Empowered Hopes to Follow Half-Brother Authorized
Chris Richardson, managing director of Cheveley Park Stud, is hoping that
Empowered can follow in the footsteps of half-brother Authorized, who won the
best Derby trial, the totesport.com Dante Stakes, at York in May last year
before success in the premier Classic the following month.
Authorized (Frankie Dettori green) duels with George Washington
(Seamus Heffernan) in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown (07-07-07)
trained like Authorized by Peter Chapple-Hyam, is one of the 76 entries announced
today for the 2008 totesport.com Dante Stakes which is run over an extended
10 furlongs on the second day of York’s May Festival, Thursday, May
The York race is the richest Derby trial with £150,000 in prize money
and easily the most important because three of the last four winners have
gone on to Classic glory at Epsom Downs - Motivator
(2005) and North Light
(2004) as well as Authorized in 2007.
Declared to make his debut at Leicester tomorrow in a near 10-furlong maiden,
the three-year-old son of Fasliyev is held in obviously high regard by connections.
“We’ve entered Empowered in the totesport.com Dante Stakes but
we won’t know how good he is until he runs tomorrow.” explained
“Obviously, being related to Authorized, Peter (Chapple-Hyam) has a
soft spot for him but I think the proof will be in the running. Once he’s
had an outing, we’ll know what ground and trip he likes but we do hope
he will be good enough to run in the totesport.com Dante Stakes.
“He’s one of those horses who grew a lot as a two-year-old and
was quite backward. Also, I think Peter had a few horses who were coughing
towards the end of the season and he was one of them.
“We just a took a view that we’d let Empowered get over that
and hopefully he’ll be a stronger and fitter horse for it.”
Aidan O’Brien, successful in the totesport.com Dante Stakes with both
Saratoga Springs in 1998 and Septimus in 2006, has made a huge entry of 23
including Curragh maiden fourth Washington Irving, who is a Montjeu half-brother
to Epsom and Darley Yorkshire Oaks heroine Alexandrova.
O’Brien is also represented in the entries by Listed Eyrefield Stakes
winner Alessandro Volta and Achill Island, runner-up to the Brian Meehan-trained
City Leader in the Group Two Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot in September.
Other well related three-year-olds from his yard include King Of Westphalia,
out of a Group One winner and full-sister of Irish 1,000 Guineas scorer Yesterday,
Tale Of Two Cities, a full-brother to six-time Group One winner High Chaparral,
and Hawk Wing’s Fusaichi Pegasus half-brother Zulu Chief.
Sir Michael Stoute’s totesport.com Dante Stakes quintet is headed by
Confront, while the nine Godolphin entries trained by Saeed bin Suroor include
Group One Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere winner Rio De La Plata, Group One Racing
Post Trophy victor Ibn Khaldun and McCartney who is being aimed at the race
after winning three times last year including the Group Two Champagne Stakes
Four from Henry Cecil’s Newmarket base include the unbeaten Twice Over,
who was a comfortable maiden winner at headquarters over a mile before stepping
up to 10 furlongs at the same course for a conditions stakes, which the son
of Observatory won in good style. His other entries are dual winners Jack
Dawkins and Kandahar Run, along with debut runner-up Timetable, who is an
Observatory half-brother to last season’s Group Three Tattersalls Musidora
Stakes heroine Passage Of Time.