Michael A. Smith’s Le Chevalier, a solid second in the Virginia Gold Cup on May 4, will line up against a quality field of timber specialists in Saturday’s $35,000 Radnor Hunt Cup, the featured race of the 89th annual Radnor Hunt Races in Malvern, Pa.
The popular race meet drew full or oversubscribed fields for half of its six races. First post time at W. Burling Cocks Memorial Race Course is 1:30 p.m.
Also on the program is the $35,000 National Hunt Cup, an allowance hurdle, and the $30,000 Thompson Memorial, a ratings handicap for horses ranked at 120 or lower.
Trained by Julie Gomena, Le Chevalier went off as the Virginia Gold Cup’s 2.70-1 favorite after finishing second in the Middleburg Hunt Cup and again finished behind winner Andi’amu. The 10-year-old Broken Vow gelding had won Virginia Fall’s National Sporting Library & Museum Cup last October. Kieran Norris will ride.
His principal competitor in the 3 1/4-mile Radnor Hunt Cup will be Two’s Company, the 2016 timber champion owned by Bruton Street-US and trained by Jack Fisher. The 10-year-old Irish-bred finished third in the Middleburg Hunt Cup, 15 lengths behind Le Chevalier, on April 20. Sean McDermott will ride Two’s Company, winner of last fall’s New Jersey Hunt Cup.
Bruton Street-US and Fisher also will send out Lemony Bay, who finished second in the Willowdale Steeplechase last Sunday. Hadden Frost will be in the saddle.
Sycamore Run Farm’s and Move Up Stable’s Pured It also will be coming back on six days’ rest from a third-place finish in the Willowdale Steeplechase. Eddie Keating will ride.
Neilson also will saddle Irv Naylor’s Super Saturday, who finished third in the Virginia Gold Cup. Gerard Galligan has a return call on the 2018 Middleburg Hunt Cup winner, who finished fifth this year.
Armata Stables’ Wildcatter, winner of the 2015 Radnor Hunt Cup by disqualification, went off course in the Grand National on April 20 in his only 2019 start. Trainer Elizabeth Voss named Jack Doyle to ride.
Completing the field is S. Rebecca Shepherd’s Curve of Stones, who most recently finished fourth in the Virginia Gold Cup’s Steeplethon Stakes. Barry Foley will ride for trainer David Bourke.
Here is the field for the $35,000 Radnor Hunt Cup in post-position order.
Super Saturday. 2009 gr. or ro. g., Any Given Saturday—Lady Aloma, by Cozzene. Owner: Irvin S. Naylor. Trainer: Kathy Neilson. Jockey: Gerard Galligan. Breeder: Walton Breeders (Ky.) 2019 record: 2-0-0-1, $11,200. 2018 record: 6-1-2-1, $51,800. 2017 record: 6-0-1-1, $13,400. Finished third in 2019 Virginia Gold Cup after fifth in Middleburg Hunt Cup. Finished second in 2018 International Gold Cup and Pennsylvania Hunt Cup after fifth in National Sporting Library & Museum Cup. Won 2018 Middleburg Hunt Cup, then was third in the Virginia Gold Cup and fourth in Radnor Hunt Cup.
Curve of Stones 2011 gr. or ro. g., Arch—Exceptionally, by El Prado (Ire). Owner: Sarah Rebecca Shepherd. Trainer: David M. Bourke. Jockey: Barry Foley. Breeder: Audley Farm (Va.) 2019 record: 2-0-0-0, $2,800. 2018 record: 3-0-0-0, $2,100. 2017 record: 8-0-0-1, $18,100. Made change to steeplethons in 2019 and finished fifth at Middleburg Spring and fourth at the Virginia Gold Cup. Finished sixth in 2018 Far Hills ratings handicap. Began 2018 with fifth in Shawan Downs rating handicap and was eighth in Virginia Fall ratings handicap. Finished third in 2017 David L. “Zeke” Ferguson Memorial (Gr. 2).
Two’s Company (Ire). 2009 b. g., Soviet Star—Gaye Lady, by Pistolet Bleu (Ire). Owner: Bruton Street-U.S. Trainer Jack Fisher. Jockey: Sean McDermott. Breeders: M. W. and Mrs. M. Doran (Ire). 2019 record: 1-0-0-1, $3,000. 2018 record: 4-1-0-2, $39,000. 2017 record: 2-0-0-0, $0. 2016 record: 6-4-2-0, $103,200. Timber champion 2016. Finished third in 2019 Middleburg Hunt Cup. Won 2018 New Jersey Hunt Cup after third in Mason Houghland Memorial and National Sporting Library & Museum Cup. Capped 2016 championship season with wins in Middleburg Hunt Cup, Legacy Chase at Shawan Downs and Virginia Fall’s National Sporting Library & Museum Cup.
Le Chevalier. 2009 g. or ro. g., Broken Vow—Orellana, by With Approval. Owner: Michael A. Smith. Trainer: Julie Gomena. Jockey: Kieran Norris. Breeder: Haras du Mezeray (Ky.) 2019 record: 2-0-2-0, $23,400. 2018 record: 4-1-2-1, $54,900. 2017 record: 1-0-0-1, $3,000. Finished good second in 2019 Virginia Gold Cup after second in Middleburg Hunt Cup. Won 2018 National Sporting Library & Museum Cup, then was third in International Gold Cup. Finished second in Virginia Gold Cup and Middleburg Hunt Cup. Won the 2016 New Jersey Hunt Cup.
Wildcatter. 2008 dk. b. or br. g., Tale of the Cat—Cita My Dear, by Kris S. Owner: Armata Stables. Trainer: Elizabeth Voss. Jockey: Jack Doyle. Breeder: Ramona S. Bass (Ky.) 2019 record: 1-0-0-0, $0. 2018 record: 2-0-0-0, $0. 2017 record: 2-0-0-1, $3,000. Went off course in 2019 Grand National. Pulled up in 2018 My Lady’s Manor and refused fence late in Maryland Hunt Cup. Finished third in the 2017 Radnor Hunt Cup after falling in Grand National. Finished second and placed first in 2015 Radnor Hunt Cup.
Lemony Bay (GB). 2009 b. g., Overbury—Lemon’s Mill, by Roberto. Owner: Bruton Street-US. Trainer: Jack Fisher. Jockey: Hadden Frost. Breeder: G. R. Waters (GB). 2019 record: 2-0-1-1, $11,300. 2018 record: No starts. 2017 record: 2-1-1-0, $36,000. Finished second in 2019 Willowdale Steeplechase after third in My Lady’s Manor, his first start in almost 23 months. Won 2017 My Lady’s Manor, then was game second in Virginia Gold Cup. Closed 2016 season with victory in Steeplechase at Callaway timber allowance race.
Pured It. 2009 b. g., Purim—Judiths Humor, by Hennessy. Owner: Sycamore Run Farm and Move Up Stable. Trainer: Kathy Neilson. Jockey; Eddie Keating. Breeder: Ashleigh Stud, Frank Ramos, and Jackie Ramos (Ky.) 2019 record: 2-0-0-1, $3,500. 2018 record: 6-0-2-1, $16,050. Finished third in 2019 Willowdale Steeplechase after losing jockey in Grand National’s Benjamin H. Murray Memorial timber allowance.