Group 1 stars for Fastnet Rock, Halling and Motivator; first-crop pattern race double for Canford Cliffs; first group winner for Youmzain, and other news
SUNDAYTreve beat Flintshire and Dolniya to take the Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud over 12 furlongs, her eighth win from 11 starts and a fifth Group 1 success for the dual Arc heroine. Trained by Criquette Head-Maarek, the brilliant five-year-old is a daughter of the Derby winner Motivator (by Montjeu). He stands at Haras du Quesnay, which is where Treve was bred.
She has a stakes-winning half-brother called Trois Rois (by Hernando) and her dam Trevise (by Anabaa) comes from the famous family of Group 1 stars such as Trillion (by Hail To Reason), Triptych (by Riverman), Generous (by Caerleon), Imagine (by Sadler's Wells) and Moonlight Cloud (by Invincible Spirit).Diamondsandrubies, who finished fourth in the Oaks at Epsom on her previous outing, came out on top in a three-way photo for the Group 1 Sea The Stars Pretty Polly Stakes over 10 furlongs at the Curragh. She is a daughter of the Australian champion sire and former shuttler Fastnet Rock (by Danehill), she was bred by Premier Bloodstock, and she is trained by Aidan O'Brien.
She is the best of three blacktype earners out of the triple classic-placed Group 1 star Quarter Moon (by Sadler's Wells), who is a full-sister to the Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas winner Yesterday. This is the famous family of additional Group 1 stars such as Alborada (by Alzao), Albanova (by Alzao) and Allegretto (by Galileo).Sea Calisi won the Group 2 Prix de Mallaret over 12 furlongs at Saint-Cloud, becoming the first pattern winner from the first crop of the Group 1 star and Haras du Quesnay stallion Youmzain (by Sinndar). The Francois Doumen-trained three-year-old is out of the German middle-distance scorer Triclaria (by Surumu) and her siblings include the Group 2-placed dual stakes winner Timos (by Sholokhov) and the ill-fated dual Group 3 winner Tareno (by Saddlers' Hall).Lovelyn (by Tiger Hill) beat her elders to take the Group 2 pferdewetten.de – Grosser Hansa-Preis over 12 furlongs at Hamburg. Last month the Peter Schiergen-trained three-year-old won the Group 2 Oaks d'Italia at San Siro. She is out of Laurella (by Acatenango) and that mare is a winning full-sister to the Group 1 Deutsches Derby and Group 1 Japan Cup hero Lando.Air Pilot (by Zamindar) made all to beat two rivals in the Group 3 Heritage Medical Clinic International Stakes over 10 furlongs at the Curragh. It is a fourth win from nine starts for Lady Cobham's homebred six-year-old and his second blacktype success. The gelding is trained by Ralph Beckett, he is out of the 14 furlong scorer Countess Sybil (by Dr Devious), a half-sister to the Group 3 Grand Prix de Vichy winner Mint Crisp (by Green Desert).The David Wachman-trained filly Most Beautiful won the Group 3 Grangecon Stud Stakes over six furlongs at the Curragh, giving Coolmore Stud's Canford Cliffs (by Tagula) a second pattern winner in two days. She was bred by Horizon Bloodstock Ltd, she cost 120,000gns in Newmarket as a yearling, and she is the second foal out of the 10 furlong stakes winner Saphira's Fire (by Cape Cross). Her grandam All Our Hope (by Gulch) is a Group 2-placed half-sister to multiple blacktype placed six-figured earner Nooshman (by Woodman).Bondi Beach (by Galileo) pipped his stable companion Order Of St George (by Galileo) in the Group 3 At The Races Curragh Cup over 14 furlongs at the Curragh. It is a second win from three starts for the Aidan O'Brien-trained three-year-old. He is out of One Moment In Time (by Danehill) and the mare is an unraced full-sister to the Group 1 winning miler Simply Perfect. His grandam Hotelgenie Dot Com (by Selkirk) is a Group 1-placed half-sister to the Group 1 scorer Bianca Nera (by Salse).Ottone, a two-year-old son of Cheveley Park Stud stallion Dutch Art (by Medicean), won the Group 3 Premio Primi Passi over six furlongs at San Siro. Allevamento La Nuova Sbarra's homebred colt is a half-brother to the stakes-placed Force Of Ransom (by Red Ransom) and his dam Contemporary (by Alzao) won the Group 3 Prix Miesque as a juvenile.Berling (by Montjeu) won the Group 3 Dansk Hesteforsikring Scandinavian Open Championship over 12 furlongs at Klampenborg, a second pattern success for the Ballylinch Stud-bred gelding. The eight-year-old is trained in Sweden by Jessica Long, he is out of the Group 1 placed Danaskaya (by Danehill) and is a half-brother to the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes winner and juvenile champion Belardo (by Lope De Vega).
SATURDAYJack Hobbs was an easy winner of the Group 1 150th Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby over 12 furlongs at the Curragh, a first win at the highest level for the exciting son of the former Dalham Hall Stud stallion Halling (by Diesis). He is trained by John Gosden, he was bred by Minster Stud, and he is out of Swain's Gold (by Swain). His dam was a sprint winner but his grandam Golden Pond (by Don't Forget Me) was a Grade 2 scorer over 12 furlongs in the USA.Painted Cliffs won the Group 2 Gain Railway Stakes over six furlongs at the Curragh, a second win from three starts for the Aidan O'Brien-trained colt. He was bred by Lisieux Stud, he is a €200,000 graduate of the Goffs Orby Yearling Sale, and he is the second foal out of Lulawin (by Kyllachy). He is a first crop son of the Coolmore Stud stallion Canford Cliffs (by Tagula) and dam is a half-sister to the Group 1 winning miler Excellent Art (by Pivotal).Aeolus won the Group 3 Betfred Chipchase Stakes over six furlongs at Newcastle, his fourth win from a dozen starts and his second blacktype success. Andrew Buxton's homebred is trained by Ed Walker and the four-year-old is a son of the ace miler Araafa (by Mull Of Kintyre). He is a half-brother to the stakes-placed sprint handicapper Hezmah (by Oasis Dream) and his dam Bright Moll (by Mind Games) is a winning half-sister to pattern-placed Helene Brilliant (by Dr Fong) and to the prolific sprint scorer Brazen (by Kyllachy).Markaz won the Group 3 John Sunley Memorial Criterion Stakes over seven furlongs at Newmarket, his second win from 10 starts and his first blacktype success. The Barry Hills-trained three-year-old was bred by the partnership of Yeomanstown Stud and Doc Bloodstock. He is a son of the Morristown Lattin Stud stallion Dark Angel (by Acclamation), he is the second foal out of the capable Folga (by Atraf), and that makes him a full-brother to the dual pattern winning sprinter Mecca's Angel.
Although not a pattern event, it is notable that Dark Angel was also represented by Sovereign Debt, an easy winner of Listed Dubai Duty Free Full of Surprises Celebration Stakes over a mile at the Curragh. That David Nicholls-trained six-year-old was bred by Yeomanstown Stud, he is a half-brother to the Group 3 scorer Puff (by Camacho), and his dam Kelsey Rose (by Most Welcome) was a stakes-placed sprint winner.Odeliz won the Group 3 Franz-Gunther Von Gaertner Gedachtnisrennen over a mile at Hamburg, a fourth win for the Karl Burke-trained five-year-old and her first pattern success. The Falco (by Pivotal) mare was bred by Aleyrion Bloodstock Ltd, she is out of the unraced Acatama (by Efisio) and her dam's four blacktype siblings include the dual US Grade 1 scorer Amorama (by Sri Pekan). Falco stands at Haras du Grand Chesnaie.