Wannabe Grand to Sans Frontieres – six of the best for Jeremy Noseda

Thu 6 Jun 2019

As Jeremy Noseda announces his intention to retire from the training ranks, Press Association Sport takes a look at six of the best horses to pass through his hands:

Wannabe Grand

Wannabe Grand and Pat Eddery on the way to winning the Cheveley Park Stakes
Wannabe Grand and Pat Eddery on the way to winning the Cheveley Park Stakes

This Danehill filly really helped put Noseda on the map in his first season with a licence. In a busy juvenile campaign she broke her maiden at Listed level on her third start, before winning the Cherry Hinton next time out, beating Pipalong.

Good efforts at Ascot, York and the Curragh followed and she provided her trainer with a first Group One win in the Cheveley Park at Newmarket. Her three year-old campaign saw her placed in the 1000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes.

Araafa

Araafa was a very impressive winner of the Irish 2,000 Guineas
Araafa was a very impressive winner of the Irish 2,000 Guineas

Arguably the best horse Noseda trained. Despite winning on his racecourse debut, his two-year-old form was nothing out of the ordinary, the Mull Of Kintyre colt went on to prove his 66-1 fourth in the 2000 Guineas was no fluke.

He turned Newmarket form on its head when beating George Washington in the Irish equivalent, following up in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. He failed to win in three further runs, but was second in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes before finishing unplaced at the Breeders’ Cup.

Sixties Icon

Frankie Dettori salutes the crowd after winning the St Leger on Sixties Icon
Frankie Dettori salutes the crowd after winning the St Leger on Sixties Icon

Became Noseda’s only British Classic winner when he won the St Leger under Frankie Dettori in 2010. Having landed the Gordon Stakes he went off favourite for the Classic, which was run at York that year, and the result was never in much doubt.

Restricted to just three outings at four, he enjoyed a fruitful five-year-old campaign and ended his career running at the Breeders’ Cup and in the Japan Cup.

Fleeting Spirit

Fleeting Spirit was a rapid two-year-old
Fleeting Spirit was a rapid two-year-old

The flying filly possessed breakneck speed as a juvenile, winning the Molecomb at Goodwood and the Flying Childers at Doncaster, and just failing in the Cheveley Park. She won the Temple Stakes on her return at three before going close in the King’s Stand, Prix de l’Abbaye and the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.

At four she was narrowly denied in the King’s Stand once more, but made amends the following month in the July Cup before finishing second at Haydock and Longchamp, proving herself as the most consistent sprinter in 2009.

Simply Perfect

Simply Perfect winning the Fillies' Mile under Darryll Holland
Simply Perfect winning the Fillies' Mile under Darryll Holland

Owned by Coolmore, this filly only won four races in her career – but they included the Lowther Stakes and Fillies’ Mile at two, before coming back to win the Falmouth Stakes at three.

Well fancied for the 1000 Guineas, she was third to Finsceal Beo before failing to see out the trip in the Oaks. But back at a mile at Newmarket in July she made all. Injury ended her career at the Breeders’ Cup later that year.

Sans Frontieres

Sans Frontieres and Olivier Peslier after winning the Irish St Leger
Sans Frontieres and Olivier Peslier after winning the Irish St Leger

Raced just once as a two-year-old, the Sir Robert Ogden-owned son of Shirley Heights began his three-year-old year with a close second to the smart Delegator in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket, but only ran once more that term, when beaten just a length in the Dante at York.

After a couple of outings at four, he really hit his stride, finishing fourth in the Hardwicke at Royal Ascot before winning at Newmarket, Newbury and at the Curragh in the Irish St Leger – the final Group One win for her trainer.

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