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Irish Champion Stakes (Group 1), Leopardstown 1m2f

Winner: Snow Fairy

5yo b m Intikhab - Woodland Dream (Charnwood Forest)

SENSATIONAL Snow Fairy clinched her seventh career Group 1 with a commanding victory over Eclipse winner Nathaniel, who is bound for Newsells Park Stud next year, in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.

Snow Fairy won the Epsom and Irish Oaks plus the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup and Hong Kong Cup at three, finished third in last year's Arc and Champion Stakes before winning a second successive QEII Cup at four last year, and landed last month's Prix Jean Romanet after a long layoff.

The Ed Dunlop-trained mare carries the colours of her owner-breeder Cristina Patino and is a great-great-grandaughter of Patino's foundation mare Gay Fantasy.

Gay Fantasy produced Topkapi Trophy winner Lucky Guest, Chester Cup winner Fantasy Hill, Bessborough Handicap winner Son Of Sharp Shot and Listed-placed Persian Fantasy.

Snow Fairy is descended from Persian Fantasy through that mare's daughter Fantasy Girl, who produced Group 3 winner and breakthrough sire Big Bad Bob and Snow Fairy's dam Woodland Dream.

Snow Fairy, one of three Group 1 winners by Derrinstown Stud resident Intikhab along with Paita and Red Evie, was bought back as a yearling at Tattersalls Ireland for just €1,800.

Matron Stakes (Group 1 fillies and mares),
Leopardstown 1m

Winner: Chachamaidee

5yo b m Footstepsinthesand - Canterbury Lace (Danehill)

LEOPARDSTOWN stewards handed Coolmore sire Footstepsinthesand a first Group 1 winner when awarding Chachamaidee the Matron Stakes after judging first past the post Duntle (Danehill Dancer) to have caused interference.

Chachamaidee is one of ten Group winners by the unbeaten 2,000 Guineas winner, who has three Group 2 scorers - Formosina, Infiltrada and Shamalgan.

Chachamaidee was bred by Cheval Court Stud out of Canterbury Lace, an unraced Danehill sister to Criterium International runner-up and sire Chevalier and half-sister to 1,000 Guineas winner Virginia Waters.

Canterbury Lace is out of Prix Royaumont winner Legend Maker and from the family of Alexandros, Dubawi and In The Wings.

Chachamaidee was bought by Camas Park Stud as a foal for 130,000gns and resold to Blandford Bloodstock for 135,000gns as a yearling, both sales at Tattersalls.

Sprint Cup (Group 1), Haydock 6f

Winner: Society Rock

5yo b h Rock Of Gibraltar - High Society (Key Of Luck)

SOCIETY ROCK was a comfortable winner of the Sprint Cup at Haydock over Gordon Lord Byron (Byron) and Bated Breath (Dansili).

It is the son of Rock Of Gibraltar's second Group 1 win after last year's Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Society Rock is one of nine Group or Grade 1 winners by the brilliant miler and Coolmore stallion and the third this year after Europa Point (L Jaffee Empress Club Stakes in South Africa) and Samitar (Irish 1,000 Guineas).

He was bred by San Gabriel Investments out of the Key Of Luck mare High Society, winner of the Listed Rochestown Stakes at two and placed in a US Grade 2 over 1m1f at three.

High Society has also produced the winners Byron Blue (Dylan Thomas) and Johannesburg Cat (Johannesburg).

BBA Ireland bought Society Rock for 75,000gns at Book 1 of the 2008 Tattersalls October yearling sale.

In other Saturday Group race action in Britain and Ireland:

>> Dandino became the fourth stakes winner of the month by his sire Dansili in the September Stakes at Kempton, after Dance Moves (Prix de Boulogne), Dank (Atalanta Stakes) and Preferential (Prix des Tourelles).

Dansili was also the sire of Saturday's Sprint Cup third Bated Breath and Matron Stakes third Emulous.

Dandino's owners the Elite Racing Club bred him out of the winning Generous mare Generous Diana.

>>Glass Office won the Sirenia Stakes for two-year-olds at Kempton. He is by deceased Irish National Stud stallion Verglas, whose roll-call of big-race winners is headed by the Group 1-winning milers Silver Frost and Stormy River.

Bloomsbury Stud bred Glass Office from its iconic family of Mrs Moss, Jupiter Island and Pushy. He is out of Pushy's winning daughter by Pursuit Of Love, Oval Office.

Glass Office was bought by Blandford Bloodstock as a foal at Tattersalls for 24,000gns when Bloomsbury Stud dispersed its stock and he was resold to Stephen Hillen for €60,000 as a yearling at Goffs.

>>Alla Speranza pulled off a great success for her owner-breeder Kirsten Rausing with victory in the Kilternan Stakes at Leopardstown.

Rausing stands her sire, champion two-year-old and Derby hero Sir Percy, and her damsire Selkirk at her Lanwades Stud in Newmarket.

Alla Speranza is from Rausing's ace family descended from Alruccaba, and she is out of a Listed-winning daughter of dual Champion Stakes winner Alborada.









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