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First-crop sons of Giant's Causeway off the mark

GIANT'S Causeway's Grade 1-winning sons Aragorn and First Samurai became the latest US first season sires to record their first winners this weekend.

Grade 1-winning two-year-old First Samurai got off the mark when Hornblower ran out a comfortable winner of a 6f maiden special weight on dirt at Hastings racecourse in Canada on Saturday.

The Dino Condilenios-trained colt is out of Crown Of Sheba, a winning Alysheba half-sister to the dam of this season's Kentucky Derby runner-up Ice Box. He is one of four runners to date from the 88-strong first crop of First Samurai, who stands at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky for $30,000.

First Samurai has once again covered some choice mares this season including Sarayir, the dam of 1,000 Guineas winner Ghanaati.

In France, Araneide became the first winner for Grade 1-winning turf miler Aragorn when scoring in the opener at Durtal on Sunday.

A $30,000 Keeneland November foal purchase, Araneide was resold for €15,000 as a yearling at the Arqana August Sale. He is the first foal out of Carini, a Listed-placed daughter of Vettori.

Aragorn, who ran third inthe King Charles II Stakes during his time with David Loder, stands for $7,500 at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky. He has 92 two-year-olds to run for him this year.







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