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High Award wins the opener at the Curragh 21.03.2010

High Award: the maiden winner was sold as a foal for 425,000gns

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris  

Early first winner for Holy Roman Emperor

HOLY Roman Emperor stole an early march on his rivals in Europe's freshman sire ranks by supplying the winner of the first juvenile race in Britain or Ireland this year, today's Tally Ho Stud European Breeders Fund Maiden at the Curragh.

Holy Roman Emperor was represented by two runners, both owned by Coolmore, in the race – Emperor Hadrian, trained by Aidan O'Brien, and High Award, saddled by Tommy Stack.

Tommy StackTrainer

Tommy Stack: trainer of Tarascon and her precocious son High Award

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris 

It was High Award who triumphed, running on strongly in the closing stages of the 5f race to deny Suntan (by Bachelor Duke) by three quarters of a length, with Clondinnery (Choisir) a neck back in third.

High Award was bred by Liz Stack and Jane Rowlinson outof Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Tarascon, and was sold as a foal to Demi O'Byrne for 425,000gns at the Tattersalls November sale.

He is the sixth foal out of Tarascon, whose best progeny to date is Listed Prix Coronation runner-up Mayano Sophia.  Tarascon, who was also trained by Stack, also won the Moyglare Stud Stakes at two.

Holy Roman Emperor, winner of the Phoenix Stakes and Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, was drafted into stud duties at Coolmore aged three to replace subfertile George Washington.

The son of Danehill, who covered 150 mares in his first season at stud, is advertised by Coolmore as standing at a fee of €17,500 this year.





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