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Await The Dawn - Royal Ascot 18.06.2011

Await The Dawn: descends from the outstanding Juddmonte matriarch Slightly Dangerous

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Ascot day five: Society seals big double for Rock

Royal Ascot standings:

Sires with two winners or more:
Three winners: Cape Cross (Julienas, Manassas and Namibian); Galileo (Frankel, Maybe and Nathaniel)

Two winners: Oasis Dream (Power and Prohibit); Rock Of Gibraltar (Samitar and Society Rock)

Broodmare sires with two winners of more:
Three winners: Danehill (Frankel, Maybe and Rhythm Of Light); Sadler's Wells (Fox Hunt, Immortal Verse and Namibian)

Two winners: Silver Hawk (Nathaniel and Strong Suit)

Leading sale company: Tattersalls - 12 winners sold in the ring.

Most expensive winner: Rewilding, sold by Watership Down Stud to John Ferguson for 500,000gns at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Sale.

Least expensive winners: Rhythm Of Light and Sagramor, both of whom were knocked down to their trainers, Tom Dascombe and Hughie Morrison, for £500 at the 2009 Brightwells December Sale.

Queen Alexandra Stakes - the final race of Royal Ascot 2011 goes to Swingkeel, a son of the late Singspiel bred by Robert Cornelius.

The gelding hails from a staying family associated with Dr Catherine Wills' St Clare Hall Stud since he is out of Anniversary, a Listed-placed Salse half-sister to Prix du Cadran winner Invermark and Group 2 winner Craigsteel (now a promising jumps sire). The trio are out of Park Hill Stakes runner-up Applecross, who produced ten winners during a long and outstanding stud career.

Swingkeel was sold by his breeder for 55,000gns to Peter Doyle Bloodstock as a foal and resold to trainer John Dunlop for 110,000gns at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Sale.

Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes - Fox Hunt, bred in Ireland by BallylinchStud, is the third winner at this year's Royal meeting out of a Sadler's Wells mare following Immortal Verse and Namibian. The mare in this instance is the 1m4f Listed winner Kiltubber, herself a daughter of 1995 Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Priory Belle.

Although yet to produce a stakes performer, Kiltubber has been a good servant to Ballylinch Stud as each of her first four foals have won.

From the first crop of Dubawi, Fox Hunt was knocked down to Rabbah Bloodstock for a relatively moderate 47,000gns at the 2009 Tattersalls Craven Breeze-up Sale.

Wokingham Handicap - Deacon Blues, a son of Compton Place, provides the second of James Fanshawe's big race double when holding off the challenge of Waffle to take the Wokingham Handicap.

The winner hails from a family that Fanshawe knowswell; he trained his dam Persario to win over 6-7f while she is a three-parts sister to Fanshawe's tough and popular 7f performer Warningford (by Warning), as well as multiple winner Heretic. Fanshawe also trained Deacon Blues' damsire, Bishop Of Cashel,to win the Group 2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte.

This is also a family which enjoys soft ground; Warningford turned in many of his best performances on very soft/heavy including when third in the Group 1 Prix de la Foret while three of Heretic's wins came on soft.

Deacon Blues was bred in Britain by Mr & Mrs K W Grundy and Michelle Morris.

COLONEL Mak (by Makbul) bids to provide his dam, Colonel's Daughter, with a second royal winner of the week following Windsor Castle Stakes hero Frederick Engels (by Iceman).

The pair were bred in Britain by Peter Baldwin out of Colonel's Daughter, a placed mare by the 1994 2,000 Guineas and Derby third Colonel Collins. The son of El Gran Senor - a brother to Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Lit De Justice and a half-brother to Racing Post Trophy hero Commander Collins - spent six seasons covering at moderate fees in Newmarket before switching to Haras des Chartreux in France.

He sired no stakes winners in the northern hemisphere on the Flat and Colonel's Daughter is his first daughter to produce a stakes winner in the northern hemisphere.

Colonel's Daughter is a half-sister to one of the best horses Rock City has ever produced, Grade 3 winner Shuffling Kid.

Golden Jubilee Stakes - A day after siring the Albany Stakes winner Samitar, Coolmore stallion Rock Of Gibraltar is on the mark again, this time as the sire of Society Rock.

The James Fanshawe-trained four-year-old- a 75,000gns Tattersalls October yearling purchase by BBA Ireland - is his sire's seventh Group 1 winner overall and his tenth stakes winner of 2011. Rock Of Gibraltar, who is one of five sons of Danehill to have sired winners at Ascot this week, standsat Coolmore for €17,500.

Bred in Ireland by San Gabriel Investments, Society Rock is inbred 3x4 to Danzig and is out of 6f Listed winner High Society, also the dam of minor winners in Germany and Greece.

High Society has a two-year-old colt by Dylan Thomas called Byron Blue and yearling colt by Duke Of Marmalade.

Hardwicke Stakes - Juddmonte-bred Await The Dawn is the second winner this week after Frankel arising out of the agreement between Coolmore and Juddmonte, whereby Juddmonte would annually send ten mares to blue-chip Coolmore sires, with one party having the pick of the crop of foals one year and the other choosing first next year.

Bred on the same Giant's Causeway - Dixieland Band cross as Grade 1 winner First Samurai, he is out of the Listed-placed Valentine Band and a half-brother to two winners including French 1m1f Listed winner Putney Bridge (by Mizzen Mast).

Valentine Band is a half-sister to Listed winner Multiplex and out of Shirley Valentine, a Listed-placed half-sister to Commander In Chief, Deploy, Dushyantor and Warning and daughter of the brilliant mare Slightly Dangerous.

Valentine Band has a two-year-old colt by Mizzen Mast named Vastly and a yearling colt by Arch.

Chesham Stakes - An Arqana August Sale one-two as the filly Maybe runs out an impressive winner from Fort Bastion.

The winner was bred by Epona Stud Management - also the breeder of Tuesday's St James's Palace Stakes runner-up Zoffany - out of Listed St Hugh's Stakes winner Sumora and sold at last year's Arqana August Sale for €340,000 to Demi O'Byrne. She is the 11th stakes winner bred on the magical Galileo - Danehill cross.

As detailed below, Epona Stud Management paid $500,000 for Sumora out of the Swettenham Stud dispersal at the 2007 Keeneland November Sale. By Danehill, she is a three-parts sister to recent Oaks winner Dancing Rain and from the immediate family of Derby hero Dr Devious.

Maybe is the first winner from three foals out of Sumora, who has a yearling brother to the winner which is likely to be offered at this autumn's yearling sales.

Runner-up Fort Bastion cost Sir Robert Ogden €130,000 at last year's Arqana August Sale and is the first stakes performer from the first-crop of Prix du Jockey Club winner Lawman.

IT took the significant bid of $500,000 for Denis Brosnan's Epona Stud Management to secure Listed winner Sumora when the daughter of Danehill was sold as part of the Swettenham Stud dispersal at the 2007 Keeneland November Sale.

Yet that already appears money well spent.

Earlier this month, Sumora's three-parts sister, Dancing Rain, made all to land the Oaks and thereby emulate her close relative Dr Devious in recording an Epsom Classic victory.

And today's action at Royal Ascot could see Sumora's third foal Maybe add to the family's reputation when lining up in the Listed Chesham Stakes. The Aidan O'Brien-trained daughter of Galileo is as short as 15/8 for the 7f event following an impressive winning debut at Naas last month.

At €340,000, Maybe was the dearest Galileo filly sold in the ring at last year's Arqana August Sale when knocked down to Demi O'Byrne. She is yet another high-class prospect bred on the famed Galileo-Danehill cross.

Epona StudManagement, which operates under the guidance of Paul McCartan at Croom House Stud in County Limerick, bred 2004 Queen Mary Stakes heroine Damson and came close to further Royal Ascot success earlier this week when graduate Zoffany was a fast finishing second in the St. James's Palace Stakes.

The son of Dansili is a grandson of Hesmonds Stud's French Group 3 winner Dust Dancer as is another Chesham hopeful Polydamos, a Nayef colt out of Grade 2 winner Spotlight.




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