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So You Think - Curragh - 02.05.2011

So You Think: New Zealand-bred is one of five Group 1 winners by High Chaparral

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Stakes round-up: So You Think an apt winner

AN authoritative success by So You Think in the appropriately named Group 3 High Chaparral EBF Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh confirmed that the New Zealand-bred is an ideal candidate provide his sire, High Chaparral, with a first Group 1 winner in Europe.

The five-year-old, bred by M J Moran and Piper Farm Ltd, is one of four Group 1 winners produced during High Chaparral's time at Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand. Canadian Group 1 winner Redwood is the headline act of the stallion's European performers.

A NZ$110,000 purchase by DGR Thoroughbred Services at the 2008 NZB Premier Yearling Sale at Karaka, So You Think is out of New Zealand Group 2 winner Triassic and a half-brother to six winners.

(A full breeding analysis of So You Think and each of the day's other Group races will appear in tomorrow's results section of the Racing Post).

AGA Khan-homebred Emiyna came out on top in a tight battle with Lolly For Dolly to win the Group 3Athasi Stakes and provide her deceased sire Maria's Mon with a second European Group winner following Bushman.

Dual Grade 1 winner Maria's Mon gained recognition immediate recognition at Pin Oak Stud in Kentucky when siring the 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos in his first crop. A second Kentucky Derby winner followed nine years later in Super Saver.

Emiyna is from the final crop of Maria's Mon and hails from a family that has served the Aga Khan exceptionally well as the second foal of an unplaced half-sister to Group 1 winners Enzeli, Ebadiyla and Ebadiya.

The recent success enjoyed by Juddmonte Farms and Lanwades Stud stallion Selkirk was extended in the Group 3 Prix Allez France at Chantilly as Announce made a successful winning debut to land her second Group 3.

Announce is the second Group-winning Juddmonte homebred by Selkirk this season following Prix Fontainebleau scorer Glaswegian, and one of five stakes performers overall by the veteran son of Sharpen Up.

She is the first foal out of Hachita, a dual-winning daughter of Listed winner Choice Spirit, herself a daughter of Juddmonte's brilliant broodmare Zaizafon and therefore a half-sister to Zafonic and Zamindar.




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