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Pricey yearling Ashaawes sires first winner

FORMER Godolpin horse Ashaawes sired his firstwinner on Thursday when his son Donnie Brasco made a winning debut at the Vaal in South Africa.

Donnie Brasco made a pleasing impression on his debut, winning by three lengths in a 6f maiden juvenile plate over 6f.

Donnie Brasco was bred by James Armitage, who stands Ashaawes at Sandown Stud in the Western Cape of South Africa. The stallion's fee last year was R12,000 (£984, €1,176).

Donnie Brasco is out of Magnificent Maggie,a daughter of the Danzig stallion Joshua Dancer and the South African Golden Slipper winner Magnificent Miss.

Ashaawes was purchased by Shadwell for $2,850,000 at the 2004 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Initially trained by Saeed Bin Suroor, he won on his juvenile debut over 7f and was a close fourth behind Palace Episode on his only other start at two.

At three he won conditions races at Leicester and Epsom.
Ashaawes is by Kingmambo and out of CrownOf Crimson. His two-years younger brother Meydan City was bought by Godolphin for an eye-popping $11.7 million at Keeneland in 2006.




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