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Virginia Waters' first foal breaks his maiden

TWO-YEAR-OLD colt Emperor Claudius, the first foal produced by 2005 1,000 Guineas heroine Virginia Waters, got off the mark at the second time of asking in the 6f maiden that opened the card at Fairyhouse this evening.

The colt, who had finished third to the Ger Lyons-trained Verglas gelding Love Lockdown on his debut, made all the running to score by two and a half lengths from the Catcher In The Rye colt Bankrobber, also trained by Lyons.

Emperor Claudius was sold to Hoby Kight at Keeneland last year for only $35,000, and had been entered for the Goffs Breeze-Up at Kempton in March, but was subsequently withdrawn.

He is a son of Giant's Causeway, a resident of Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Kentucky who this year has been represented by Ghanaati, his second winner of the 1,000 Guineas.

Virginia Waters, a seven-year-old daughter of Kingmambo and a half-sister to top-class juvenile Chevalier and Irish Derby runner-up Alexander Of Hales, is registered by Weatherbys as having a yearling filly by Storm Cat and having been covered by Dansili last year.





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