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William Haggas - Goodwood - August 2, 2008

William Haggas, relatives bred both of his Newbury maiden winners

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Close family links to both Haggas maiden winners

WHILE William Haggas, ably assisted by rider John Murtagh, completed a Newbury fillies' maiden double, his strong family links to both winners' pedigrees might not be immediately apparent.

Sentaril, a daughter of Danehill Dancer who looked very impressive in the Coln Valley Stud Bridget Maiden, is out of Superstar Leo, who Haggas trained to win the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot and Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster.

Although she ended up racing for the Lael Stable of Roy and Gretchen Jackson - breeders of Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro as well as George Washington - Superstar Leo was bred by Haggas'  father-in-law Lester Piggott and Tony Hirschfeld.

Incredibly, when sold as a yearling atTattersalls in 1999, Superstar Leo made only 3,400gns on the bid of  Haggas'  wife Maureen.

The daughter of Chapel Cottage is from a notable family that now includes  Footstepsinthesands and Power. Her thirddam is the influential Oppenheimer mare Dancing Rocks, winner of the Nassau Stakes and dam of Glatisant.

Sentaril is a half-sister to Pivotal's  Group-winning sprinter Enticing.

Second division maiden winner Vow, by Motivator, was bought by John Warren for 60,000gns for a Highclere syndicate having been bred by Haggas'  father Brian, who raced the dam Frog andVow's  stakes winning half-brothers Beaten Up and Harris Tweed.

Haggas senior bought the Harris Tweed company in 2006.

Sadly, Frog died earlier this year foaling a filly by Sir Percy.




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