Emperor Conquers France On Listed Mission

Middleham Park Racing’s BRAVE EMPEROR has some big All-Weather targets on his agenda after taking his form to a new level in France on 12th February when he won the Listed Prix de la Californie on the Polytrack at Cagnes-Sur-Mer.

The three-year-old son of Sioux Nation made it four wins from his last five starts when kicking clear of his rivals in first-time blinkers, winning the mile feature by a length and three-quarters for jockey Luke Morris.

Now his trainer Archie Watson is eyeing two valuable races on the sand. “We will now look towards two conditions contests for three-year-olds over a mile at Kempton Park and Chelmsford City,” he said.

“I’m delighted with him and it’s great to make him a Listed winner for Middleham Park after the success we had with their Eddie’s Boy last year. Luke gave him a great ride and he is progressing all the time.”

Brave Emperor did well to get across from his draw to dominate the 10-runner race and earn over £24,000 for his syndicate owners. His win was the second in the race for Archie, who was successful with Barys in 2019.

Middleham Park’s Tom Palin said: “Fair play to Archie, as he had this race in mind for him for a while and well done to his team – he looked a picture in the paddock.

“I can’t think of any other horses that have won over five, six, seven and eight furlongs. That makes him a rare commodity. It was lovely to see seven of his owners having their photos taken with him and certainly enjoying a lovely weekend by the sea, too.”

Bought for just £19,000 at Goffs Premier and Silver sale as a yearling, Brave Emperor also won at Chepstow, Chelmsford and Wolverhampton before losing another race in the stewards’ room at Southwell last month.

By Simon Mapletoft


Brave Emperor and Luke Morris after their Listed victory at Cagnes-Sur-Mer
Brave Emperor and Luke Morris after their Listed victory at Cagnes-Sur-Mer
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