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St. Jovite's Irish crops produce first winner

THE Roger Varian-trained Native Colony became the first winner from the Irish-bred crops of Greentree Stud stallion St. Jovite on Monday when taking 1m6f maiden handicap at Yarmouth.

Roger Varian

Roger Varian: trains Native Colony

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The three-year-old is from St. Jovite's second Irish crop, produced when the son of Pleasant Colony stood his second season at Michael Bowe's Greentree Stud for €5,000. The 22-year-old was advertised at a private fee this year.

St. Jovite was an outstanding performer for Jim Bolger, winning twice at Group 3 level as a two-year-old before recording wide-margin victories in the Irish Derby and King George en route to earning 1992 Horse of the Year honours at three. He also ran second in the Epsom Derby and Irish Champion Stakes, in both instances to Dr Devious.

He spent his early years standing at Payson Stud in Kentucky, initially at a fee of $50,000, during which time he sired the Grade 1 winner Amerique. He was transferred to Greentree Stud in Ireland in 2006.

Native Colony was bred in Britain by Mrs B. V. Chenells out of Self Esteem, an unraced Suave Dancer daughter of the Group-placed Maidment.





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