Hasili continues to rule Filly and Mare Turf
Queen's Trust (left) gets the better of Lady Eli at Santa Anita
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Hasili continues to rule Filly and Mare Turf By Martin Stevens 8:01PM 5 NOV 2016
JUDDMONTE blue hen Hasili enhanced her outstanding record in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita on Saturday as granddaughter Queen's Trust came with a thrilling late run to defeat Lady Eli (by Divine Park) on the line in the 1m4f contest.
Queen's Trust is a daughter of Hasili's blue-chip sire son Dansili, who also supplied 2013 Filly & Mare Turf winner Dank.
Dansili, a 20-year-old son of Danehill who finished third in the Breeders' Cup Mile, now has 20 Group/Grade 1 winners to his name.
The Banstead Manor Stud stalwart has also had Flintshire, Passage Of Time and The Fugue finish in the frame at the Breeders' Cup meeting.
Hasili's outstanding progeny record also features two winners of the Filly & Mare Turf – Banks Hill, who hosed up at Belmont Park in 2001 and was second to Starine a year later, and Intercontinental, who took the scalp of Ouija Board at Belmont in 2005.
Banks Hill in turn is the dam of Romantica, who finished second to Dank in the 2013 renewal of the race at Santa Anita.
For good measure Heat Haze, another daughter of Hasili, finished a close fourth to Islington in the Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita in 2003.
Although Queen's Trust paid a compliment to Juddmonte's blue hen Hasili, she is a success story for her Newmarket-based owner-breeder Cheveley Park Stud.
The three-year-old filly has been saddled by Sir Michael Stoute to finish second in the Nassau Stakes and third in the Yorkshire Oaks and Brish Champions Fillies & Mares this year.
She is the fourth foal out of Queen's Best, bred by Darley but bought by Cheveley Park Stud for 310,000gns as a yearling at Tattersalls.
Queen's Best, a daughter of King's Best, was also trained by Stoute to win the Group 3 Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor and to finish second in the Group 2 Blandford Stakes.
King's Best has also made his mark as a broodmare sire with Group 1 winners Ervedya and Mont Ormel.
Queen's Best is out of Nell Gwyn Stakes winner and Prix Vermeille second Cloud Castle, making her a half-sister to stakes winners Reverie Solitaire – the dam of this year's Group 2 Badener Meile winner Royal Solitaire – and Urban Castle, as well as Samdaniya, the dam of last month's Prix Marcel Boussac third Dabyah.
Cloud Castle is out of another blue hen in Lucayan Princess, the dam of high-class trio Luso, Needle Gun and Warrsan, and also ancestress of classy sprint two-year-old Mehmas, dual French Classic heroine Avenir Certain and top hurdler Nichols Canyon.
Queen's Best is the dam of one other winner and has an unraced two-year-old filly by Dansili called Queen's Castle, a yearling colt by Exceed And Excel called Cavalry and a filly foal by Cheveley Park Stud flagbearer Pivotal. She was covered by Muhaarar this year.
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