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Walkingonthemoon - far side winner Corporal Maddox - Epsom - 06.06.2009

Corporal Maddox (red cap, white sleeves) makes ground up the Epsom straight to win the Listed Woodcote Stakes

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker


Royal Applause gets Listed Woodcote winner

THE Royal Studs assertion that Royal Applause is one of the best sires in Britain at getting talented juveniles was enhanced on Saturday by Corporal Maddox's success in the Listed Woodcote Stakes. It is the second time the sire has got the winner of the race - following The Bonus King in 2002.

Corporal Maddox is now unbeaten in three starts and got up to win on the line, despite having travelled poorly around Tattenham Corner.

He was bred by Theobalds Stud and has two visits to the sales ring - as a foal when making 47,000gns at Tattersalls December sale and then at the St Leger Sale when bought by Brian Grassick for £40,000.

Corporal Maddox's success is not all due to the precocious influence of his sire, who won the Middle Park Stakes, was the second top-rated juvenile of his year and has a record of 21 per cent two-year-old winners to foals, his dam's family can boast of a champion juvenile amongst their midsts - his grand-dam is Proud Lou, a top-rated two-year-old in Canada and a winner of the Frizette Stakes (G1).

Unfortunately, Corporal Maddox's own dam, the Distant View mare Noble View, was not so successful - her most notable achievement as a racehorse was a single placing as a juvenile. She is though a half-sister to Houseproud, who finished second in the Prix Marcel Boussac and went onto win the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches as a three-year-old.





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