New Gr.2 winner for Nathaniel


Nathaniel celebrated a new Gr.2 winner today with Poptronic gamely landing the Gr.2 bet365 Lancashire Oaks at Haydock.

Trained by Karl Burke for owner/breeders David and Yvonne Blunt, she was in an ideal position to get the first run on Sea Silk Road and although briefly headed in the closing stages she battled back to win by a neck.

The tough and consistent four-year-old filly had earlier this season finished third in the Gr.2 Middleton Fillies’ Stakes and the Gr.3 The Pinnacle Stakes, having won the Gr.3 Hoppings Stakes last year .

Kelly Burke, daughter of Karl Burke, said: “I’m delighted as Poptronic has been banging on the door and she’s such a genuine and tough filly. The slight change of tactics in going forward a bit more worked, as she hasn’t got a turn of foot and keeps grinding it out. There’s no reason not to go for the Yorkshire Oaks – she’s run well at York a few times so it’s going to be exciting.”

Poptronic is the first foal out of Alpine Dream (Dream Ahead), a half-sister to this year’s Listed Premio Mario e Vittorio Crespi runner-up Royal Grey, and a daughter of Gr.2 Lowther Stakes heroine Infamous Angel.

She is yet another exciting four-year-old for her sire Nathaniel, with Desert Crown from the same crop winning the Classic Gr.1 Epsom Derby last year.

Nathaniel is now the sire of 6 Gr.1 winners and 25 Gr.1/Gr.2 winners or performers.