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Golden Lilac - Longchamp - 15.05.2011

Golden Lilac: Sunday's Poule d'Essai des Pouliches winner went one better than her dam, the 2004 runner-up Grey Lilas


Tin Horse a first Classic winner for Sakhee

THE Marquesa De Moratella's homebred Tin Horse became a first Classic winner for 2001 Arc hero Sakhee when closing late to deny Havane Smoker in the Poule d'Essai des Poulains at Longchamp on Sunday.

Sakhee stands for a relatively inexpensive £5,000 at Nunnery Stud but his ability to sire a big horse has never been in doubt; look no further than Luca Cumani's top-class globe-trotter Presvis or the July Cup winner Sakhee's Secret.

In victory, Tin Horse also emulated his damsire, Kendor, who was successful in the 1989 Poulains. The son of Kenmare, who died at Reboursiere et de Montaigu in 2007, is currently enjoying a purple patch as a broodmare sire thanks to Native Khan and Recital.

Out of the Group 3 Prix d'Aumale winner Joyeuse Entree, Tin Horse is a half-brother to four winners including Listed scorer Becomes You. Joyeuse Entree has a two-year-old colt and yearling filly, bothby Chineur.

The runner-up Havane Smoker is the second high-profile runner descending from Meon Valley Stud's outstanding foundation mare Reprocolor in recent days following Izzi Top, a Listed winner at Newbury on Saturday.

By Makfi's sire Dubawi, Havane Smoker is the second foal out of 1m2f winner Ballet Ballon, a Rahy great-granddaughter of Reprocolor.

Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (Group 1), 3yo fillies, 1m

GOLDEN Lilac avenged the defeat of her dam, the 2004 runner-up Grey Lilas,by running out an impressive winner of

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Galileo: Golden Lilac was his second European Classic winner of 2011

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this race for owner-breeder Gestut Ammerland and trainer Andre Fabre. Grey Lilas landed the Prix de la Grotte for the same connections en route to running second to Torrestrella in the Pouliches. She capped that performance by defeating colts in that year's Prix du Moulin.

Golden Lilac is yet another high-flying example of the Galileo-Danehill cross which has hit the heights this season through Frankel.

Golden Lilac is the second foal and winner out of Grey Lilas, who is a three-parts sister to Listed Newmarket Stakes winner Kandahar Run.

Rest of the Longchamp Group action

THE Wildenstein family appear to have unearthed a smart performer by their Arc hero Peintre Celebre in Prairie Star, the narrow winner of the Group 2 Prix Hocquart.

Already proven over 1m3f, Prairie Runner should have no problem staying further. Peintre Celebre, who is based at Coolmore, has sired a host of high-class middle-distance performers while his dam, the Arazi mare Prairie Runner, was successful in the 1m4f Prix Minerve.

The 5f Prix de Saint-Georges sawthe Fayruz gelding Inxile narrowly land his first Pattern race at the expense of Captain Dunne.

His dam, the unraced Owington mare Grandel, was purchased by Denis and Teresa Bergin at the 2001 Goffs November Sale for just €5,500, an outlay which she has repaid many times over; in addition to Inxile, she is also the dam of Group 2-winning sprinter Tax Free (by Tagula) and useful sprint handicapper Green Beret, a brother to Inxile who was successful at this year's Dubai Carnival.





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