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Dunboyne Express Wins the Leopardstown 2000 Guineas trial Stakes at Leopardstown 27.03.2011

Dunboyne Express: a classic contender for Darley sire Shamardal

  PICTURE: PATRICK MCCANN  

Classic trial win for Shamardal colt

DUNBOYNE EXPRESS proved his wellbeing with victory in the Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial, with the son of Shamardal remaining on course for the Abu Dhabi Irish 2,000 Guineas on May 21. He prevailed by one and three quarters of a length to Exodus, and the colt is part of a strong team of classic pretenders by Shamardal, which includes Casamento and Dubai Prince.

Trained by Kevin Prendergast, Dunboyne Express's task was made easier by the withdrawal of Cocozza, who was unsettled in the starting stalls. Owned and bred by John Connaughton, the colt won his first two starts before finishing fifth to Casamento in the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.

He was offered for his breeder by Jockey Hall Stud at Tattersalls October Book 1 but was unsold at 48,000gns. His year-older Rock Of Gibraltar half-sister Cojo was a maiden in three starts though was denied by a just a short head at Salisbury at two, while another half-sister, Angels Story by Galileo, won a maiden and a handicap over 1m2f at three.

Their dam, Love Excelling by Polish Precendent, was bred in France by Lordship Stud, and raced only once when well-beaten as favourite. She is a half-sister to Oaks heroine Love Divine, herself also dam of St Leger winner Sixties Icon.

 

 

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