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Islington: the ace filly is one of three Group 1 winners out of Hellenic

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Ballymacoll Stud blue hen Hellenic retired

BALLYMACOLL STUD in County Meath has retired celebrated broodmare Hellenic at the age of 23. The daughter of Darshaan produced star performer Islington as well as two other Group 1 winners in Greek Dance and Mountain High.

Hellenic was also a top-class filly for owner Lord Weinstock and trainer Sir Michael Stoute, winning the 1990 Yorkshire Oaks and Ribblesdale Stakes and running second to Snurge in the St Leger.

Ballymacoll Stud general manager Peter Reynolds said: "She has been the most wonderful servant to Ballymacoll. Any Group 1 winner that can breed three Group 1 winners is pretty unusual.

"She's in perfect health and looks brilliant. She has only missed one year since she retired - she's had 14 foals - but can't go on forever.

"Everything was right for her last year but she could only hold on to the pregnancy for so long and I didn't want her to go through that again."

Three of her daughters – Islington, Olympienne, and Desert Beauty – are continuing the line at Ballymacoll. Only one of her progeny, New Morning, was sold.

"Hellenic was slightly late maturing like most of her foals," Reynolds said. "She has never bred a two-year-old winner, and unless her last foal, Just Look Don'tTouch – a lovely two-year-old Galileo filly – wins this year that will never change.

"She is a wonderful character, very easy to do anything with, a proper lady. She stayed well and she didn't really want fastground. Some of her produce were the same, although Islington wasn't – she rattled off the fast ground.

"Hellenic was married to Sadler's Wells – she went to him 11 times. It's a common combination [Sadler's Wells - Darshaan cross] that has worked well many times. Her first foal was by him and her last would have been too, but he was out of action so she went to [his son] Galileo."

Stoute trained each of her six stakes performers, led by Islington, who scored four times at Group 1 level including when taking the 2002 and 2003 Yorkshire Oaks as well as the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.

Her brother Greek Dance, also by Sadler's Wells, won the Group1 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis at Munich.

Danehill colt Mountain High enjoyed his finest moment when taking the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and currently stands under the Coolmore jumps banner at The Beeches Stud in Ireland. 




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