Val Royal: late Breeders' Cup Mile hero sired his ninth Group or Graded stakes winner when Slim Shadey won the San Marcos StakesPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Grade 2 success
for Val Royal gelding
SLIM Shadey, who ran fourth behind Frankel inlast season's 2,000 Guineas, got back to winning ways on the big stage on Saturday when successful in the Grade 2 San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita.
Now trained by Simon Callaghan on behalf of his breeder Phil Cunningham, Slim Shadey made the running under David Flores to hold off a fast finishing Utopian.
In the process, he became the ninth Group/Graded winner by Breeders' Cup Mile hero Val Royal, who is best known for producing Anglo-Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Cockney Rebel during his short innings at stud. The son of Royal Academy died at The National Stud in Newmarket in 2008.
A late withdrawal from last year's Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale, Slim Shadey is a three-parts sister to Na Zdorovie (by Cockney Rebel), who kept smart company for Charlie Hills last season after winningat Chester. He is also a half-brother to four other minor winners and out of Vino Veritas, a placed Chief's Crown half-sister to Hong Kong champion miler Bullish Luck - a son of Val Royal's sire Royal Academy.
Vino Veritas has a two-year-old colt and yearling filly both by Cockney Rebel.