Lightening Fast bidding to break his maiden

Frankel's Lightening Fast bidding to break maiden
By Chris Hill 5:36PM 27 AUG 2016

SUNDAY'S opening mile maiden for colts and geldings at the Curragh features a plethora of well-bred juveniles bidding to get off the mark at 2.10pm.

The step up in trip looks sure to suit Lightening Fast, the first son of Frankel to race in Ireland, after the Qatar Bloodstock homebred built on his debut performance in July to finish a promising runner-up over 7f on his second start for Ger Lyons.

Lightening Fast is the first foal produced by the Marju mare Lightening Pearl, winner of the 2011 Cheveley Park Stakes and a sister to Japanese Grade 2 victor Satono Crown and the Group 3-placed Jolie Jioconde. Last year she produced a filly foal by Frankel.

Aidan O'Brien is responsible for two blue-blooded sons of Galileo in the shape of the twice-placed Taj Mahal and once-raced Yucatan.

Owned by the Coolmore triumvirate, Taj Mahal is the fourth foal by Galileo out of You'resothrilling, a Group 2-winning daughter of Storm Cat and sister to six-time Group 1 winner Giant's Causeway.

Her first two foals were both successful in Classics with Marvellous landing the 2014 Irish 1,000 Guineas and Gleneagles going on to win four Group 1 races including last year's 2,000 Guineas and Irish 2,000 Guineas.

You'resothrilling's success as a broodmare has continued further with her third foal, Coolmore earning black type with victory in last season's Group 3 Park Stakes before going on to finish third in the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks in July.

Bred by the Niarchos Family, who own the colt in partnership with Coolmore, Yucatan finished seventh behind his stablemate Utah on his debut over course and distance.

Yucatan is the seventh foal produced by his breeders' wonderful racemare Six Perfections, a triple Group/Grade 1-winning daughter of Celtic Swing who shares her page with the great Miesque.

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Champion European two-year-old filly in 2002, Six Perfections has been represented by two winners to date with Yucatan being a brother to 1m1½f US Grade 3 scorer Faufiler and a half-brother to the French Group 2 victor Planet Five, a son of Storm Cat.

Interestingly, sisters to both Taj Mahal and Yucatan took part in the Beverly D Stakes at Arlington Park earlier in the month with Faufiler coming off best when fifth behind Sea Calisi while Coolmore was back in tenth.

Half-brother to Ribchester out to break maiden at Beverley

Two weeks after Ribchester recorded a maiden Group 1 victory in the Prix Jacques Le Marois, Richard Fahey sends out the Arcano colt Golconda Prince – a half-brother to the son of Iffraaj – for his second start in the 1m½f maiden at Beverley (2.20pm).

Third on his Catterick debut at the beginning of the month, Golconda Prince is the second foal produced by the Marju mare Mujarah.

She was unplaced in five starts for John Dunlop but as a half-sister to Group 3 Curragh Cup victor Tactic and French Listed scorer Yaazy, is from the family of 1994 Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Mehthaaf.

Golconda Prince carries the colours of Dr Genevieve Davies having been purchased by Aidan O'Ryan and Fahey for 85,000gns at last year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.

He had previously changed hands for €39,000 when offered by his part-breeder Audrey Thompson at the 2014 Goffs November Foal Sale.

Offspring of blue-blooded mares in action at Yarmouth

The 6f maiden fillies' stakes at Yarmouth sees Sheikh Hamdan and Al Shaqab go head-to-head with a couple of well-related juveniles at 2.45pm.

Owen Burrows is responsible for the Shadwell homebred Alwafaa, a sister to the three-year-old colt Fawaareq who he has trained to achieve three victories from 7f to a mile this season.

A daughter of Invincible Spirit, Alwafaa is the second foal produced by the unraced Forestry mare Ghandoorah, a three-parts sister to 2009 1,000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes heroine Ghanaati.

Ghandoorah is also half-sister to Group 3 Cumberland Lodge Stakes winner Mawatheeq and Listed Feilden Stakes scorer Rumoush and hails from the family of four-time Group 1 winners Nashwan and Nayef.

Whereas Alwafaa is making her debut, Hathfa is due to make her third start for Richard Hughes, having finished fourth and sixth on her two previous runs.

The daughter of Dark Angel was bred by East Bloodstock, Meridian International and Henri Bozo, and purchased by Al Shaqab Racing and Mandore International for €260,000 at last year's Arqana August Yearling Sale.

She is the first foal out of the Mr Greeley mare Nepali Princess, an unraced half-sister to Shalaa who was crowned last year's champion two-year-old colt in France after storming to victory in the Prix Morny but unfortunately has not been seen this season due to injury.

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