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Times Up (William Buick) wins the Lonsdale Cup for John Dunlop

Times Up: Lonsdale Cup hero is a first Group winner for Olden Times

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Saturday's Group races; all you need to know

Goodwood: Whiteley Clinic Prestige Stakes (Group 3), 7f, 2yof

OLLIE OLGA (f Stormy Atlantic - Card Shop by Chester House)

Bred by Greenwood Lodge Farm Inc in US

ALTHOUGH sparsely represented in Europe, Kentucky stallion Stormy Atlantic has made a good impression over here thanks to the Group 3-winning juvenile Rerouted and last season's Star Stakes heroine Kinetica. Mick Channon's Ollie Olga is his third stakes winner in Europe and 72nd overall - others include the top American turf performer Get Stormy and Grade 1-winning two-year-old Stormello.

Stormy Atlantic was only a minor stakes-winning sprinter himself but was afforded a chance at stud in Florida due to his exceptional pedigree; by Storm Cat, he is out of Grade 1 winner Hail Atlantis, a Seattle Slew granddaughter of American champion Moccasin. A quick start with his runners saw him moved in 2004 to Hill 'n' Dale Farm in Kentucky, where he stood the past season for $40,000.

Ollie Olga is bred to excel on turf as is the first foal out of a placed half-sister to last season's Hardwicke Stakes winner Await The Dawn. Her fourth dam is Slightly Dangerous, whose exceptional stud career for Juddmonte yielded ten winners including the Derby hero Commander In Chief and top miler Warning. 

Ollie Olga was a 42,000gns yearling purchase by Gill Richardson at last year's Tattersalls October Sale.


Goodwood: Betfair Celebration Mile (Group 2), 1m, 3yo+

PREMIO LOCO (8 g Prized - Crazee Mental by Magic Ring)

Bred by Kidder, Cole & Griggs in US

PREMIO Loco shares his durability with Brass Hat, another son of the retired Kris S stallion Prized, who won the 1989 Breeders' Cup Turf. Brass Hat was a consistent and high-class mile to middle-distance performer in the US, winning Graded stakes between the ages of three and nine.

Bred when his sire stood at Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky, Premio Loco is out of the Magic Ring mare Crazee Mental, who finished runner-up in the Queen Mary, Cherry Hinton and Cheveley Park Stakes at two in 1997.

This is the further family of Hardwicke Stakes runner-up Midnight Legend and Irish 2,000 Guineas hero Wassl.

Premio Loco was sold to his trainer Chris Wall at the 2005 Tattersalls December yearling sale for 19,000gns.


York: Weatherbys Insurance Lonsdale Cup(Group 2), 2m 1/2f , 3yo+

TIMES UP (6 g Olden Times - Princess Genista by Ile De Bourbon)

Bred by I Stewart-Brown And M Meacock in Britain

JOHN Dunlop trained Olden Times to win the 2001 Prix Jean Prat and has since enjoyed plenty of success with his progeny led by Times Up, whose victory in the Lonsdale Stakes saw him become the first Group winner for his sire.

The son of Darshaan is also the sire of Dunlop's homebred 99-rated handicapper Harlestone Times as well as the Listed winner Off Chance from limited opportunites. Following stints at Plantation and Throckmorton Court Studs, Olden Times now stands at Clohamon Stud in Ireland.

Times Up is a half-brother to Prix du Cadran winner Give Notice, Listed heroine Sovinista and the Listed-placed Tsarnista. Their dam, the 1988 Musidora Stakes third Princess Genista, produced 11 winners in total.


Curragh: Gain Horse Feeds Irish St Leger Trial Stakes (Group 3), 1m6f, 3yo+

URSA MAJOR (3 c Galileo - Inchyre by Shirley Heights)

Bred by Woodcote Stud in Ireland

GALILEO'S outstanding season continued on Saturday when Ursa Major became his 16th Group winner of 2012 in this event. His victory came on the same afternoon that Galileo was represented by five other stakes winners - Lay Time, Mikhail Glinka, Cameron Highland, Aigue Marine and Quest For Peace.

A 100,000gns Tattersalls October yearling purchase by Dwayne Woods, Ursa Major is out of the winning miler Inchyre, who previously clicked with Galileo's sire Sadler's Wells to produce Galtres Stakes heroine Inchiri. Another three-parts sibling to Ursa Major, the Barathea filly Inchberry, was Listed-placed and is the dam of the Group 3-placed Measuring Time.

His granddam is Child Stakes winner Inchmurrin, also the dam of Dewhurst Stakes runner-up and successful sire Inchinor.

 

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