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Ramruma off the mark with Derby prospect

OAKS heroine Ramruma was represented by her first winner on Wednesday when her two-year-old colt by Sadler'sWells, Flying Cross, won the 1m maiden at Navan.

Flying Cross was trapped on the inner for most of the race - won last year by Fame And Glory - but once angled out by Johnny Murtagh, swept past Brazilian Beauty to score by three-and-a-half lengths despite running green.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained colt is the fifth foal out of Ramruma, who was purchased by John Magnier for 2.1m guineas at the 2003 Tattersalls December Sale in foal to Machiavellian.

As well as the 1999 Oaks, the daughter of Diesis was also successful in the Irish and Yorkshire equivalents for Prince Fahd Salman and trainer Henry Cecil.

Ramruma has a yearling colt by Danehill Dancer and was barren to Dansili last year.

Bookmaker Stan James gave Flying Cross a quote of 33-1 for the 2010 Investec Derby.

Moments later at Southwell, the Gerard Butler-trained Maristar became the third winner out of US champion Jewel Princess when taking the 7f maiden at Southwell.

Jewel Princess was incorporated into the Coolmore band after Magnier paid $4.9m for the daughter of Key To The Mint - who had been successful in 13 races including the Breeders' Cup Distaff - at the 2000 Keeneland November Sale.

Maristar, a daughter of Giant's Causeway, is the third runner from seven foals out of the mare following Listed winner One Nice Cat (who now stands at Sugar Maple Farm in New York) and the Grade 3-placed Home Court, both of whom are by Storm Cat.

Jewel Princess' yearling filly by Johannesburg was led out unsold at $48,000 at this year's Keeeneland September Sale.

 

 

 

 

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