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Joviality - York - 11.05.2011

Joviality (nearside) beats Barefoot Lady to win the Musidora Stakes

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Joviality a new Classic hope for Cape Cross

A breeding analysis of Joviality and each of the day's other Group races will appear in tomorrow's resultssection of the Racing Post. Download the digital newspaper from 3am or buy the pdf newspaper from 9am.

CAPE CROSS, who has already ensured his place in history by producing two of the most popular Oaks and Derby winners of the last decade in the shape of Ouija Board and Sea The Stars, could have another Classic hope on his hands with Wednesday's Group 3 Tattersalls Musidora Stakes winner Joviality.

The John Gosden-trained Joviality had finished third and second on her two starts and broke her maiden in the Oaks trail by wearing down Nell Gwyn Stakes and 1,000 Guineas fifth Barefoot Lady to win by a head.

She was bred by Highclere Stud and Floors Farming out of the winning Night Shift mare Night Frolic, making her a half-sister to 5f two-year-old winner Chicita Banana and dual 1m scorer Burns Night.

The dam is a half-sister to US 1m1f Grade 3 winner Miss Caerleona, the dam of Nell Gwyn Stakes winner and Coronation Stakes runner-up Karen's Caper.

This is also the family of Prix Jacques le Marois winner Miss Satamixa and this season's 1,000 Guineas heroine Blue Bunting.

Joviality was sold by Highclere Stud to Blandford Bloodstock for 200,000gns at Book 1 of the 2009 Tattersalls October yearling sale.

Cape Cross stands at Kildangan Stud at a fee of €35,000.

BANSTEAD Manor Stud resident Dansili proved his versatility as a sire once again when his son Delegator ran out a cosy winner of the Group 2 Duke of York Blue Square Stakes half an hour after the Musidora at York.

Five-year-old Delegator, the runner-up to Sea The Stars in the 2009 edition of the 2,000 Guineas, ran on well to defeat Regal Parade (by Pivotal) by half a length, with Tiddliwinks (Piccolo) another half-length back in third.

Delegator joins Bewitched in the top sprinter category of Dansili's portfolio. The sire is also responsible for sharp juveniles of the calibre of Zoffany, top milers such as Proviso and Price Tag, star middle-distance horses like Harbinger and Rail Link, as well as leading stayers such as Goodwood Cup winner Illustrious Blue.

In fact, Delegator is bred on the same cross of Dansili over a mare by Efisio as Illustrious Blue.

His unraced dam, Indian Love Bird, is a sister to Prix de la Foret and Cork and Orrery Stakes winner Tomba, and a half-sister to Prix du Jockey Club winner Holding Court, by stamina influence Hernando.

Delegator was bred by Poilin Good.

The Blue Wind Stakes on Wednesday evening became the second Group 3 race won by Jim Bolger's filly Banimpire, who had landed the Group 3 Ballysax Stakes and Listed Victor McCalmont Memorial Stakes on her last two starts.

Banimpire is a first-crop daughter of Coolmore sire Holy Roman Emperor, who was also on the mark on Wednesday when his daughter Peinture Abstraite, ahalf-sister to Peintre Celebre, opened her account at Longchamp.

She was bred by Kilcarn Stud out of the Kris S mare My Renee, a dual Listed 1m4f winner at three and four. My Renee is a granddaughter of Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Detroit, who also produced an Arc winner in the shape of Carnegie.

Banimpire was bought by Bolger as a yearling for €52,000 at the 2009 Goffs Orby sale.




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