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Wigmore Hall - Woodbine Racetrack - 18/09/2011

Wigmore Hall: his half-brother is catalogued to the Tattersalls October Sale

  PICTURE: Woodbine racecourse/Michael Burns photography  

Chaparral maintains grip on Northern Dancer

Woodbine: Northern Dancer Stakes (Group 1), 1m4f, turf

WIGMORE HALL (5 g High Chaparral - Love And Laughter by Theatrical)

Bred by K and Mrs Cullen in Ireland

AN excellent weekend for High Chaparral was capped on Sunday when Michael Bell's top international traveller Wigmore Hall landed his second consecutive renewal of the Northern Dancer Stakes at Woodbine.

His victory also meant that High Chaparral has supplied the Northern Dancer winner in each of the past three years, following Redwood's success for Barry Hills in 2010.

Always travelling well under Jamie Spencer, Wigmore Hall swallowed up Irish Mission midway through the stretch and fended off Al Khali (Medaglia d'Oro) to win by a neck. Forte Dei Marmi, a son of Selkirk bred near Newmarket by Fittocks Stud, was just over a length back in third.

Wigmore Hall is one of seven Group/Grade 1 winners by High Chaparral, Coolmore's Anglo-Irish Derby and dual Breeders' Cup Turf hero. Since his first crop hit the track in 2006, the son of Sadler's Wells has developed into a truly international stallion, siring Group 1 winners in Australia (So You Think, Descarado, Monaco Consul and Shoot Out), Europe (So You Think), America (last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Wrote) and Canada (Wigmore Hall and Redwood).

He is also the sire of this season's exciting two-year-old Toronado, who maintained his unbeaten record when claiming the scalp of Dundonnell in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster on Saturday.

High Chaparral stood the past northern hemisphere season at Coolmore for €25,000.

Wigmore Hall, a 60,000gns Tattersalls October yearling purchase by Kern/Lillingston Association, is the best of two winners from as many runners out of Chester juvenile maiden winner Love And Laughter. She is a half-sister to Listed scorer Kissing The Camera and out Hoh Dear, who was not only trained by Michael Bell to win the Listed Empress Stakes but like her grandson later enjoyed her finest moment at Woodbine when successful in the Group 3 Natalma Stakes.

A Dalakhani half-brother to Wigmore Hall is lot 81 in the upcoming Tattersalls October Sale.

Woodbine: Canadian Stakes (Group 2), 1m1f, turf, 3yo+f/m

BAREFOOT LADY (4 f Footstepsinthesand - Lady Angharad by Tenby)

Bred by Arbawny Ventures 2000uc in Ireland

JUST over a week after Chachamaidee became his first Group 1 winner in the Matron Stakes, Footstepsinthesand was on the ma rk again, on this occasion as the sire of Richard Fahey's Canadian Stakes scorer Barefoot Lady.

Chachamaidee and Barefoot Lady head a list of ten Pattern winners by Footstepsinthesand, the 2005 2,000 Guineas winner who stands at Coolmore for €10,000. The son of Giant's Causeway is also the sire of this season's Listed winners Sunday Nectar, Giant Sandman and The Reaper.

Unsold for 9,500gns at the Tattersalls October Sale, Barefoot Lady was a relatively inexpensive €30,000 two-year-old purchase by Gill Richardson at the 2010 Goresbridge Breeze-up Sale.

She is a half-sister to three winners and out of the 1998 Listed Woodcote Stakes winner Lady Angharad. The daughter of Tenby, a half-sister to the Listed-placed Le Badie, was exported to India in 2010.

Barefoot Lady is likely to make her next start in the Grade 1 E P Taylor Stakes at Woodbine before selling at the Goffs November Sale.




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