Sumo Sam caps a glorious few weeks for Nathaniel


Nathaniel’s three-year-old daughter Sumo Sam capped a glorious few weeks for Nathaniel with success in the prestigious Gr.2 Lillie Langtry Stakes at Goodwood today.

She added to Nathaniel’s impressive Stakes winning tally since 20th July. This included a new Gr.1 winner, Quickthorn in the Goodwood Cup, and two Listed three-year-old winners, Zeeyara in France, and Chesspiece in the Glasgow Stakes who also finished second in the Gr.3 Gordon Stakes at Goodwood this week just beaten a neck.

Tom Marquand repeated his front-running heroics on Quickthorn by steering Sumo Sam to victory for trainers Paul & Oliver Cole and owner/breeders Ben & Sir Martyn Arbib.

Oliver Cole said: “Sumo Sam has always been a very good filly. She ran very well at Newmarket on good to soft first time this year, then the ground has probably gone against her – she obviously loves it like this.
“I was as confident as you can be with the ground because you never know how they will go through it, but she has gone through it like a really good horse. We will see how she comes out of this but we have lots of options. She wasn’t stopping at the end, and potentially she has the class [for a cup race].”
Marquand said: “Mr Cole and Oli were keen to go and make it a solid test and, as the other day showed, [on Quickthorn] if you find a rhythm in front it’s a hard track to get horses back. She has done well and, while she was getting tired in the last half furlong, the damage was already done.”

Sumo Sam is the first foal out of the Lope de Vega mare Seaduced, a half-sister to Gr.3 winner Stay Alert and Stakes winner Star Rock. The third dam Farfala (Linamix) is a full-sister to the Gr.1 Prix de Saint Cloud hero and sire Fragrant Mix and the Gr.1 Prix Jean Romanet winner Alpine Rose.