Half-brother to Finsceal Beo to make debut
Half-brother to Finsceal Beo to make debut
By Chris Hill 6:34PM 22 OCT 2016
MUSIKEL bids to become the first offspring of Frankel to register a win on Irish soil on Sunday when contesting Leopardstown's mile maiden for colts and geldings at 2pm.
Bred by the Cashman family's Rathbarry Stud and running in the colours of Catherine Cashman, Musikel is out of the Royal Academy mare Musical Treat, a three-time winner from 7f to 1m who was twice placed at Listed level over 1m2f.
Musical Treat has proved to be a brilliant broodmare for the stud having produced six winners including the triple Group 1-winning miler Finsceal Beo and 2010 Group 2 German 2,000 Guineas hero Frozen Power.
Musikel's trainer Jim Bolger knows the family well having prepared Finsceal Beo to victories in the 2006 Prix Marcel Boussac and 2007 1,000 Guineas and Irish 1,000 Guineas.
Since then the daughter of Mr Greeley has produced three winners of her own including the Group 2 Beresford Stakes winner Ol' Man River who fetched €2.85m at the 2013 Goffs Orby Yearling Sale.
Aidan O'Brien is mob-handed with five unraced contenders for a race he has won three times in the last six years including with future dual Group/Grade 1 winner Adelaide.
Three in particular take the eye on pedigree with the Galileo colts Belgravia, Spanish Steps and Venice Beach either being siblings of top-class performers or out of mares successful at the highest level.
Belgravia is a brother to O'Brien's 2013 Derby hero Ruler Of The World and to Giovanni Canaletto, the winner of this race in 2014 who went on to finish runner-up in last year's Group 3 Gallinule Stakes before filling third place in the Irish Derby.
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Out of the Kingmambo mare Love Me True, a winner over 1m and twice placed in stakes races, Belgravia is also a half-brother to Duke Of Marmalade, a son of Danehill who was crowned champion European older horse in 2008 following victories in the Juddmonte International Stakes, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Prince of Wales's Stakes, Prix Ganay and Tattersalls Gold Cup.
Spanish Steps is the first foal out of Turbulent Descent, who recorded four wins at the highest level in the US when successful in the Ballerina Stakes, Hollywood Starlet Stakes, Santa Anita Oaks and Test Stakes.
The daughter of Congrats was offered at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton November Sale but failed to meet her reserve and was led out of the ring unsold at $2.45 million.
Turbulent Descent produced a filly by War Front last year and this year foaled a brother to Spanish Steps by Galileo.
O'Brien's third eye-catching contender is Venice Beach, a half-brother to four winners including the 2011 champion European three-year-old filly Danedream.
The daughter of Lomitas proved one of the bargains of the 21st century when picked up by BBA Germany for just €9,000 at the 2010 BBAG Spring Horses in Training Sale before going on to win five Group 1s including the 2011 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
From the family of 2008 Poule d'Essai des Poulains winner Falco and this year's Prix Vermeille heroine Left Hand, Venice Beach is out of the unraced Danehill mare Danedrop meaning he is bred on the same cross that has produced 12 individual winners at the highest level including Frankel.
Sister to top-class juvenile Pathfork in Leopardstown debut
Leopardstown's opening mile maiden for fillies features a number of well-related two-year-olds bidding to make a successful debut for leading breeding operations at 1.30pm.
Jessica Harrington sends out the Distorted Humor filly Awareness, a sister to her 2010 champion Irish two-year-old colt Pathfork who won three races over 7f including the Group 1 National Stakes and Group 2 Futurity Stakes.
Bred by Flaxman Holdings out of the 1m Listed Prix de Bagatelle scorer Visions Of Clarity, a Sadler's Wells half-sister to five-time Group/Grade 1-winning miler Spinning World, Awareness is also a half-sister to the A.P. Indy colt Tacticus, a Listed scorer in the US over 1m6f.
Sansibar Jewel is a Dermot Weld-trained daughter of Street Cry and is closely related to some smart performers for the master of Rosewall.
A Moyglare Stud homebred, Sansibar Jewel is the eighth foal produced by the Danehill mare Irresistible Jewel who was trained by Weld to claim the 2002 Ribblesdale Stakes over 1m4f.
The 17-year-old broodmare has been responsible for three winners to date with Sansibar Jewel being a sister to Princess Highway, who emulated her dam with victory for Weld in the 2012 Ribblesdale Stakes, and a half-sister to 1m6f Irish St Leger hero Royal Diamond and 7f Group 3 Gladness Stakes victress Mad About You.
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