Ice breaker in July Stakes

Cheveley Park Stud is rueing the loss of deceased sire Iceman more than ever after Frederick Engels won the G2 July Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday.

Frederick Engels (2c Iceman – Colonel´s Daughter by Colonel Collins) continued his winning march to see off six rivals with an impressive turn of foot in the final furlong.  He had won a Musselburgh maiden in June before graduating to a Listed victory in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Iceman (Polar Falcon) was a G2 winner of the Coventry Stakes before retiring to Cheveley Park after just 11 starts.  He died in 2008 after covering just two books alongside his own sire and fellow Polar Falcon champion Pivotal.

Iceman sired has sired 27 winners from his first crop but none of them have lifted to stakes level.

He has sired two winners from his second crop this term – Frederick Engels & Dijarvo – and they have both won black-type races.  Dijarvo was a Listed winner at Maisons-Laffitte last month.

Frederick Engels was purchased by Pearl Bloodstock owner Sheikh Fahad after his maiden win and trainer David Brown was confident about the outcome at Newmarket.  “He worked well this week and I told Eddie (Ahern) to sit on him as long as possible,” Brown said.  “He’s got so much class and will get further.  The Gimcrack is next.”

The G2 Gimcrack Stakes is scheduled for York on August 19.  Connections will then set Frederick Engels for a French Group 1 towards the end of the flat season.