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Showcasing - Gimcrack Stakes- York - 19.08.2009

Showcasing: the Gimcrack winner is a half-brother to Star Rover's sire

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

Arabesque clan play  starring role at York

JUDDMONTE broodmare Arabesque brought her influence to bearon today's two juvenile stakes races at York, with her son Showcasing scoring impressively in the Gimcrack Stakes and, just over an hour later, Showcasing's half-brother Camacho siring Star Rover, the gritty Roses Stakes winner.

Arabesque is the product of mating two horses who made 1993 an annus mirabilis for Juddmonte owner Price Khalid Abdullah – Zafonic, who dazzled in the 2,000 Guineas, and Prophecy, who landed the Cheveley Park Stakes that year.

Placed in two starts as a juvenile, Arabesque was an impressive maiden winner over 6f at three and went on to land a Listed race over the same distance later that season.

Her stud career got off to a flying start with her first foal, Camacho. The son of Danehill was trained by Henry Cecil to win a 6f Listed event and finish runner-up in the Jersey Stakes at three.

Subsequently sold to stand at Morristown Lattin Stud, Camacho is represented by his first crop of two-year-olds this year.

Besides Star Rover – who showed admirable resolve to fend off the persistent challenge of runner-up Mister Manannan and win the Roses Stakes – he has been represented by four other winners.

Showcasing, Arabesque's sixth foal, carries the colours of Prince Khalid Abdullah, just as his dam, granddam and sire Oasis Dream did during their glittering racing careers.

He earned quotes as low as 14-1 for the 2,000 Guineas after asserting his authority over a good Gimcrack field, crossing the line two lengths ahead of runner-up Taajub with Molecomb Stakes winner Monsieur Chevalier a further head back in third.

Adding further lustre to the family is Showcasing's year-older sister Bouvardia, who finished second in the Listed Flying Fillies' Stakes at Pontefract on Sunday.

Giving Juddmonte even more cause for celebration is the fact that Showcasing is Oasis Dream's third Group 2 winner in the space of four days, after Sri Putra scored in the Prix Guillaume d'Ornano at Deauville on Sunday and Monitor Closely landed the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York yesterday.




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