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First for Justify

Coolmore’s undefeated Triple Crown winner Justify (Scat Daddy) scored a first winner with his first runner in North America as Tahoma (2 c ex Madera Dancer by Rahy) scored on debut at Santa Anita on Sunday. Trained by Doug O’Neill, two year-old colt was sent off the favourite for the juvenile maiden on dirt and came home a dominant winner. “We had high expectations and we feel this colt has a lot of upside. This colt has a lot of ability and I feel really confident about his future,” assistant trainer Leandro Mora said. “We’re proud to win with the very first starter for Justify, very proud.” Tahoma was a $160,000 purchase from the Hunter Valley Farm consignment at the 2021 Keeneland September Sale by Doug’s brother Dennis O’Neill. He is the sixth named foal out of the Rahy (Blushing Groom) mare Madera Dancer and is a half-brother to Group 3 winner Legends Of War (Scat Daddy). The first Australian-bred Justify two year-olds will race here next season. Justify, whose first yearlings in Australia sold for up to $1 million this year, stands at Coolmore Australia for a fee of $55,000 (inc GST).


IRE: Rest ready for Royal Ascot

His three-race winning streak may have come to an end on Sunday, but Cox Plate (Gr 1, 2040m) winner State Of Rest (Starspangledbanner) prepared well for a Royal Ascot bid when third in the Tattersalls Gold Cup (Gr 1, 1m 2.5f) at the Curragh. The son of Starspangledbanner (Choisir) will head for the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (Gr 1, 1m 2f) on day two of the carnival and he will be having his third start since a Newgate Farm-led consortium bought into him. “It was a big run, a really good run and he couldn’t have had a better prep run going into Royal Ascot in a few weeks,” Newgate’s managing director Henry Field said. “Joseph was very happy with him, he’ll have his grand final for the summer in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes in a few weeks and I think Joseph thinks he’s right on song. He’s run in four Group 1s in four different countries at his last four starts and run massively in each and every one of them. He’s a very special animal and he’s got a big season ahead.”


First for Plusquemavie

Dalek (3 c ex Diega by Diesis) provided his sire Plusquemavie (Khelyf) with a first individual stakes winner when scoring in the Premio Mauro Sbarigia (Listed, 1600m) at Rome on Sunday. Trained by Allesandro Botti, the three-year-old colt beat Vincere Insieme (Exceed And Excel) and Kronangel (National Defense). The eighth foal out of the winning Diesis (Sharpen Up) mare Diega, herself a half-sister to the Listed winner Zona (Mr Greeley), Dalek is a half-brother to winners in Italy, including the Listed winner Mister Sandro (Dane Friendly). Plusquemavie stands at Azienda Agricola Luciani in Italy.


ITA: Career-best from Cantocorale

The Grizzetti Galoppo-trained Cantocorale (4 c Helmet – Conservatoire by Street Cry) produced a career-best performance on Sunday when winning the Premio Presidente Della Repubblica LP Boutique Legale Professionale (Gr 2, 1800m) at Rome. Ridden by Antonio Fresu, the four-year-old entire stayed on well in the closing stages to get the better of Flag’s Up (War Command) by three-quarters of a length with a further nose back to Frozen Juke (Frozen Power) in third. The fourth foal out of the unraced Street Cry (Machiavellian) mare Conservatoire, herself a half-sister to the Group 3 winner Claremont (Sadler’s Wells), Cantocorale is a half-brother to Japanese Group 3 winner Territorial (Teofilo).