12th Aug 2019
Justifier, provided his sire Free Eagle with his first Stakes runner and winner in the Listed Coolmore Caravaggio Stakes at Tipperary on Sunday. Settled in the center of the track after the home turn, he pulled away from Harpocrates to win convincingly by 1 1/2 lengths. Bred by Tally-Ho Stud out of the Invincible Spirit mare Pale Orchid (a five time winner herself from an illustrious Moyglare family), Justifier was a Goffs Orby graduate selling for €60,000 to Gaelic Bloodstock. He looks a colt with a bright future and holds entries in the Gr.2 Futurity Stakes, Gr.2 Juvenile Stakes and Gr.1 National Stakes.
After the race Ger Lyons commented ‘Colin said he is still green and handled the ground and will get a furlong extra no problem,. We do like him, we thought he had to run to 95 today to win and he did. He has done what we’ve asked him there and will genuinely improve for stepping up and he is ticking all the right boxes at the minute. It is five weeks to the Juvenile Stakes on Champions Weekend but we’ll run wherever the race presents itself.’
Congratulations to the winning connections, we are excited to see what the future holds for this striking colt by our young sire Free Eagle.