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La Collina - The Curragh - 07.08.2011

La Collina gives first-season sire Strategic Prince a Group 1 success


Strategic Prince gets Group 1 winner

ALTHOUGH the Ballydoyle favourite Power lost his unbeaten record in the Phoenix Stakes (G1), the race result still gave the Irish team plenty to smile about as the winner La Collina is by the Coolmore-based first-season stallion Strategic Prince.

On a day when the fairer sex held sway in many of the Group races, thefilly's run was delivered perfectly by jockey Declan McDonogh showing a fine turn of foot to beat the colts. In doing so, she gave her sire the distinction of becoming the first from this new batch of stallions with runners to get a Group 1 winner. 

A son of Dansili, he was a capable two-year-old himself winning the July Stakes (G2) and the Vintage Stakes (G2) and finishing third in the Dewhurst Stakes (G1) to Teofilo.

He only ran three times at three, finishing eighth in the 2,000 Guineas and down-the-field in the Derby and Jersey Stakes (G3) retiring to Coolmore at a fee of €9,000. His fee for this year was €4,000.

He is a half-brother to the stayer Yorkshire and hisdam is a sister to the Oaks winner Ramruma.

La Collina is a half-sister to a juvenile winner, while her dam Starfish is a half-sister to the stayer Icon Dream and from the family of the Group 2 winner and Derby fourth, Fracas. She wassold at DBS Premier Sale by breeder Manister House Stud for £42,000.





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