Well-bred Crimson Rock to make debut
Well-bred Crimson Rock makes Newbury debut
By Chris Hill 6:06PM 21 OCT 2016
RALPH BECKETT introduces a beautifully bred daughter of Fastnet Rock on Saturday with Crimson Rock entered for the first division of the fillies' mile maiden that opens the Newbury card at 1.15pm.
The juvenile filly is owned by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani and was purchased at last year's Keeneland September Yearling Sale for $1,000,000, a price that is commensurate with her superb pedigree.
Out of the Sadler's Wells mare Maryinsky, a winner over 7f and runner-up in the 2001 Fillies' Mile, Crimson Rock is bred on the same cross that produced last year's Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes heroine Diamondsandrubies and this season's Group 3 Dance Design Stakes victress Somehow.
Both fillies also landed back-to-back renewals of the Cheshire Oaks, an accomplishment that is replicated on a more notable scale further back in Crimson Rock's family.
Maryinsky is the dam of two previous winners with her first foal by Danehill being the remarkably consistent Peeping Fawn and her second, the top-class juvenile by Kingmambo, Thewayyouare.
A three-parts sister to Crimson Rock, Peeping Fawn raced ten times for Aidan O'Brien as a three-year-old, never finishing out of the first three. She won a mile maiden at the fourth attempt before a third-place finish in the Irish 1,000 Guineas was followed by a runner-up spot in the Oaks at Epsom.
That was to prove the last time she would be defeated as Peeping Fawn won her final four starts at Group 1 level in the Pretty Polly Stakes, Irish Oaks, Nassau Stakes and Yorkshire Oaks and as a member of Coolmore's broodmare band she has produced two winners including the 2013 Coventry Stakes third Sir John Hawkins.
Crimson Rock is also a half-sister to 2007 Criterium International hero Thewayyouare, who as a sire is most notable for supplying 2014 UAE Derby hero Toast Of New York.
Maryinsky is herself a daughter of the 1982 Kentucky Oaks winner Blush With Pride making her a half-sister to one of the most significant mares in recent US history, Better Than Honour.
A Grade 2 winner, Better Than Honour set a world record price for a broodmare when selling to Southern Equine Stables for $14m at the 2008 Fasig-Tipton November Select Mixed Sale.
That price came off the back of her superb record as a producer having been responsible for two horses of the highest calibre in 2007 US champion three-year-old filly Rags To Riches, winner of the Belmont Stakes, Kentucky Oaks, Santa Anita Oaks and Las Virgenes Stakes, and 2006 Belmont Stakes hero Jazil.
Another well-related debutante is Precious Angel, a daughter of Excelebration trained by Richard Hannon.
Bred by Bricklow Stud out of the unraced Sadler's Wells mare Evangeline, Precious Angel is a three-parts sister to the Exceed And Excel filly Infamous Angel who led home a 1-2 for Hannon's father when successful in the 6f Lowther Stakes in 2008.
The Queen's silks will be carried by Silent Approach, a William Haggas-trained newcomer by New Approach.
From a highly successful family, Silent Approach is the eighth foal produced by Sheikh Mohammed's winning miler Firth Of Lorne who finished second in the 2002 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches.
All seven of the daughter of Danehill's previous foals have been victorious with Silent Approach being a sister to the winning miler Rapprochement and half-sister to three stakes winners including 1m1½f Group 3 UAE Oaks victress Falls Of Lora and Latharnach, winner of this month's 7f Listed Guisborough Stakes and runner-up in last year's St James's Palace Stakes.