Flora of Bermuda (IRE)





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Mr Andrew Balding


Bermuda Racing




Race Analysis and Video

from Ellie Pennington 26/05/2024
Jockey, Oisin Murphy - “Flora Of Bermuda got very excited at the start of the race and sadly she gave away a lot of ground. To think she was upsides a horse going past the line and she wasn’t beaten by far, she’s still run a very big race. It wasn’t meant to be today, but she’ll be better next time.”

Simon Scupham - “Flora gave herself no chance in the Temple yesterday. She got worked up at start, despite behaving impeccably until then, before rearing up in the stalls when the gate opened. This was disappointing as Flora has been working amazingly at home. On a positive note she made up an eye-catching amount of ground! She is an exceptionally talented filly with lots to look forward to.”

Race Analysis and Video

from Ellie Pennington 15/10/2023
Slowly away, little went right for Flora Of Bermuda in-running, however this special filly toughed it out and put in another high-class performance, finishing fourth in the Gr.3 Cornwallis Stakes at Newmarket (15.10.23).

“Once again Flora did not get the rub of the green. The worst of draws, very slow away and stopped in the final stages with Rosario coming right across her. She has had a long year so she will now have a deserved holiday and we can all look forward to an exciting campaign next year!” - Simon Scupham

Race Analysis and Video

from Ellie Pennington 16/09/2023
A special day for Bermuda Racing as Flora Of Bermuda secured her black-type with an eye-catching turn of foot, finishing 2nd in the Group 2 Flying Childers at Doncaster (15.09.23).

“Flora is back in town, coming 2nd in the Gr.2 Flying Childers this afternoon. Having dwelt at the start she was never going to catch the impressive winner. Nevertheless, she showed eye-catching speed to move from last to second in the blink of an eye and hit the line well… onwards and forwards for our talented filly!” - Simon Scupham

Race Analysis and Video

from Ellie Pennington 04/08/2023
It’s gold for Flora Of Bermuda following her impressive 4-length win over 5f at Glorious Goodwood (02.08.23). Watch the race replay below.

“What a glorious win for Flora in the Alice Keppel at Glorious Goodwood. The racecourse may have been rain soaked but Flora finally had her much deserved day in the sun! One can’t help but imagine that there will be some exciting times ahead for her…”
- Simon Scupham

Race Analysis and Video

from Ellie Pennington 26/06/2023
Flora Of Bermuda ran a blinder in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot (21.06.23). Watch the race replay below.

“We could not be happier with Flora’s run in the Group 2 Queen Mary. She ran an absolute blinder coming 6th in a field of 26 very talented fillies, actually winning her race on the slower, far side of the track. To achieve this given her fitness was touch and go leading up to her declaration and given the draw was not in her favour, she really did do us proud… so much to look forward to with this amazing filly.” - Simon Scupham

Race Analysis and Video

from Ellie Pennington 10/06/2023
Simon Scupham’s post-race analysis following Flora Of Bermuda’s eye-catching 2nd in the Hilary Needler Trophy (5f) at Beverley today (10.06.23):

“What a fantastic performance by Flora today. Although she was luckless in running, her acceleration in the closing stages to finish a fast closing second was very eye-catching indeed. As far as Flora was concerned she had won, having passed the winner shortly after the post.

“Next stop, the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot!”

Yard Visit

from Ellie Pennington 10/06/2023
Simon and Moira were delighted with Flora Of Bermuda on their recent visit to Andrew Balding’s Park House Stables.

She will make her second racecourse start today as she heads to Beverley for the Hilary Needler Trophy (5f). Jockey Oisin Murphy (pictured) will take the ride.

Race Video

from Danielle Millar 17/05/2023
Flora of Bermuda's Race replay from her Sandown debut yesterday (16.05.23) where she came a promising fourth in a tight finish.

Naming History

Given its sub-tropical climate, fertile soil and adequate rainfall Bermuda’s flora is abundant and varied with over 8000 species recorded despite the island’s small size and isolation. The whole island has the appearance of a carefully tended garden with colourful hedges of hibiscus and oleander and flowering plants such as bougainvillaea, poinsettia, morning glory, passion flower and Bermudiana.

More importantly, the naming is a recognition of the amazing achievements of Dame Flora Duffy, the current Olympic and World Triathlon Champion. Flora is the only Bermudian to ever have won an Olympic gold medal. To have risen to be best in the world from a population of only 60.000 is no small feet so it’s no wonder she is held in such high esteem. If a little bit of Flora’s gold dust were to rub off on our filly that would be just wonderful.