Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov didn’t get a chance to race his horse Bankable at Royal Ascot this year, but he did buy a winner out of the meet: US-bred Bronze Cannon, first in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes from Godolphin’s Campanologist (there’s some irony there, if you follow Chechen intrigue!).
Kadyrov purchased Bronze Cannon, previously owned by A.E. Oppenheimer, to specifically race in Saturday’s (July 18) prestigious Russian Group 1 President of the Russian Federation Stakes, or the President’s Cup — the race that means the most in Russia (followed by the Russian Derby). The race was attended by most leaders of the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States, the former Soviet republics), and this year Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Moldavia had planned to send horses. The representative of Azerbaijan, Lake Poet, was a British handicapper by Galileo who finished 7th of 9.
Bronze Cannon was trained by John Gosden for Oppenheimer and was the listed trainer on the Moscow program. The horse was ridden in Moscow by Jimmy Fortune. He ran fourth to last year’s Russian Derby winner, Monomakh.
Last year, Mr. Kadyrov had purchased the US 3-year-old Racecar Rhapsody — fourth in the Preakness — for the Russian Derby, but that colt, too, was fourth to Monomakh. This line of international form is flattering to Monomakh, a US-bred colt who’s done all his racing in Russia.
At present, stakes races in Russia do not qualify for international black type, but apparently the Russians are trying to make a case for the President’s Cup and the Russian Derby, which will be contested next month. They can thank Kadyrov’s international buying sprees for helping the cause.