Galileo trio head Leopardstown maiden

Galileo trio head Leopardstown maiden By Chris Hill 6:08PM 10 AUG 2016

AIDAN O’BRIEN looks to have a strong chance of winning a Leopardstown 1m maiden for colts and geldings on Thursday with three of the six entries, all of them sons of multiple champion sire Galileo, set to line up at 7pm.

Carrying the colours of part-owner and breeder Flaxman Stables, Diodorus finished third, beaten a length, on his debut over course and distance in June.

The two-year-old colt is out of the European champion two and three-year-old Divine Proportions, who was successful in the Prix Morny, Prix Marcel Boussac, Poule d’Essai des Pouliches, Prix de Diane and Prix d’Astarte and is a half-sister to triple Group 1 winner Whipper.


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The daughter of Kingmambo has produced three previous winners including the 6f Group 3 Prix Eclipse and 1m Listed Grand Handicap de Deauville victor Eightfold Path and she foaled a sister to Diodorus earlier this year named Nefertiti.

Another O’Brien runner with the benefit of experience is Tang Dynasty who finished strongly to claim third on his first start in a Galway 1m½f maiden last month.

Bred by the Anatola syndicate out of the Tiger Hill mare Anatola, a 1m4f German Listed winner and half-sister to 2004 German Oaks heroine Amarette, Tang Dynasty is herself a half-sister to four winners including the Group 2-winning siblings by Monsun, Almandin and Atempo.

Juvenile colt Finn McCool will be having his first start but hails from a useful family that has had plenty of success at the course in the past.

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He is the fifth foal out of Mystical Lady, who O’Brien trained to win three times from 7f to 1m1f including in the Listed Ruby Stakes.

Covered by Galileo every year since her retirement, the daughter of Halling has been responsible for two winners, Kingfisher, the Listed Saval Beg and Dee Stakes victor and runner-up in last year’s Gold Cup, and the winning miler Cocoon, who has twice been placed in black-type races.

Out of an unraced daughter of triple Group 1-winning miler Sonic Lady, Mystical Lady is a three-parts sister to the Listed-winning miler and Irish Oaks third Lady Lupus and half-sister to the ill-fated Furner’s Green, who won the 2012 Group 3 Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial before finishing third in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains, so Finn McCool certainly has the pedigree to excel over the mile.

Well-related juveniles bid to break maiden at Yarmouth

Earlier in the day, the 7f two-year-old maiden at Yarmouth sees Dansili with two representatives in the contest due off at 5pm.

Ed Dunlop sends Crystal Dome to the seaside course for his second start having finished seventh on his debut at Sandown last month.

Crystal Dome was bred by Watership Down Stud and offered at last year’s Tattersalls October Yearling Sale but ended up being bought back for 140,000gns.

Out of the Gone West mare Crystal Maze, an unraced daughter of 2000 Fillies’ Mile heroine Crystal Music and half-sister to three Listed-placed performers, the colt is himself a half-brother to the 2013 Group 2 Prix Greffulhe winner Ocovango.

Another son of the leading Juddmonte stallion is Presence Process who will be making his racecourse debut for trainer Luca Cumani.

Owned and bred by Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar out of their 1m5f Listed River Eden Stakes winner Loulwa, a Montjeu half-sister to the 6f Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes hero Galeota, Presence Process is a half-brother to three winners including the two-time 5f Listed scorer Justineo.

Among their opponents is the Medaglia D’Oro colt Intrepidly, a $200,000 purchase by Kerri Radcliffe Bloodstock at last year’s Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

Trained by Jeremy Noseda, he is a half-brother to four winners, most notably the dual Group victress Maoineach and US Listed scorer Tiz Now Tiz Then and being out of the unraced Seeking The Gold mare Trepidation, they share their page with four-time US Grade 1 winner and 1993 Kentucky Oaks heroine Dispute.

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