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Haradasun - Royal Ascot - 17.06.08

Haradasun: the 2008 Royal Ascot winner stands at Coolmore Australia

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

First foal for Queen Anne Stakes hero Haradasun

THE first foal sired by last year's Queen Anne Stakes winner Haradasun was born on Saturday at Middlebrook Valley Lodge in the Upper Hunter Valley of New South Wales, in Australia.

The new arrival is a half-sister to two winners, out of Danelza, a Danehill half-sister to stakes-placed Acropora from the family of Group 1 winners Cinque Cento andAtoll.

Middlebrook Valley Lodge manager Verna Metcalfe was delighted with the newcomer, saying: "She's a quality foal with very good bone and she is very correct."

Haradasun is a Fusaichi Pegasus half-brother to Elvstroem, a multiple Group 1 winner in Australia who also landed the Dubai Duty Free and is shaping up into a promising young sire.

A dual Group 1 winner in Australia himself, Haradasun was transferred to be trained by Aidan O'Brien for the 2008 Flat season.

From two starts in Europe, he finished a close sixth in the Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes, and had Darjina and Finsceal Beo back in second and third when landing the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Haradasun covered 133 mares for a fee of A$55,000 at Coolmore Australia's Hunter Valley base in his first season at stud, and is embarking on his second season at a reduced rate of A$33,750.

 

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