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Ghurair - Paul Hanagan wins The Weatherbys EBF Maiden Stakes Newmarket 13/7/2012

Ghurair: Newmarket maiden winner is from the famous Alruccaba family

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Vintage pedigrees on show at Goodwood

COLTS representing two of the best families in the studbook go into battle in today's Vintage Stakes at Goodwood.

Chesham Stakes winner Tha'Ir, one of an incredible three Royal Ascot juvenile Group winners to emerge from the first crop of New Approach, boasts Meon Valley Stud matriarch Reprocolor as his third dam.

He was bred by New Approach's breeder Lodge Park Stud out of the winning Green Desert mare Flashing Green, a half-sister to Prix de l'Opera runner-up Mona Lisa.

The Reprocolor family has been in flying form this year, also yielding stakes winners Caspar Netscher, Izzi Top and Poet, as well as Epsom and Irish Oaks runner-up Shirocco Star.

Last month's impressive Newmarket maiden winner Ghurair, meanwhile, is a son of Elusive Quality bred by Kirsten Rausing from a family she has nurtured since her joint-purchase with Sonia Rogers of Alruccaba in the mid 1980s.

Alruccaba produced eight winners including Sun Chariot Stakes heroine Last Second and Doncaster Cup scorer Alleluia, as well as the dam of Rausing's dual Champion Stakes winner Alborada - Ghurair's grand-dam.

The Alruccaba empire has also yielded this season's stakes performers Albion, Albamara and Betterbetterbetter, plus Michelangelo and Thomas Chippendale, who could clash in the St Leger.

With those pedigrees, Tha'Ir and Ghurair were inevitably pricey purchases. John Ferguson paid €105,000 for Tha'Ir at Goffs, while Shadwell went to 180,000gns to secure Ghurair at Tattersalls.

The first four home in the Superlative Stakes - Olympic Glory, Birdman, Maxentius and Artigiano - reoppose in the Vintage Stakes. The Superlative advertised the merits of one of Coolmore's most reliable stalwarts as the winner, Olympic Glory, is by Danehill Dancer's son Choisir and the runner-up, Birdman, is a son of Danehill Dancer himself.

Superlative eighth Operation Chariot is also back in opposition. The son of Refuse To Bend is out of a Darshaan mare - the cross responsible for three of the late sire's five Group winners including Sarafina and Wavering.

ECLIPSE runner-up Farhh is the latest challenger to try and end superstar Frankel's unbeaten streak in today's Sussex Stakes.
Farrh isn't expected to win, but his emergence as a Group 1 performer adds to the story of German success this season, which has seen big wins for Danedream, Energizer and Gracia Directa.

The son of Pivotal was bred by Darley out of the Lando mare Gonbarda, the winner of two 1m4f Group 1 contests in her native Germany. Gonbarda was bred by Gestut Auenquelle and sold to Godolphin, just as her half-sister Gonfilia, by Big Shuffle, was.

Gonfilia won the Princess Elizabeth Stakes in the royal blue silks and has produced the useful pair Greek War and Signs In The Sand, so the sisters are looking good investments by Sheikh Mohammed.





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