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Whipper: transferred to stand at the Haras du Mezeray in Normandy

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Whipper colt rules first Irish juvenile race

JIM BOLGER'S homebred colt Whip Rule was awarded Ireland's first two-year-old race of 2011, today's Tally Ho Stud European Breeders Fund Maiden at the Curragh, in the stewards room.

In a dramaticfinish, Tough As Nails had got up by a head to pass the post first. But to do so he had drifted right across the track and taken the rallying Whip Rule with him.

Tough As Nails' demotion denied Morristown Lattin Stud's first-season sire Dark Angel a first winner with his first runner, though compensation surely awaits.

Trainer Jim Bolger

Jim Bolger: breeder and trainer

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Tough As Nails also stood to win his owner LarryMulvany, father of the trainer Michael, the first £10,000 Racing Post Yearling Bonus payout of the year.

Whip Rule showcases the talent of his sire, Whipper. He is from the third crop of the son of Miesque's Son, who stood at Ballylinch Stud in County Kilkenny until this year, when he was transferred to the Haras du Mezeray in Normandy.

Much of Whipper's most conspicuous success as a sire has come in France, with his two Pattern race winners, Royal Bench and Dolled Up, having won the Group 2 Prix Daniel Wildenstein and the Group 3 Prix du Bois respectively.

Bolger has already enjoyed success with Whipper, a triple Group 1-winning three-parts brother to brilliant filly Divine Proportions. His Redmondstown Stud bred Rockfel Stakes runner-up Atasari from the sire.

Whipper's fee at Mezeray this year is €7,500.

Whip Rule is the seventh foal produced by the Australian-bred Danehill mare Danemarque, who was bought carrying Whip Rule's brother Whip Mark for 42,000gns by BBA Ireland at the 2006 Tattersalls December breeding stock sale.

Danemarque is out of the 1981 Lowther Stakes winner Circus Ring, making her a half-sister toLupe Stakes winner Lady Shipley and Listed Upavon Stakes scorer Ellie Ardensky (also dam of Ascot Gold Cup third Pole Star).

Circus Ring is also ancestress of middle-distance Group 1 winners Viva Pataca and Voila Ici, as well as Grade2 San Gabriel Handicap winner and sire Brave Act.






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