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Encke (Mickael Barzalona) wins The St Leger Doncaster 15.9.12 Pic: Edward WhitakerEncke is a second St Leger winner for his sire Kingmambo  PICTURE: David Cramphorn  


Bloodstock Saturday: all the latest pedigree angles

SHEIKH MOHAMMED's purchase of the Aga Khan's talented mare Shawanda may have brought him no luck on the racecourse, but it has now yielded him a Classic win thanks to St Leger hero Encke.

Shawanda was bought by Darley at the end of a three-year-old career that yielded wins in the Irish Oaks and Prix Vermeille.

The daughter of Sinndar did not run at four but has produced two Group winners for the Sheikh, the other being Sandown classic trial winner Genius Beast.

Encke is a son of the brilliant sire Kingmambo, who has produced plenty of classy milers such as Divine Proportions, King's Best and Henrythenavigator but also top-level  middle distance horses in Japan Cup winners Alkaased and El Condor Pasa, who was runner-up to Montjeu in the 1999 Arc.

This was a second Leger success for Kingmambo after Rule Of Law in 2004. His daughter, Tarfah, is of course the dam of Camelot.

A close relative from this family, Shareta, runs in Sunday's Prix Vermeille. She is a three-parts sister to Shawanda being by Sinndar out of her half-sister Shawara.

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Good day for Kingmambo line

HAVING sired a St Leger winner himself, Kingmambo's son King's Best matched that achievement when his own son Royal Diamond won the Irish version at The Curragh.

A €70,000 yearling when bought shrewdly by Si Mark Prescott, he was re-sold at three for 400,000gns.

Royal Diamond has peachy breeding being a half-brother to this year's Ribblesdale winner Princess Highway and Irish 1,000 Guineas runner-up Mad About You.

This is an established family built up by Moyglare Stud, who bought the third dam Aptostar as a foundation mare and consigned Royal Diamond as a yearling.

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Big day for New Approach

A FABULOUS season with his first runners was enhanced utterly for New Approach by the Group 1 National Stakes victory of Dawn Approach.

This was a first Group 1  success for New Approach, who had a famous stakes race treble at Royal Ascot with Dawn Approach, Newfangled and Tha'ir.

Dawn Approach has a  full-sister, to be consigned by trainer Jim Bolger's Redmondstown Stud, catalogued for the Goffs Orby.

Chaparral boost

TORONADO, a €55,000 yearling purchase at Arqana, gave a considerable boost to his sire High Chaparral's reputation by giving him a rare Group 2 juvenile winner in the Champagne Stakes.

The Coolmore sire, whose best-known runner is So You Think, has a two-year-old winners to runners ratio of 22 per cent, a signifcantly lower figure than an acclaimed sire of juvenile winners such as Red Clubs (48 per cent).

Among his other notable juvenile performers are Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner and Royal Lodge third Wrote, and Lady Darshaan, second in the Group 1 Fillies Mile and third in the Group 2 Cherry Hinton.

Toronado is also a rarity in that he was purchased by Amanda Skiffington, rather than trainer Richard Hannon's usual suppliers of alchemy, Peter and Ross Doyle.

His second dam is the French Listed-winning and Group-placed mare Wedding Gift, the dam of Racing Post Trophy winner Casamento.

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