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All the breeding angles from Newmarket July

BETTER known for his talents as a pinhooker, Con Marnane gets on the board at the Newmarket July meeting as a breeder.

The master of Bansha House Stables bred Newmarket Historic Home of Racing Handicap (1m) winner Jack's Revenge out the Indian Ridge mare Spirit Of Age, who was trained by Marnane's brother David to win over 1m at four.

David Marnane had bought Spirit Of Age from her breeder Moyglare Stud Farm for just €14,000 at Goffs in 2004.

Jack's Revenge, a 67,000gns Tattersalls October Book 2 yearling, is by 2,000 Guineas hero Footstepsinthesand.

DARLEY US sire Elusive Quality has been one of the star stallions of the Newmarket July meeting and now Medaglia D'Oro, his studmate at Jonabell Farm in Kentucky, gets a winner on the board with Marshgate Lane in the Maiden Stakes over 1m2f for three-year-olds.

The Mahmood Al Zarooni-trained Marshgate Lane, second in a Newmarket maiden last month, was bred in America by Edmund A Gann out of the Grade 3-winning Sinndar mare Louvain.

Louvain is from one of the most prolific families in the studbook. She is a half-sister to last year's Fairway Stakes winner Laajooj and Bengough Stakes third Desert Poppy.

Louvain's dam is the super-speedy Common Grounds mare Flanders, who won the Hilary Needler Trophy, Windsor Castle Stakes and Weatherbys Super Sprint for Tim Easterby in 1998.

It is also the family of last year's Prix Robert Papin winner Family One.

John Ferguson bought Marshgate Lane for $350,000 at the 2010 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale.

COULD Ghurair be the latest star for the Alruccaba family? He wins the Weatherbys EBF Maiden Stakes over 7f for two-year-olds for John Gosden and Hamdan Al Maktoum smoothly on his debut.

Ghurair is a great-great-grandson of Alruccaba, who his breeder Kirsten Rausing bought with Sonia Rogers for 19,000gns at Tattersalls in 1985.

Ghurair is out of Alta Moda, an unraced daughter of Sadler's Wells and Rausing's dual Champion Stakes winner Alborada, making her a half-sister to Albion, who contests tomorrow's Grand Prix de Paris.

This family is absolutely studded with stars - Albanova, Aussie Rules, Last Second and Yesterday to name only a few - and it has been in form this year, producing the Group winners Michelangelo and Thomas Chippendale, who could meet in the St Leger.

Ghurair, a son of Elusive Quality, who also suppied yesterday's impressive Newmarket maiden winner Certify and today's Falmouth Stakes runner-up Elusive Kate, was bought by Shadwell for 180,000gns at last year's Tattersalls October yearling sale.

GIOFRA becomes the tenth individual Group 1 winner for her outstanding sire Dansili with a fast-finishing victory in the Falmouth Stakes.

She is the second this year by Dansili, after Coronation Stakes heroine Fallen For You.

The roll-call of Dansili's Group 1 winners is completed by Emulous, Harbinger, Passage Of Time, Price Tag, Proviso, Rail Link, Zambezi Sun and Zoffany.

That haul may be added to tomorrow, with Bated Breath and Fire Lily both holding good chances in the July Cup.

Plus Dansili could have a Group 1 winner as grandsire tomorrow, with Last Train, a first-crop son of Rail Link, entered in the Grand Prix de Paris.

Giofra was bred by her owner the Haras de la Perelle out of the Orpen mare Gracefully, who won the Prestige Stakes for Sylvester Kirk and Thurloe Thoroughbreds in 2003.

Gracefully, a sister to Listed winner Lady Grace, is also the dam of Toulouse 1m4f Listed winner Gradara (by stamina influence Montjeu) and 1m two-year-old winner Guerande (by Diesis).

BIG boost for National Stud stalwart Bahamian Bounty as his daughter Sendmylovetorose wins the Group 2 Cherry Hinton Stakes.

Bahamian Bounty, who won the Prix Morny and Middle Park Stakes in 1996, has two Group 1 winners to his credit - brothers Goodricke and Pastoral Pursuits - and one other Group/Grade 2 scorer, Mr Napper Tandy.

Sendmylovetorose was bred by Silfield Bloodstock out of Windy Gulch, who won four of her 24 starts.

She must rank as one of the bargains of the season, as she was bought by McKeever Bloodstock for just £5,000 at the DBS Festival Yearling Sale last year.

LINDFIELD BELLE, the winner of a 5f Lingfield maiden way back in August 1990, has been a grand servant at stud, producing nine winners from 12 runners and 13 foals.

Three of those winners scored in black-type company: Baltic King, Domingues and Fulbright.

Last year's Woodcote Stakes winner Fulbright scored in the second race today, the Betfred The Bonus King Stakes Heritage Handicap over 6f.

He is by top Australian sprinter Exceed And Excel, who British racegoers got only one glimpse of - when he beat only one home in the July Cup at this meeting in 2004.

Exceed And Excel's talents as a sire have crossed the hemisphere better than his ability as a racecourse. He is the sire of two Group 1 winners each in Europe and Austalasia: Excelebration and Margot Did up here, Helmet and Reward For Effort down there.

THE Queen's homebred three-year-old filly Free Verse wins the opening contest on day two of the Newmarket July meeting, the Piper-Heidseck EBF Fillies' Handicap over 7f.

Free Verse is a Danehill Dancer sister to Quadrille, who finished runner-up to Red Jazz in the European Free Handicap and to Afsare in the Hampton Court Stakes in 2010.

Eight-time winner Hunting Tower and five-time winner Cardinal are also half-brothers.

The siblings are out of Listed Hoppings Stakes winner Fictitious, a Machiavellian sister to Ribblesdale Stakes winner Phantom Gold, who is the great-granddam of Momentary, the winner of the Listed Swettenham Stud Fillies' Trial Stakes this year for the Queen.





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