Masked Marvel: the St Leger winner's half-sister is a Prix de Diane hopefulPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Half-sister to Masked Marvel wins Penelope
Prix Penelope (3yo fillies Group 3), Saint-Cloud 1m½f
3yo ch f Monsun - Waldmark (Mark Of Esteem)
HERTFORDSHIRE nursery Newsells Park Stud bred a bumper eight stakes winners last year and on Tuesday it got its first on the board for 2012 when Waldlerche staked her Prix de Diane claims with victory in the Prix Penelope.
Waldlerche is a half-sister to the crowning achievement of Newsells' haul of 2011 stakes winners, St Leger and Bahrain Trophy winner Masked Marvel.
Masked Marvel and Waldlerche are the fourth and fifth foals out of Waldmark, whom Newsells bought as a yearling from her breeder Gestüt Ravensberg.
Waldmark carried the Newsells Park silks to win a 7f maiden at two and finish second in the Swettenham Stud Fillies' Trial Stakes and Falmouth Stakes at three.
The half-sister to last season's Deutsches Derby hero Waldpark also has a two-year-old colt by Rock Of Gibraltar who was sold to Blandford Bloodstock for 85,000gns last year, a yearling filly by Manduro and was covered by New Approach last year.
Waldlerche was knocked down to Crispin de Moubray for €100,000 at the 2010 Arqana August yearling sale and races for Gestut Bernried.
She is another feather in the cap of outstanding German stallion Monsun, whose progeny includes world champion Manduro and other stars such as Getaway, Samum, Schiaparelli, Shirocco and Stacelita.