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172 for Shamardal

Late Darley stallion Shamardal (Giant’s Causeway) registered a 172nd individual stakes winner when the Kevin Ryan-trained Inisherin (3 c ex Ajman Princess by Teofilo) landed the Sandy Lane Stakes (Gr 2, 6f) at Haydock, bringing an end to Group 1-winning juvenile Vandeek’s (Havana Grey) unbeaten record. Bred and raced by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum, Inisherin made his seasonal reappearance when running sixth in the English 2,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) at Newmarket earlier in the month. However, the drop back in trip made the difference, the colt showed an explosive turn of foot to beat Orne (Acclamation) by three and three-quarter lengths. Vandeek, who was having his first start as a three-year-old, never looked comfortable, eventually coming home four lengths adrift of the winner. Inisherin is out of Ajman Princess (Teofilo), a Group 1-winning half-sister to last year’s Queen Anne Stakes (Gr 1, 1m) winner Triple Time (Frankel), who will shuttle to Darley’s Kelvinside base in 2024. Ajman Princess also counts Group 2 winner Ostilio (New Approach), Group 3 winner Cape Byron (Shamardal) and Listed-winning duo Third Realm (Sea The Stars) and Captain Winters (Lope De Vega) among her siblings. Shamardal died in 2020. 


Two for Sergei Prokofiev

Whitsbury Manor Stud sire Sergei Prokofiev (Scat Daddy) continued to make his mark in his first season with runners when his son Arizona Blaze (2 c ex Liberisque by Equiano) landed the Marble Hill Stakes (Gr 3, 6f) at the Curragh, becoming the second stakes winner and first at Group level for the stallion in the process. Trained by Adrian Murray and owned by Amo Racing, the colt came home a head in front of the Aidan O’Brien-trained Camille Pissarro (Wootton Bassett), who was sent off the well-backed favourite. Midnight Strike (Starspangledbanner) finished another half a length away in third. The colt was bought by Amanda Skiffington for 36,000gns at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale in 2022, before being snapped up by Rodrigo Goncalves and Aguiar Bloodstock for £82,000 at the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale the following year. He is out of the winning mare Liberisque (Equiano), who is herself a daughter of Listed winner Jane Austen (Galileo). 


139 for Frankel

Meydaan (3 c ex Nezwaah by Dubawi) handed trainers Simon and Ed Crisford somewhat of a consolation for Vandeek’s defeat earlier in the afternoon when the Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum-raced colt took out the Cocked Hat Stakes (Listed, 1m 3f) at Goodwood on Saturday. The three-year-old became the 139th individual stakes winner for Juddmonte Farms’ resident superstar Frankel (Galileo) when he came home a neck ahead of Space Legend (Sea The Stars), who rattled home in second after being caught in a pocket up the straight. Royal Power (Frankel) finished third, another length away. Bred by Godolphin, Meydaan is out of 2017 Pretty Polly Stakes (Gr 1, 1m 2f) winner Nezwaah (Dubawi), who is herself a daughter of Listed winner Ferdoos (Dansili). Frankel stands at Banstead Manor for a fee of £350,000 (approx. AU$673,050) and he has two lots, a colt and a filly, catalogued at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale which begins on the Gold Coast on Sunday. 


48 for Blame

In winning Saturday’s Derby du Midi (Listed, 1900m) at Bordeaux Le Bouscat, the Jean-Claude Rouget-trained Sibayan (3 c ex Sirrin by Sea The Stars) provided Claiborne Farm resident Blame (Arch) with his 48th individual stakes winner. Bred and raced by the Aga Khan, the three-year-old colt scooted clear in the closing stages to beat Charlus (Churchill) by three lengths. Soldier’s Gold (Soldier’s Call) finished three and a half lengths away in third. Sibayan is out of Listed winning mare Sirrin (Sea The Stars), who is herself out of fellow stakes winner Sindirana (Kalanisi). Blame stands for US$25,000 (approx. AU$37,700). 


Four for Study Of Man
Study Of Man (Deep Impact), a resident at Lanwades Stud, notched his fourth individual stakes winner when the Charlie Johnston-trained Francophone (3 f ex Francophilia by Frankel) took out Saturday’s Height Of Fashion (Listed, 1m 2f) at Goodwood. The three-year-old filly looked a future stakes winner in the making when she finished second in the Musidora Stakes (Gr 3, 1m 2.5f) at York last week and she lived up to that billing when she defeated Regal Jubilee (Frankel) by three-quarters of a length. Bred and raced by Lanwades owner Kirsten Rausing, Francophone is a daughter of dual-winning Frankel (Galileo) mare Francophilia (Frankel), who is herself out of German Group 1 winner Lady Jane Digby (Oasis Dream) and she is also the dam of stakes winner Madame Ambassador (Churchill). 

UK: Kerdos emulates sire with Temple Stakes victory

The Clive Cox-trained Kerdos (4 c Profitable – The Mums by Holy Roman Emperor) added a first Group race to his record when he landed the Temple Stakes (Gr 2, 5f) at Haydock, with the Henry Dwyer-trained Asfoora (Flying Artie) finishing fourth, two and three-quarter lengths adrift of the winner. Kerdos’ first stakes win came when he took the Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes (Listed, 5f) last season and he prevailed on Saturday when he defeated last season’s Nunthorpe Stakes (Gr 1, 5f) winner Live In The Dream (Prince Of Lir) by half a length. Last-stat Palace House Stakes (Gr 3, 5f) winner Seven Questions (Kodiac) came home two and a quarter lengths further adrift in third. 


Fourth stakes win for Mitbaahy 

The decision to send Mitbaahy (5 h Profitable – Wrood by Invasor) to Ireland for the Greenlands Stakes (Gr 2, 6f) at the Curragh paid off as the five-year-old produced an impressive display to win the Group 2 on Saturday. After dawdling at the start, the son of Profitable (Invincible Spirit) came from last to lead in the dying strides to defeat fellow British raider, Group 1 winner Regional (Territories), by a quarter of a length. Ano Syra (Kodiac) came home a further short-head further back in third. Mitbaahy was one of four winners on the afternoon for the Hay family, with Jakarta (Night Of Thunder) and Tides Of War (Galileo) scoring at Goodwood, while Starlust (Zoustar) took out a race at York. 


29 for Silvano

Late stallion Silvano (Lomitas) chalked up his 29th elite-level winner when the Mike De Kock-trained Silver Sanctuary (3 f ex My Sanctuary by Antonius Pius) landed Saturday’s Woolavington 2000 (Gr 1, 2000m) at Greyville. Raced by Drakenstein Stud, the filly defeated Hold My Hand (Gold Standard), who is raced by the same connections, by three-quarters of a length. Bred in the purple, the filly is out of Grade 2 scorer My Sanctuary (Antonius Pius), meaning she is a sister to fellow Grade 1 winner Safe Passage. Silvano died in 2021. Also at Greyville on Saturday, Green With Envy added a second top-flight win to his record when he won the Daily News Plate (Gr 1, 2000m).


UK: Term Of Endearment takes Bronte Cup

Henry De Bromhead and Rachel Blackmore teamed up to win the Bronte Cup Fillies’ Stakes (Gr 3, 1m 6f) as Terms Of Endearment (4 f Sea The Moon – Miss You Too by Montjeu) landed the York Group 3 on Saturday. Having broken through at stakes level for the first time in last season’s Give Thanks Stakes (Gr 3, 1m 4f), the daughter of Sea The Moon (Sea The Stars) drifted in the closing stages, but was able to retain the advantage, eventually beating Night Sparkle (Postponed) by three-quarters of a length. Having steered Oriental Eagle (Campanologist) to victory at Listed level in 2020, Blackmore was enjoying her first Group win on Saturday. 


UK: Fifteen left in English Oaks

Ralph Beckett has left four of his six entries in the English Oaks (Gr 1, 1m 4f) to stand their ground at the six-day confirmation stage for Friday’s Classic, while Aidan O’Brien left in all but Content (Galileo). Beckett scratched Classical Song (Lope De Vega) and Meribella (Sea The Stars), but could still field as many as four, with Cheshire Oaks (Listed, 1m 3.5f) winner and third Forest Fairy (Waldgeist) and Seaward potentially joined by Lingfield Trial (Listed, 1m 3.5f) winner You Got To Me (Nathaniel) and Treasure (Mastercraftsman), who finished a close-up fourth for the King and Queen. O’Brien confirmed favourite Ylang Ylang (Frankel) as well as Opera Singer (Justify), Buttons (Kingman) and Everlasting (Kingman), while Ballydoyle could also field Rubies Are Red (Galileo). 

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