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Bonfire - York 17/05/2012

Bonfire will be a first-crop Derby runner for his sire Manduro

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Dual Bonfire Dante boost for Sheikh Mohammed

ALTHOUGH his Godolphin colt Mandaean finished down the field,the Dante was still a good result for Sheikh Mohammed, who stands Bonfire's promising sire Manduro at his Kildangan Stud.

A key aspect here is that the ground at York was good; Manduro's first crop have previously performed well when the going is soft or heavy. Bonfire himself was third last season to 2,000 Guineas runner-up FrenchFifteen over very soft ground at Saint-Cloud in the Group 1 Criterium International; Mandaean won the Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud on heavy, while the ground was also heavy when Trois Lunes won the Group 3 Prix Vanteaux in April.

Another reason why the Dante result would be welcomed by Sheikh Mohammed is that he invested heavily in Bonfire's family when purchasing lock-stock-and-barrel Stonerside Stables'  racing and bloodstock interests.

Although Bonfire was bred by Highclere Stud and the Duke Of Roxburghe's Floors Farming, he is out of the Night Shift mare Night Frolic, a half-sister to the dam of  Stonerside's Nell Gwyn winner Karen's Caper, who has since produced the Darley-bred UAE 2,000 Guineas winner Kinglet.

This is also the family of Godolphin's Irish Oaks winner Blue Bunting.





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