Goldikova’s half-sister wins on her debut
Goldikova: her two-year-old half-sister is by Redoute's Choice
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Gold Luck gets her career off to the perfect start
By Martin Stevens 2:43PM 26 SEP 2016
GOLD LUCK, the two-year-old half-sister to exceptional racemare Goldikova, got her career off to the perfect start on Monday when she won a mile maiden for unraced fillies at Maisons-Laffitte.
The filly represents the same connections as her illustrious sibling – trained by Freddy Head for owner-breeders the Wertheimer brothers – and was ridden by Maxime Guyon to score by a head from the Falco filly Ifiandra. They pulled two and a half lengths clear of third-placed Orrery, a daughter of Smart Strike.
Head said after the race there should be more to come
from Gold Luck.
"I'm very happy with her," he said. "She wasn't fully tuned-up today and I think she can make plenty of progress from this.
"Next year will be for her and we'll leave her through the winter now in the hope she turns into a good filly. She handled herself very well and it looked a nice race. The runner-up pushed her hard at the end and overall they looked a nice bunch.
Asked how high Gold Luck could fly at three, Head added: "Goldikova wasn't really Goldikova at that age, was she?
"She's going well and has done everything we've asked of her so far. She's won her maiden and we will go gently with a view to next year."
Goldikova, a daughter of Anabaa, won a European record 14 Group/Grade 1 races including three consecutive renewals
of the Breeders' Cup Mile.
The siblings are out of the Blushing Groom mare Born Gold, an outstanding producer who is also the dam of Prix Vermeille heroine Galikova, three-time Group 1 runner-up Anodin and Group 3 scorers Gold Round and Gold Sound.
Goldikova has produced two foals of racing age for the Wertheimers – the three-year-old colt Goldikovic and two-year-old filly Terrakova, both by Galileo – although neither has yet to run. She also has a filly foal by Intello.
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