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Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

€1.8 million La Figlia to make long awaited racecourse debut

Daughter of Frankel bids to get off the mark at Kempton on Tuesday

La Figlia when selling in the ring at the Goffs November Foal Sale in 2014
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Hot on the heels of the deeply impressive Goldrush, another sublimely bred Frankel filly is set to make her eagerly-anticipated debut, with La Figlia due to get her racecourse career under way at Kempton on Tuesday evening.

It was at the 2014 Goffs November Foal Sale where she first caught the eye, as the daughter of Frankel sold for a then record price of €1.8 million to Paul Makin through agent Dermot Farrington.

Trained by Jeremy Noseda for Makin, she boasts a classy pedigree as she is a daughter of none other than 2007's dual 1,000 Guineas heroine Finsceal Beo, and is a half-sister to the Group 2-winning Ol' Man River, a son of Montjeu.

Finsceal Beo is in turn out of the twice Listed-placed Royal Academy mare Musical Treat and is a half-sister to Frozen Power, winner of the German 2,000 Guineas in 2010.

La Figlia was originally placed in the care of William Haggas but moved to Noseda's late last year. 

Noseda said: "I got her last autumn, then she had a break. She was due to run at the Craven meeting but unfortunately got cast a couple of days beforehand and did herself some mischief.

"We had to give her six weeks doing nothing. It's been a long road back but thankfully we're back where we want to be. With a filly you need to know if you do start her you feel sure she's going to at least be a winner. They're better unraced than unplaced.

"La Figlia is a pretty nice filly. She has to go and do it on the track but is well above the normal standard you see for a maiden at this time of year."

She will be hoping to continue the run of high-priced and well-bred Frankels making a winning debut as it was only on Saturday when Goldrush, a €1.7 million filly out of five-time Group 1 heroine Alexander Goldrun, got her career off the mark when a impressive winner of a maiden at Navan.

La Figlia will face 11 rivals in the 6f contest and with jockey Ryan Moore booked, the next chapter of her already eventful tale could be poised to get off to the perfect start.

6.40 Kempton

She has to go and do it on the track but is well above the normal standard you see for a maiden at this time of year
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