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Will Ocean Seven be as good as his older half-sister Goldikova (pictured)?

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

Goldikova half-brother shines on debut

WE may not know whether dual Breeders' Cup Mile heroine Goldikova will be seen on the racecourse again, but her family looks guaranteed to stay in the headlines even if she is retired, judging by the impressive debut victory of her half-brother Ocean Seven at Fontainebleau on Monday.

Ocean Seven took the 12-runner 1m1f colts and geldings race by an eased-down five lengths under Mickael Barzalona. The Green Tune colt runs for the same owner-breeder, the Wertheimer brothers, and trainer, Freddie Head, as the great filly.

Head said after the race: "He is nothing like Goldikova physically, and takes his looks from his sire. He has a lot of qualityand is very balanced with a nice action and a very good attitude. I think he is one of the best in my team of two-year-olds."

Ocean Seven is the 11th foal out of the Blushing Groom mare Born Gold, and all of his siblings have reached the winner's enclosure except for one: the three-year-old Born Again, a Cape Cross filly who has finished placed on one of her three starts. Three of the dam's progeny are black-type winners to date.

Besides Goldikova, Born Gold's other stakes winners are Gold Round, a 1997 Caerleon filly who won twice at two including a Listed race and took a Group 3 in her classic year before an unsuccessful visit to Epsom for the Oaks, and Gold Sound,  a brother to Ocean Seven who won four of his 25 starts in France before also winning races in the US.

Gold Sound won a Listed and a Group 3 race at three, before finishing a well-beaten tenthbehind Shamardal and Hurricane Run in the French Derby.

Born Gold's other offspring by Green Tune, Red Tune, was second in a Listed race and a Group 3 contest at three.

Goldikova herself has a record of seven wins from 12 starts and has finished only once out of the first three, when seventh in the Prix d'Ispahan at Longchamp in May.





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