Debutants for sisters Goldikova and Galikova
Goldikova: brilliant mare delivered her first winner this month
PICTURE: Getty Images Debutants for sisters Goldikova and Galikova By Chris Hill 6:59PM 27 NOV 2016
FREDDY HEAD and the Wertheimer brothers introduce a couple of beautifully bred colts on Monday with close ties to Goldikova, their wonderful racemare who enthralled racing fans for five seasons.
Expectations will perhaps be highest for Goldikovic, a three-year-old son of multiple champion sire Galileo and the brilliant Goldikova, when the colt has his first racecourse start in Deauville's 1m1½f Prix de Villepelee at 12.55pm local time (11.55am GMT).
Goldikovic is the first foal produced by Goldikova who was crowned champion European older mare on three occasions and achieved 14 victories at the highest level including three successive renewals of the Breeders' Cup Mile from 2008 to 2010.
The daughter of Anabaa made the perfect start to her broodmare career when Terrakova, a year-younger sister to Goldikovic by Galileo, made an impressive debut earlier in the month when running out a convincing three-and-a-half-length winner at Chantilly.
Goldikova hails from one of the Wertheimers' most successful families as a daughter of the winning Blushing Groom mare Born Gold, a sister to the 1992 Prix Marcel Boussac and 1993 Coronation Stakes heroine Gold Splash.
Born Gold has been responsible for five stakes winners with Goldikova – who foaled a filly by Intello earlier this year – a sister to the French Group 3 scorer and five-time Group/Grade 1-placed Anodin and half-sister to 2011 Prix Vermeille heroine Galikova and Group performers Gold Round and Gold Sound.
Galikova also represented
Deauville's opening Prix de l'Epinay for unraced two-year-old colts, geldings and fillies sees Goldikova's Group 1-winning half-sister Galikova represented by her first runner with the Dansili colt Galikeo entered for the 1m1½f contest at 12.25pm GMT (11.25am local time).
Galikeo is the first foal produced by Galikova who, as well as securing the 1m4f Prix Vermeille in 2011, claimed the 1m2f Group 2 Prix Guillaume d'Ornano and 1m2½f Group 3 Prix Cleopatre and finished runner-up to Golden Lilac in the Prix de Diane.
The eight-year-old daughter of Galileo foaled a brother to Galikeo last year that has subsequently been named Galikor and earlier this year she produced a filly by Dubawi named Galibawa.
However, Galikeo isn't the only well-related contender, with Henri-Francois Devin's contender Terre Et Ciel and the Simone Brogi-trained Champagne Forever both closely related to winners at the highest level.
By Kaldounevees, Terre Et Ciel is a sister to the 2001 Prix de l'Opera and 2002 Dubai Duty Free heroine Terre A Terre as well as the 1m2f Listed winner Kachgai and 1m1f scorer Just As Good.
The juvenile filly is the 14th foal produced by the 6f winner Toujours Juste, a daughter of Always Fair who shares her page with triple US Grade 2 winner Tizdejavu and Grade 3 scorer Polished Brass.
A daughter of Mastercraftsman, Champagne Forever was bred by the Joffrey family's Scea des Prairies out of the Distant Relative mare Hambye. A dual Italian Listed victress, Hambye has produced seven individual winners with Champagne Forever being a half-sister to Group 1 Prix d'Astarte heroine Marbye.
Marbye was crowned champion Italian older mare in 2004 after victory in the Group 2 Premio Emilio Turati and is shaping up into a useful broodmare herself as dam of Japanese 1,000 Guineas heroine Marcellina and Grade 2 victor Grandezza.
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