Hot spell for Fastnet goes on at the Curragh

Intricately (red) outbattles Hydrangea to land the Moyglare Stud Stakes

PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos) Intricately continues hot spell for Fastnet Rock
By James Thomas 6:28PM 11 SEP 2016

INTRICATELY belied big odds on her first attempt at Group 1 level as she provided brothers Joseph and Donnacha O'Brien with a first top-level success in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

The two-year-old filly, who supplied her sire Fastnet Rock with his 24th Group/Grade 1 winner, is the first foal produced by Inner Realm, an unplaced Galileo half-sister to seven-time Group 1 winner Rock Of Gibraltar and the Group 3-placed Nell Gywn.

The Fastnet Rock and Galileo cross has already produced Oaks winner Qualify and Saturday's Group 3 Enterprise Stakes winner Zhukova, both of whom – like Intricately – are owned by Chantal Consuelo Regalado-Gonzalez.

Inner Realm was bred back to Fastnet Rock earlier this year.

Sunday's success caps a fine week for Coolmore resident Fastnet Rock, who also sired Group 2 Champagne Stakes winner Rivet, the aforementioned Zhukova, New Zealand Listed winner Heroic Valour and Canadian Listed winner Uchenna, while away from stakes level the son of Danehill also provided winners Fastnet Spin and Pure Fantasy.

Churchill cruises to National Stakes success

Later on the Curragh card Churchill provided Galileo with yet another Group 1 winner as the two-year-old colt cruised to a four-and-a-quarter length victory in the National Stakes in the colours of the Coolmore partners.

This year alone the Coolmore linchpin has been represented at the top level by the likes of The Gurkha, Minding, Seventh Heaven, and Saturday's Matron Stakes scorer Alice Springs.

Churchill was bred by Liberty Bloodstock, and is the second foal produced by the 5f Listed-winning Storm Cat mare Meow, who was runner-up in the 2010 Queen Mary Stakes at the royal meeting for David Wachman.

Other progeny of Galileo out of daughters of Storm Cat to strike at the highest level include the likes of Gleneagles, Marvellous and Misty For Me.

Meow is a half-sister to the Group 3 winner Aloof and Listed winner Orator – both of whom are by Galileo – and is out of the Cheveley Park Stakes winner Airwave, whose half-sister Jwala won the 2013 Nunthorpe Stakes.

Meow has also produced a yearling sister and a foal brother to Churchill.

Manor Farm Stud will offer a yearling colt by Dutch Art from the same female line as Churchill at Book 1 of the upcoming Tattersalls October Sale. The colt is catalogued as lot 537.

Wicklow Brave caps brilliant weekend for Ballylinch

The final Group 1 to be run on Sunday was the Irish St Leger, and it was the Willie Mullins-trained Wicklow Brave under Frankie Dettori who emerged victorious.

The seven-year-old joins Doomben Cup winner Beaten Up and Prix Marcel Boussac winner Proportional as the third top-level victor to be sired by Beat Hollow.

The result was a good one for Ballylinch Stud where Beat Hollow stands, as they had also seen their resident Lawman provide the winner of the British St Leger, Harbour Law.

Bred by Millsec Limited, Wicklow Brave's pedigree unsurprisingly contains plenty of stamina, as he is the first foal out of the Rainbow Quest mare Moraine, a 1m4f-winning half-sister to 1m6f scorer and winning hurdler Levitator, with that pair being out of Cantilever a 1m4f Group 3 winner in France. Further back it is the family of Listed-winning chasers Upgrade and Battle Group.

Wicklow Brave has twice been through the sales ring, firstly when purchased as a yearling by Bobby O'Ryan for €11,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland September Sale and was then snapped up by Mullins and Harold Kirk for €43,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale in 2012.

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