Success for the famous St George colours carries echoes of the past.
VICTORY for the black and white chevron colours of the Lucayan Stud, owner of July Cup 1-2 Continent and Bahamian Pirate, brought back memories of the string of equine celebrities who have run in the silks over the last 30 years, writes Jon Lees.
The famed colours are in the care of Edward St George, a Bahamas-based multi-millionaire, who previously enjoyed top-flight success with Desert Prince, winner of the 1998 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.
St George took over the colours on the death of his brother Charles, who
enjoyed numerous triumphs with big-name performers such as Ginevra, Lorenzaccio, Giacometti, Ardross, R B Chesne, Michelozzo, Saumarez and
Peter Davies, as well as 1974 July Cup winner Saritamer.
David Nicholls joined the band of St George trainers, which includes Jeremy Noseda and Richard Hannon, following an introduction from St George's friend Lhendup Dorji, the former Prime Minister of Bhutan.
"My friend `Lenny' used to have `Dandy' ride for him in Calcutta," said St George. "He introduced me and we started sending horses to `Dandy'.
"I very rarely win a Group 1 race, let alone have first and second, but `Dandy' is an outstanding trainer because he
really works at it. I just think his way of training is different to other trainers.
"The horses are his life. He understands them, he talks to them. He will take half-witted horses that other people want to throw out and turn them into serious racehorses."
St George didn't have a bet but he fancied 16-1 shot Bahamian Pirate to overturn Continent, the 12-1 winner.
"I thought Bahamian Pirate would beat Continent, although I was hopeful Continent would run well," he added. "We still haven't seen the best of
Bahamian Pirate. He could be better than Continent.
"Bahamian Pirate was second in the Abbaye and Continent surprised us by nearly winning the King's Stand, so they are both damn good horses.
"I am not averse to them running at the Breeders' Cup, but I will leave that up to the trainer."
GREAT NAMES TO
HAVE CARRIED THE
ST GEORGE SILKS
Won the Champion Stakes in 1970, trained by Noel Murless
Won the Oaks in 1972, trained by Ryan Price
Won the Champion Stakes in 1974, trained by Ryan Price
Won the St Leger in 1975, trained by Ryan Price
Won the Gold Cup in 1981 and 1982, trained by Henry Cecil
Won the St Leger in 1989, trained by Henry Cecil
Darryll Holland drives Continent clear to land the Darley July Cup from stablemate Bahamian Pirate (third left) and Danehurst (fourth left)
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Jul 12, 2002|
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