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Spiritedd uoo utt o uphold family name; BIGW EEKENDF OR... Round-up of studs, stallions and mares likely to be making the headlines around the world.

THE decision by Max Morris and his wife Isabel to purchase Sheer Audacity back in 1989 is still reaping its rewards even today. The daughter of Troy bred ten winners at Morris's Iverk House Stud, among them the 1999 Derby winner Oath and triple Group 1 winner Pelder, and this weekend features as the granddam of two high-profile runners through her winning daughter Sheer Spirit.

Sheer Spirit is represented at York this afternoon by her three-year-old son Cardinal Walter, who lines up in the Melrose Handicap at 2.30pm for David Simcock. Bred by Morris in partnership with Kildangan Stud, the son of Cape Cross has filled the frame in four of his five starts, most recently when third in a 1m4f handicap at Glorious Goodwood to Sir Graham Wade, who reopposes today.

Tomorrow's card at the Curragh features the return his older half-sister Manieree in the Lanwades Stud Fillies' Stakes at the Curragh (4.20). It is the seasonal debut for the daughter of Medicean, who signed off last season with victories in the Kilboy Estate and Blandford Stakes for Morris and trainer John Oxx. She is one of three stakes performers out of Sheer Spirit following the Listed-placed pair Solid Rock and Bold Choice, and the sixth stakes winner overall to descend from Sheer Audacity.

Now 15-years-old, Sheer Spirit has a filly foal by Azamour.

vvDoubled elight? THE week's celebrations might not be over yet for Denis and Teresa Bergin, whose star mare Grandel struck at York on Wednesday as the dam of the opening 6f handicap winner Tax Free. Now ten, the son of Tagula was winning for the 16th time for David Nicholls, who saddles another accomplished son of Grandel, Inxile, in tomorrow's Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh.

Victory tomorrow would see seven-year-old Inxile, one of the best performers sired by former Rossenarra Stud stallion Fayruz, land his 11th stakes race.

A bargain EUR5,500 purchase by Denis Bergin at the 2001 Goffs November Sale, Grandel - an unraced daughter of Owington - i s also the dam of multiple winners Green Beret (also by Fayruz) and Xilerator (by Arakan).

vvWeekend wonders THE Roger Charlton-trained Thistle Bird has a strong chance of providing her dam, Dolma, with a first Group winner in today's Betfair Celebration Mile at Goodwood (3.20).

A daughter of Marchand De Sable, famed for siring top-class sprinter Marchand D'Or, Dolma was a triple Listed winner in France at up to seven furlongs for trainer Nicolas Clement and such form persuaded James Wigan to part with 160,000gns at Tattersalls in 2005 on behalf of owner-breeder Lady Rothschild.

Dolma's purchase was the catalyst for a number of high-profile broodmare purchases made by the Rothschild family at around that time. In 2006 they parted with 4,600,000gns for Magical Romance, 3,000,000gns for Spinning Queen and in 2007 paid the same figure for Angara. Dolma is out of French Listed placed 1m2f-1m4f winner Young Manila, a half-sister to very smart French middle-distance filly (Royallieu winner) Fabulous Hostess.

Although she didn't carry the glitzy price tag, Dolma has more than held her own at stud, making an instant impact with her second foal Thistle Bird. The Selkirk filly did not make the racecourse at two, but has improved with age, this year landing a pair of Listed races.

It could be another weekend to remember for the Rothschild family, as they are also represented by the Michael Stoute-trained Zumbi (Dubawi) in tomorrow's Group 3 Supreme Stakes at Goodwood (3.20).

vvClubsab igl oss RED CLUBS' stint at stud may have been short, but it was certainly sweet. The short lived sire's second crop of juveniles have excelled this season and he currently lies second in the two-year-old sires' list, with 17 winners from 42 runners, an impressive 40 per cent strikerate.

The Richard Hannon-trained Sky Lantern bids to give the sire further Group race glory in today's Prestige Stakes at Goodwood (2.15), following Ceiling Kitty's decisive win in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Sky Lantern, already a winner at Listed level this season, finished a highlycreditable second on her latest outing behind Certify in the Sweet Solera Stakes.

Sky Lantern is out of the Shareef Dancer mare Shawanni, who has been an outstanding broodmare for both past and current connections. The producer of ten winners in total, Shawanni excelled under the Darley banner where winners bred included the Group 3-winning pair Arctic and Shanty Star as well as the Listed winner Hinton Admiral.

Shawanni was put up for sale at the Goffs November Mare Sale in 2007 aged 14 and was duly snapped up by Tally Ho Stud for EUR78,000.

It has turned out to be a shrewd purchase, with the mare producing useful handicapper Shropshire, who was bought as a yearling by BBA Ireland for EUR70,000 and Sky Lantern, whom Tally Ho sold to SackvilleDonald for EUR75,000 at last year's Goffs Orby Yearling Sale.


Sky Lantern: another stakes winner for Red Clubs? Thistle Bird: bids for Group-race glory
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Date:Aug 25, 2012
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