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Derby winner Motivator off the mark as a sire.

Byline: Martin Stevens

PROMPTER became the first winner for 2005 Derby hero and freshman sire Motivator when leading throughout in the 7f EBF Maiden Stakes at Chester yesterday.

The colt, who had been beaten a head on his debut at Ascot last month, shares the same connections as Motivator, as he runs in the colours of the Royal Ascot Racing Club and is trained by Michael Bell.

Prompter is the second foal out of Listed-placed Efisio mare Penny Cross, who is a half-sister to Celebration Mile winner Priors Lodge, and was purchased by John Warren for 70,000gns at Book 2 of last year's Tattersalls October sale.

He holds entries for the DFS Champagne Stakes, Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes The Royal Lodge Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in the United Kingdom for two-year-old thoroughbred colts and geldings. It is run over a distance of 1 mile (1,609 metres) at Ascot Racecourse in late September.  and Investec Derby.

A son of Montjeu, Motivator was retired to the Royal Studs at the end of his three-year-old season, in which he won the Dante Stakes and Derby, and finished runner-up to Oratorio oratorio (ôrətôr`ēō), musical composition employing chorus, orchestra, and soloists and usually, but not necessarily, a setting of a sacred libretto without stage action or scenery.  in the Eclipse and Irish Champion Stakes The Irish Champion Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in the Republic of Ireland for three-year-old and above thoroughbreds. It is run over a distance of 1 mile and 2 furlongs (2,012 metres) at Leopardstown Racecourse in September. .

In his first season he covered 79 mares, a reduced number due to a back injury caused when slipping in the paddock in the late spring. Ten of his first-crop two-year-olds have raced, and seven have been placed.

His fee at the Royal Studs this year was pounds 10,000.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 3, 2009
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