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Although the winner of the 1m4f maiden at Southwell was a Shadwell homebred, both the second and third horses were bought by John Ferguson



Bernardini colt wins Southwell maiden

DERAASA, bred by Shadwell Farm, owned by Godolphinand trained by Saeed Bin Suroor, collected the 1m4f maiden for three-year-olds and over at Southwell today on his racecourse debut.

The colt is a second foal out of Saywaan, a daughter of the five-time Grade 1 winner Sharp Cat (Storm Cat), whose wins included the Matron Stakes, the Beldame Stakes, and the Acorn Stakes.

She was bred by the Thoroughbred Corporation (but raced by Godolphin), who also owned and bred her half-brother, the three-time Grade 1 winner, Royal Anthem (Theatrical). Shadwell bought Saywaan for $1.5 million at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

Despite the winner being a homebred, the race turned out to be a maiden for big-priced yearlings bought by John Ferguson: the second horse being Eyedoro, a son of Medaglia D'Oro who was bought by Ferguson for $330,000 at Keeneland September in 2009, while the third, Sweet Lavender (Dalakhani), cost Ferguson €220,000 at Goffs Orby Sale that same year.

The only other runner, Tricksofthetrade (Mull Of Kintyre), came from the other end of the yearling price spectrum costing €16,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland September Sale where he was bought by Jeremy Glover. He has subsequentrly had a withdrawn entry from the Brightwells Cheltenham April Sale.





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