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Frankel: bidding to become Galileo's first winner of the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket

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Frankel out to pay tribute to Sadler's Wells

JUDDMONTE homebred Frankel is just 4-7 on to  pay tribute this afternoon to Sadler's Wells by becoming the fourth male line descendant of the great sire to triumph in the 2,000 Guineas.

Sadler's Wells, the 14-time champion sire who died at the age of 30 at Coolmore in Ireland on Tuesday, didn't sire his first2,000 Guineas winner until Entrepreneur in the 1997, seven years after Salsabil had become his first British Classic winner in the fillies equivalent. However, that tally was doubled just a year later courtesy of King Of Kings while Refuse To Bend becomewinner number three in 2003.

Sadler's Wells was also the damsire of Henrythenavigator, the son of Kingmambo who nosed out New Approach to deny Sadler's Wells' heir apparent, Galileo, a first 2,000 Guineas winner in 2008.

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Galileo: sire of Frankel and Roderic O'Connor and also the damsire of Saamidd

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Galileo owns two outstanding chances to put the record straight today in Frankel and Roderic O'Connor. Both colts are bred on the hugely successful Danehill cross which produced champion two-year-old Teofilo, 1,000 Guineas runner-up Cuis Ghaire and last Sunday's Prix de la Grotte winner Golden Lilac.

Should Frankel justify his short price in the manner many expect, it will open up a host of questions relating to the Derby. But while Galileo has made his name through a number of top-class 1m2f-1m4f performers including New Approach and today's Prix Ganay hopeful Cape Blanco, doubts arise over Frankel's ability to stay 1m4f given his enthusiastic way of racing and the fact his dam, Kind, was a Listed winner over 5f and 6f.

Roderic O'Connor, the winner of last year's Criterium International, was bred by Swettenham Stud out of Listed winner Secret Garden, a granddaughter of Robert Sangster's runaway Cheveley Park Stakes heroine Durtal.

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Native Khan: one of two runners in the race by Azamour

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Galileo also features as the damsire of Godolphin's Saamidd - by Street Cry - while Sadler's Wells is the damsire of Pathfork, who is bidding to give hisleading Kentucky sire Distorted Humor a first Classic success in Europe.

Azamour has made a strong start to the 2011 seaso and is double-handed through Native Khan and Loving Spirit. Interestingly, the latter was bred by Elsdon Farms, also the breeder of Azamour's first stakes winner Azmeel.

Victory for Dubawi Gold, a 160,000gns Tattersalls Craven Breeze-up purchase by Dwayne Woods on behalf of Andrew Tinkler, would see him become the second consecutive 2,000 Guineas by Dubawi. In fact, he is bred on the same Dubawi - Green Desert cross as last year's winner Makfi as well as Hong Kong Group 1 winner Lucky Nine.

Casamento flies the flag for fellow Darley sire Shamardal.

And there will be some serious celebration if 250/1 shot Slim Shadey prevails. Not only is the Phil Cunningham-owned colt by the same sire, Val Royal, as Cunningham's 2007 winner Cockney Rebel but he was bought back for just £1,000 by his owner at the 2009 Ascot December Sale.




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