Stacelita's Frankel filly wins Ivy Stakes in Japan
Taken from European Bloodstock News, 23rd October 2016:
Soul Stirring (Frankel), who won well on her debut in July at Sapporo, posted an impressive second win yesterday in the Ivy Stakes, a valuable conditions race over 1800m at Tokyo racecourse.
The Shadai homebred was settled well in fifth behind a steady pace (1:02 the first 1000m), before the French jockey Christophe Lemaire switched her to get a clear run at the 400m pole. Soul Stirring dashed home to score by a length and three quarter from the colt Persian Knight (Harbinger), who finished fast. The filly clocked the last 600m in 33.9s, just a tenth of a second slower than the four-year-old Young Man Power (Snitzel), who won the Gr.3 Fuji Stakes later on the same card.
Soul Stirring is the second foal out of Stacelita (Monsun), who won the Gr.1 Prix de Diane and Prix Vermeille, as well as two other French Gr.1s and landed the Gr.1 Flower Bowl Stakes and Beverly D Stakes after her move to US.
Teruya Yoshida, who purchased her privately, said: “A top class pedigree is not enough to have a top class horse. Soul Stirring won in a very promising way and she relished the long straight here”.
The Gr.1 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies on 11th December is the obvious target for Soul Stirring. Stacelita’s first foal, the three-year-old filly Southern Stars (Smart Strike), won at Sandown Park in April for John Gosden, and, though she was covered by Deep Impact, no resulting foals have been registered.