Second Generation delivers for Dawn
Dawn Approach’s successful season continues and last week, his second-crop daughter Second Generation recorded her third career win and first victory at Stakes level when landing the Listed Prix des Reves d’Or in France.
His first crop also continue to make their presence felt, with five now hitting the board at Group level.
They include Mary Tudor (pictured), who put up a superb performance to finish third in the G1 Darley Irish Oaks on Saturday, plus Fajjaj, who added further Black Type to his record on the same day.
Cool as a cucumber
Emotionless (Shamardal) made a very promising 2018 debut when second to subsequent G1 winner Benbatl in the G3 Singspiel Stakes at Meydan.
On Saturday, 21 July, he made a winning return to the UK with a tenacious victory in the Listed Steventon Stakes at Newbury. Doing it the hard way under William Buick, Emotionless made every yard of the running in the 10-furlong contest and is now rated close to his figures achieved at two, when he won the G2 Champagne Stakes.
The race saw a Darley-sired trifecta, with Emotionless leading home Desert Encounter (by late Darley stallion Halling), and the aforementioned Fajjaj (Dawn Approach) taking third.
Daughter of Iffraaj makes it three on the bounce
New York Minute has been a wonderfully consistent performer in New Zealand for her sire Iffraaj and she added a third straight win and second consecutive Stakes victory at the weekend when landing the seven-furlong Listed Opunake Cup by three lengths.
Iffraaj is currently second in the NZ sires’ table by prize money and has sired 13 individual Black Type performers in the southern hemisphere over the past season, headed by G1 winner Gingernuts.
Like father, like son
12 years ago, Teofilo kicked off a five-race unbeaten run on his racecourse debut at the Curragh, and the same trainer and jockey in Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning teamed up to take the very same race on Saturday with Teofilo’s son Guaranteed.
Now known as the Club Godolphin Maiden, Guaranteed made all before battling impressively when headed close to home to win by a head. There is likely to be more to come from this promising horse, who could step up to Group level for his next start.
Teofilo also added a new Stakes winner on Friday, 20 July when his three-year-old son Efraan led all the way to win the Listed Frederic de Lagrange, run over 12 furlongs at Vichy.
Sponsored races in Ireland and France
As mentioned above, the G1 Darley Irish Oaks took place at the Curragh on Saturday, 21 July, with Sea Of Class running out a very worthy winner, ahead of Godolphin’s talented Dawn Approach filly Mary Tudor taking third.
A day later, the first race in the new Darley Series was held at Maisons-Laffitte, the G2 Prix Robert Papin.
The race was won by the only filly in the race Signora Cabello, previously winner of the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot.
This was the first of three legs, with the Darley Prix de Cabourg to follow at Deauville this Sunday, culminating in the G1 Darley Prix Morny on Sunday, 19 August.