Yellowhammer going for gold at Newbury

Yellowhammer going for gold with Newbury debut
By Chris Hill 6:41PM 15 SEP 2016

THE first division of the 6f maiden at 1.40pm at Newbury on Friday features the debut of Yellowhammer, a beautifully bred daughter of Raven's Pass.

Out of the 2004 Cheveley Park Stakes heroine Magical Romance, who changed hands for 4.6 million gns when purchased by London Thoroughbred Services at the 2006 Tattersalls December Breeding Stock Sale, the Roger Charlton-trained filly is a half-sister to six winners including dual Australian Listed scorer Tall Ship, a son of Sea The Stars.

By Barathea, Magical Romance was unable to add to the three wins she achieved over 6f as a two-year-old, however, she shares her page with a number of fillies that showed their best form during their three-year-old season.

A daughter of the 1m2½f-winning Shirley Heights mare Shouk, Magical Romance is a half-sister to Alexandrova, the champion three-year-old filly in England and Ireland in 2006 following three consecutive Group 1 victories in the Oaks, Irish Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks.

Alexandrova has herself proved to be a useful broodmare having produced two Group winners to date in Prix Kergorlay victor Alex My Boy and last month's impressive Snow Fairy Fillies Stakes winner Somehow.

Further back it is the family of Irish Oaks heroine Chicquita.

Half-brother to Beautiful Romance set for debut

The second division of the Newbury maiden sees a couple of well-related juveniles with contrasting pedigrees lining up for the their first racecourse start at 2.10pm.

Red-hot trainer William Haggas is responsible for the Sepoy colt Executive Force, a 200,000gns purchase by Markus Jooste's Mayfair Speculators and Peter and Ross Doyle at Book 1 of last year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.

Bred by Rabbah Bloodstock out of the 1m4f Group 3 Princess Royal Stakes scorer Mazuna, a daughter of Cape Cross, Executive Force is a half-brother to the New Approach filly Beautiful Romance, the winner of this year's Group 2 Middleton Stakes over 1m2½f.

Despite being from the family of four-time Group 1 winner and champion European two-year-old Mastercraftsman, further evidence that Executive Force may appreciate further than the 6f trip is provided by the fact that his three-parts sister Miss Raven, a daughter of Raven's Pass, was a winner in France over 1m3f.

One debutante bred to be more precocious is Vigee Le Brun, a daughter of Dark Angel who will be making her debut for trainer Brian Meehan.

A 32,000gns purchase by Sam Sangster Bloodstock at Book 2 of last year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Vigee Le Brun was bred by Ballyreddin Stud out of the Bernstein mare Wonderful Town, an unraced half-sister to Criquette Head-Maarek's 7f Group 3 Prix Miesque victress and Prix Morny runner-up Magic America.

Magic America has gone on to produce two winners, including the juvenile Group 3 runner-up Sara Lucille.

Wonderful Town has produced one winner to date, the Malibu Moon filly Moon Over Cuzco, a dual winner in the US over 1m½f.

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