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Dandream gets the better of Nethaniel at Ascot

Bloodstock Bites

Tue, 24 July 2012

The German trained Danedream (Lomitas) took her tally of Group 1 victories to four after a gritty battle with Nathaniel up the Ascot straight to win the 62nd running of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Out of an unraced daughter of Danehill, she came to prominence when belying her odds of 20-1 to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe where she easily defeated Shareta and Snow Fairy. Ironically, she was purchased from the Baden-Baden Spring Horses in training sale for 9,000 euros on the very day that Snow Fairy captured the English Oaks. She descends from a French family that has produced Group 1 Prix Lupin winner Groom Dancer and one of this year’s first season sires in France, the French Guineas winner, Falco.

*It’s only been seven weeks since Camelot stormed to a fourth Epsom Derby success for Aidan O’Brien but he may already have another live contender for the 2013 renewal in the shape of Mars who has been installed as the 12-1 ante-post favourite following an easy debut success on the all-weather at Dundalk. Mars is bred on the now popular and successful cross of Galileo/Danehill that has produced 6 Group 1 winners including Frankel and Teofilo yet Mars is no guaranteed stayer on pedigree. Out of the 6f Listed winner Massarra, he hails from the family of top class sprinter and now successful sire, Invincible Spirit and although Galileo will inject plenty of stamina into the pedigree, ultimately, 10f could be as far as he wants to go.

*Coolmore Stud’s young sire, Excellent Art (Pivotal) made a solid start to his stud career last year and his 3yo’s are starting to show that they progress with racing and age as both Hazel Lavery (Aphrodite Stakes winner) and Sparkling Portrait (Glasgow Stakes winner) claimed the first blacktype wins of their careers whilst the David Wachman trained Singing Bird finally achieved some valuable blacktype for her pedigree when finishing second in the Group 3 Minstrel Stakes. Excellent Art has now produced twelve blacktype performers of which four are out of Danzig line mares.

*Richard Hannon has an abundance of top 2yo’s in his yard and he seems to have unearthed another smart prospect in the shape of Saturday’s Winkfield Stakes winner, Toronado. Out of a winning daughter of the American stallion, Grand Slam, Toronado’s second dam is the Listed winner, Wedding Gift, the dam of the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy winner, Casamento. Hannon has already stated that he wouldn’t be afraid to pitch the colt into Group 1 company, possibly the Prix Jean Luc Lagardere on Arc day and with a mile and 10f looking certain to suit in time, there’s every chance that the son of High Chaparral could be a fascinating 2000 Guineas contender come next May. 

*Beauty Parlour (Deep Impact), winner of the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French Guineas) has been transferred to the care of Sir Henry Cecil by the Wildenstein Family. Following her win in the French Classic, she finished second in the Prix de Diane (French Oaks) and now looks set to take in races such as the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot in the autumn before a possible tilt at the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita in November. Beauty Parlour is out of a Listed winning mare by Giant’s Causeway and comes from the family of Group 1 winners, Might and Power, winner of the Melbourne Cup and Lucky Owners, a champion miler in Hong Kong and now a successful sire in Australia.

*Royal Ascot winner, Energizer has been purchased by Godolphin and is likely to have the Group 2 Great Voltiguer as his next start. The son of Monsun has a pedigree full of quality as his second dam is the Champion 2yo sprinter, Enthused while his third dam, Magic of Life won the Group 1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. Godolphin had another Listed winner by Monsun last week in the shape of Masterstroke, a homebred colt out of their English and Irish Oaks placed mare, Melikah (Lammtarra).