Hurricane Lane Profile

Name Hurricane Lane
Born Mar 11, 2018
Age 3 years
Breed Chestnut Colt

The undefeated Hurricane Lane disappointed in the Epsom Derby, with Charlie Appleby's horse finishing third behind Adayar and Mojo Star.

A win in his first outing last October and two more successes in his three-year-old season left Hurricane Lane with a perfect race record and one of the bookies' favourites heading into the Derby.

His surprise win in the Group Two Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes at York over one mile two-and-a-half furlongs in his previous outing had only enhanced his stature. However, he finished third at Epsom, nearly eight lengths behind the winner.

Unbeaten beginnings

Hurricane Lane may have only run three races prior to the Derby, but with a perfect record, he was seen as a genuine contender at odds of 9/1.

The British EBF Future Stayers Novice Stakes at Newmarket on October 21, 2020, was Hurricane Lane's maiden victory, with the bookies giving him a starting price of 3/1. In a race of only five horses, it was a comfortable victory for Appleby's mount, who won by two lengths over Parachute.

This was the only race of his two-year-old season, with his second race coming six months later on April 16, 2021.

The Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup British EBF Conditions Stakes at Newbury on April 16 showed that the young colt had potential and quality, as he picked up a rather strong win in a seven-horse field. Beating Maximal by a length, the race ebbed and flowed, with the Godolphin mount staying on strongly at the end.

Hurricane Lane took a significant step up in class for his next race - the Group Two Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes on May 13 at York.

For this 10-horse race, he was priced as the 5/1 second-favourite behind High Definition.

The Appleby colt justified these odds as he put in another strong display. Hurricane Lane tracked the leaders for most of the race before making his move late, picking up momentum and speed over the final two furlongs to race past the pack and take the win. He was hard-pressed in the final furlong though, narrowly beating Megallan by three-quarters of a length.

Hurricane Lane did have a prominent performance in the Derby, chasing the winner strongly two furlongs out. He lost second place with one furlong to go though and losing his front shoes certainly didn't help his chances.

Further Group One success

After a third-place finish at Epsom, Hurricane Lane resurrected their form at both Group One Stakes in Ireland and France.

At the end of June, William Buick led Charlie Appleby's three-year-old to success in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at Curragh, reigning supreme for the final strides infront of 11/2 Lone Eagle and Adrien O'Brien's Wordsworth.

He would gain further glory on soft ground in the ParisLongChamp. With Wordsworth trailing once more, Hurricane Lane chased the top spot before comfortably leading to the finish, bringing home a prize pot of £306,107 to Applyby's pocket.

Connections

Hurricane Lane is trained by Charlie Appleby, who has been a trainer with Godolphin since July 2013 but worked with the team's founder, Sheikh Mohammed, for 15 years prior.

Godolphin is the Maktoum family's private Thoroughbred horse racing stable founded by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 1992.

The Godolphin team is global, with five stables operating in three continents: the headquarters are in Dubai, UAE, there are two stables in Newmarket, UK, two in Sydney, Australia and one in Melbourne, Australia.

With 5,000 wins globally since they were founded, Godolphin are one of the most respected stables in horse racing.

Appleby has over 700 wins in his career to date, with big successes including the 2018 Epsom Derby with Masar, the 2020 Coronation Cup with Ghaiyyath, and the Eclipse Stakes with both Hawkbill (2016) and Ghaiyyath (2020).

In 2017, he had four Grade One winners across the globe. These included two in France (the Prix Marcel Boussac with Wild Illusion and the Prix Saint-Alary with Sobetsu), while Polarisation won the Sydney Cup in Australia. In the same year, Wuheida won the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.

In 2018 he won the International Trainer of the Year for the third consecutive year. The award is given to the trainer who had made the greatest impact on the global scene throughout the course of the year.

Two jockeys have ridden Hurricane Lane so far.

The jockey for his maiden race was Adam Kirby, who has over 100 wins from more than 340 runs with Appleby.

Meanwhile, William Buick was the jockey for the next two races. Buick is Appleby's most trusted and successful jockey, winning nearly 400 times from just over 1,500 runs, including the 2018 Epsom Derby with Masar. Buick was also trusted with Hurricane Lane in the Derby.

Pedigree

Hurricane Lane is sired by Frankel, the legendary champion British Thoroughbred racehorse.

Considered one of the best racehorses in British racing, Frankel retired after his 14th win in the Champion Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2012 that kept him unbeaten.

Frankel's successes include the 2010 Dewhurst Stakes, the 2011 2,000 Guineas, the 2011 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and the 2012 Lockinge Stakes.

The World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings Committee ranked Frankel as the best racehorse they had ever assessed since their ratings were introduced in 1977, awarding him a 147 at the time, which was recalibrated to a still best 140 in 2013.

Hurricane Lane's dam was Gale Force, a race winner herself on three occasions out of 11 attempts.

Hurricane Lane is not the first offspring of Frankel and Gale Force - Frankel's Storm was foaled in 2017 and has since raced 11 times, winning twice.

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