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Cape Dollar - Newmarket 16.10.10

Cape Dollar (centre) sticks her neck out to win the Rockfel Stakes

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

Cape Cross fillies rule Rowley Mile Group 2s

Rockfel Stakes (Group 2), Newmarket, 2yo fillies, 7f

CAPE DOLLAR (b Cape Cross - Green Dollar
by Kingmambo)

Breeder: Rabbah Bloodstock in Ireland

CAPE DOLLAR came out best of a close three-way finish to the Rockfel Stakes, staying on best to see off runner-up Cochabamba (a first-crop daughter of Hurricane Run) by half a length with I Love Me (by Cape Cross) a head back in third.

Cape Dollar initiated a Champions Day Group 2 double for her sire Cape Cross, with paternal half-sister Crystal Capella winning the following race, the Pride Stakes.

Bred by Rabbah Bloodstock, Cape Dollar is the first foal out of the unraced Kingmambo mare Green Dollar.

Green Dollar's dam, Strawberry Roan, was runner-up in the Irish 1,000 Guineas and is one of a sextet of stakes winners produced by Doff The Derby.

Strawberry Roan's most distinguished siblings are full-sister Imagine, winner of the Irish 1,000 Guineas and Oaks and dam of Horatio Nelson, and half-brother Generous, brilliant winner of the Dewhurst, Epsom and Irish Derbys and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Pride Stakes (Group 2), Newmarket, fillies and mares, 1m4f

CRYSTAL CAPELLA (5yo b m Cape Cross - Crystal Star, by Mark Of Esteem)

Breeder: Southcourt Stud in Great Britain

SIR Michael Stoute pulled off a fantastic training achievement to prepare Crystal Capella for victory in the Pride Stakes - the mare not having run since last year's renewal, when she was second to Ashalanda.

Crystal Capella knows her way home at Newmarket, having also captured the Pride Stakes in 2008.

This time around she defeated Myplacelater - the best runner sired by Where Or When - by four and a half lengths, with She's Our Mark, by Ishiguru, back in third.

Crystal Capella was bred by Southcourt Stud and carries the colours of the nursery's joint-owner, Sir Evelyn de Rothschild.

Like Cape Dollar, she is a first foal, out of Sir Evelyn's Listed Radley Stakes winner Crystal Star, a half-sister to this year's useful handicapper The Fonz.

Crystal Capella's grand-dam, Crystal Cavern, was a Hascombe and Valiant Studs-bred half-sister to Poule d'Essai des Pouliches heroine Rose Gypsy.

Cape Cross, who stood at Darley's Kildangan Stud at a fee of €35,000 this year, secured his place in the annals of the turf as sire of history-making Sea The Stars.

But it was one of Cape Cross's daughters whowas indirectly responsible for the mating that produced Sea The Stars.

Breeder Mrs Ling Tsui was so enamoured with Cape Cross's first-crop daughter Ouija Board in the filly's stellar three-year-old season that she resolved to send herstar broodmare Urban Sea to the sire - the result of which was Sea The Stars.

 

 

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