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Sister to Minding bids to break maiden at Naas

THE 6f fillies maiden that opens the card at Naas on Wednesday evening (6pm) sees How, a two-year-old Galileo sister to this year's 1,000 Guineas and Oaks heroine Minding, bid to record a first win on her third racecourse start.

On form as well as pedigree the Aidan O'Brien-trained filly looks the one to beat as her most recent start at the Curragh saw her finish a one-and-a-quarter length third to stablemate Brave Anna, who triumphed in last week's Group 3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Bred by Orpendale, Chelston and Wynatt out of the dual Group 1-winning miler Lillie Langtry, a Danehill Dancer half-sister to Listed scorer Count Of Limonade, How is also a sister to last year's Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial victress Kissed By Angels, while Lillie Langtry foaled another Galileo filly last year.

Among her opponents is the Jessica Harrington-trained debutante Drumfad Bay, a €200,000 purchase by BBA Ireland at last year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale from the family of Group 1 winners Oath and Pelder.

By Acclamation, Drumfad Bay is the first foal out of the Medicean mare Manieree, a four-time winner from 7f to 1m2f and successful in the Group 2 Blandford Stakes, Group 3 Kilboy Estate Stakes and Listed Garnet Stakes.

Half-brother to Fame And Glory in action at Salisbury

The concluding 1m2f maiden at Salisbury sees the Marcus Tregoning-trained Sir Percy filly Dance The Dream look to make a perfect start to her racecourse career in the hands of Martin Dwyer at 5.20pm.

Out of the 2002 Cheshire Oaks heroine and Oaks third Shadow Dancing, a daughter of Unfuwain, she is a half-sister to three winners including the Red Ransom gelding Rasmy who Tregoning trained to win a 1m maiden at Bath before finishing a half-length third in the Group 3 Dee Stakes.

Of her opponents, the one with the strongest pedigree is undoubtedly the Andrew Balding-trained filly Great And Small, a once-raced daughter of Galileo and three-parts sister to the four-time Group 1 hero Fame And Glory and Yummy Mummy, the 1m2f-winning dam of last season's 1,000 Guineas heroine Legatissimo.

Owned and bred by Nicholas Jones at his Coln Valley Stud, she is out of the Shirley Heights mare Gryada, a winner over 6f and 1m who was also placed third in the Group 3 Premio Dormello, meaning Great And Small is also a half-sister to the Listed-placed pair Grampian and Guaranda, herself the dam of Group 3 Lillie Langtry Stakes winner Gravitation.

Another well-bred contender is the twice-raced colt Voices Of Kings, a son of Poet's Voice.

Bred by Usk Valley Stud, he has twice been through the sales ring, on the second occasion when purchased by trainer William Muir for 45,000gns at the 2014 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.

Out of the 7f winner Khubza, a Green Desert half-sister to European Group 2 scorers Barrow Creek and Last Resort, Voices Of Kings is a half-brother to ten winners including Group 2 Prix du Rond-Point winner and Lockinge Stakes runner-up Trans Island and Italian Group 3 victress Welsh Diva, dam of Meydan Group 3 winner Fityaan.

 

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