Montpelier Hunt Races
Montpelier Station, Virginia
Saturday, November 4, 2017

First Race
The Montpelier Foundation Cup    Va Bred or Sired Training Flat    1 mile on the dirt
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Eryx 140Michael MitchellSara E. ColletteNeil R. Morris 
2Naughty in Nola *132Keri BrionNicki ValvoZoe Valvo 

Eryx went to the lead at the drop of the flag, led all the way and won easily without being fully extended.

Winning Margin: 1 1/2   Winning Time: 1:54 2/5   Turf: fast

Eryx, dk.b./br. g. 2014, by Xenodon out of Jordani, by Two Smart. Bred by Mrs. Sara E. Collette (Va)

Second Race
Purse $20,000    The Madison Plate    Ratings Hurdle    2 3/8 Miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Bishop's Castle 156Michael MitchellBruton Street-USTodd J. Wyatt$12,000
2Able Archer 158Kieran NorrisKMSN StableJonathan E. Sheppard$3,600
3Longing to Travel 155Graham WattersBuckshot Racing Stables LLCNeil R. Morris$2,000
4Norse Star (Ire) 158Jack DoyleThe Fields StableElizabeth Voss$1,000
5Indy's Legacy *153Keith DaltonThistledown FarmDesmond Fogarty$800
6Codrington College (Ire) 152Darren NagleHudson River FarmsJonathan E. Sheppard$600
7Curve of Stones 155Barry FoleyS. Rebecca ShepherdDavid M. Bourke 
8Needle in the Hay *146Eric PoretzMorning Star FarmRicky Hendriks 
PUBalistes 151Gustav DahlSara E. ColletteNeil R. Morris 

Bishop's Castle raced off the pace but well within striking distance. He rallied to contention with a half mile to run, jumped to the lead at the second last fence and won easily.

Winning Margin: 6 1/4   Winning Time: 4:39 4/5   Turf: good

Bishop's Castle, dk.b./br. g. 2009, by Distorted Humor out of Miss Caerleona (Fr), by Caerdeon. Bred by Darley (Ky)

Third Race
Purse $15,000    The Battleship    Maiden Claiming Hurdle    2 3/8 Miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Disobedience$10,000142Michael MitchellDebra E. KachelRicky Hendriks$9,000
2Etched In Time$10,000134Barry FoleyMike DaltonLilith Boucher$2,700
3Sideling Hill$10,000148Gustav DahlJames B. Steele, Jr.Cyril Murphy$1,500
4Rollforward$15,000*151Keith DaltonBlythe Miller DaviesJoseph G. Davies$750
5Battery Backup$10,000148Jack DoyleCristina V. MosbyJimmy Day$600
6Sanculpa$10,000148Graham WattersArmata StablesKatherine Neilson$450
7Kristina's Leo$10,000148Eric PoretzJason Cole and Donald JewellJason L. Cole 
8Carnival Carl$12,500152Kieran NorrisDavid Belt, Jr.Mark Beecher 

Disobedience rallied from off the pace, was third over the last fence, took the lead at the head of the stretch and won handily.

Winning Margin: 6   Winning Time: 4:48   Turf: soft

Disobedience, b. g. 2013, by Street Cry (Ire) out of Rosa Parks (GB), by Sadler's Wells. Bred by Darley (Ky)

Fourth Race
Purse $15,000    The Liberty Cup    Maiden Claiming Hurdle    2 3/8 Miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Holiday Mousse$15,000150Barry FoleyPathFinder RacingNeil R. Morris$9,000
2Street Passage$12,000152Jack DoyleMrs. George M. SensorFenneka T. Bentley$2,700
3Pac Yer Tack$15,000156Darren NagleC & C Racing LLCKeri Brion$1,500
4Last Farewell$10,000148Michael MitchellMagalen O. BryantDoug Fout$750
5Devil Monkey$10,000*143Keith DaltonWilliam G. WoffordWilliam G. Wofford$600
6Mister Smarty$10,000148Gustav DahlWillow Oaks Stables, LLCDarin Martin$450
PUMogaz (GB)$15,000150Kieran NorrisAmy Taylor RoweLeslie F. Young 
PUAwesome Adrian$10,000142Graham WattersNancy A. ReedKatherine Neilson 

Holiday Mousse came from off the pace to join Street Passage, Pac Yer Tak and Last Farewell two fences from home. Pak Yer Tak and Last Farewell started to tire leaving the lead to Street Passage and Holiday Mousse. These two jumped the last fence as a team. Upon landing Holiday Moussse took sole possession of the lead and steadily pulled away in the stretch.

Winning Margin: 4 1/2   Winning Time: 4:42 4/5   Turf: soft

Holiday Mousse, b. g. 2013, by Harlan's Holiday out of Deities Day, by Buddha. Bred by Big C Farm (Fl)

Fifth Race
Purse $25,000    The Constitution Hurdle    Maiden Hurdle    2 3/8 Miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Swellelegent 154Michael MitchellThomas A. Hulfish, IIINeil R. Morris$15,000
2Jump to Juneau *143Keri BrionKMSN StableJonathan E. Sheppard$4,500
3Foxhall Drive 154Jack DoyleCristina V. MosbyJimmy Day$2,500
4Churchill D 148Darren NagleWits End Stable LLCWilliam Dowling$1,250
5Jump Through It 140Graham WattersBeverly R. SteinmanDoug Fout$1,000
6Star Glitter (Fr) 148Kieran NorrisLeslie F. YoungLeslie F. Young$750
PUWillie's Mojo 148Barry FoleyRandolph D. Rouse TrustDavid M. Bourke 
PUOverawe *149Keith DaltonMichael Wharton & Achsah O'DonovanAlicia S. Murphy 

Jump to Juneau sprinted to a clear lead at the start and held a comfortable advantage most of the way but could not hold off Swellegant. Swellegent raced near the rear of the field but made a bold move in the final half mile to take command and won going away. This was Michael Mitchell's fourth win and Neil Morris' third win on the card.

Winning Margin: 4 1/2   Winning Time: 4:47 2/5   Turf: soft

Swellelegent, ch. g. 2012, by Pure Prize out of Latania, by Polish Numbers. Bred by Mrs. Arturo Peralta Ramos (Ky)

Sixth Race
Purse $25,000    The Montpelier Cup    Filly & Mare Allowance Hurdle    2 3/8 Miles over National Fences
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Lady Blanco 149Darren NagleAmy Taylor RoweLeslie F. Young$15,000
2So Far Away 151Michael MitchellBetsy B. MeadDoug Fout$4,500
3Pure Deal 155Gustav DahlBeverly R. SteinmanDoug Fout$2,500
4Swoop 147Jack DoyleMrs. Thomas H. VossElizabeth Voss$1,250
5Virginia Envy 130Keith DaltonRidgeview FarmCarl Rafter$1,000
6Always Summer (GB) 141Graham WattersIrvin S. NaylorCyril Murphy$750
PUSweetest Savannah 147Barry FoleyHolston HallRussell Haynes 
PUStalled *142Keri BrionJonathan E. SheppardJonathan E. Sheppard 

Lady Blanco went to the lead at once and was on the pace all the way. She put Always Summer away after one time around and held off So Far Away, who rallied belatedly.

Winning Margin: 1   Winning Time: 4:50 1/5   Turf: soft

Lady Blanco, dk.b./br. f. 2013, by Cape Blanco (Ire) out of War Clan, by War Front. Bred by Fitriani Hay (Ky)

Seventh Race
Purse $35,000    The Noel Laing Stakes    Hurdle Hdcp Stakes    About 2 1/2 miles over Brush
OrderHorse WgtRiderOwnerTrainerPurse
1Mercoeur (Fr) 146Darren NagleMichael A. SmithLeslie F. Young$21,000
2Andi'amu (Fr) 150Kieran NorrisBallybristol Farm LLCLeslie F. Young$6,300
3Lyonell (Ger) 150Jack DoyleRobert A. KinsleyElizabeth Voss$3,500
4Cognashene 142Michael MitchellPathFinder RacingNeil R. Morris$1,750
5For Goodness Sake (Ire) 146Keith DaltonAmy Taylor RoweLeslie F. Young$1,400
LRThree Kingdoms (Ire) 154Gustav DahlColvin G. RyanEva D. Smithwick 

Andi'amu took the lead from the start with Three Kingdoms in his shadow and Mercouer a close third. When Three Kingdoms lost his rider, Mercouer took over second close behind Andi'amu. These two raced to the last fence as a team, but Mercouer landed running and proved best in the stretch in a driving finish.

Winning Margin: 2   Winning Time: 4:34 1/5   Turf: soft

Mercoeur (Fr), gr. g. 2011, by Archangel d'Or (Ire) out of Erivia (Fr), by Kendor (Fr). Bred by Ambrose Dupont (Fr)