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Premio Loco wins Ascot 10.07.2010

Premio Loco (right): the chestnut son of Prized beats his Summer Mile rivals

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

Prized gelding Premio Loco lands Summer Mile Summer Mile Stakes (Group 2), Ascot 1m

PREMIO LOCO (6yo ch g Prized - Crazee Mental
by Magic Ring)

Breeder: Kidder, Cole & Griggs in the US

PREMIO LOCO showed plenty of bravery to squeeze through on the rail and score his third Group 2 victory in the SummerMile at Ascot on Saturday.

Runner-up was French-trained Vertigineux (not to be confused with the dam of Zenyatta, who goes by the same name), who is the best offspring of his sire, Nombre Premier, on Racing Post Ratings, and third wasthe Night Shift horse Dream Eater.

The Chris Wall-trained six-year-old gelding Premio Loco seems to be improving with age: a progressive and smart handicapper at three and four, he made his first try in stakes company a winning one inthe Listed Ladybird Stakes at Kempton at five last year.

Between then and today he added to his resume two German Group 2 races, the Oettingen-Rennen and Grosse Europa Meile, as well as last month's Group 2 Criterion Stakes.

Premio Loco shares his durability with Brass Hat, another son of West Virginia-based Kris S stallion Prized. Brass Hat is a consistent and high-class mile to middle-distance performer in the US, winning Graded stakes between the ages of three and eight. He is still in training at the age of nine this year.

Premio Loco is out of the Magic Ring mare Crazee Mental, who finished runner-up in the Queen Mary, Cherry Hinton and Cheveley Park Stakes at two in 1997. This is the further family of Hardwicke Stakes runner-up Midnight Legend and Irish 2,000 Guineas hero Wassl.

He was sold at the 2005 Tattersalls December yearling sale for 19,000gns, from the consignment of Voute Sales.

Tara Stud connection
Premio Loco's dam Crazee Mental was bred by Limestone Stud, whose sister operation Tara Stud in County Meath had a hand in another of Saturday's stakes winners.

Croisultan, who gained a first black-type success in the Listed Belgrave Stakes at Fairyhouse, was bred by Tara Stud manager Derek Iceton and was sold as a yearling by Tara Stud for €16,000 at the Goffs February Sale in 2007.

The Liam McAteer-trained gelding is by Whitsbury Manor Stud resident Refuse To Bend and out of the Ezzoud mare Zoudie, a half-sisterto 2,000 Guineas third Redback and useful 7f specialist Granny's Pet.

Zoudie has a two-year-old filly by Exceed And Excel, and was covered by Iffraaj in 2009 and by Refuse To Bend again in 2010.




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