Viscount Nelson is one of four stakes runners out of the 2001 Epsom Oaks heroine Imagine (above), a half-sister to GenerousPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Meydan: breakthrough win for Viscount Nelson
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VISCOUNT NELSON (5 h Giant's Causeway - Imagine by Sadler's Wells)
Bred by Barronstown Stud
THE former Aidan O'Brien-trained Viscount Nelson finally broke through at Group level on Thursday when showing an impressive turn of foot to run down Albaasil and bag this Group 2 event forMike de Kock.
In doing so, he denied Banstead Manor Stud stallion Dansili a major Meydan double following the success of Delegator earlier on the card.
The 60th Group/Graded winner by Ashford Stud resident Giant's Causeway and bred on the same cross as Japanese Grade 1 winner Eishin Apollon, Viscount Nelson is out of the 2001 Irish 1,000 Guineas and Epsom Oaks heroine Imagine.
The daughter of Sadler's Wells, who is a half-sister to Derby hero Generous, has proven to be equally talented at stud; each of her first four foals are stakes performers, namely the ill-fated Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere scorer Horatio Nelson (by Danehill), Rockfel Stakes winner Kitty Matcham (by Rock Of Gibraltar) and the Group 1-placed Red Rock Canyon (by Rock Of Gibraltar) in addition to Viscount Nelson.
Imagine has a two-year-old brother and yearling sister to the winner.
DARLEY stallions dominated the first race, the mile handicap, from Meydan on Thursday as Sooraah, by Dubawi, Scarf, by Australian shuttler Lonhro, and Canwinn, by the recently deceased Refuse To Bend, filled the first three places.
Bred in Britain by C R Mason, Sooraah is the eighth foal out of the Persian Bold mare Al Persian.
Al Persian is a half-sister to Legal Case, winner of the Champion Stakes and Premio Roma, and to La Sky, dam of Oaks heroine Love Divine. Sooraah was sold for 20,000gns to Rabbah Bloodstock by Trickledown Stud at the Tattersalls October Yearling sale back in 2008.