Half-brother to Lumiere set for Hamilton debut
Half-brother to Lumiere set for Hamilton debut By Chris Hill 3:03PM 17 AUG 2016
HAMILTON'S 6f two-year-old maiden at 5.40pm on Thursday features the debut of X Rated, a half-brother to last year's Cheveley Park Stakes heroine Lumiere.
By Shamardal, Lumiere put a disappointing run behind her when second favourite for this season's 1,000 Guineas to run out a six-length winner of the Listed Sir Henry Cecil Stakes over the Guineas course and distance on her second outing this campaign.
Mark Johnston is heavily involved in X Rated as not only is he owner and trainer of the son of Exceed And Excel but he also bred the colt out of the 7f winner Screen Star, a Tobougg half-sister to Champion Bumper runner-up Sophocles who he purchased for 52,000gns at the 2013 Tattersalls December Mare Sale.
X Rated himself has twice been offered at the Newmarket auction house, firstly when selling to Emerald Bloodstock for 70,000gns at the 2014 December Foal Sale before Johnston reacquired the colt for 105,000gns at Book 1 of last year's October Yearling Sale.
In addition to Lumiere, Screen Star has produced another winner in the shape of Wolverhampton 1m4f maiden winner Silent Movie, a son of Cape Cross. Last year Screen Star foaled a sister to Lumiere and that filly is due to be offered by Grove Stud as lot 301 at Book 1 of this year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.
Another graduate from last year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale is the Michael Dods-trained contender Bamber Bridge, a 70,000gns purchase by David Armstrong's Highfield Farm at Book 3.
Bamber Bridge was bred by Old Peartree Stud out of the 5f juvenile scorer Nashira, a daughter of Prince Sabo from the family of Group 2-winning juveniles Ozone Friendly and Sir Gerry.
A son of Dark Angel, Bamber Bridge is a half-brother to three winners including the Efisio mare Perfect Polly who was twice successful in Listed sprints and narrow runner-up in two 6f Group 3 races.
Pricey Perfect Storm bidding for perfect start at Killarney
Aidan O'Brien has two representatives in the opening two-year-old maiden over a mile at Killarney (5.20pm), with the debutant Perfect Storm an interesting contender for the champion trainer.
From the first crop of Coolmore stallion Excelebration, the 475,000gns paid by MV Magnier for the colt at last year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale makes him the priciest offspring of the triple Group 1 winner to change hands at public auction.
Perfect Storm was bred by Lodge Park Stud out of the winning miler and two-time Listed-placed Lady Miletrian, a Barathea sister to 2002 Listed Albany Stakes victress Duty Paid.
From the family of another classy juvenile in 1989 Middle Park Stakes hero Balla Cove, Derrick Smith's colt is a half-brother to four winners including Group 2 Park Stakes third Himalya and the dual Japanese Listed-placed Seiun Jaguars.