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Banimpire and Kevin Manning win the P.W. McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes from Regent Street, Recital and Rich Tapestry Leopardstown 10.04.2011

Banimpire gives his sire Holy Roman Emperor a first Group winner

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Banimpire heralds big day for Coolmore sires

Leopardstown: PW McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes, 10f, 3yo

BANIMPIRE (f Holy Roman Emperor-My Renee by Kris S)

Breeder: Kilcarn Stud

MONTJEU's  son Recital may have been beaten in the PW McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes but the race nonetheless proved a positive for Coolmore Stud as the winner Banimpire is a first Group winner for Holy Roman Emperor.

The son of Danehill retired to stud at the end of his two-year-old career, called up as a replacement for the infertile George Washington. He was last seen out in the 2006 Dewhurst Stakes, when second by a head to Teofilo, who earlier  struck with his first runner on the same card.

Trainer Jim Bolger bought Banimpire, from the famed Kilcarn nursery, for €52,000 at the 2009 Goffs Orby sales.  Her dam My Renee was a dual Listed winner by Kris S and a granddaughter of the Arc winner Detroit, whose four stakes winners included another Arc winner in Carnegie.

Banimpire's victorywas  followed on the Leopardstown card by a first victory for Quest For Peace, earning the son of Galileo a 16-1 quote for the Derby. His dam, the Danehill Dancer mare Play Misty For Me, is a half-sister to Goffs Million winner and Sweet Solera third Minor Vamp.

At Longchamp,  Coolmore compatratriot Danehill Dancer's son Planteur stormed clear to win the Group 2 Prix d'Harcourt. Added to that, Aslana, by Rock Of Gibraltar, won the Listed Frühjahrspreis Der Stadt Frankfurt Am Main over 6 1/2 furlongs at Frankfurt and High Chaparral's son Branderburgo took the Listed Premio Circo Massimo at Capanelle.




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