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Premier crop has already provided a box-office draw; FIRST-SEASON SIRE PROFILE Multiplex.

b 2003 Danehill - Shirley Valentine, by Shirley Heights Stands at Mickley Stud No. of two-year-olds 77 MULTIPLEX'S first winner, the Tim Easterby-trained Queens Revenge, must rank as one of the best early juvenile fillies this year after the two horses who filled the places when she broke her maiden at Ripon this month, Alejandro and Almond Branches, finished first and second in a maiden at Musselburgh yesterday.

The sire was recruited to Mickley Stud for the 2008 season after an eight-race career in France that yielded four wins and two placed efforts. He attracted the attention of breeders looking for a top pedigree at a commercial fee and received 97 mares despite reporting for stud duty too late to be fully advertised in his first year.

Trained by Andre Fabre, Multiplex won both starts as a juvenile over 7f including the Group 3 Prix La Rochette. He made it three in the Listed Prix de Saint-Patrick over 1m at Deauville the following season before losing his unbeaten record in the Group 2 Prix Eugene Adam.

A fourth and final win came in the Prix de Montretout, a Listed race over 1m at Longchamp, on his four-year-old reappearance. Two placed efforts followed at Group 3 level, including the Prix Messidor, in which he was a close third to Stormy River.

Multiplex is by outstanding sire of sires Danehill and is a maternal grandson of Juddmonte's brilliant broodmare Slightly Dangerous.

Slightly Dangerous produced Group 1 winners Commander In Chief (Epsom and Irish Derby) and Warning (Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes), as well as Group 1 runners-up Deploy (Irish Derby), Dushyantor (Derby, St Leger and Coronation Cup), Yashmak (Marcel Boussac and Irish Oaks) and Jibe (Fillies' Mile).

Slightly Dangerous was in turn a half-sister to Juddmonte's brilliant late sire Rainbow Quest.

Multiplex's dam, Shirley Valentine, was a 1m4f maiden winner, third in the Listed Galtres Stakes and fourth in the Park Hill and Lancashire Oaks at Group 3 level. She is a sister to Deploy by ace broodmare sire Shirley Heights. Her latest runner is Picture Editor, by Danehill's son Dansili, who could develop into a Classic contender.

Multiplex has a decent tally of 77 juveniles to go to war with, giving him the chance to finish among the leading first-season sires if he can deliver a high winners-to-runners ratio.

Sir Robert Ogden's pounds 70,000 DBS Premier yearling sale buy Intuition, a filly out of Listedplaced Shallow Ground, is with Richard Hannon, while Kevin Ryan, David Nicholls and Clive Cox also train Multiplex progeny.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 24, 2011
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