Great Heavens’ first foal to grace Wolverhampton
Great Heavens' first foal to grace Wolverhampton
By Chris Hill 11:13PM 10 NOV 2016
GREAT HEAVENS, winner of the 2012 Irish Oaks, will be represented by her first runner on Friday when the Dansili colt Althib makes his debut for Charlie Hills in Wolverhampton's 7f maiden at 4.15pm.
The Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned colt is the first foal produced by Great Heavens, a Lady Rothschild homebred who finished fifth on her only juvenile start for John Gosden before running up a sequence of four successive victories as a three-year-old.
Following triumphs in the Listed Ballymacoll Stud Stakes and Group 2 Lancashire Oaks, the daughter of Galileo was sent off a short-priced favourite for the Irish Oaks and duly ran out a comfortable three-length winner in a field consisting of the Epsom Oaks 1-2, Was and Shirocco Star.
Great Heavens retired to the paddocks at the end of her three-year-old season after two unplaced runs and produced a colt by Dubawi last year named Dubhe and earlier this season foaled a Dansili brother to Althib named Great Bear.
While Friday signals a new stage in her broodmare career, the seven-year-old mare has some way to go to match the exploits in the breeding shed of her outstanding dam Magnificient Style.
A Group 3-winning daughter of Silver Hawk, Magnificient Style has been responsible for ten winners, eight at stakes level including 2011 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and 2012 Eclipse hero Nathaniel, a brother to Great Heavens who will stand his fifth season at Newsells Park Stud in 2017 at a reduced fee of £17,500.
Great Heavens is also a three-parts sister to Playful Act – winner of the 2004 Fillies' Mile and herself a useful broodmare having produced three black-type winners, including Grade 2 New York Stakes victor Giant's Play – and a half-sister to dual Group 2 victress Echoes In Eternity who is the dam of two stakes performers.
Clive Cox introduces another well-related debutant in My Aussie Rules, a half-brother to Kirsten Rausing's 1m4f Group 1 Qipco British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes heroine Madame Chiang.
My Aussie Rules was bred by Rausing and offered by her County Meath nursery Staffordstown at last year's Tattersalls December Yearling Sale where he was purchased by Kevin Ross Bloodstock on behalf of Paul and Clare Rooney for 40,000gns.
By the late Aussie Rules, who died earlier this year aged 13, My Aussie Rules is the seventh foal produced by the two-time winner Robe Chinoise, a Robellino half-sister to German Listed scorer Kiswahili, and hails from the family of triple US Grade 1 winner Bienamado.
Robe Chinoise has been represented by four winners to date with My Aussie Rules a half-brother to the aforementioned Madame Chiang and Chinoiseries, both daughters of Archipenko, and the Selkirk geldings Mannlichen and Oriental Scot.
Rivals with previous experience include Zefferino, a Roger Charlton-trained son of Frankel who finished runner-up over 7f at Newmarket in August and a staying-on fourth at Sandown the following month over the same distance.
Owned and bred by Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar, Zefferino is the first foal out of their once-raced mare Turama, a Pivotal half-sister to the 2006 Sun Chariot heroine Spinning Queen, meaning the colt is bred on the same cross that has resulted in two individual winners in Cracksman and Seven Heavens.
Turama was purchased by Tony Nerses on behalf of Al Homaizi and Al Sagar for 240,000gns at the 2010 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale and produced a colt by Invincible Spirit last year and earlier this season foaled a colt by Kingman.