrack.

"She's only a four-year-old and we may give her a break and come back for Aintree and Punchestown.

"Looking at her pedigree, I would rather go hurdling than stay on the Flat and, if she takes after her mother, she could be a nice novice next year."

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