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Speciosa - York - 9 Sept 2006

Speciosa: her Oasis Dream colt foal will be offered by Trickledown Stud as lot 751 at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale

  PICTURE: Martin Lynch 


Speciosa fairytale lives on

ANOTHER chapter in the Speciosa fairytale is set to be written at Tattersalls on Thursday, when the first foal out of the mare whose 1,000 Guineas victory catapulted her trainer and part-owner Pam Sly from obscurity to international stardom goes under the hammer.

"Speciosa really isa very special horse for us," says Sly, who purchased the daughter of Danehill Dancer for 30,000gns at the 2005 DBS Breeze-Up Sales and owns her with her son Michael and London-based GP Tom Davies. "I can now claim to be the first and so far only British lady to saddle a British Classic winner - not bad for a dual-purpose trainer!

"She put me on the map and provided plenty of fun for our family and friends. A coach-load of them followed her to Epsom, Royal Ascot, The Curragh - anywhere she ran." Speciosa's devotees missed the thrill of racing so much after she retired that they got together to own a horse, Mutually Mine, who was placed earlier this year.

Speciosa's foal, a colt, is catalogued aslot 751 and will form part of the consignment from Paul and Sara Thorman's Trickledown Stud.

Sly says: "We are selling the foal because we have to make Speciosa self-funding. If this colt sells, his price will hopefully pay for the mare's nomination fees in the next few seasons.

The colt's appeal is boosted by the fact that he is by Oasis Dream, who has enjoyed a red-hot streak this year with the likes of Aqlaam, Arcano, Midday and Monitor Closely advertising his talents.

"Oasis Dream looked like the ideal stallion," Sly explains. "He is a good-looking stamp of a horse and very correct - if you look at his progeny, most of them are like their father, bays with a hint of a white star. Our foal definitely resembles Oasis Dream more than Speciosa."

The foal also has a fine pedigree in its favour; Speciosa's talent was no flash in the pan for her family. Her dam Specifically has produced six winners from eight runners, including the Grade 3 winner Major Rhythm, and Specifically's half-sister is none other than Champion Stakes heroine Pride.

Sly reports the foal to have progressed well over the summer and at Park Paddocks on Tuesday he was shown 72 times. "The little devil didn't bat an eyelid all day apparently," she says. "He has a fantastic temperament, though just like me he's always looking for food!"

She adds: "I'm usually a very rational person, but I could be quite panicky by the time he goes through the ring tonight."

The Speciosa story has only just begun; the mare is back in foal to Oasis Dream, and Sly has said that is she produces a filly it is likely that she will retain and race her.




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