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First British or Irish stakes winner for Statue

Danehill Dancer Tipperary Stakes (Listed), Tipperary, 5f, 2yo

ANADOLU (b f Statue Of Liberty - Afto, Relaunch)

Breeder: Selman Tasbek, in Ireland

FORMER Coolmore stallion Statue Of Liberty's fourth-crop daughter Anadolubecame her sire's first black-type winner in Britain or Ireland with a shock half-length victory over odds-on Moonlit Garden (by Exceed And Excel) in the Tipperary Stakes.

Statue Of Liberty is an immaculately-bred Storm Cat half-brother to Lemon Drop Kid from the family of A P Indy, and he was bought by Demi O'Byrne for $1.3 million as a yearling.

His finest hour on the track came when winning the 2002 Coventry Stakes, and he also finished a close second to Reel Buddy in the Sussex Stakes in the following season.

Tracey Collins

Tracey Collins: winning trainer

  PICTURE: Caroline Norris  

He made a fair start with his first European two-year-old runners, who included Italian Listed winner Black Mambazo and Dragon Stakes runner-up New Jersey.

But at the end of the year Coolmore sold him to Japan, where he has stood for the past three seasons at East Stud on the island of Hokkaido. He had covered books in excess of 100 mares in each of his first three seasons, and a bumper 183 - including Anadolu's dam, Afto - in his fourth and last European season.

Though Anadolu is Statue Of Liberty's first stakes winner inBritain or Ireland, the sire has had three on the continent – Black Mambazo, Kolokol and Miss Liberty – and his southern-hemipshere-conceived offspring include Macau Group 1 winner Golden Star and Australian Group 2 scorer Mic Mac.

Tracey Collins-trained Anadolu was bred by Selman Tasbek. After failing to sell for 7,000gns at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October yearling sale last year, the filly runs in Tasbek's colours.

Her dam won the Grade 2 Railbird Stakes over 7f at Santa Anita at three, and her other progeny includes Italian Listed-placed Libero Mercato, by Golan.

Afto's third dam, Debutante Stakes winner Brown Berry, was an exceptional broodmare, producing two Classic winners in Hours After (Prix du Jockey Club) and Avatar (Belmont Stakes), as well as Grade 1 winner Unconscious and Group 2 winner and Derby fourth Monseigneur.

Afto, who is descended from Brown Berry's non-black type daughter Whitsett, also has a yearling colt by Soviet Star.

 

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