Well-bred Arwa bidding to break her maiden
Half-sister to Order Of St George bidding for win
By Chris Hill 5:03PM 15 AUG 2016
THE opening 6f fillies' maiden at Ripon on Tuesday sees Charlie Hills send Arwa, a Holy Roman Emperor half-sister to this season's Gold Cup hero Order Of Saint George, to the Yorkshire racecourse for her second start at 2pm.
Owned by Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar, having been purchased by Tony Nerses for €360,000 at last year's Goffs Orby Sale, the juvenile filly finished eighth on her debut at Newmarket last month.
Arwa was bred by Paget Bloodstock out of the winning juvenile Another Storm, a daughter of 1996 US champion two-year-old filly Storm Song who achieved two victories at Grade 1 level.
By Gone West, Another Storm has produced six winners to date with four having earned black-type. As well as Order Of St George, Arwa is a half-sister to Group/Grade 3 scorers Asperity and Angel Terrace as well as the Swedish Listed winner Sehoy.
Half-sister to Treasure Beach in action at Kempton
Another sibling to an O'Brien-trained champion running on Tuesday is Honorina, who will be bidding to get her head in front at the fourth time of asking in Kempton's mile fillies' maiden at 2.45pm.
A three-year-old daughter of Sea The Stars, Honorina is a Qatar Racing homebred out of the 1m to 1m2f winner Honorine, a Mark Of Esteem half-sister to the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes victor and three-time Group 1-placed Indian Creek.
Honorine has foaled four winners, among them the 2011 Irish Derby and Chester Vase hero Treasure Beach. Her other notable offspring include 2014 Listed Lingfield Oaks Trial victress Honor Bound and 2013 Lingfield Derby Trial runner-up Elidor.
Leveck the latest runner for top-class Speciosa
The following mile maiden at 3.15pm plays host to the debut of Leveck, the two-year-old son by Dutch Art out of 1,000 Guineas heroine Speciosa.
Leveck is trained by Pam Sly, who prepared his dam to win on four occasions, the highlight being when claiming the first Classic of the 2006 season. The daughter of Danehill Dancer also achieved success at the course in the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes and Group 3 Nell Gwyn Stakes and was runner-up in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh.
A £30,000 purchase by Sly at the 2005 DBS Breeze-Up Sale, Speciosa has produced two winners to date in two-time winning miler Specialty and 1m4f scorer Asteroidea, daughters of Oasis Dream and Sea The Stars respectively.
Wolverhampton introduction for half-sister to Jack Naylor
Later in the day at Wolverhampton, the 1m½f fillies' maiden at 8pm features the debut of Gamrah, a three-year-old half-sister to dual Group 3 winner Jack Naylor.
The daughter of Exceed And Excel was bred by Oliver Costello out of the Nashwan mare Fashionable, a 1m2f Listed winner who hails from the family of triple US Grade 1 heroine Wandesta.
Trained by James Tate, Gamrah will carry the colours of Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum having been purchased by Rabbah Bloodstock for €150,000 at the 2014 Goffs Orby Sale.
Tipperary opener welcomes well-related juveniles
With the sporting events in Rio taking centre stage it would be apt if Olympic Legend could break his maiden on his third start for Tommy Stack in the 7½f maiden at 4.50pm, having come up against star juvenile Caravaggio and Coventry Stakes third Psychedelic Funk on his two previous runs.
The son of Choisir is a half-brother to two winners, What's For Pudding and Balmont Mast, and is out of the Muhtarram mare Margaret's Dream, a multiple-placed half-sister to four-time Group 1 winner Olympic Glory.
Bred by Kenneth Greer, Olympic Legend has twice gone through the sales ring, firstly when bought by BBA Ireland for €60,000 at the 2014 Goffs November Foal Sale before Cormac McCormack privately purchased him for £45,000 at last year's DBS Premier Yearling Sale.
Among Olympic Legend's opponents are the Patrick Prendergast-trained filly Fast Lily, who has been placed once from six starts. The daughter of Fastnet Rock is a half-sister to four winners including 2006 Group 2 Lowther Stakes victress Silk Blossom and dual French Group 3 scorer Mashoora.
Bred by Grangecon Stud, she is out of the placed Spinning World mare Lovely Blossom and shares her page with Queensland Oaks Zagalia heroine and Group 3 winner Governor Brown.