Ulysses (Ire)

Breeders' Cup Challenge

Ulysses (IRE)

Born in Ireland and based in England, Ulysses (Ire) returns to the Breeders’ Cup after finishing fourth in the 2016 LonginesTurf. His internationally renowned trainer Sir Michael Stoute was more than happy with that effort last year and is looking forward to the colt’s second chance in the Turf.

“He ran a big race [in the Turf] and he's not as keen now,” Stoute told Racing Post in a July 8 article after Ulysses won the Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park in Surrey, England. “He settles better, and he'll get a mile and a half.”

Stoute was just as pleased July 29 when Ulysses was second to highly regarded filly Enable in the rain-soaked King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. He commented that Ulysses showed versatility despite his preference for a firmer course, which he is likely to encounter in the Turf at Del Mar.

On August 23, Ulysses earned an expense-paid trip the Breeders’ Cup Turf and a guaranteed spot in the gate when he won the “Win and You’re In” Juddmonte International Stakes at England’s York Racecourse.

Stoute has a long list of victories in the world’s most prestigious races including four renewals of the Turf with Irish-breds—Conduit (2008 and ’09), Kalanisi (2000) and Pilsudski (1996)
Ulysses’s mother, Light Shift, winner of the 2007 Epsom Oaks, and his maternal grandmother were also bred and raced by the Stavros Niarchos family, which operates as Flaxman Holdings. Niarchos, a Greek shipping magnate, began investing in Thoroughbreds in the 1970s. His daughter Maria Niarchos-Gouaze has overseen the operation since Niarchos passed away in 1996. Their abundant roster of world-class homebreds includes Miesque, who won the 1987 and ‘88 Breeders’ Cup Mile en route to her Hall of Fame induction.

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BC Challenge Races Won

  • 2017 Juddmonte International Stakes

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