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Western Aristocrat (Mr. Greeley) and jockey Corey Nakatani win the Gr I Jamaica at Belmont Park 10/8/11

Western Aristocrat: his Jamaica Handicap win formed the second leg of a Grade 1 treble for sire Mr Greeley which concluded with Aruna's Spinster Stakes victory on Sunday

  PICTURE: Jessie Holmes/EquiSport protos 

Brilliant weekend ends
in style for Mr Greeley

A PHENOMENAL weekend for Mr Greeley concluded on Sunday with the success of four-year-old daughter Aruna in the Grade 1 Spinster Stakes at Keeneland.

The Niarchos-bred filly became the third Group or Grade 1 winner within 48 hours by Mr Greeley following Coolmore's Middle Park Stakes hero Crusade and Vinery's Jamaica Handicap scorerWestern Aristocrat the previous day. Their victories means that Mr Greeley, who died at Gainesway in Kentucky late last year at the age of 18, is now the sire of 11 winners at the highest level.

The son of Gone West, a Grade 3-winningsprinter on dirt, sprang to prominence in Europe as the sire of Sussex Stakes winner Reel Buddy and then of Jim Bolger's brilliant miler Finsceal Beo, complementing a list of American stars that included El Corredor and Whywhywhy.

However, prior to Crusade's win in the Middle Park Stakes on Saturday, the stallion had not sired a Group or Grade 1 winner since Saoirse Abu's success in the 2007 Moyglare Stud Stakes.

Aruna was sixth in the 2010 Prix Saint-Alary for Jonathan Pease before being shipped to Graham Motion's barn in the US, for whom she made a swift impact when successful in the Grade 2 Mrs Revere Stakes.

She is the best of three winners out of 2002 Grade 2 Dahlia Handicap winner Surya. In turn, the daughter of Unbridled is the only stakes winner out of French Listed-winning miler Wild Planet, also the granddam of 2007 Poule d'Essai des Poulains third Honoured Guest.

 

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