Sons of Frankel set for Newbury head-to-head

Sons of Frankel set for Newbury head-to-head
By Chris Hill 7:14PM 16 SEP 2016

TWO colts by Frankel are set to go head-to-head at Newbury on Saturday with Alfawaris and Swiss Storm both declared for the first division of the 7f maiden at 1.10pm.

Alfawaris is making his debut for Owen Burrows and will be the first son of ten-time Group 1 winner Frankel to carry the colours of Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, while Swiss Storm finished seventh at Haydock over 6f on his first start for David Elsworth at the beginning of the month.

A Shadwell homebred, Alfawaris is a half-brother to Ehtiraas, a three-year-old son of Oasis Dream who won a mile maiden at Thirsk for Burrows last month, and the Dansili filly Saraha, a 1m4f winner.

Alfawaris is the fifth foal produced by the 1m2f Listed Prix Charles Laffitte winner Kareemah, a Peintre Celebre half-sister to Sheikh Hamdan's dual US Grade 1 heroine Lahudood.

Swiss Storm was bred by Lordship Stud, who part-own the colt with Elsworth, out of the dual 5f Listed winner Swiss Lake, a daughter of Indian Ridge.

Swiss Lake has been responsible for seven winners to date including Swiss Diva, a 5f and 6f Group 3 scorer by Pivotal, the Oasis Dream filly Swiss Dream who won three 6f Listed races, and the 5f Group 3 winner Swiss Spirit, a son of Invincible Spirit.

Another couple of interesting contenders are Mishari and Sultan Baybars who will be making their debuts for Tom Dascombe and Roger Varian respectively.

Owned and bred by Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar out of the unraced Hennessy mare Nessina, the Oasis Dream colt Mishari is closely related to last year's 6f Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes winner Ajaya.

Sultan Baybars was bred by owner Nurlan Bizakov's Hesmonds Stud out of Rock Salt, a placed daughter of Selkirk who was purchased by Charlie Gordon-Watson on behalf of Bizakov for 800,000gns at the 2011 Tattersalls December Breeding Stock Sale.

By Invincible Spirit, Sultan Baybars is a half-brother to five winners including 2009 Moyglare Stud Stakes heroine and champion Irish two-year-old filly Termagant, a daughter of Powerscourt.

Half-sister to Postponed out to maintain Cumani's record

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Newmarket's opening mile maiden for fillies has been won by some top-class performers, with recent winners including six-time Group/Grade 1 heroine Midday and 2014 Oaks and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes victress Taghrooda as well as Group scorers Khawlah and Beatrice Aurore.

This year's renewal, due off at 1.35pm, features a number of fillies who are bred to be of a similar calibre, none more so than the Luca Cumani-trained God Given, a Nathaniel half-sister to the four-time Group 1 winner Postponed.

A son of Dubawi, Postponed was trained by Cumani to win on five occasions including in last year's King George before the colt's owner, Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum, removed all his horses from the yard and placed them with Roger Varian.

The five-year-old Postponed has since gone on to add Group 1 victories in the Juddmonte International, Coronation Cup and Dubai Sheema Classic.

Owned and bred by St Albans Bloodstock, God Given is the fourth foal produced by the 1m4f winner Ever Rigg, a daughter of Dubai Destination and 1996 Moyglare Stud Stakes heroine Bianca Nera. Last year Ever Rigg foaled a colt by Makfi and this year she produced a brother to Postponed by Dubawi.

Should God Given triumph in Saturday's contest she would not only become the second winner out of Ever Rigg but she would also be securing a third successive victory in the race for Cumani following Haggle's success last year and the victory in 2014 of Lady Of Dubai, who carried the colours of Sheikh Obaid.

Another well-bred filly in the line-up is the Darley homebred Beautiful Escape, a daughter of Elusive Quality who finished ninth over 6f at Lingfield on her debut in July.

Out of the Brazilian Grade 1 winner Aviacion, Beautiful Escape is a half-sister to the Hard Spun filly Promising Run, a Saeed bin Suroor-trained stablemate who won last year's 7f Group 2 Rockfel Stakes and registered a first win this season when claiming the Group 3 Istanbul Trophy earlier this month.

Aviacion has produced five other winners with Beautiful Romance being a half-sister to the Raven's Pass gelding Aqalim, a five-time winner under National Hunt rules, and the 7f to 1m2f scorer Arabian Comet who was runner-up in the 1m6f Group 3 Lillie Langtry Stakes.

Half-brother to Canadian Grade 1 winner Hillstar in action

It isn't until 5.05pm that the second division of the 7f maiden at Newbury takes place but there are plenty of well-related juveniles to make the wait worthwhile.

Perhaps the most eye-catching pedigree among the field belongs to Crystal Ocean, a son of Sea The Stars from a family that has recorded plenty of notable success for owner Sir Evelyn De Rothschild and trainer Sir Michael Stoute.

Out of the 7f Listed winner Crystal Star, a daughter of Mark Of Esteem, Crystal Ocean is a three-parts brother to the Cape Cross filly Crystal Capella, a triple Group 2 winner over 1m4f, as well as half-brother to 2014 Canadian International hero Hillstar and last year's 1m2f Listed Haras De Bouquetot Fillies' Trial Stakes winner Crystal Zvezda.

Sheikh Hamdan has two homebred representatives declared, with the Owen Burrows-trained Mafaaheem set to carry the first colours, while William Haggas's Alwahsh rates a nicely bred alternative.

The Shamardal colt Mafaaheem is a half-brother to the 1m2f German Listed scorer Shaqira and out of the 2003 Cheshire Oaks winner Hammiya, a daughter of Darshaan.

Alwahsh is the second foal produced by the 2010 Coronation Stakes runner-up and 1,000 Guineas third Gile Na Greine, a Galileo sister to Group 3 winners Cuis Ghaire and Scintillula.

By Dubawi, Alwahsh is a brother to Mawjood who won a 1m1f maiden for Haggas last season.

Among their rivals is the Invincible Spirit colt Emmaus, a €580,000 purchase by the China Horse Club at last year's Goffs Orby Sale.

From the family of 2001 King's Stand Stakes heroine Cassandra Go – dam of triple Group 1 winner Halfway To Heaven – and 1996 Coventry Stakes victor Verglas, the Roger Varian-trained juvenile is closely related to the winning miler Dawn Mirage out of the 7f Group 3 scorer Prima Luce, a daughter of Galileo.

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