Le Romain | Horse Of The Month April 2017
Le Romain - Horse Of The Month
Our April Horse of the Month is a 4YO bay gelding foaled in 2012 and named Le Romain.
He is currently ranked number 13 in the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings as of early April of 2017, with a rating of 119. He is trained by Newcastle’s Kris Lees
We selected him for a variety of reasons, but one of those is the impression he made in staging a remarkable comeback in April, where he had an off day in the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap and finished 15th in a field of 20, and then rose to second on an equally slow Randwick track in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes.
than the unfortunate outing in the Doncaster, Le Romain has been a solid producer in 2017, finishing first or second in six of seven jumps. He won the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes, beating Chautauqua, a horse that is ranked at 122 by Longines. He also took second over Chautauqua in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes, so Le Romain is obviously a runner that is not intimidated by rankings.
Romain finished second to the incomparable Winx in the George Ryder. Being beaten by Winx is no disgrace, by any margin, and Le Romain was lugging an extra 2 kg around the heavy track.
At the spring carnival in 2016, he won the 1600 m Group 1 Cantala Stakes over McCreery and Tivaci, despite giving both his competitors a 3.5 kg advantage.
For his career, he has made 18 starts for six wins and nine placings and earned his owners $2.1 million in prizemoney. His other Group 1 win was the ATC Randwick Guineas in 2016.
Le Romain’s sire was a Yank thoroughbred named Hard Spun, out of Australia’s Mignard. His lines on his sire’s side include Danzig and Canada’s Northern Dancer. Another notable predecessor was Alydar, the U.S. horse that holds the singular distinction of having run second in all three of the U.S. Triple Crown races as a three-year-old in 1978.
Le Romain’s first win outside of trials came on 18 September 2015, when he rode for the second time with Hugh Bowman steering in a 1200 m set-weight maiden at Wyong in NSW. His first Group 1 win was the aforementioned Randwick Guineas in March of 2016.
As for the future, it would seem reasonable to believe that Le Romain has two more seasons of racing, given that he just seems to be coming into his own at four years of age. His results in late 2016 and 2017 would suggest that he still has life in his legs and that there could be two, or possibly three, Group 1 wins in his future.