Seven Heavens bids to make it two from two

Frankel's Heavens bids to make it two from two
By Chris Hill 5:16PM 29 AUG 2016

AFTER making a winning debut in a 6f Ascot maiden that has produced four subsequent winners, Seven Heavens bids to continue the excellent start made by Frankel to his stud career when the John Gosden-trained colt lines up in Goodwood's 7f conditions stakes at 3pm on Tuesday.

Offered by his breeder Cheveley Park Stud at Book 1 of last year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Seven Heavens was one of nine yearlings by the ten-time Group 1 winner to change hands at the auction when purchased by Juddmonte Farms for 620,000gns.

The juvenile colt became the second winner by Frankel to carry Khalid Abdullah's silks to victory after Fair Eva had made an impressive debut in June. The Roger Charlton-trained filly went on to become her sire's first Group winner with a four-length success in the following month's Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes.

Seven Heavens is one of three winners produced by the Pivotal mare Heaven Sent, a dual Group 3-winning sister to three-time US Grade 1 heroine Megahertz and the Listed-placed Heavenly Dawn.

Daughter of top-class Eva's Request out to break maiden at Goodwood

A race earlier at 2.25pm, the Fastnet Rock filly Heartstone will attempt to record a first win on her seventh start for Charlie Hills in the 1m2f maiden, having been runner-up on three occasions.

The Lady Bamford homebred will also be bidding to become the first winner produced by the seven-time winner and 2009 Group 1 Premio Lydia Tesio heroine Eva's Request, a Soviet Star half-sister to fellow top-level winner Priory Belle.

From the family of 2013 Fillies Mile and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Chriselliam, Heartstone is a half-sister to the twice-placed Moontown, a son of Sea The Stars.

Well-related fillies in action at Goodwood

Goodwood's opener at 1.50pm features a couple of runners out of well-related mares with both Curtsy and Desert Water making their first appearance on a racecourse in the 1m fillies' maiden.

Trained by Hughie Morrison, the Galileo filly Curtsy is a daughter of Group 3 Princess Royal Stakes winner Acts Of Grace, a Bahri half-sister to Sprint Cup hero Invincible Spirit and Group 3 runner-up Kodiac, both notable sources of two-year-old talent.

The dam of three winners from 6f to 1m2f, Acts Of Grace is also a half-sister to Listed scorer Massarra, the dam of Group 1-winning juvenile Nayarra.

Desert Water is the first foal out of the Green Desert mare Desert Sunrise, a placed half-sister to 1999 Middle Park Stakes hero Primo Valentino and 2000 Group 2 Cherry Hinton Stakes victress Dora Carrington.

By Sepoy, the Richard Hannon-trained Desert Water will carry the colours of Saeed Suhail, as did her dam, having been purchased by Peter and Ross Doyle for 80,000gns at Book 2 of last year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.

Epsom introduction for pricey Pioneering

The second race at Epsom sees the debut of the expensive Shamardal colt Pioneering for Charlie Appleby in the 1m½f maiden at 2.35pm.

Bred by Joan Murphy, Pioneering has twice made six-figure sums when offered at public auction, firstly when purchased by Pier House Stud for €220,000 at the 2014 Goffs November Foal Sale before John Ferguson snapped up the colt for 475,000gns at Book 1 of last year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.

His dam Oregon Trail, an unraced Gone West mare who is closely related to 7f Listed scorer Mutakddim, has produced three winners, with Pioneering being a brother to 1m1f US Grade 3 victress Oregon Lady and from the family of Sunday's 1m Group 3 Prix Quincey Barriere winner Siyoushake.

Half-brother to Lumiere bidding to land Hamilton maiden

Hamilton's first race sees X Rated attempt to register a first win on his second start for Mark Johnston in the 6f maiden at 2.15pm, having finished third over course and distance earlier in the month.

X Rated was bred by Johnston out of the 7f winner Screen Star, a Tobougg half-sister to Champion Bumper runner-up Sophocles.

By Exceed And Excel, X Rated is a half-brother to two winners including last year's Cheveley Park Stakes heroine Lumiere who ran out a six-length winner of this season's Listed Sir Henry Cecil Stakes.

A sister to Lumiere is set to go under the hammer at Book 1 of this year's sale when the daughter of Shamardal appears at the Newmarket auction as lot 301.

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