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Bloodstock Briefing: Fillies star in Guineas for Unfuwain; Blueprint adds to successful meeting for Highclere's extended family.

UNFUWAIN achieved a rare feat in the Sagitta 1,000 Guineas on Sunday, when the Shadwell Stud stallion was responsible for the first and third, Lahan and Petrushka, and was also broodmare sire of runner-up Princess Ellen.

Sadler's Wells did the same in the 1998 Irish Derby, when the stallion's sons Dream Well and Desert Fox were first and third, with his grandson City Honours in second, and he improved on that in the same race last year, when Montjeu, Daliapour and Tchaikovsky gave him a 1-2-3. But you have to go back a long way to find similar examples in Britain or Ireland.

Unfuwain was not the only member of his family to star at Newmarket, for his relative Blueprint took Friday's Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes. Both Unfuwain and Blueprint are grandsons of Highclere, winner of the 1974 1,000 Guineas and Prix de Diane.

Highclere, who died in 1992, left a powerful legacy both for her owner-breeder, the Queen, and Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, who bought her Group 2-winning daughter Height Of Fashion.

For the Queen, Highclere's most successful daughter at stud has been 1988 Ribblesdale Stakes runner-up Highbrow (by Shirley Heights), whose current runners are Blueprint (by Generous), Group 3 Earl of Sefton Stakes runner-up Fairy Godmother (by Fairy King) and Request (by Rainbow Quest), a promising second to Dream Quest on her debut at Sandown on April 28.

Highbrow, who has no two-year-old or yearling, will foal a full-sibling to Request any day, and she is due to visit Fairy King's brother Sadler's Wells.

Sheikh Hamdan, however, has had the biggest success with Highclere's descendants, thanks to Height Of Fashion's sons Nashwan and Unfuwain.

Height Of Fashion has five other progeny who have made a mark in stakes races, and there could be more to come. The 21-year-old, having been barren for two years, is carrying to AP Indy for 2001, prompting "absolute delight" at Shadwell Kentucky. Her two-year-old is the Gulch colt Nayef, who was broken in in Dubai and has joined Marcus Tregoning.

The Sheikh is in the happy position of having five of Height Of Fashion's daughters at stud-Bashayer (in foal to Danzig for 2001), Deyaajeer (visiting Barathea after foaling a Linamix colt), Manwah (in foal to Unbridled after foaling a Red Ransom filly), Sarayir (visited Storm Cat after foaling an AP Indy filly) and Wijdan (visited Peintre Celebre after foaling a Darshaan colt).

He also stands both Nashwan and Unfuwain at his Norfolk stud. It is Nashwan who has the distinction this year of covering Lahan's dam Amanah, who foaled a Singspiel filly this spring.

At the moment, though, it is Unfuwain who holds the strongest cards with his three-year-olds.
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Author:Hickman, Janet
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 10, 2000
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