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Treasure Beach: continued Galileo's Classic spree in 2011

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Treasure gives Galileo sixth Classic of 2011

TREASURE BEACH led home a one-two for Coolmore's exceptional sire Galileo with a convincing victory over Seville in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby on Sunday.

He is Galileo's third Irish Derby winner after Cape Blanco and Soldier Of Fortune; and gave his sire his sixth Classic of 2011 after the 2,000 Guineas (Frankel), Poule d'Essai des Pouliches and Prix de Diane (Golden Lilac), Irish 2,000 Guineas (Roderic O'Connor) and Irish 1,000 Guineas (Misty For Me).

Treasure Beach, who, like Seville and third-placed Memphis Tennessee, is trained by Aidan O'Brien for a Coolmore partnership, is Galileo's 22nd individual Group 1 winner.

Treasure Beach, who was second in the Derby at Epsom and beat Nathaniel in the Chester Vase before that, was bred in Britain by Ashley House Stud.

He is the second foal produced by the Mark Of Esteem mare Honorine, a triple winner over 1m-1m2f for late trainer Pip Payne. Honorine is a half-sister to Hardwicke Stakes winner Indian Creek and to Dee Stakes runner-up Desert Dew.

Honorine has a yearling colt by Cape Cross and was covered by Authorized lastyear. The Galileo-Mark Of Esteem cross is a second-generation version of the famous Sadler's Wells-Darshaan cross.

Also at the Curragh In the Group 3 Woodies DIY Sapphire Stakes, six-year-old mare Invincible Ash finished with a flourish to deny British challengers Hamish McGonagall (Namid), Move In Time (Monsieur Bond) and Inxile (Fayruz), who finished second, third and fourth respectively.

Michael Halford-trained Invincible Ash is a daughter of Invincible Spirit bred by Sandra Maye out of the winning Brief Truce mare Fully Fashioned.

Moyglare Stud-bred Fully Fashioned was purchased for just €3,500 by John Maye at Goffs in June 2002.

Invincible Ash was sold to owner PJ Condron for €45,000 at the 2006 Tattersalls Ireland September yearling sale.

>>Ballydoyle three-year-old colt Pirateer made a winning seasonal debut in the Listed Dubai Duty Free Full Of Surprises Celebration Stakes over 1m.

Pirateer - who had beaten Treasure Beach in a Listowel nursery last September - is a son of Danehill Dancer bred by Churchtown House Stud.

He is out of the winning Shirley Heights mare Wannabe and so a brother to Wanna, a 1m4f winner at three, and a three-parts brother to Wannabe Grand (by Danehill), winner of the Cheveley Park Stakes.

His half-sister Wannabe Posh (Grand Lodge) won the Listed Galtres Stakes and half-brother Assaaf (Night Shift) was third in the Listed Autumn Stakes.

Pirateer was bought by John Magnier for €180,000 at the 2009 Goffs Orby yearling sale.





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