Maybe’s first foal to make debut for O’Brien

First foal out of Maybe to make debut for O'Brien
By Chirs Hill 7:53PM 28 OCT 2016

AIDAN O'BRIEN introduces a filly on Saturday who combines arguably the two best turf sires on the planet with Pavlenko, a daughter of Japanese sire sensation Deep Impact, among the declarations for Leopardstown's opening 7f fillies maiden at 1.30pm.

The Japanese-bred filly is the first foal produced by the Galileo mare Maybe, O'Brien's champion European two-year-old filly in 2011 following an unbeaten juvenile campaign that saw her victorious in four black-type races including the 7f Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes.

Out of the Listed scorer Sumora, who topped the 2011 Tattersalls December Mares Sale when purchased by MV Magnier for 2,400,000gns and is a three-parts sister to the dual Oaks heroine Dancing Rain, Maybe foaled a colt by Deep Impact last year and is herself a sister to one of this season's leading juvenile fillies in Promise To Be True.

A stablemate of Pavlenko, Promise To Be True emulated her older sister with victory in the 7f Group 3 Silver Flash Stakes before going on to finish runner-up in the Prix Marcel Boussac.

The daughter of Galileo holds an entry in Sunday's Criterium International at Saint-Cloud and victory there could potentially help her clinch the same champion two-year-old filly honour awarded to Maybe.

Ambrosia out to fuel continuing rise of Frankel

The second division of Newmarket's 7f fillies' maiden offers Ambrosia another opportunity to add to her sire Frankel's burgeoning reputation as a stallion when the Roger Varian-trained filly lines up for her second start at 1.50pm.

Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar's homebred finished a staying on sixth when making her debut over 7f earlier in the month at Kempton but, as with most offspring of Frankel, possesses a smart pedigree being out of the 5f-placed mare Pearling, a 1,300,000gns purchase by Tony Nerses at the 2011 Tattersalls December Mares Sale.

A daughter of Storm Cat, Pearling is a sister to six-time Group 1 hero Giant's Causeway and to 2007 Cherry Hinton Stakes victress You'resothrilling, dam of the top-class pair Gleneagles and Marvellous.

Pearling's third foal, Ambrosia is a three-parts sister to Decorated Knight, a four-year-old son of Galileo who secured stakes victories this summer in the 1m1f Group 3 Meld Stakes and 1m2f Listed Festival Stakes.

John Gosden has trained the winner of this race twice in the last nine years, notably with subsequent four-time Group 1 winner The Fugue, and this year is represented by the Shadwell homebred Luqyaa.

The daughter of Smart Strike is the second foal produced by the Green Desert mare Maqaasid, winner of the 5f Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes in 2010 and third in the 2011 1,000 Guineas and a half-sister to the unraced Haafhd mare Istishaary, dam of Argentinian Group 1 hero Il Fornaio.

Further back, Luqyaa is related to some of the best horses to carry Hamdan Al Maktoum's famous blue and white silks with Luqyaa sharing her page with top-class performers Ghanaati, Nashwan and Nayef.

Newmarket debut for half-sister to top-class Manighar

Newmarket's final meeting of the year commences with the first division of the 7f fillies' maiden featuring the introduction of some well-related juveniles at 1.20pm.

William Haggas unveils the Dubawi filly Isabel's On It, a Lael Stable homebred who is the first foal produced by Check The Label, winner of the 1m1f Grade 1 Garden City Stakes in 2010 for owner-breeders Roy and Gretchen Jackson.

A daughter of Stormin Fever, Check The Label is a half-sister to dual US Grade 1 heroine Include Me Out and foaled a brother to Isabel´s On It last year.

Andrew Balding is represented by Meccabah, a grey daughter of Makfi who is a half-sister to six winners including triple Australian Group 1 middle-distance hero Manighar and 1m4f French Group 3 scorer Minatlya.

Bred by Ecurie des Monceaux out of the Listed-placed Rubiano mare Mintly Fresh, Meccabah was offered by the stud at last year's Arqana October Yearling Sale where she was purchased by Broadhurst Agency for €80,000.

Half-sister to precocious Ivawood makes debut

The curtain comes down on Leopardstown's flat season at 5.25pm with the 1m maiden hosting a half-sister to dual Group 2-winning juvenile Ivawood.

A three-year-old daughter of Roderic O'Connor, Abiquiu is the second foal produced by the triple winner Keenes Royale, a Red Ransom half-sister to 2013 Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes victor Berkshire out of the 2005 Prix de l'Opera heroine Kinnard.

From the first crop of Zebedee, Ivawood won his first three starts as a two-year-old including the July Stakes and Richmond Stakes over 6f before narrowly missing out on completing a perfect first season when beaten a nose by Charming Thought in the Middle Park Stakes.

Ivawood was retired last year at the end of his three-year-old career having finished third to Gleneagles in both the 2,000 Guineas and Irish 2,000 Guineas. He stood the 2016 season at Coolmore Stud at a fee of €9,000.

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