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Patkai carries the famous Ballymacoll Stud silks to victory at Royal Ascot

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

Patkai half-brother born at Ballymacoll Stud

BALLYMACOLL Stud in Ireland welcomed its second new foal of 2009 last Saturday, when a half-brother to last year's Royal Ascot winner Patkai was born.

The new arrival is a chestnut colt by Gestüt Schlenderhan's star stallion Monsun, sire of the likes of Manduro and Shirocco, and out of the mare Olympienne.

Olympienne hails from one of the most successful Ballymacoll bloodlines in recent years. By Sadler's Wells, she is an unraced daughter of Yorkshire Oaks winner and St. Leger runner-up Hellenic, making her a full-sister to the two Group 1 winners Islington and Greek Dance, and a half-sisterto  another in Mountain High.

The four-year-old Patkai, who won the Queen's Vase by seven lengths at the Royal Meeting last year, is Olympienne's first foal. She also has a three-year-old colt by Indian Ridge called Saptapadi, who finished second on his debut in November, and an unraced two-year-old colt by King's Best, called Modun. Last year she was barren to Green Desert.

The first foal born at Ballymacoll Stud this year was a bay filly by Islington, who arrived on January 8.




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