Looking back at the career of the LagostoVegas racehorse
The Irish thoroughbred mare Lagostowegas has had some wonderful days at the major racing festivals in the UK and Ireland during her 35th racing career.
Named after Nigeria’s most populous city and Africa’s largest city, as well as the spiritual home of American gambling, it has indeed competed on the treadmill in this popular sport.
Lagostovegas faced obstacles and flatness, first for David Harry Kelly, and then with more notable success for Willie Mullins. In the spring of 2017, he joined his Closutton stables in County Carlow, Ireland, with official ratings of 124 and 72 for their respective codes.
Notably, less than a year later, Lagostovegas surpassed Cheltenham’s 22/1 odds and finished fifth in County Hurdle on the last day of the festival held there every March. According to the handicapper, she improved 22 pounds, mostly 10 kg, overcoming obstacles, only thanks to training with Mullins in the months leading up to this big fight.
Last summer and fall, Lagostovegas won the handicap at Killarney and the Listowel Harvest Festival, which prepared her for the Legacy of Caesarevich handicap at an apartment in Newmarket. This track bills itself as the headquarters for British Flat racing because the city and its surroundings are a true hub for horses.
Mullins was clearly intent on doing some business in his quest to win the £ 155,000 first prize when he brought jockey Ryan Moore to the race in Lagostovegas. Her pedigree, derived from the Classic Footstepsinthes winner and the mare from Montjeu, has always assumed that she could win a great race with her without overcoming obstacles.
From a huge field of 34 runners, Lagostovegas competed on Cesarewitch 2017. She was beaten by Whithold, a horse owned by Brighton & Hove Albion President Tony Bloom, just over eight times.
His colors were brought to victory at Cheltenham by teammate Mullins Penhill in successive Albert Bartlett Festivals for Beginners and Stayers’ Hurdle in 2018. This second victory came a day before Lagos Vegas itself entered the Presbury circuit. The park.
After Mullins got so close to two valuable handicaps, connections kept the confidence that a big bank for Lagostovegas was within reach. Although he didn’t overcome the hurdles at the Punchstown Festival, his coach had his eye on the Royal Ascot, Flat’s top UK match.
Faced with Queen Elizabeth II, Lagostovegas raced in the historic Ascot Stakes handicap race on the opening day of the June Horse Racing Festival. This is one of the longest runs on the Flat, with horses trained by Mullins in 2012, 2015 and 2017.
Ascot stakes have been a popular choice for horses returning from obstacles who like to run over more solid terrain. Lagostovegas was removed with a 10/1 chance for its moment in the sun.
Under the arms and heels of Italian jockey Andrea Azeny, he was a member of the Dubawi Fifty on the Internet and wrote his name on the pages of Royal Ascot history. There was also a prize of £ 56,000 for first place, where Mullins also saddled third, fourth and fifth at home.
Such a versatile mare, Lagostovegas had occasional fans from Nigeria who followed her more for her name than her shape. His last race took place in 2018 at the Irish Champions weekend in Leopardstown, where he finished with the Pentigo handicap, and with that, Nigerian interest in the sport waned.