Miss Consistent who came good at the right time every year
Foaled March 13, 2012
Pedigree Galileo - Red Evie
Breeders Roncon, Wynatt & Chelston
Owners Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Trainer Aidan O'Brien
Main jockey Ryan Moore
Most famous for Leading home an Aidan O'Brien 1-2-3 in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly last October
Found has been some find. A Prix Marcel Boussac winner at two, a Breeders' Cup Turf winner at three and an Arc winner at four – she has given us so many magical moments.
Sluggish in spring but awesome in autumn, this delightful daughter of Galileo and Lockinge heroine Red Evie will be remembered most for beating the boys and leading home an Aidan O'Brien 1-2-3 in the 2016 Arc at Chantilly.
The telltale signs arrived early. You don't win Curragh maidens on your debut unless you are very good and you certainly don't win Curragh maidens over a mile from stall 15 unless you are very, very good. Found achieved the feat on the second-last Sunday in August, 2014, swooping late to conquer subsequent Fillies' Mile winner Together Forever, who hailed from the same stable and had an eyecatching Galway run behind Legatissimo under her belt.
"She wouldn't have been able to come from where she was off such a slow pace unless she was smart," admitted O'Brien at the time.
Smart indeed. So smart that she blew away the French filly Ervedya on only her third start in the 2014 Prix Marcel Boussac on Arc day to finish off her juvenile career in style. Had we found the 1,000 Guineas winner?
Afraid not. She failed to make Newmarket as O'Brien did not want to rush her. Instead she reappeared at three in the Group 3 Athasi Stakes where she was stuffed by 25-1 outsider Iveagh Gardens. Perhaps she had not trained on. Maybe we had seen the best of her at two.
Oh ye of little faith. Having been agonisingly denied in the Irish 1,000 Guineas and again in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, Found continued her frustrating sequence of seconds in the Irish Champion Stakes behind Golden Horn and the British equivalent at Ascot when unable to reel in the mud-loving Fascinating Rock. So often the bridesmaid, never the bride.
But, when her big day finally arrived, boy did she hog the limelight. It was at Keeneland on the final day of October. The Breeders' Cup Turf. Bright lights. The eyes of the world watching. This was supposed to be the sweetest of swansongs for Golden Horn, but instead Found pounced late under a textbook Ryan Moore ride.
O'Brien, usually so nonchalant, so calm, could not hide his admiration this time. "Found is a very special mare," he beamed. "To run in two Champion Stakes, an Arc and then to come and win the Breeders' Cup Turf is quite remarkable."
However, it was not quite as remarkable as what she did in 2016. Second in the Tattersalls Gold Cup, second in the Coronation Cup, second in the St James's Palace Stakes, second in the Yorkshire Oaks and second in the Irish Champion Stakes. Would her persistence and consistency ever be rewarded.
It was, you know, and on the biggest day of all.
O'Brien had been preaching all season about Found's season revolving around an autumn campaign and he had her perfectly tuned for Chantilly on the first Sunday in October.
Settled beautifully on the inner by Moore, she edged to the front shortly after the two-furlong pole and never looked like being caught afterwards. She was far too good for the globetrotting superstar Highland Reel, with Order Of St George completing the tricast for the Ballydoyle team.
"We've had our eye on this for a long time with Found," said O'Brien at Chantilly. "When Ryan rode her as a two-year-old, he said she could win an Arc one day. How right he was."
"She's been frustrating sometimes but this has probably been the main aim all year," said the world's best rider. She was back to a mile and a half in an evenly run race and she showed what she’s capable of. At her best she’s a very hard filly to beat."
Her consistency was remarkable – she was runner-up in ten Group 1 races. Her class unquestioned – she won three Group 1s. Will we ever find another Found? Doubtful.
She's not on the list but I loved her because . . .
It's a measure of the quality of fillies and mares in our Queens of the Turf series that a sprinter of Mecca's Angel's calibre could not make the final 50.
Had the voting been restricted to those with a Yorkshire postcode she'd probably have made the top three – but you don't have to be a White Rose diehard to marvel at her story.
Bought for just 16,000gns, she progressed relentlessly until that magnificent day when she reeled in the US speedster Acapulco in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York.
And there was another emotional home-ground Group 1 triumph 12 months later as the rain arrived just in time for her to repeat that success.
"You dream about having horses like her," said trainer Michael Dods.