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Olympic Glory – Absolute Faith Filly

 

Olympic Dream - Absolute Faith Filly

http://www.arrowfield.com.au/horses/olympic-glory.html - Click on link to go to Olympic Glory’s home page. Watch him rattle home in his races, a Serious racehorse.

A Four Time Group 1 Winning European Sprinter-Miler
Olympic Glory's career opened with four wins from five 2YO starts, beginning in June 2012 with his debut success at Goodwood. Eleven days later, his class outweighed his inexperience when he chased home Dawn Approach in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes, the most prestigious juvenile contest at Royal Ascot.

Olympic Glory continued to progress and the following two months brought Group 2 success over 1400 metres in the Superlative Stakes, and at Goodwood in the Vintage Stakes. 
Sent to France in October, he completed his juvenile season with a gold medal performance at Longchamp in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere G1, also over 1400 metres. Olympic Glory stayed within striking distance of the leaders during the first half of the race, then struck hard in the final 400 metres to take the lead and win by 11/4 lengths with plenty in hand.
These performances earned him the titles of Co-Champion British Two Year Old and Champion Two Year Old in France.

Olympic Glory opened his 3YO season on a winning note in the Group 3 Newbury Greenham S. followed by a second in the Group 1 Prix Jacques Le Marois to Moonlight Cloud then a second to Maxios in the Group 1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp. He peaked with an emphatic 3.25- length victory in the Group 1 Ascot Queen Elizabeth II S. His international rating of 125 earned him a ranking as the World’s Co-Champion 3YO Turf Miler.

Olympic Glory began and ended his 4YO campaign in the same fashion, winning the 1600m Newbury Lockinge S. G1 by more than two lengths, and bowing out in October 2014 with his fourth Group 1 victory in the 1400-metre Prix de la Foret G1 at Longchamp.

That final performance was notable for Olympic Glory’s spectacular run through the field to slam his rivals by two lengths in a course record time of 1.17.73. In doing so, he defeated Gordon Lord Byron, winner at his next start of the British Sprint Championship G1 and Karakontie, next-start winner of the Breeders’ Cup Mile G1.

Timeform awarded Olympic Glory a final rating of 130, ranking him among the world's top dozen performers in 2014, alongside Hong Kong stars Able Friend & Designs on Rome, and a pound above Cirrus des Aigles, his stablemate Treve & Arrowfield's own superstar Dundeel.

A Gold-Medal Pedigree

Olympic Glory is by the dual hemisphere sprinter Choisir, sire of 83 stakeswinners, eleven of them Group One winners including Starspangledbanner, emerging as an exceptional young sire despite small numbers.
Olympic Glory's dam is the 2013 Irish Broodmare of the Year Acidanthera by Alzao (also broodmare sire of Champion Japanese racehorse and sire Deep Impact). Acidanthera is a grand-daughter of the top class 2YO filly Amaranda, winner of the Royal Ascot Queen Mary S. G2, herself out of Irish 1000 Guineas G1 winner Favoletta by Baldric II (sire of Without Fear). This is the Urshalim family made famous by the great English breeder E.B. Moller and from whom descend Epsom Derby winners Teenoso and Sir Percy, and Classic winners Give Thanks, Harayir and Rule of Law.

Quotes

"In the end it was as easy as riding work - follow the leaders, pull out, quicken to the front, pull away. He's uncomplicated, he has gears and a great attitude, in fact he's a jockey's dream. I was on by far the best horse today and he put the race to bed straight away."
            - Frankie Dettori, Champion Jockey, after Olympic Glory's victory in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes, Newbury
"Olympic Glory is the most amazingly consistent horse who we have enjoyed campaigning at the highest level for the past three years. He has a wonderful temperament, and physically you could not wish to see a more imposing individual."
            - Richard Hannon Jr, trainer
“He's unbeaten over seven furlongs, he beat the track record there and he's won a Group 1 for us at two, three and four. He won well and he's been a pleasure to be involved with – dad trained him and now I've trained him, he's been a star."
            - Richard Hannon Jr, trainer, after Olympic Glory's victory in the Group 1 Longchamp Prix de la Foret
"The winner is very good. We were beaten by a better horse..."
            - Tom Hogan, trainer of Gordon Lord Byron, 2nd in the Group 1 Longchamp Prix de la Foret

Race Record

Age

Runs

1st

2nd

3rd

Earnings

2

5

4

1

-

£251,111

3

6

2

2

-

£839,242

4

4

2

-

1

£322,297

Totals:

15

8

3

1

£1,412,651

At 2 :

Longchamp Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, Gr.1 (1400m beating What a Name and Indian Jade), Goodwood Vintage S., Gr.2 (7f beating Artigiano and Luhaif), Newmarket Superlative S., Gr.2 (7f beating Birdman and Maxentius), Goodwood Fair Trade Practice 2YO Maiden S. (6f), 2d Royal Ascot Coventry S., Gr.2 (6f to Dawn Approach and beating Cristoforo Colombo)

At 3 :

Ascot Queen Elizabeth II S., Gr.1 (1m beating Top Notch Tonto and Kingsbarns), Newbury Greenham S., Gr.3 (7f beating Weary and Moohaajim), 2d Prix du Moulin de Longchamp, Gr.1 (1600m to Maxios and beating Anodin), Deauville Prix Jacques Le Marois, Gr.1(1600m to Moonlight Cloud and beating Intello)

At 4 :

Newbury Lockinge S., Gr.1 (1m beating Tullius and Verrazano), Longchamp Prix de la Foret, Gr.1 (1400m beating Gordon Lord Byron and Noozhoh Canarias), 3d Deauville Prix Jacques Le Marois, Gr.1 (1600m to Kingman and Anodin), 4th Longchamp Prix d'Ispahan, Gr.1(1850m)

Equal Leading 3YO Male on the 2013 WTR (Mile). Champion 3YO & Older Male Miler in Europe, France & GB in 2013 & 2014. Champion 3YO Miler in France & GB in 2013. Joint Champion 2YO Colt in France in 2012.

World Thoroughbred Ranking: 125 (in 2013), 122 (in 2014).

BRT ANALYSIS

Do yourself a favour and watch Olympic Glory race. A very serious racehorse by the great Australian stallion Choisir. Olympic Glory was precocious winning 4 races as a 2-year-old who trained on to win 4 group 1 events. Click on the forthcoming link to go to his home page and watch him rattle home. http://www.arrowfield.com.au/horses/olympic-glory.html
This filly has an outstanding pedigree with her 1st Dam being a Group 1 performed mare by Not A Single Doubt. Absolute Faith won 2 races as a 2-year-old and went on to be Group 1 placed in the Vinery Stud Stakes as well as 2nd in the Group 2 Autumn Classic and 3rd in the VRC Vanity Stakes.

Our second visit on our week long farm inspections was at Bhima Stud. This is where we ran into this quality filly. The first thing that took your eye was the intelligence and alertness of this filly. She just knew her job and took in her surrounds. She has very good knees, short coupled and walked like a gazelle.

She used all of her back end and strode along effortlessly. This filly looks every bit an early runner and Olympic Glory has all the attributes to crack gold with his first crop at stud.
The residual value aspect is also very poignant with this filly. If she can win races her value will fly past her purchase price.


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