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Divine Proportions: her broodmare career is off to a flying start

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

Divine Proportions' first foal scores on debut

EIGHTFOLD PATH may well follow in the footsteps of his famous dam Divine Proportions judged by the style in which he made a winning debut at Deauville on Saturday in a newcomers race.

There were some other beautifully bred colts in the 6f juvenile event – including Rainfall Shadow, a half-brother to this year's Prix du Jockey-Club winner Le Havre, and Messidor, a son of Prix de la Foret heroine Dedication – but Eightfold Path saw them off as he made virtually every yard of the running in the hands of Christophe Lemaire.

At the post he had half a length to spare over the favourite Ephemere but won with something in hand.

Divine Proportions picked up five Group 1 races in her distinguished career including the Prix Morny at Deauvilleand there is a possibility that Eightfold Path may well be go for the race, in which he he might meet Canford Cliffs.

The dam is a three-parts sister to this season's first-crop two-year-old sire Whipper, and is registered by Weatherby's as having produced a filly by A.P. Indy this year.

Trainer Pascal Bary reported: "He is a good looking but quite highly strung individual and we may well consider an entry in the Prix Morny. One sure thing is that the colt will make an enormous amount of progress following this outing."

The son of Giant's Causeway is the first foal produced by Divine Proportions, and he holds an entry in the 2010 Investec Derby.

 

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