15th Jul 2016
Escobar provided freshman sire Famous Name with his first win today when taking the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes at Newbury. Having settled well early on under James McDonald, the handsome bay colt took the lead one furlong from home and was not for catching as he finished strongly to take the seven furlong contest readily by two lengths.
He is trained by Hugo Palmer for Westward Bloodstock and the classic winning trainer had said before the contest that the colt was a long term project and was ‘a long way from being wound up’. Following the colt’s win, potential targets mentioned include the Acomb, Solario or Stonehenge Stakes
Escobar was Famous Name’s top-priced yearling making €280,000 at the Goffs Orby Sale and was bred by Peter Evans out of the Group 2 placed mare Saying Grace.
Famous Name himself broke his maiden in July and Escobar’s win comes hot on the heels of Right Honourable’s eye-catching third at Leopardstown on Thursday evening.
Famous Name went on to gain black type in the Killavullan Stakes at the back end of his two-year-old career before progressing into a top class three-year-old, most memorably being touched off by a short head in the Gr.1 Prix du Jockey Club. Incredibly, he raced until he was seven and won or placed in 35 stakes races in a 38 race career. He stands at the Irish National Stud for a fee of €4,000.