Godolphin Pair Top Highest Earners List Halfway Through Flat Season

Hurricane Lane won the Irish Derby at the Curragh this weekend and soared to the top of the standings
Hurricane Lane won the Irish Derby at the Curragh this weekend and soared to the top of the standings

It's been a sensational few months of top class Flat action in the UK & Ireland, with Royal Ascot providing five spectacular days of action earlier this month. We have witnessed some superb performances on the track from equine and human talents, but which horses are sitting at the top of the money list as we head into July?

A trio of three-year-olds sit in the gold, silver and bronze medal positions with Hurricane Lane's sensational last gasp victory in the Irish Derby at the week catapulting him to the top of the standings. Charlie Appleby has had a phenomenal first half of the season, and the Godolphin handler claimed more Classic success in 2021 at the Curragh on Saturday, as Hurricane Lane reeled in Lone Eagle. That win for the son of Frankel saw him leapfrog Cazoo Derby hero and stablemate Adayar into top spot with a whopping return of £731,920 in earnings this season. The valuable pot at the weekend added to his impressive win in the Dante Stakes at York, while a third in the Derby at Epsom helped bolster his earnings.

Prior to Saturday's heroics, it was another of the Appleby team Adayar that sat at the top of the earnings table, as his emphatic win at Epsom launched him into the history books, and he has amassed a whopping £660,749 in prize money. One of the stars of the 2021 Flat campaign has been the Jim Bolger-trained Poetic Flare, and the star three-year-old sits below the Godolphin duo in third spot having amassed £515.749. A win in a 2000 Guineas trial at Leopardstown on his comeback run was followed by a stunning win the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket. Accumulating nicely to his earnings as the season went on, Poetic Flare then chased home Mac Swiney (eighth on the list with £275,300) in the Irish 2000 Guineas, while he was last seen producing a sparkling display en route to victory in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

A plethora of Royal Ascot winners sit in the upper echelons of the prize money leaderboard with the John & Thady Gosden-trained Palace Pier (£463,604) sitting in fourth spot after his authoritative win in the Queen Anne Stakes soared him up the table, while Diamond Jubilee Stakes champion Dream Of Dreams (£419,654) is housed in fifth position, with the gutsy Prince Of Wales's Stakes winner Love (£396,970) completing the top six.

Aidan O'Brien's Magical topped the end-of-season standings back in 2020, and the master of Ballydoyle has four horses in the top-15. The aforementioned Love has quickly become the flagbearer for the Irish handler, but the most stunning performance on a racecourse this season belonged to ninth placed Snowfall (£266,537), who kicked off her campaign with an eye-catching win in the Musidora Stakes at York, before obliterating her rivals by 16 lengths in a dominant victory in the Cazoo Oaks at Epsom. O'Brien will have some big-race plans for that star three-year-old filly this season with the King George a possibility at the end of July then Snowfall could be the next starlet off the O'Brien production line.

Impressive 1000 Guineas heroine Mother Earth (11th with £258,594) chased home Alcohol Free (7th with £277,688) in the Coronation Stakes at the Royal meeting in mid-June, and she is another exciting O'Brien starlet, while Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Empress Josephine (12th with £219,004) adds more depth to the O'Brien clan in the top-15.

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Richard Hannon's Mojo Star has failed to record a win this season, but sits in tenth place with earnings of £262,026. A fine second in the Cazoo Derby behind Adayar was followed by a creditable fifth placed finish in the Irish equivalent at the weekend, and a clear run at the business end of the race could've seen him finish a lot closer to the winners.

Runaway King's Stand Stakes winner Oxted moved into the top-15 with that stunning sprint success earlier this month and he is 13th with £218,920, while Gold Cup hero Subjectivist sits in 14th on £213,017 after his Royal Ascot Group 1 staying success, while the top-15 is completed by shock Coronation Cup winner Pyledriver, whose win at Epsom launched him to earnings of £206,493.

We are pretty much halfway through the season so far and with the Classic generation ready to take on their elders in such valuable prizes as the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park and the King George at Ascot, the prize money standings are sure to have significant movers in the coming months. However, at the moment it's the three-year-olds topping the pile as we head into a hotly-anticipated July of top notch Flat racing, and it's the boys in blue Godolphin that are top of the tree with their two Derby heroes.

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