Eagle Top’s half-brother set to make debut

Eagle Top's half-brother makes Newmarket debut
By Chris Hill 5:31PM 23 SEP 2016

JUST weeks after it was announced that Lady Bamford's Group 2 winner Eagle Top had been retired, a two-year-old half-brother to the Pivotal colt will make his debut on Saturday with John Gosden introducing Crowned Eagle in Haydock's mile maiden at 3.20pm.

A Lady Bamford homebred son of Oasis Dream, Crowned Eagle is the fifth foal produced by the 1m6f Listed Further Flight Stakes winner Gull Wing, an In The Wings half-sister to Sariska who was crowned European champion three-year-old filly in 2009 after victories in the Oaks and Irish Oaks.

All three of Gull Wing's foals to have run to date are by Cheveley Park Stud stalwart Pivotal and have been successful at Group 2 level. Eagle Top claimed the 1m4f King Edward VII Stakes in 2014 before finishing second to Postponed in last year's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Gull Wing's first foal, The Lark, started the run of success with a third place finish in the 2013 Oaks before victory in the Group 2 Park Hill Stakes.

This year her three-year-old colt, Wings Of Desire, landed the Group 1 Dante Stakes and after finishing fourth in the Derby emulated Eagle Top when filling the runner-up spot in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Given past results from the cross, it is little wonder that Gull Wing's two most recent foals are by Pivotal with the 12-year-old mare foaling a colt by the 1996 Nunthorpe Stakes winner this season after producing a Pivotal colt last year.

Well-related fillies entered in Newmarket maiden

The opening 7f fillies' maiden at Newmarket features a number of daughters of classy mares having their first racecourse start at 1.50pm.

Darley homebred Blue Illusion, a Charlie Appleby-trained daughter of Dubawi, is the second foal produced by Blue Bunting, winner of the 1,000 Guineas, Irish Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks in 2011.

Her first foal, the Street Cry colt Blue Creek, won a Meydan dirt mile maiden on his debut for Appleby before finishing third in the Listed Emirates Skywards Al Bastakiya.

Blue Bunting was acquired by Sheikh Mohammed at the 2009 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearling Sale with Anthony Stroud paying $200,000 to secure the daughter of Dynaformer on his behalf.

Sheikh Hamdan has two representatives entered with the Charlie Hills-trained Neshmeya declared to carry the first colours and Talaayeb, trained by Owen Burrows, a second runner for the leading owner-breeder.

A daughter of Lawman, Neshmeya was bred by James Wigan and George Strawbridge out of the High Chaparral mare High Heeled, winner of the 1m4f Group 3 St Simon Stakes and third in the Oaks and Coronation Cup.

High Heeled is the dam of one winner to date with Parbouche, a three-year-old daughter of Dubawi successful last Sunday in a German Listed race over a mile.

Neshmeya was purchased by Shadwell for 425,000gns when offered by Wigan's West Blagdon Stud at the 2014 Tattersalls December Foal Sale.

Dansili filly Talaayeb is a Shadwell homebred out of 1m1f Listed Feilden Stakes winner and 2010 Oaks third Rumoush, a Rahy half-sister to 2009 1,000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes heroine Ghanaati.

From the further family of top-class colts Nashwan and Nayef, Talaayeb is a half-sister to the Dubawi colt Muntazah, a winner last year over 7f and third in the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes. Last year Rumoush foaled a colt by Frankel that has subsequently been named Wadilsafa.

George Strawbridge has a connection to a second filly in the contest with the John Gosden-trained Smart Together, a daughter of Smart Strike, set to carry his familiar white and green silks that appeared in the Newmarket winner's enclosure on Friday courtesy of stablemate Journey.

Bred by Strawbridge's Augustin Stable in Pennsylvania, Smart Together is the third foal produced by the Belong To Me mare Forever Together, a seven-time winner in the US from 7f to 1m2f.

That figure included four victories at the highest level when successful in the 2008 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, the First Lady Stakes and when landing successive renewals of the Diana Stakes.

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