Captain Gerrard supplies his first stakes winner
Alpha Delphini (red cap): five-year-old was bred by Marie Matthews
PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos) Captain Gerrard supplies his first stakes winner
By Martin Stevens 4:06PM 27 AUG 2016
ALPHA DELPHINI emulated his half-brother Tangerine Trees with victory in the Listed Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes on Saturday, and became the first stakes winner for his sire Captain Gerrard in the process.
The five-year-old gelding was bred by Marie Matthews out of Easy To Imagine, an unraced daughter of Cozzene and Coronation Stakes third Zarani Sidi Anna.
Easy To Imagine has produced four winners from as many runners, most notably Tangerine Trees, who was saddled by Alpha Delphini's trainer Bryan Smart to win the Beverley Bullet and Prix de l'Abbaye in 2011.
Tangerine Trees, a son of Mind Games, is an admirable performer having won 15 of his 67 starts and was back in the winner's enclosure at the age of 11 this year after winning a Nottingham handicap for Michael Appleby.
Easy To Imagine is also the dam of Masai Moon, a son of Lujain who won eight of his 84 starts and boasted a best Racing Post Rating of 101 for finishing second in competitive handicaps, and Galatian, a gelding by Traditionally who won five races.
Matthews is still breeding from the mare, who has a yearling filly by Sepoy and a filly foal by Kuroshio and was covered by Casamento this year.
Alpha Delphini – who was knocked down to Oliver St Lawrence for 20,000gns as a yearling before joining Smart – has now won five of his 11 starts.
His sire Captain Gerrard won the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes at two and the Group 3 Palace House Stakes at three, and stands at Mickley Stud in Shropshire at a fee of just £2,750.
Captain Gerrard's other best progeny include the Italian Group 2-placed Gerrard's Quest and Listed runners-up Idatwo and Wee Jean.