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Treasure Beach Beats Nathaniel In The Chester Vase

Treasure Beach (right) and Nathaniel fight out the finish at Chester

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Treasure leads Galileo one-two in Chester Vase

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FRESH from being represented by Saturday's six-length 2,000 Guineas winner Frankel and Sunday's gallant 1,000 Guineas runner-up Together, reigning European champion sire Galileo was to the fore again on Thursday when supplying the first two home in the MBNA Chester Vase at Chester.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Treasure Beach became his sire's 49th Group race winner with a head victory in the Derby trial over paternal half-brother Nathaniel, who was saddled by John Gosden.

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Galileo: one-two in Chester Vase

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Treasure Beach was bred by Ashley House Stud out of the Mark Of Esteem mare Honorine, a triple 1m-1m2f winner at three to four for trainer Pip Payne.

Honorine is out of the 1m4f Listed-winning Bering mare Blue Water, making her a half-sister to Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes winner Indian Creek and Group 3 Dee Stakes runner-up Desert Dew.

Honorine was bought by Ashley House Stud at the end of her racing career at the Tattersalls December breeding stock sale for 50,000gns.

The mare has proven a shrewd investment. Treasure Beach was sold as a foal for 180,000gns to Camas Park Stud and last year her Cape Cross colt foal sold for 120,000gns to Gill Richardson at the Tattersalls December foal sale.

Her two-year-old colt bySingspiel was sold to Gordian Troeller for 42,000gns at last month's Tattersalls Craven breeze-up.

Nathaniel becomes the seventh black-type performer for his dam, Musidora Stakes winner Magnificient Style.

He is a three-parts brother to three of Magnificient Style’s black-type performers, who are by Galileo’s sire Sadler’s Wells: Yorkshire Cup winner Percussionist; Fillies Mile heroine Playful Act and dual US Grade 3 scorer Changing Skies.

He is also slightly more closely related than half-brother to two of the dam’s other stakes performers, as they are by sons of Sadler’s Wells’ close relative Nureyev: Echoes In Eternity, by Spinning World, who won the Sun Chariot and Park Hill Stakes, and Petara Bay, by Peintre Celebre, who scored in the Feilden Stakes.

Magnificient Style’s sixth previous black-type performer is Stylelistick, by Storm Cat and a dual Listed winner at Keeneland. In total, Magnificient Style has produced nine winners from ten known foals.

A Silver Hawk half-sister to Grade 1 Charles H Strub Stakes winner Siberian Summer, Magnificient Style was trained by Henry Cecil to win the 1996 Musidora Stakes for her owner-breeder, Mahmoud Fustok’s Buckram Oak Farm.

The late Robert Sangster bought Magnificient Style after her racing career but in a reduction of his Swettenham Stud breeding stock in 2007, she was acquired by Lady Rothschild’s Kincorth Investments.

Nathaniel is Kincorth Investments’ first foal out of the mare. They have also bred a two-year-old sister to Nathaniel called Great Heavens. Weatherbys records the dam as barren to Oasis Dream in 2010 and as having been covered by the same sire last year.





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