Baila Me’s second foal makes debut at Pontefract
Second foal of Baila Me makes Pontefract debut
By Chris Hill 9:25PM 14 SEP 2016
THE 1m2f maiden at Pontefract on Thursday hosts a number of well-related contenders but it is the unraced three-year-olds Bailarico and Vuela that look of particular interest on breeding at 5.10pm.
A Darley homebred by Dubawi, Bailarico is the second foal produced by 2008 Preis von Europa heroine and German Oaks third Baila Me, a daughter of Samum.
The Charlie Appleby-trained colt will be out to continue the family tradition of winning on debut as his year-older sister Pop Chart won on her first start for trainer Henri-Alex Pantall at Pompadour over 1m3½f and Baila Me herself was victorious at the first attempt for trainer Werner Baltromei.
Bailarico also shares his page with more horses successful at the highest level as not only is Baila Me a sister to 2011 Prix Royal-Oak heroine Be Fabulous but is out of a winning daughter of the Chilean 1,000 Guineas victress Blumme.
Luca Cumani is responsible for the Duke Of Marmalade filly Vuela who hails from a family he has experienced success with in the past.
Owned and bred by Stuart Stuckey out of the winning miler Victoire Finale, a Peintre Celebre half-sister to Group 2 Prix Hubert de Chaudenay winner Vertical Speed, Vuela is a half-sister to Cumani's 1m2f Listed Swettenham Stud Fillies' Trial Stakes scorer Volume who went on to finish third in the Oaks and Irish Oaks.
A daughter of Prix du Cadran heroine Victoire Bleue, Victoire Finale has produced four winners to date with Vuela also being a half-sister to the Australian Group 3-placed Velox and a three-parts sister to the Fastnet Rock juvenile filly Vanity Queen, who won a 1m½f maiden at Nottingham for Cumani last month.
Ayr debut for pricey colt Armandihan
Ayr's opening race sees Kevin Ryan unveil expensive breeze-up purchase Armandihan in the mile novice stakes at 1.30pm.
The son of Zoffany was bought by Stephen Hillen and Ryan at this year's Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up Sale for 320,000gns, a sum that made the colt the joint fourth top-lot at the auction.
It also marked a considerable return for consignor Grove Stud who purchased Armandihan for 175,000gns at Book 2 of last year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale and a significant increase on the 50,000gns paid by Amanda Skiffington when the colt was originally offered for sale at the 2014 Tattersalls December Foal Sale.
Bred by Agricola Del Parco out of the once-raced Entrepreneur mare Flying Flag, Armandihan is a half-brother to seven winners including dual Italian Listed scorer Laguna Salada and the Listed-placed pair Ladiesandgentlemen and Montsarrat.
Half-brother to New Providence to be introduced at Yarmouth
Another six-figure purchase from Book 2 of last year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale set to debut on Thursday is Ekhtiyaar, a son of Bated Breath who was picked up by Shadwell for 110,000gns.
The Roger Varian-trained juvenile is declared for Yarmouth's 6f maiden at 2.45pm.
Ekhtiyaar is the third foal produced by the thrice-raced Giant's Causeway mare Bayja whose two previous foals have both been successful on the racecourse.
Bred by James Ortega Bloodstock, Ekhtiyaar is a half-brother to the 6f Group 3 Summer Stakes and Dick Poole Fillies' Stakes winner New Providence and 5f victor Ahdaf. Bayja foaled a filly by Dark Angel this year.
Close relation to Alamshar in action at Listowel
The 1m4f maiden at Listowel features the first racecourse start of Dermot Weld's three-year-old gelding Aydoun at 3pm.
An Aga Khan-homebred son of Mastercraftsman, Aydoun is a half-brother to three black-type winners including dual Group 3 victor Alayan, the winner of the Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial in 2005 and the following year's Mooresbridge Stakes.
Aydoun is the twelfth and final foal produced by the 1m4f scorer Alaya, an Ela-Mana-Mou half-sister to the owner's Key of Luck colt Alamshar, crowned champion three-year-old in England and Ireland in 2003 following victories in the Irish Derby and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.