Leicester debut for pair of Godolphin colts

Leicester debut for pair of Godolphin colts
By Chris Hill 5:27PM 10 OCT 2016

GODOLPHIN introduce two nicely bred juveniles in Leicester's opening mile maiden on Tuesday with First Nation, a Charlie Appleby-trained son of Dubawi, and Saeed Bin Suroor sending out the Distorted Humor colt King's Shadow at 2.10pm.

A Darley homebred out of the Diesis mare Moyesii, a 1m1½f-winning daughter of dual Group 1-winning sprinter Cherokee Rose, First Nation is a sibling to six winners including 2009 St Leger and Group 2 Italian Derby hero Mastery, who added a second top-level victory the following year in the Hong Kong Vase, and 2006 Gran Criterium victor Kirklees.

Moyesii is also grandam of 2014 Coral Eclipse Stakes hero Mukhadram and two-time European Group 3 scorer Magic Artist.

King's Shadow is the first foal produced by Love Theway Youare, a daughter of Arch who was purchased by My Meadowview for $1.45m at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton November Sale having won the 1m1f Grade 1 Vanity Handicap earlier that year.

Offered by agent Darby Dan Farm at last year's Keeneland September Yearling Sale, King's Shadow was acquired by Godolphin chief executive John Ferguson for $200,000.

Leicester debut for half-brother to Bow Creek

Later on the card, another Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduate makes his debut for Godolphin with Amakhala, a Charlie Appleby-trained son of Candy Ride, entered in the 7f maiden at 4.15pm.

Bred by Hill 'N' Dale, Amakhala was offered by his breeder as a foal at the 2014 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale where he was bought by Walnut Hill Bloodstock for $290,000. He returned to the sales ring last year where John Ferguson purchased the colt for $380,000.

Amakhala is the first foal produced by the two-time Canadian 1m½f winner Androeah, an Arch sister to 2011 Arkansas Derby winner Archarcharch from the family of Hollywood Oaks victress Pattern Step and dual Group 3 scorer Arch Swing who also finished runner-up in the 2007 1,000 Guineas.

The contest also features the Raven's Pass colt Makkaar, who will be making his second start for Mark Johnston after finishing third last month at Beverley over 7½f.

Out of the 1m1f Group 3 Dahlia Stakes winner Beneventa, a daughter of Most Welcome, Makkaar is a half-brother to three winners including Bow Creek, a three-time Group 2 winner from 1m to 1m1f, and Australian 1m4½f Group 3 runner-up Dare To Dream.

Makkaar carries the colours of Hamdan Al Maktoum having been offered by his breeder Roundhill Stud at Book 2 of last year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale where he was purchased by Shadwell for 85,000gns.

Last week's Book 1 sale at Tattersalls saw Blandford Bloodstock pick up Makkaar's yearling half-sister by Dark Angel for 200,000gns.

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