Reams Of Verse

1997 Oaks winner Reams Of Verse - one of eight winners in the Classic trained by the late Sir Henry Cecil

  • ch f Nureyev – Modena (Roberto)
  • Races: 9, Wins: 5
  • Foaled: 1994
  • Breeder: Juddmonte Farms
  • Trainer: HRA Cecil
  • Owner: Khalid Abdulla

History of Reams of Verse

Reams of Verse was foaled in 1994, by Nuryev out of Modena. She is a half-sister to Modern Day, 7f juvenile winner and three other winners notably high-class Elmaamul, winner of Eclipse and Irish Champion Stakes at three. Modena is an unracedhalf-sister to useful miler Zaizafon.

Reams was first seen on a racecourse in 1996, defeated half a length at Newmarket in a maiden. Next time out she lost her maiden tag, again at Newmarket over seven furlongs under Willie Ryan.

Reams of Verse’s first big win came in September 1996, with a brave win in the Group Three May Hill Stakes at Doncaster. Her blossoming career went one better later in the month with victory in the Group One Fillies Mile at Ascot. Rideen two furlongs out, she led at the distance and ran on well under Michael Kinane.

Reams of Verse First Races And Wins

Her first target for the 1997 season was the 1000 Guineas, although the trip always looked short of her optimum. She arrived at Newmarket facing a field of 15 headed by favourite French raider Pas de Reponse. Reams finished sixth, the race being won by stablemate Sleepytime.

Reams of Verse then headed for the York May meeting and the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes. She looked magnificent in the parade ring before the race. Sent off as one of the best backed horses at the meeting, Reams set the Knavesmire alight, storming home by eleven lengths. Her turn of foot in the last two furlongs was awesome, and she wasn’t stopping at the winning post.

The next stop was the Oaks, and Reams was sent off as the red hot favourite. And she didn’t let her followers down, despite not getting the best of passages. She eventually got home to beat Gazelle Royale. Reams had a classic under her belt.

Following her victory in the Oaks, Reams of Verse headed for York and the Aston Upthorne Yorkshire Oaks (Group One). Reams went to post early after antics in the parade ring, but was still heavily backed. Sent off as a hot favourite, she was beaten a furlong out, behind Rae Guest’s My Emma. Reams of Verse finished fourth, the other horses beating her home being Whitewater Affair and Crown of Light.

Reams of Verse ran her last race at her home course of Newmarket, in the Sun Chariot Stakes (Group Two). Well backed on the course, she was unable to show her former sparkle and was went down by a neck and three and a half lengths behind One So Wonderful and Kool Kat Katie.

Reams of Verse was retired shortly after and started a new career in the paddocks.