Esti Fény (Pigeon Catcher – Ejtihaad) won the 96th Hungarian Derby in Kincsem Park. Tamás Nagy has ridden the colt trained by Csaba Zala. Our Dióspuszta Stud gave the 19th Derby winner to the Hungarian horseracing with this result.
Tempó, Botond, Raphael, Szaladin, Rubint, Roppant, Imi, Almáriom, Mormota, Indok, Hadnagy, Frappáns, Nem Igaz, Isztopirin, Immer, Dimitrij, Királyhágó, Sir Khan. The 18 of them won the Derby from the horses bred in our Dióspuszta Stud. But the last one was in 1994, from the stable of Ildikó Németh. Although we were close many times to the podium, for example Megkapó was second in 2015 and Merzad was third in 2016, we had to wait 24 years for another Derby wreath.
The value of the win looks bigger if we look on the list of the horses who won the Derby. The last time when a Hungarian bred horse won was in 2009, called Csillaghullás (after the disqualification of Garabonciás), and before in 2003, when Rodolfo won it. A Hungarian jockey also did not win this race in the previous years. The last Hungarian jockey was Károly Kerekes, who won with Latin Lover in 2012.
Esti Fény won two races last year, one of those was the Gábor Kerekes Memorial – Hungarian Juvenile Grand Prix. He was third in the 2000 Guineas (Nemzeti Prize) and second in the Alag Prize. He is from the first crop of Pigeon Catcher, who is a promising young stallion in Hungary with a nice pedigree and two wins from France.
The dam of Esti Fény, Ejtihaad was unraced, but she is a broodmare with an excellent pedigree from the family of Fall Aspen. Her second dam, Ashraakat was a Listed winner in Great Britain and placed in Group 3. Two out of the four Black Type siblings of this grandmother were her full siblings, including the sire Elnadim. Ejtihaad is from Nayef, who won 4 Group 1 races. He is an excellent sire with a 61% winners/runners and a 37% Stakes winners/runners strike rate.
The next race for Esti Fény will be the 26th Slovakian Derby on the 15th of July.
Two leased fillies ran in the Derby from our stud. The daughter of Overdose and Rainfire, Rose Fire, trained and leased by Attila Rácz, became close sixth. Thai Night (Ryan – Thai Pearl), leased by Gyöngyi Molnár, was not lucky, so finished at the end of the field.
We had one more win and many valueable places on the Derby day. Ballada (Fairlypi – Baltic Rhapsody), trained and leased by Csaba Zala, won the Teqball – Summer Hurdle Race with Bence Földes, and Muffin (Steady As A Rock – Mahiki) became third in the Equine-Products Handicap with Rebeka Gönczi. From our stable but also trained by Csaba Zala, Survivor (Linngari – Surveyance) finished third with Tamás Nagy in the Magányos Prize, while Sorbonne (Dunkerque – Sougy) was second in the Horze-Fegentri – Female Amateur Handicap with Alice Bertiaux.
Faster Now (Pastoral Pursuits – First Fast Now), trained by Róbert Fézer, became fourth with Martin Laube in the Flandorffer Tamás Memorial Prize.