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Refuse To Bend and Kheleyf get new winners

Refuse To Bend gained his 12th winners of the British and Irish season on Tuesday when Desert Creek took the 7f juvenile maiden at Yarmouth.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt, who cost 120,000gns at the Tattersalls Guineas Breeze-Up Sale this year, is the third winner out of Flagship following Cordage (Dr Fong) and Jump Ship (Night Shift).

Flagship registered her sole success as a three-year-old in a 1m2f maiden at Sandown in the colours of Dick Hollingsworth. The daughter of RainbowQuest is a sister to the Rockfel Stakes heroine Yawl, herself dam of the smart fillies Prowess, Clipper and Genoa.

Flagship was one of eight winners out of Hollingsworth's 1980 Oaks winner Bireme, a half-sister to six stakes performers including the  Irish Derby runner-up Buoy and Group 2-placed Boathouse, later the ancestress of Norse Dancer and Mail The Desert.

Flagship has a filly foal by Tiger Hill.

At Limerick, Eurosmart Lady became Kheleyf's 31st first-crop winner with a victory in the opening maiden. The filly, who is out of a half-sister to the Group 1-placed Approach The Bench, cost John McConnell just €2,200 atlast year's Goffs Sportsman's Sale.






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