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Misty For Me- Irish 1,000 Guineas The Curragh - 22.05.2011

Misty For Me completes a golden Guineas run for Galileo

  PICTURE: Patrick McCann/Racing Post  


Stakes live: Amazing run for Galileo continues

Follow our pedigree round-up of stakes races from The Curragh, Longchamp and Cologne  throughout the day.


The astonishing run of Galileo continued with the Etihad Airways Irish 1,000 Guineas one-two of Misty For Me and Together.

Misty For Me's pedigree is a  familiar one for trainer Aidan O'Brien, who campaigned  Galileo. While Misty For Me's  dam, the Storm Cat mare Butterfly Cove was unraced, the Ballydoyle maestro trained her half-brother Fasliyev, the champion juvenile of 1999, and her full-sister Kamarinskaya, winner of the Group 3 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown.

Third dam Anne Campbell is a Grade 1 winner and matriarch of a host of American black-type winners. This isalso the family of Golden Jubilee and July Cup winner Les Arcs.

So You Think's victory in the Tattersalls Gold Cup gave his sire High Chaparral a first European Group 1 , having also been one of his four Group 1 winners produced while standing in New Zealand.

A NZ$110,000 purchase by DGR Thoroughbred Services atthe 2008 NZB Premier Yearling Sale at Karaka, So You Think is out of New Zealand Group 2 winner Triassic and a half-brother to six winners.

Danehill Dancer had 10 stakes race runners around the world today, among them Alexander Pope, a 100,000gns foal purchase at Tattersalls in 2008.  The Gallinule Stakes winner was bred by Tony Hirschfeld and comes from the same family as his Royal Ascot winner  Superstar Leo, bred in partnership with Lester Piggot.

Read more about So You Think, Alexander Pope and the other Curragh Group winners in our new Bloodstock Analysis section in tomorrow's Racing Post results section.


A home-bred winner for Darley when Wavering landed the Group 1 Montjeu Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary. Her dam Summertime Legacy raced for Maktoum al-Maktoum and was inherited into the Darley broodmare clan on his death.  Wavering is a a second Group 1 winner for her sire Refuse To Bend, the other being Sarafina, winner of this race last year.

Read more about Wavering and the other Longchamp Group winners  in our new Bloodstock Analysissection in tomorrow's Racing Post results section.

The brilliance of Goldikova is matched by the consistency of her dam, the Blushing Groom mare Born Gold, whose 10 winners in addition to the Prix d'Ispahan heroine include Galikova, winner of this month's Group 3 Prix Cleopatre. Born Gold has a yearling filly foal out of Goldikova's late sire Anabaa.

Team Valor were just out ofluck with Animal Kingdom in the Preakness Stakes but struck in France when Brigantin was  a narrow winner of the Prix Vicomtesse Vigier. Bred by Team Valor, trainer Andre Fabre's wife Elisabeth  and Denali Stud, Brigantin is by the US sire Cozzene, who has had £1 million-plus earners trained in the UK (Running Stag), America (Tikkanen and Alphabet Soup) and Japan (Admire Moon).

His dam, the Poliglote mare Banyu Dewi, ran at stakes level in both Germany and the US.


An exciting victory for Excelebration in the German 2,000 Guineas at Cologne gave Darley sire Exceed And Excel a second European stakes winner of 2011. Excelebration, bred by Owenstown Stud and sold as a yearling for £20,000,  has as his third dam the Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Sarah Siddons, dam of Irish Oaks winner Princess Pati.


The success of Japan horses bred by European imported mares continued with the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) victory of Erin Court, whose dam Erin Bird was third in the Nassau Stakes and won the 1994  Italian 1,000 Guineas.

Another European  mare, Whitewater Affair, is dam of Japan's Dubai World Cup winner Victoire Pisa.

Erin Court's third dam Dancing Shadow is a Ballymacoll foundation marewhose descendants include Conduit, Petrushka, and Spectrum.

Erin Court is by the Sunday Silence horse Durandal who stands at Shadai Farm,  also breeders of the winner.


Singapore Airlines International Cup winner Gita Hernando has a Classic element to his pedigree thanks to third dam Mrs McCardy. This was an 11th Group or Grade 1 win for Hernando, whose best alumni include Sulamani, Holding Court and Casual Conquest.

Local legend Rocket Man was bred in Australia and is by Woodlands Stud stallion Viscount, a son of Epsom Derby winner Quest For Fame.

He isa half-brother to Giant's Causeway's South African Group 1 winner Our Giant.




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