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Irish success boosts young stallions

Posted 14 September 2017 at 18:28

Local breeders have invested in some well-related stallion prospects in recent years, with KZN-based stallions Crusade and Flying The Flag readily coming to mind. As the saying goes, fortune favours the bold and subsequent to their purchase, both have had their pedigrees substantially enhanced by Gr.1 form. The former’s Galileo half-sister Secret Heaven is now a dual Oaks winner, while the latter’s own sister Rhododendron, also by the Coolmore super stallion, became a Gr.1 winning juvenile, prior to running second in both the Oaks and 1000 Guineas.

This past weekend, the fortunes of two more local stallions, received a substantial and timely boost.

On Saturday, Galileo three-year-old Hydrangea opened her Gr.1 account in the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown at the expense of her exalted stable companion Winter (above). Trained by Aidan O’Brien, she is an own sister to Moutonshoek newcomer The United States. He too, is a former Ballydoyle incumbent and scored at Gr.3 level in Ireland before his sale to Australia, where he earned his Gr.1 spurs in the Ranvet Stakes at Randwick.

From the family of champion and successful stallion Last Tycoon, they are out of the multiple Graded stakes winner Beauty Is Truth (Pivotal), who also produced multiple Gr.3 winner and Gr.1 placed Fire Lily (Dansili).

At the Curragh the following day, Jim Bolger’s juvenile Verbal Dexterity (pictured left) stormed to an impressive victory in the Gr.1 National Stakes to become the first top level winner for his sire Vocalised. By Breeders Cup Juvenile winner Vindication, he is an Irish-based half-brother to Serena’s Cat, the dam of Rathmor Stud’s exciting prospect Noble Tune.

Vocalised too, was trained by Bolger, winning the Gr.3 Tetrarch Stakes and Greenham Stakes and in view of his outstanding female line, was given a chance as a stallion at his trainer’s Redmontstown Stud. Initial support was scant, given the lack of a Gr.1 win on his CV, and as Bolger recalled: “nobody was beating a path to my door in this part of the world because the Bold ruler line doesn’t go down well in Europe.”

Bolger has supported Vocalised from day one and on Sunday, his faith in the horse was amply rewarded. - AvdB

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