Leopardstown maiden hosts well-bred fillies
Well-bred fillies on show in Leopardstown maiden
By Chris Hill 6:43PM 9 SEP 2016
LEOPARDSTOWN'S 7f fillies' maiden at 3.30pm on Saturday forms an interesting appetiser on a card featuring five Group races and a mouthwatering clash of the sexes in the Irish Champion Stakes.
The juvenile contest hosts a number of well-related fillies bidding to follow the likes of Chinese White, Baliyana, Big Break and My Titania who all triumphed in the race in the past ten years before going on to claim black-type success.
Kevin Prendergast is represented by the debutante Aneen, a Shadwell homebred half-sister to the stable's Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Awtaad.
By Lawman, Aneen is the second foal out of the 7f winner and Listed runner-up Asheerah, a Shamardal half-sister to the Group 3-placed pair Aaraas and Alshahbaa and Listed runner-up Daymooma.
Owned and bred by Flaxman Stables, Dilmun is the first foal produced by the dual US Grade 3 scorer Pachattack, a daughter of Pulpit who was purchased by the racing and breeding operation for $1.2m at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton November Sale.
Aidan O'Brien is double-handed with daughters of Galileo in Key To My Heart and Wild Irish Rose who both have the benefit of racecourse experience.
Key To My Heart was placed third in a mile maiden at the Curragh three weeks ago, with Wild Irish Rose two places further back in fifth on her first start.
The second-top lot at Book 1 last year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale when MV Magnier signed the ticket for 1,300,000gns, Key To My Heart is a sister to stablemate Cole Porter who won a 1m4f Leopardstown maiden earlier this season.
Both were bred by Triermore Stud out of the Grade 1 Frizette Stakes heroine A Z Warrior, another pricey broodmare purchase at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton November Sale when bought by Blandford Bloodstock for $1.25m.
A daughter of Bernardini, A Z Warrior foaled a filly by Galileo last year and was reportedly covered again by the seven-time champion sire this season.
Wild Irish Rose is a half-sister to six winners including Australian 1m4½f Group 3 scorer Ruscello, a son of Cape Cross formerly trained in Britain, and shares her page with another horse exported to the southern hemisphere in 2013 Melbourne Cup hero Fiorente.
Bred by Whisperview Trading, Wild Irish Rose is out of the placed Royal Academy mare Sea Picture, a half-sister to Yorkshire Oaks victress Hellenic, the dam of Group/Grade 1 winners Islington, Greek Dance and Mountain High.
Another useful contender on pedigree looks to be the Jim Bolger-trained Tradfest, a High Chaparral half-sister to Smash Williams who claimed last season's 6f Group 3 Round Tower Stakes for the Coolcullen trainer and went on to finish third in the Group 2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte.
Placed third at the Curragh last month over 7f, Tradfest is the second foal produced by the Pivotal mare Take Flight, a 5f-winning sister to 2005 Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Saoire.
Tradfest has twice been through the sales ring, firstly when purchased by Boherguy Stables for €37,000 at the 2014 Goffs November Foal Sale before returning a nice profit when picked up by BBA Ireland for 190,000gns at Book 2 of last year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.