Urban Sea grandson wins on debut in France
VALEDICTORY, a son of Dubai Destination out of Sheikh Mohammed's expensive yearling purchase Melikah, a daughter of Arc heroine Urban Sea, won on his debut at Saint-Cloud on Saturday.
Melikah was purchased by Gainsborough Stud at Deauville in 1998 for FF10,000,000. Not only is her dam an Arc winner, but so was her sire, Lammtarra.
She subsequently finished third behind Love Divine in the 2000 Epsom Oaks and second behind Petrushka in the Irish version for Godolphin.
Urban Sea has also produced Galileo and Black Sam Bellamy.
Valedictory, who is trained by Andre Fabre for Sheikh Mohammed, could have a bright future: he won his maiden by five lengths.