down cross right results icon premium content video video hollow icon audio lifeNews icon-comment tick starFilled betSlip hot icon-liveCommentary refresh spinner arrow-down

Richmond-Watson's pride as Scope maintains family honour with Prix Royal-Oak win

The son of Teofilo is the fifth foal out of fine producer Look So

Staying star: Scope with owner/breeder Julian Richmond-Watson (left) and jockey Rob Hornby after landing the Group 1 Prix Royal-Oak
1 of 1

Scope's ready success in the Prix Royal-Oak at Longchamp on Sunday was another feather in the cap of Julian Richmond-Watson's Lawn Stud, a result that also confirmed the owner-breeder's faith in the son of Teofilo. 

A winner of his only start at two when beating subsequent Derby and St Leger runner-up Mojo Star, the three-year-old was not disgraced when on his seasonal return at Newmarket before a fine third to Third Realm and Adayar in Lingfield's Derby Trial. He was also fifth to the high-class Yibir in the Great Voltigeur and was impeded when sixth to Hurricane Lane in the St Leger.

While these results confirmed the colt an above-average performer, Richmond-Ward did not expect the Ralph Beckett-trained runner to progress to top-level honours. 

Speaking with GBRI on Sunday afternoon, Richmond-Watson, who is also responsible for breeding this season's Lennox Stakes victor Kinross, said: “He did beat Mojo Star in his maiden, so I always knew he was above average, but we had a difficult run in the St Leger. It’s very exciting to win a Group 1, I thought he was more like a Group 3 horse.”

An emphatic winner of the Noel Murless Stakes at Ascot before his French victory, Scope hails from a family that has served Richmond-Watson well. 

Scope: impressive at Ascot before his Longchamp success

He is the fifth foal out of the winning Efisio mare Look So, a half-sister to Oaks heroine Look Here and a four-time winner for Beckett during her racing career.

Scope is therefore a half-brother to two black type winners and three black type performers overall, including Prix Petite Etoile winner and Prix de Sandringham third Glance, a daughter of Dansili. 

He added: “The mare’s been absolutely brilliantly, that’s her third black type winner, she’s been very consistent. She has a Night Of Thunder foal, so we’re looking forward to that."

While Look So is not carrying this year due to a late foaling, Richmond-Watson emphasises that the 17-year-old could be pencilled in to a supersire for her next covering.

He continued: "She’s not in foal this year, she foaled late and I didn’t get her in foal. I’ve now got to decide where I’m going to send her next, which is quite an interesting problem, because she deserves to have something a bit special.”

On his stud's success this year, Richmond-Watson continued: “We have a small stud of six mares, and about four yearlings go into training every year.

"Everyone forgets I owned and bred Kinross and he’s won a Group 3 and a Group 2 this year. So we’ve had two Group winners this year from very small numbers, so we’re very lucky.”

Read more

Rausing's gold has potential to be mined by Australian buyers at Tatts HIT Sale

First Group winner for Highland Reel as Premio Dormello goes to Atamisque

'Each time I came back to see him, I sort of liked him a bit more' (£)






I’ve now got to decide where I’m going to send her next, which is quite an interesting problem, because she deserves to have something a bit special
E.W. Terms