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Maarek - Newcastle - 30.06.20012

Maarek (right): was sold for £2,500 at DBS in April 2010

  PICTURE:John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)

Fourth Railway winner for Danehill Dancer

A full breeding analysis of Saturday's Group races will appear in Sunday's Racing Post

Curragh: Dubai Duty Free Full of Surprises Railway Stakes (Group 2), 6f, 3yo

PROBABLY (c Danehill Dancer - Wedding Morn by Sadler's Wells)

Bred by Michael Lowry in Ireland

PROBABLY maintained the excellent run for Danehill Dancer in the Railway Stakes when running out the cosy winner from Cristoforo Colombo (by Henrythenavigator) to become his sire's fourth winner of the race. The Coolmore stallion was previously responsible for the winners Lizard Island (2007), Mastercraftsman (2008) and Alfred Nobel (2009) as well as the second home in 2010, Samuel Morse.

The colt, a 160,000gns Tattersalls foal purchase by Blandford Bloodstock, is also the latest celebrity to descend from Doff The Derby, who found fame as the dam of the Derby and Oaks winners Generous and Imagine. He is the best of two winners out of the unplaced Wedding Morn, herself out of Doff The Derby's Group 3-winning daughter Wedding Bouquet.


Curragh: Woodies D.I.Y. Sapphire Stakes (Group 3), 5f

DEFINIGHTLY (6 g Diktat - Perfect Night by Danzig Connection)

Bred by S Emmet And Miss R Emmet in Britain

The tough Definightly shares his sire, Godolphin's Prix de la Foret and Stanley Leisure Sprint Cup winner Diktat, with another high-flying sprinter, the multiple Group 1 scorer Dream Ahead. The pair are two of 13 Group winners by the former Darley stallion, who stands for a private fee at Dehesa De Milagro in Spain.

Definightly is to date the only winner out of 6-7f Fibresand winner Perfect Night. She is a half-sister to a 6f 2yo winner and from the further family of North Col, a Group 3 winner over 1m4f to 1m7f.


Newcastle: Betfred Mobile Lotto Chipchase Stakes (Group 3), 6f, 3yo+

MAAREK (g Pivotal - Ruby Rocket by Indian Rocket)

Bred by New England Stud & P J & P M Vela in Britain

MAAREK, who was sold by Shadwell for just £2,500 as an unraced three-year-old to Emerald Bloodstock at the 2010 DBS Lincoln Sale, is the 58th Group winner by Pivotal, also the sire of the third home Regal Parade.

In winning the Chipchase, Maarek went two places better than his dam Ruby Rocket, who ran a close third to Royal Millennium in 2004. The daughter of Indian Rocket was trained by Hughie Morrison to win five races over 6f, including twice at Listed level, and Maarek is her first foal. Ruby Rocket, who is a half-sister to Listed sprint winners Alexander Alliance and Inzar's Best, is also the dam of minor three-year-old winner Mississippi.


Longchamp: Prix Daphnis (Group 3), 1m1f, 3yo c/g

SO BEAUTIFUL (c Zamindar - Silver Tulip by Silver Hawk)

Bred by S C E A Haras De Manneville in France

SO Beautiful was a €10,000 Arqana October yearling purchase by owner-breeder Sandrine Valerie Tarrou and is the tenth Pattern winner sired by Juddmonte's Zamindar.

Seven of those are fillies, including each of Zamindar's five Group 1 winners - Coquerelle, Darjina, Timepiece, Zenda and the brilliant Zarkava.

So Beautiful is the best of three winners from seven foals of racing age out of his placed dam, a sister to the 1997 Group 1 Premio Vittorio di Capua winner Devil River Peek.


Longchamp: Prix de la Porte Maillot (Group 3), 7f, 3yo+

MASHOORA (f Barathea - Lovely Blossom by Spinning World)

Bred by Grangecon Stud in Ireland

MASHOORA is a sister to an earlier star Grangecon graduate in Silk Blossom, winner of the Lowther Stakes and a valuable Goffs sales race over 7f at two.

She is from the penultimate crop of top miler Barathea, who died in May 2009 leaving a final crop of 13 two-year-olds to race this year, and out of a placed daughter of Killavullen Stakes winner Lomond Blossom. She was bought by Shadwell from the Watership Down consignment for 280,000gns at Tattersalls Book 1.


Newmarket: John Sunley Memorial Criterion Stakes (Group 3), 7f

LIBRANNO (4 c Librettist - Annabelle Ja by Singspiel)

Bred by O. McDowell in Britain

LIBRANNO, who was recording back-to-back successes for Richard Hannon and breeder Oliver McDowell in this event, is the only stakes winner by the dual Group 1-winning miler Librettist. The son of Danzig formerly stood at Dalham Hall Stud and Haras du Logis in Normandy before switching this season to Allevamento Fattoria Renaccino in Italy.

Bought back for just 26,000gns at the yearling sales, Libranno is the first foal produced by the Singspiel mare Annabelle Ja, a 7f winner at two and a half-sister to a champion Scandinavian filly in Alyshakeys.

 

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