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African Rose: her sister, Helleborine, looks a name for the future

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

African Rose sister in full bloom at Deauville

Prix Six Perfections (Listed), Deauville 7f, 2yo fillies

HELLEBORINE f Observatory - New Orchid
(by Quest For Fame)

Breeder: Juddmonte Farms Ltd

HELLEBORINE, a sister to 2008 Haydock Sprint Cup heroine African Rose, looks a name for the future judging by the way she maintained her unbeaten record with a convincing victory in the Prix Six Perfections at Deauville on Saturday.

The Juddmonte-owned and bred juvenile filly opened her account on her debut last month at Maisons-Laffitte and took this race, her second career assignment, in her stride.

She saw off Godolphin's Zabeel Park, a Medicean half-sister to Finsceal Beo, by two and a half lengths, with Johannesburg filly Militante a short head back in third.

Ominously perhaps, for a filly trained by Criquette Head-Maarek, Helleborine holds an entry in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes in October.

Head-Maarek has won the race four times, including last year with another Juddmonte filly, subsequent 1,000 Guineas winner Special Duty.

Helleborine's sire, Observatory, is most famous for upstaging Giant's Causeway to win the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. He has tasted Group 1 glory this season with his Eclipse-Stakes winning son Twice Over.

Her dam, New Orchid, ran third in the Lancashire Oaks for Khalid Abdullah. She is by Derby winner Quest For Fame and is a half-sister to Dewhurst scorer Distant Music.

New Orchid produced another filly foal by Observatory on February 19.





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