Well-bred fillies go head-to-head at Dundalk

Well-bred fillies go head-to-head at Dundalk
By Chris Hill 7:22PM 29 SEP 2016

THE second race at Dundalk on Friday evening features a clash between two of the world's leading breeding operations with fillies owned by Coolmore and Godolphin set to go head-to-head in the 7f fillies maiden at 6pm.

Mick Halford trains the Raven's Pass filly Heat Of The Day for Godolphin while Aidan O'Brien is responsible for Old Time Waltz, a daughter of War Front. Both debutantes are out of top-class mares.

Heat Of The Day was bred by Darley out of the Group 1 Coolmore Classic victress Porto Roca, a Barathea half-sister to New Zealand Group 1 winner Bluebird The Word.

All nine of Porto Roca's foals to have raced to date have been successful with Heat Of The Day being a half-sister to 2012 Dubai World Cup hero and dual Group 2 victor Monterosso, and a three-parts sister to Elusive Port and Fossola, winners by Elusive Quality.

Before being exported to the US, Porto Roca produced two fillies in her native Australia and both have themselves gone on to foal group winners with the King's Best mare Seven Stars producing 2013 Group 2 Expressway Stakes winner Happy Galaxy and the Dubai Destination mare Fiorentina being dam of this year's Group 3 Schweppervescence Stakes victress Silent Sedition.

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Old Time Waltz is the second foal produced by 1m1f Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes winner and five-time Group/Grade 1 runner-up Together, a Galileo three-parts sister to 2009 Criterium International hero and 2010 Irish Derby and Grand Prix de Paris third Jan Vermeer.

Together's first foal, the Dansili filly Earring, won a Gowran Park maiden over 1m1½f earlier this season before finishing second in the Group 2 Kilboy Estate Stakes at the Curragh.

From the family of 2001 Prix de l'Abbaye heroine Imperial Beauty, Together is also a sister to the Listed-placed Terrific who commanded 1.3 million guineas at the 2012 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, a sum bolstered no doubt by the achievements of her older siblings.

Together herself changed hands for the somewhat cheaper sum of 280,000gns when purchased by Demi O'Byrne on behalf of Coolmore at the 2009 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale and foaled a colt by War Front last year.

Daughter of Lady Jane Digby to debut at Newcastle

Mark Johnston introduces the juvenile filly La Vie En Rose in Newcastle's mile maiden at 7.20pm, with the daughter of Henrythenavigator hailing from a family the trainer has attained notable success with for her owner-breeder Kirsten Rausing.

La Vie En Rose is the third foal produced by the Oasis Dream mare Lady Jane Digby, who Johnston trained to win the Group 1 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis Bayerisches Zuchtrennen for Rausing in 2010. In addition Johnston also trained her to a German Group 3 victory in 2009 and two Listed successes in Britain.

Lady Jane Digby's first two foals have both carried Rausing's familiar green and white silks to victory with Poniatowski, a four-year-old son of Dubawi who won a Chester 1m2½f maiden for Johnston last year. Andre Fabre sent out the three-year-old Galileo colt Galapiat to win a 1m4f contest at Compiegne earlier this season.

Most recently, Lady Jane Digby foaled a filly foal by former Lanwades resident Leroidesanimaux having produced a filly by Frankel last year.

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