Hot spell for Newsells Park sire Equiano
Equiano (gold cap): Newsells Park Stud resident stands at £7,000
PICTURE: Martin Lynch Hot spell for Newsells Park sire Equiano By Martin Stevens 5:15PM 29 AUG 2016
ALICANTE DAWN sealed a productive 24 hours for Newsells Park Stud sire Equiano with a convincing victory in the Listed Ripon Champion Two-Year-Old Trophy on Monday.
One day earlier Equiano was represented by Belvoir Bay, a British-bred three-year-old filly who landed the Grade 3 Torrey Pines Stakes at Del Mar in California.
The pair are among ten stakes winners supplied by Equiano, a son of Acclamation who won back-to-back renewals of the King's Stand Stakes and stands at Newsells Park at a fee of £7,000.
A good spell for the stallion could be about to get better, with his highest rated runner The Tin Man appearing to hold a leading chance in the Haydock Sprint Cup on Saturday.
Alicante Dawn from Fairy Bridge family
Alicante Dawn, who has now won his last three starts for owner and trainer Bryan Smart by clear water, was bred by Natton House Thoroughbreds out of the Rock Of Gibraltar mare Sofonisba.
Sofonisba's third dam is the legendary blue hen Fairy Bridge, dam of prolific champion sire Sadler's Wells and fellow sires of Group/Grade 1 winners Fairy King, Perugino and Tate Gallery.
Sofonisba has produced three winners from three runners, including Recob, who was Listed-placed over 5f at two in Italy.
She suffered an early abortion to Medicean last year and has a colt foal by Swiss Spirit on the ground.
Smart bought Alicante Dawn with Oliver St Lawrence at Book 3 of last year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale. He cost just 5,000gns.
Belvoir Bay the pride of Peacock
Belvoir Bay was formerly trained in Britain by Richard Hannon, for whom she won a Goodwood nursery and finished a close fourth in the Group 3 Prestige Stakes last year.
Her career is now overseen by Peter Miller for Team Valor International and Gary Barber, and she also won the Listed Blue Norther Stakes at Santa Anita last December at the end of her juvenile season.
Belvoir Bay was bred by Lenore Peacock out of the winning Rock Of Gibraltar mare Path Of Peace, named in honour of her fourth dam, another Path Of Peace foaled in 1934 whose descendants include stars such as Sagaro, Sovereign Path and Bold Arrangement.
The later Path Of Peace is a half-sister to Cherry Hinton Stakes winner Please Sing, Group 1 National Stakes third Mountain Song and Group 3-placed Raindancing, the granddam of last year's Prix du Calvados winner Great Page.
She also has a Kyllachy yearling filly who is heading to Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale and a colt foal by Lethal Force.
Belvoir Bay was originially bought by Peter and Ross Doyle for 20,000gns at Book 2 in 2014.
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