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Quickfire double for Avonbridge

FIRST-SEASON sire Avonbridge was represented by two new winners in the space of just ten minutes today, when Avonrose landed the 2.10 at Redcar, a median auction maiden stakes for fillies over 6f, and Avonvalley won the 2.20 at Chepstow, a 5f maiden auction stakes.

The two fillies bring Avonbridge's tally of individual winners so far this season to four, level-pegging with National Stud stallion Pastoral Pursuits in the numbers game.

Avonrose, makingher second career start today, was bred by Mary Taylor out of the Polar Falcon mare Loveleaves, making her a half-sister to high-class miler Lovelace.

Like Lovelace, she is trained by Mark Johnston. He paid 20,000gns for her at Tattersalls last year.

Loveleaves has a yearling colt by Where Or When on the ground, and was covered by Byron last year.

Avonvalley's maiden victory came at the fourth time of asking. The filly, who was bred by Ercan Dogan, is the first foal produced by 5f two-year-old winner Piper's Ash, a daughter of Royal Academy.

Purchased by Trickledown Stud as a yearling for 4,000gns, she is trained by Malcolm Saunders and carries the colours of Chris Scott, who owned Saunders' prolific sprinter Repertory at the beginning of the horse's career.

Piper's Ash has a yearling colt by the late Iceman on the ground, and visited Haafhd last season.

Avonrose and Avonvalley are two of 100 juveniles to run for Whitsbury Manor Stud resident Avonbridge, who emulated his half-brother Patavellian with victory in the Prix de l'Abbaye during his four-season career.

The son of Averti is standing this season for £3,500.






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