Khattar bids to make it third time lucky

Frankel's Khattar bids to make it third time lucky
By Chris Hill 6:01PM 2 DEC 2016

KHATTAR will aim to register a first win on Saturday when the son of dual world champion Frankel has his third start for Hugo Palmer in Wolverhampton's 1m½f maiden at 6.45pm.

The juvenile gelding finished fifth and sixth on his first two racecourse appearances and is one of two representatives in the race for Al Shaqab Racing whose colours will also be carried by the Richard Hannon-trained daughter of Lonhro, Getna.

Khattar was bred by Qatar Bloodstock out of the 2000 Group 2 Sun Chariot Stakes winner Danceabout and was purchased by Al Shaqab Racing for €300,000 at last year's Arqana August Yearling Sale.

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A daughter of Shareef Dancer from the family of top class New Zealand colt Tavistock, Danceabout has produced four winners to date with Khattar being a half-brother to the 1m1f Listed Prix Casimir Delamarre heroine Rainbow Dancing and the 1m5½f Listed-placed Handsome Man as well as maiden victors Making Shapes and Zaffaan.

Last year Danceabout produced a filly by Makfi that was bought by Sun Bloodstock for €82,000 at this year's Arqana October Yearling Sale. The 19-year-old mare foaled another filly by Makfi earlier this year.

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After finishing runner-up on debut over course and distance, James Fanshawe sends the Redoute's Choice gelding Flaming Marvel – a half-brother to 1m1½f and 1m4f winner Colonial Classic – back to Wolverhampton for his second start.

Bred by Craig Bennett's Merry Fox Stud, Flaming Marvel is the second foal produced by Flame Of Hestia who was placed for Fanshawe on five occasions.

The ten-year-old daughter of Giant's Causeway was one of three lots to change hands for 1,000,000gns at the 2007 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale when purchased by Charlie Gordon-Watson Bloodstock.

That sale's 2.5million guineas top lot, Liffey Dancer, also resides at Bennett's Cheshire stud where she has been represented this season by the dual winning juvenile Pichola Dance who also finished third in the Listed Radley Stakes.

Sir Michael Stoute is responsible for the well-related Lucrezia, a Cheveley Park homebred daughter of Nathaniel, whose first crop of two-year-olds has included the German Group 3-placed pair Kastano and Enjoy Vijay.

Out of the Medicean mare Nannina who claimed the 2005 Fillies' Mile and 2006 Coronation Stakes, Lucrezia is a three-parts sister to stablemate Mulk, a winner this season over 1m2½f, and half-brother to the multiple winning sprinters Duke Of Firenze and Duke Cosimo.

Another freshman stallion with a smartly bred contender is the ten-time Group 1 winner So You Think who is sire of the thrice-raced Wild Shot. The James Eustace-trained gelding finished runner-up on his most recent start in a 1m½f Wolverhampton maiden.

Owned and bred by Jeff Smith out of the Selkirk mare Highland Shot, a winning half-sister to Goodwood Cup victor Grey Shot, Wild Shot is a half-brother to three winners including Smith's 1m Group 2 Oettingen-Rennen and 1m1f Group 3 Darley Stakes victor Highland Knight.

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