Deep Impact and War Front colts go into battle
Deep Impact and War Front colts do battle By Chris Hill 6:10PM 6 NOV 2016
THE 1m two-year-old maiden at Newcastle at 4.20pm on Monday features the debut of a number of big-money purchases, the priciest of them being Lethal Impact, a son of Deep Impact who fetched ¥180m (£966,090/€1,408,625) at the 2014 JRHA Select Foal Sale.
The David Simcock-trained colt was the most expensive of the six foals by the champion Japanese sire to be purchased at the sale by David Redvers on behalf of Qatar Racing, a transaction that included Fierce Impact, who made a successful debut last month for the same connections.
Out of the 2007 Group 2 Prix Dollar heroine Musical Way, a daughter of Gold Away, Lethal Impact is a brother to Mikki Queen who was crowned champion Japanese three-year-old filly last year following victories in the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) and Shuka Sho (fillies' St Leger).
Godolphin are represented by the War Front colt Bombay Marine, a $525,000 purchase by by John Ferguson at last year's Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
Bombay Marine is the fifth foal produced by the Smart Strike mare Bel Air Beauty, winner of the then Grade 2 Alcibiades Stakes in 2006 meaning the John Gosden-trained colt is bred on the same cross as the 2014 Grade 1 Alcibiades heroine Peace And War.
Bel Air Beauty has been responsible for three winners to date with Bombay Marine being a half-brother to 6f Grade 2 Kennedy Road Stakes victor Stacked Deck and Canadian 1m Grade 2 runner-up Valentino Beauty.
Roger Varian and Paul Smith achieved Group 1 success with Kingston Hill in the St Leger and Racing Post Trophy and the trainer and owner team up at Newcastle with another Tattersalls October Yearling Book 2 Sale graduate in Bowerman.
The son of Dutch Art was bred by Cheveley Park Stud out of the 1m and 1m1f scorer Jamboretta, a Danehill half-sister to the Listed-winning sprinter Excusez Moi and was offered by the stud at last year's auction where he was picked up by Charlie Gordon-Watson and Smith for 150,000gns.
A half-brother to 7f to 1m winner Messila Star and 7f victress Music And Dance, Bowerman hails from the family of Juddmonte's blue hen Hasili, dam of five individual Group/Grade 1 winners as well as leading stallion Dansili who was represented by a 20th top-level winner on Saturday with Queen's Trust victorious in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf.
Half-sister to Marsha in action
The opening 5f maiden at 2.10pm sees Marseille, an Excelebration half-sister to this season's Prix de l'Abbaye heroine Marsha making her second start for Julie Camacho after finishing seventh at the course in September over a furlong further.
Like Marsha, Marseille is an Elite Racing Club homebred filly out of the 5f Listed Prix des Reves d'Or winner Marlinka, a daughter of Marju who is also dam of six-time sprint winner Judicial.
Derrinstown Stud stalwart Marju died last month at the age of 28 but provided the Elite Racing Club with some notable performers over the years as sire of five-time Group 1-winning miler Soviet Song and damsire of 2014 Prix Jean Romanet victress Ribbons, and Marseille shares her page with both fillies.