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Brief breeding notes from Saturday's flat racing action
on 25 October 2014
Elm Park a first Group 1 winner for Phoenix Reach, more pattern success for freshman sires, and other stories

PHOENIX REACH (by Alhaarth), a European pattern scorer and middle-distance Grade 1 star in Canada, Hong Kong, and Dubai, got his first Group 1 winner at stud when the Andrew Balding trained juvenile Elm Park won the Racing Post Trophy over a mile at Doncaster.

A Listed scorer at Salisbury in August, and winner of the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes last month, Elm Park has now won four of his five starts. He was bred by Kingsclere Stud, and is among the ante-post favourites for the 2015 Investec Derby. He has also received quotes for the 2015 St Leger.

Elm Park is the second foal out of the mile winner Lady Brora (by Dashing Blade), his grandam Tweed Mill (by Selkirk) is a winning half-sister to the 22 times scorer Sharp Island (by Beveled), and his third dam is Island Mill (by Mill Reef), who is a winning half-sister to the Group 1 placed, pattern winning sprinter Silicon Bavaria (by Procida).

Phoenix Reach began his career at the National Stud in Newmarket, and he has now completed three seasons as a dual-purpose sire at Mickley Stud.

First crop pattern winner for Vocalised

Steip Amach sprang a surprise when beating the hot favourite Royal Navy Ship in the Group 3 Killavullan Stakes over seven furlongs at Leopardstown. She finished fourth in a pair of mile Listed contests on her first two starts, then took third in a maiden over that same trip before dropping back in distance for her first success.

Trained and bred by Jim Bolger, and representing the first crop of the Redmondstown Stud freshman sire Vocalised (by Vindication), she is the second foal out of Ceist Eile (by Noverre), which makes her a half-sister to the stakes placed Ceisteach (by New Approach).

Second pattern winner for freshman Paco Boy

Highclere Stud's freshman sire Paco Boy (by Desert Style) notched up his second pattern winner when Smaih won the Group 3 Worthington's Whizz Kidz Stakes (registered as The Horris Hill Stakes) over seven furlongs at Newbury.

Listed placed on his previous start, Smaih is trained by Richard Hannon, he was bred by Gestut Fahrhof, and he has won three of his seven starts.

The €190,000 Goffs Orby Sale graduate is out of Solala (by Black Sam Bellamy), who is a winning half-sister to the Group 1 stars Silvano (by Lomitas) and Sabiango (by Acatenango).

Listed success for Archipenko filly

Lanwades Stud stallion Archipenko (by Kingmambo), who got his first Group 1 winner last weekend, struck at Newbury today with the juvenile Russian Punch, winner of the Listed Al Basti Equiworld Celebration Stakes (registered as the Radley Stakes) over seven furlongs.

The James Given trained filly was bred by Deborah O'Brien. She is the second foal out of Punch Drunk (by Beat Hollow), who is a winning mare from a branch of the family from which the Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas third Run To Jenny (by Runnet) comes.

Easy Group 3 for son of Motivator

Classic placed dual stakes winner Sky Hunter ran away with the Group 3 Worthington's Burlison Inns Stakes (registered as the St Simon Stakes) over 12 furlongs at Newbury, taking his record to six wins from nine starts.

He was bred by Darley, and he is trained by Saeed bin Suroor, having been based with Andre Fabre before this year.

The four-year-old is a gelded son of the Haras du Quesnay stallion Motivator (by Montjeu), he is out of Pearl Kite (by Silver Hawk), and his siblings include the Group 2 scorer Nayyir (by Indian Ridge), the classic placed pattern scorer Highest (by Selkirk), and the stakes winning filly Shamaiel (by Lycius).

Another new stakes winner for Authorized

Derby hero Authorized (by Montjeu) added another stakes winner to his tally when the Jim Bolger trained Answered narrowly won the Listed Trigo Stakes over 10 furlongs at Leopardstown.

It is a second win from four starts for the pattern placed three-year-old, a Cheveley Park Stud-bred, and a 50,000gns graduate of the foal section of the Tattersalls December Sales.

A half-brother to the multiple winner Woody Bay (by New Approach), he is out of the Grade 1 scorer Dublino (by Lear Fan), and his grandam is a full-sister to the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes heroine Duda (by Theatrical).

New pattern scorer for Rock Of Gibraltar

Multiple pattern placed four-year-old Rock Of Romance won the Group 3 St Leger Italiano over 14 furlongs at San Siro today, making him a new pattern winner for Coolmore Stud's ace miler Rock Of Gibraltar (by Danehill).

Bred by Brendan Corbett, and trained in Germany by Andreas Wohler, the €12,000 Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale graduate is out of Romantic Venture (by Indian Ridge), which makes him a half-brother to the dual Listed scorer Fictional Account (by Stravinsky).

His dam is a full-sister to the Grade 1 placed pattern winner Sights On Gold, and she is a half-sister to the Grade 2 scorer Simple Exchange (by Danehill), and to this year's Hong Kong Grade 1 star Designs On Rome (by Holy Roman Emperor).

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