WINNER 10 OF 2022: MORDRED, trained by Milton Harris and ridden by Sibylle Vogt: The feature 'Grosser Preis Longines' (Conditions) at St Moritz, over 800m.
The prestigious meeting was back, after a break last year and according to the press release, more than 7,000 spectators were in attendance for the first Sunday raceday of the 114th edition of the White Turf Series. The race that Mordred was contending, the 'GP LONGINES', is known as the traditional trial for for the final 'Longines Grand Prix of St. Moritz', was eagerly awaited.
The weather over the past week meant that there had to be some changes to the planned race distances and track, as some water had pushed through from below in the finishing straight - so all races were shortened to 800 metres and started by flag.
The press release said: "For the main race of the day, the GP LONGINES, which has a purse of 20,000 Swiss francs, only four of the ten registered starters competed. All Swiss trainers had decided at short notice against the participation of their protégés due to the shortened distance. The rider from Aargau, Sibylle Vogt, immediately took the lead with Mordred, trained by Milton Harris, and successfully fended off attacks from Arktisz, who had come from Hungary."
A good ride by Sibylle to make all and fend off the challengers - it was a tight finish, but all Mordred's connections were delighted when he was announced as the winner...!
See the official photo gallery here: https://images.swiss-image.ch/sharebox/fdd3e41414a989d09dab158ff65ad00
Syndicate manager Tim says: "It was a frantic morning yesterday as both the distance and race time changed, but all for good reason, due to the conditions. Mordred came out and did what we dreamed of, on the glamorous stage of the White Turf meetings at St Moritz. That's mission accomplished now in readiness for the big race; the feature CHF 100'000 Grosser Preis von St. Moritz, on February 20th in his diary and a dozen of his owners will be heading out there for the big raceday, which is very exciting. Huge thanks and credit to Milton for his cunning plan to take Mordred out to Switzerland - he looks very pleased in the photos and rightly so!”
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