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Steeler adds to Raven's burgeoning reputation

Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (Group 2), 7f, 2yo colts

STEELER (c Raven's Pass - Discreet Brief by Darshaan)

Bred by Airlie Stud in Ireland

STEELER, who became the first stakes winner for Raven's Pass when successful in the Stardom Stakes earlier this month, added further to the burgeoning reputation of his sire on Saturday when running out a game winner of the Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket.

Raven's Pass was a wide-margin winner of the Solario Stakes as a two-year-old for John Gosden but he improved at three to take the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and Breeders' Cup Classic. Steeler is the best of nine European winners from the first-crop of his sire, who stands at Kildangan Stud. Other winners include the Group 3-placed Glean and Listed-placed Lovely Pass.

Steeler is bred to improve with time and distance being out of the 2003 Park Hill Stakes heroine Discreet Brief, herself from the family of Yorkshire Oaks winner Key Change. Discreet Brief has produced three other winners including Dogger Bank, who was Listed-placed over 1m3f despite being by top sprinter Oasis Dream, and the smart hurdler Secret Dancer. 

A relatively inexpensive 35,000gns Tattersalls foal purchase by Arrow Farm, Steeler was sold to Mark Johnston for 80,000gns at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Sale.


Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (Group 1), 1m, 3yo + f/m

SIYOUMA (4 f Medicean - Sichilla by Danehill)

Bred by Haras De Son Altesse L'Aga Khan Scea in Ireland

SIYOUMA was sold to Francois Doumen for €220,000 at last year's Arqana December Sale having won one of just two starts for her breeder, the Aga Khan. That figure now looks a bargain considering Siyouma is a Group 1 winner and has been Group 1-placed this year for Robert Jeffcock.

In addition, she boasts a fine Aga Khan - Lagardere pedigree as a half-sister to the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere winner Siyouni. The pair are the only runners so far out of Sichilla, a Listed winner over 7f who is a half-sister to Group 1 scorer and leading French sire Slickly and Grade 2 winner No Slip.

Siyouma is another example of how well Cheveley Park Stud's Medicean works with Danehill-line mares; other notable runners bred on the cross include Nannina, Sapphire, Regional Counsel and Mince. She is the eighth Group 1 winner by her sire and the third to score at the top level this year following Bayrir and Capponi.


Jaguar Cars Cheveley Park Stakes (Group 1), 6f, 2yo fillies

ROSDHU QUEEN (f Invincible Spirit - Green Minstrel by Green Tune)

Bred by Old Carhue and Grange Bloodstock in Ireland

CHEVELEY Park Stakes heroine Rosdhu Queen is Invincible Spirit's eighth Group 1 winner and the second to take the Cheveley Park Stakes following the 2010 scorer Hooray.

Invincible Spirit was all speed as a racehorse and he has passed that trait on to many of his offspring. His two other Group 1 winners this season are the crack sprinters Moonlight Cloud (Prix Maurice De Gheest) and Mayson (July Cup), and one of Rosdhu Queen's greatest assets appears to be her early speed, which is no surprise considering she is a half-sister to the 5f juvenile-winning pair Crimson Knot and Mimiteh.

However, there is reason to believe the filly will get further in time since she is out of the Green Tune mare Green Minstrel, who won the Prix d'Aumale over 1m as a two-year-old.

She is the second stakes winner bred on the Invincible Spirit - Green Tune cross in as many days following Friday's Saint-Cloud Listed scorer Foreign Tune.

Rosdhu Queen was a €120,000 Goffs foal purchase by BBA Ireland and was sold by Grove Stud for 65,000gns at the Tattersalls Craven Breeze up Sale earlier this year to David Redvers.

 

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