Mecca’s Angel gives sister in Book 1 a boost

Mecca's Angel strides clear of her rivals to win a second Nunthorpe

PICTURE: Martin Lynch ( Mecca's Angel gives sister in Book 1 a boost By Martin Stevens 4:11PM 19 AUG 2016

MECCA'S ANGEL proved once again that the mating of her sire Dark Angel with her dam Folga is a match made in heaven with a dominant two-length victory in the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York.

The result will be music to the ears of her breeder, who are set to offer her sister at the yearling sales this autumn.

The five-year-old mare – trained by Michael Dods for owner David Metcalfe – has now won ten of her 18 starts and her prize haul also includes last year's Nunthorpe and last month's Group 2 Sapphire Stakes at the Curragh.

Mecca's Angel was bred by Yeomanstown Stud, where Dark Angel stands, and Doc Bloodstock.

Her dam Folga, a 14-year-old daughter of the inexpensive speed sire Atraf and Prix d'Arenberg scorer Desert Dawn, won six sprint races and was Listed-placed for James Given.

Bought at the end of her racing career at Tattersalls for 33,000gns, she has had Dark Angel chosen as her suitor each time she has been covered.

Mecca's Angel is Folga's first foal, and she was followed by Markaz, a £200,000 DBS Premier Yearling Sale buy and now a dual Group 3 winner in the Criterion Stakes and Chipchase Stakes.

Mecca's Angel had cost just 16,000gns as a yearling at Tattersalls but, after her own and Markaz's achievements, Oliver St Lawrence was forced all the way to 825,000gns to buy another Dark Angel filly out of Folga at Book 1 of Tattersalls last year.

Buyers have another chance to buy a sister to Mecca's Angel at the same auction this October, when Yeomanstown Stud consign the grey filly as lot 58.

Folga was not covered last year and so has no foal, but returned to Dark Angel earlier in 2016.

Dark Angel has established himself as one of the hottest young sires around, with 15 Group winners to his name headed by Lethal Force and Mecca's Angel at the highest level.

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