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Sixties Icon enjoyed his second winner in five days on Thursday 12th April, making it a flying start for this first season sire.
Thursday’s winner Rated was making his second racecourse appearance after finishing a distant sixth of nine in a Musselburgh Maiden. The Mick Channon-trained colt bounced back to post an assertive win over his three rivals under Martin Harley. Out of the winning sprinter Arasong (Aragon), whose five previous winning progeny have done so at a maximum distance of a mile, it will be interesting to see over what trip Rated finds his forte, and how potent a force his staying sire will be.
Vanessa, the filly who gave Sixties Icon his first win last Sunday, did so on her third outing after finishing tenth of eleven on her debut before a promising place preceded her five length victory as 5-4 favourite. The filly, out of a Bahamian Bounty mare whose best result in two seasons was seventh, is also trained by West Ilsley resident Channon. Second dam Aconite (Primo Dominie) also failed to win or place in nine starts, though her 2007 produce Kurtanella (Pastoral Pursuits) has won twice and placed six times on the flat, a result almost equalled by younger sibling Kassaab (Kyllachy), the winner of one and placed on four occasions.
Whilst his winning filly may not have descended from a line replete with winners, Sixties Icon himself is out of the Oaks-winning mare Love Divine (Diesis), whose own siblings include the Listed winners Dark Promise (Shamardal) and Floreeda (Linamix). Having boosted his black-type pedigree with a Classic victory and a further five Group wins, his Norman Court Stud masters will be hoping their freshman sire can prove as adept at stud as on the track; this week’s results have certainly given such hopes a boost.