Clem provides Elzaam with first stakes winner
Clem Fandango (light blue): wins the Listed Harry Roseberry Stakes
PICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos) Clem provides Elzaam with first stakes winner
By James Thomas 5:00PM 16 SEP 2016
FIRST-SEASON SIRE Elzaam supplied his first stakes winner on Friday as his juvenile daughter Clem Fandango ran out a ready winner of the Listed Harry Rosebery Stakes at Ayr.
Trained by Keith Dalgleish and carrying the familiar colours of Middleham Park Racing, Clem Fandango tracked the leaders before hitting the front approaching the final furlong and running on strongly to win by three and three quarter lengths.
Bred by John Raw, the filly is out of the unplaced Coronado's Quest mare Question, which makes her a half-sister to Happy Sun Percy, a 6½f winner in France.
Further back it is the family of Listed Great Lady M Stakes scorer Royal Shyness and 1988 Lowther Stakes winner Miss Demure.
Federico Barberini purchased Clem Fandango with Middleham Park at the V2 section of last year's Arqana August Yearlings sale in Deauville for €11,000.
The buy now looks particularly shrewd as she has won nearly £76,000 in prize-money, having also landed a Catterick novice stakes and finishing third in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Friday's win further highlights the talents of Elzaam, who stands at Ballyhane Stud where he stood the 2016 breeding season at a fee of just €3,500.
The son of Redoute's Choice has made a fine start with his first crop of two-year-olds, and currently sits in joint-third in the British and Irish freshman sires' table by number of winners, with 12 of his runners having got their head in front.
His strike-rate of winners-to-runners is 46 per cent, bettered only by Frankel of the sires that have had more than three runners.