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Eva's Request: bred by Ballylinch Stud, where Soviet Star stands

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

Eva's Request shines for veteran Soviet Star

SOVIET STAR, 25 years old and approaching his 22nd season at stud, added another Group 1 winner to his illustrious list of progeny when his daughter Eva's Request flew home to capture today's Premio Lydia Tesio in Rome.

Eva's Request, a four-year-old trained by Mick Channon, came from the clouds to pip this season's German Oaks heroine Night Magic, a daughter of Sholokhov, and Les Fazzani, by Intikhab.

It was a fourth Group race victory for Eva's Request, but her first at the highest level. The filly was bred by Ballylinch Stud, home of Soviet Star since 2000, out of the Taufan mare Ingabelle, a former Phoenix Sprint Stakes winner whose previous progeny included Moyglare Stud Stakes heroine Priory Belle.

Eva's Request was sold to her current owner Liam Mulryan for €150,000 at the 2006 Goffs Million yearling sale, and she subsequently finished eighth to Lush Lashes in the Goffs Fillies Million at two.

A son of Nureyev, Soviet Star was an outstanding miler for Andre Fabre, winning five Group 1 races including the Poule d'Essai des Poulains and the Sussex Stakes at three. He also possessed enough speed to land the July Cup ay four.

Soviet Star began his stud career at Sheikh Mohammed's Dalham Hall Stud in 1989 and was exported to Japan in 1994 before being repatriated by John O'Connor of Ballylinch Stud.

His best progeny include Group 1 scorers Ashkalani, Pressing, Soviet Line and Starborough – himself sire of star Hungarian sprinter Overdose.

A spell at stud in New Zealand for Soviet Star yielded the brilliant Starcraft and southern hemisphere top-flight winner Russian Pearl. He is also damsire of outstanding Soviet Song.

Soviet Star's fee this season was €8,000.





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