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Denebola represented by her first winner

BETA LEO became the first winner producedby Prix Marcel Boussac heroine Denebola when landing a 5½f contest for unraced two-year-old fillies at Maisons-Laffitte this afternoon.

The A.P. Indy filly, who scored a narrow victory in the race over Heaven's Heart, a daughter of Captain Rio, is trained by Pascal Bary for her owner-breeders the Niarchos family.

Denebola, who represented the same combination of trainer and owners during her racing career, is a daughter of Storm Cat and Coup De Genie, a winner of the Prix Morny and Prix de la Samandre at two, and a full-sister to Machiavellian, who pulled off the same juvenile Group 1 double.

Coup De Genie has produced four black-type winners to date, and the dam of Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe hero Bago.

As well as winning the Marcel Boussac, Denebola also won the Prix de Cabourg at two and finished second to Somnus in the Prix de la Foret at three.

Beta Leo is her second foal. The first, a year older full-brother to Beta Leo, was bought by John Ferguson for $2,400,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale in 2007.

Named Keep Thinking and in training with Eoin Harty in the US, he finished second on his debut at two but has failed to reach the places in any of his three subsequent starts.

Denebola has a yearling filly by Elusive Quality and a filly foal who is a full-sister to Beta Leo, and is in foal to Street Cry.





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