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Await The Dawn Ryan Moore Wins The Huxley Stakes

Await The Dawn (left): bred on same cross as Grade 1 winner First Samurai

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Coolmore, Juddmonte unite for Dawn success

A full breeding analysis of Await The Dawn and each of the day's other Group races will appear in tomorrow's results section of the Racing Post. Download the digital newspaper from 3am or buy the pdf newspaper from 9am.

THURSDAY'S easy Group 3 Betfair Huxley Stakes winner Await The Dawn is the product of a breeding agreement between powerhouses Coolmoreand Juddmonte - like Saturday's jaw-dropping 2,000 Guineas winner Frankel.

For several years Juddmonte would send ten of its mares to Sadler's Wells and then other star Coolmore sires. Coolmore would have the pick of the foal crop oneyear and then Juddmonte would have first choice the following year.

In 2007 Coolmore chose Await The Dawn and the following year Juddmonte elected to keep Frankel.

Await The Dawn is by 'iron horse' Giant's Causeway, who stands at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Kentucky at a fee of $85,000.

He is sire of numerous top-class performers including Aragorn, Eskendereya, Footstepsinthesand Ghanaati, Rite Of Passage and Shamardal.

Await The Dawn is out of the Dixieland Band mare Valentine Band, a Listed-placed 1m2f winner at three whose other progeny includes Putney Bridge, by Mizzen Mast, a 1m1f Listed winner at four in France, and Spruce, by Maria's Mon, a four-time middle-distance winner on the all-weather.

Valentine Band is a half-sister to Group 3 Curragh Cup winner Memorise, Listed scorer Multiplex and Chester Cup winner Greenwich Meantime, out of Listed-placed Shirley Valentine.

Shirley Valentine is out of Juddmonte's brilliant broodmare Slightly Dangerous, dam of Commander In Chief, Deploy, Dushyantor, Jibe, Warning and Yashmak.

The cross of Giant's Causeway over a mare by Dixieland Band has also produced Grade 1 Hopefuland Champagne Stakes winner First Samurai.




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