Shotgun Gulch son to make debut in France

Shotgun Gulch son to make debut in France By Chris Hill 8:16PM 30 SEP 2016

AL SHAQAB RACING unveils a homebred son of $1.6m broodmare purchase Shotgun Gulch at Mont-De-Marsan on Saturday with the Philippe Sogorb-trained colt Al Tibr declared for the 1m2f Prix Renaud de Tauzia for unraced juveniles at 1.45pm local time (12.45pm BST).

The winner of the 2011 7f Grade 1 Madison Stakes, Shotgun Gulch was offered in foal to Bernardini at the 2012 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale with Mandore International signing the ticket for the daughter of Thunder Gulch on behalf of Al Shaqab.

A son of New Approach, Al Tibr is the second foal bred by Haras de Bouquetot out of Shotgun Gulch following the colt by Bernardini in 2013, subsequently named Al Agrab.

After producing a colt by Frankel last year, Shotgun Gulch was among the first book of mares covered by the dual Group 1-winning miler and Haras de Bouquetot resident Toronado, a mating that resulted in a colt foal earlier this year.

Son of speedy juvenile Jewel In The Sand in action

The opening race at Newmarket features a number of well-related two-year-olds having their first start for connections in the mile maiden at 1.45pm.

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Bedouin will line up for Luca Cumani bearing the colours of Highclere Racing after being purchased by John and Jake Warren for 125,000gns at Book 2 of last year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.

A son of High Chaparral, Bedouin was bred by Epona Bloodstock out of the Bluebird mare Jewel In The Sand, a dual 6f stakes winner with victories in the 2004 Group 2 Cherry Hinton Stakes and Listed Albany Stakes.

Jewel In The Sand cost Epona Management 620,000gns when offered at the 2007 Tattersalls December Breeding Stock Sale, since when she has produced four winners including triple 1m2f scorer Falkirk, a three-parts brother to Bedouin by Montjeu.

Pivotal colt Moon Idol is trained by Richard Hannon for owner Michael Geoghegan, whose colours were carried to victory in last week's Group 3 Tattersalls Stakes by stablemate Larchmont Lad.

Bred by Cheveley Park Stud, Moon Idol is out of the winning miler Moon Goddess, a Rainbow Quest half-sister to 2001 Eclipse and Lockinge Stakes hero Medicean.

Moon Goddess has produced four winners to date with Moon Idol a brother to last year's 1m Listed Rosemary Stakes victress Solar Magic and half-brother to 2012 1,000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes runner-up Starscope.

A two-time graduate of Tattersalls, Moon Idol was most recently picked up by Peter and Ross Doyle Bloodstock for 110,000gns at this year's Craven Breeze-Up Sale.

Sir Michael Stoute's charge, Pivoine, hails from one of his owner-breeder Ballymacoll Stud's most successful families, being the first foal out of the 1m5f winner Fleur De Cactus, a Montjeu half-sister to the dam of 2013 Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente.

By multiple champion Australian sire Redoute's Choice, Pivoine is a great grandson of the 1990 Yorkshire Oaks heroine Hellenic, producer of three top-class performers trained by Stoute in four-time Group/Grade 1 winner Islington, 2000 Bayerisches Zuchtrennen scorer Greek Dance and 2007 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud victor Mountain High.

Last year's successful trainer Ralph Beckett is represented by Winkle Brown, a son of Sixties Icon owned and bred by Lady Cobham out of the Dr Devious mare Countess Sybil who was successful for Willie Mullins over 1m6f.

Named after Eric "Winkle" Brown, the Royal Navy's most decorated pilot who passed away earlier this year aged 97, Winkle Brown is a half-brother to five winners including the Zamindar gelding Air Pilot, a two-time 1m2f Group 3 winner for Beckett and Lady Cobham.

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