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Gossamer Seed - The Curragh 07.05.2012

Gossamer Seed: the Choisir filly was bought as a yearling for just €1,000

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Danehill Dancer rules Curragh Group races

Athasi Stakes (fillies and mares Group 3), Curragh 7f

Winner: Gossamer Seed

4yo ro f Choisir - Light And Airy (Linamix)

Mooresbridge Stakes (Group 3), Curragh 1m2f

Winner: Windsor Palace

7yo b h Danehill Dancer - Simaat (Mr Prospector)


COOLMORE stalwart Danehill Dancer made a big impact on Curragh's Group-race action on Monday, with his son Windsor Palace springing a surprise in the Mooresbridge Stakes and his stallion son Choisir providing Gossamer Seed, the winner of the Athasi Stakes.

Gossamer Seed, a four-year-old filly trained by John Joseph Murphy, was an easy near-five-length winner over hot favourite Bulbul (Shamardal), with Ishvana (Holy Roman Emperor) back in third.

She was bred by Patrick Byrne out of the unraced Linamix mare Light And Airy, a daughter of 1m Listed winner Light Fresh Air from the family of Irish Derby hero Shareef Dancer.

Light And Airy is also the dam of Questi Amori, a sprint winner at two in Italy, and Jago River, a maiden hurdle winner.

Gossamer Seed was a bargain-basement buy, as she was secured by Patrick Verling for just €1,000 at the 2009 Goresbridge yearling sale.

Her Australian-bred sire Choisir took 2003 Royal Ascot by storm, winning both the King's Stand Stakes and Golden Jubilee Stakes.

Choisir, whose best offspring is Golden Jubilee and July Cup winner Starspangledbanner, stands for Coolmore in Australia.

Windsor Palace looked to be in the Mooresbridge Stakes to set the pace for his Breeders' Cup Turf-winning Ballydoyle stablemate St Nicholas Abbey, but after settling in second behind another stablemate, Robin Hood, he took up the running 2f from home and kept on well to win by a length.

St Nicholas Abbey (Montjeu) stayed on to finish second.

Windsor Palace becomes his sire Danehill Dancer's 134th stakes winner and his 72nd at Group level.

Danehill Dancer, who stands at Coolmore at a fee of €60,000, has sired 16 Group 1 winners including Classic scorers Again, Dancing Rain, Mastercraftsman and Speciosa.

Windsor Palace was bred by King Bloodstock out of the 1m-winning Mr Prospector mare Simaat. The dam has also produced Gowran Park Listed winner Anna Karenina and Queen Mary Stakes runner-up Al Ihsas.

***The Danehill sire-line was in hot form at the Curragh, as Takar, by Danehill Dancer's paternal half-brother Oratorio, won the Listed Tetrarch Stakes over 7f for three-year-olds.

Takar is an Aga Khan homebred out of the winning Green Dancer mare Takarouna, making him a half-brother to Meld Stakes winner Takarian, Royal Whip Stakes scorer Takali and Galtres Stakes winner Tanoura.





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