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HUNTERS LIGHT - Haydock Park 11/8/12

Hunter's Light: bred on the same Dubawi-Barathea cross as Monterosso

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Newmarket: German Sweet Solera Stakes (Group 2), 2yo f, 7f

CERTIFY (f Elusive Quality - Please Sign In by Doc's Leader)

Bred by Hurstland Farm Inc et al

CONSIDERING she is a half-sister to a Grade 1-winning two-year-old in Cry And Catch Me, Certify was good value at the $80,000 she cost John Ferguson at last year's Keeneland September Sale.

Cry And Catch Me (by Street Cry) only made six starts for Bob Baffert, but she was a top-class filly, winning the Grade 1 Oak Leaf Stakes at Santa Anita. Certify is the second stakes winner from four foals of racing age out of Please Sign In, a Listed-winning and Grade 3-placed daughter of Doc's Leader.

Although her immediate family is better known for its exploits in the US, Please Sign In is a granddaughter of the stakes-placed Lodge, a sister to Habitat and half-sister to NorthfieldFurther back, it is the family of Suave Dancer.

Certify maintains the good run enjoyed by Elusive Quality fillies in Europe as Darley's Kentucky-based son of Gone West is also the sire of recent Prix Rothschild winner Elusive Kate and Listed Prix Six Perfections heroine Discernable. Certify's victory brings his tally of Group winners to 26.

Deauville: Prix de Pomone (Group 2), 3yo+ f/m, 1m 4 1/2f

LA POMME D'AMOUR (4 f Peintre Celebre - Winnebago by Kris)

Bred by G Reed

VICTORY by Guy Reed's homebred La Pomme d'Amour in Saturday's Prix de Pomone added to the strong year enjoyed in France by her sire, the brilliant 1997 Arc hero Peintre Celebre.

The veteran Coolmore resident has sired four European stakes winners this season, three of whom - Xanadou (Prix Paul de Moussac), Celebrissime (Prix Altipan) and La Pomme d'Amour - have won in France.

La Pomme d'Amour is a sister to the 2007 Listed Prix de Thiberville winner Van Gosh and a half-sister to three other winners. She is the last reported foal out of Winnebago, a winning Kris half-sister to Listed winner Apache (1985 Fred Archer and Godolphin Stakes).

Prix Gontaut-Biron (Group 3), 1m2f, 4yo+

DON BOSCO (5 h Barathea - Perfidie by Monsun)

Bred by Haras d'Etreham and Vision Bloodstock Ltd

ONE of the most successful mares in France during the past two seasons has been Perfidie, whose first three foals have each secured black-type. The most accomplished of the trio is Don Bosco, her first foal who became Barathea's 39th Group winner when taking the Prix Gontaut-Biron.

Her second foal, Vodkato (by Russian Blue), has also tasted success at Deauville, in his case when successful in last year's Listed Prix Lyphard, while her third is the Listed-placed Orcus (also by Russian Blue). The daughter of Monsun has a two-year-old filly by Muhtathir named Clara Luna, a yearling colt by Rock Of Gibraltar and a filly foal by Lawman.

Haydock: Talk To Victor Rose Of Lancaster Stakes (Group 3), 1m 2 1/2f , 3yo+

HUNTER'S LIGHT (4 c Dubawi - Portmanteau by Barathea)

Bred by Darley

THE 16th stakes winner sired worldwide by Darley's Dubawi this season, Hunter's Light is a further example of how well his sire Dubawi crosses with Sadler's Wells, in particular his son Barathea.

From 13 runners, the Dubawi-Barathea cross has produced ten winners including this season's Dubai World Cup hero Monterosso.

Although bred by Darley, Hunter's Light is a great-grandson of the Aga Khan's famous mare Delsy, the dam of the top-class and influential pair Darshaan and Darara (dam of Dar Re Mi and Rewilding among others). He is the best of two winners from three runners out of minor dual 1m2f winner Portmanteau, a half-sister to Grand Prix de Deauville winner Courteous.


Haydock; British Stallion Studs Dick Hern EBF Fillies' Stakes (Listed) 1m, 3yo+

LADYS FIRST (3 f Dutch Art-Like A Dame by Danehill)

Bred by Sparsholt Stud

LADYS FIRST becomes the seventh individual stakes winner for Cheveley Park Stud's super sophomore sire Dutch Art.

A Middle Park Stakes-winning son of Medicean, Dutch Art was last season's leading first-season sire by prize-money thanks mainly to his son Caspar Netscher.

Ladys First was bred by Sparsholt Stud out of the placed Danehill mare Like A Dame, who hails from the family of Criterium de Saint-Cloud winner Poliglote.

Like A Dame has also produced Like A Boy, who was placed over 1m-1m2f at three, by Medicean.

Ladys First was a big pinhook success, selling as a foal at Tattersalls for 16,000gns and as a yearling at the Goffs Orby sale to owner Norman Steel for 100,00gns.






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