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Eye-catching newcomers to tackle Navan maiden

THE 5f two-year-old maiden at Navan on Saturday, which takes place at 1.55pm, sees a trio of interesting newcomers lock horns.

First up is Knight's Dream, a son of Sir Prancealot - who is currently leading the first-season sires table by number of winners.

The Dermot Weld-trained juvenile is out of the 7f-winning Oasis Dream mare Dream Date, which makes Knight's Dream a half-brother to Extortionist, who made a winning debut before going on to win the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes as a two-year-old.

Extortionist later went on to claim Group 3 honours as a three-year-old.

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Bred by Louise Lyons, the colt was first purchased by Eddie O'Leary's Lynn Lodge Stud for €62,000 at the Goffs November Foal sale, before being led out of the Doncaster Premier Yearlings ring unsold at £17,000.

He was then consigned by Weir View Stud at the 2015 Goffs Horses-in-Training Sale, where he was knocked down to Bobby O'Ryan and Dermot Weld for €80,000.

Lyin Eyes, a daughter of Equiano, is also set to make her debut, and will be representing Charles O'Brien and Mrs John Magnier.

The filly is the sixth foal produced by the winning Danetime mare Christmas Tart, and is related to a host of sprint winners, including her sister Tarando and half-sister Hoyam, the latter of whom was a Listed-winning two-year-old.

Having been sold as a foal for 25,000gns to agent Mick Flanagan, the filly's price soared to 130,000gns when picked up by Margaret O'Toole at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.

Another first-season sire with a runner is Power, who will be represented by the Aidan O'Brien-trained filly Sevenfold.

She is the first foal produced by the 1m2f-winning Holy Roman Emperor mare Flavia Tatiana, who is out of a twice-raced sister to 7f Group 3 winner Psalm and 1m Listed winner Queen Titi, who is the dam of Beethoven, winner of the 2009 Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes.

Sevenfold was bred by Whisperview Trading Ltd, the name under which Aidan and Annemarie O'Brien breed horses.

 

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