Blueblooded Ballydoyle trio make debut in Curragh maiden
Colts out of Duntle, Moonlight Cloud and Was to contest 7f event
Aidan O'Brien is pointing some big guns – in pedigree terms, at least – at the 7f two-year-old maiden that opens Sunday's card at the Curragh (1.35).
His three runners – Circus Maximus, Fresno and Globe Theatre – are all debutants with exceptional breeding.
Circus Maximus is by perennial champion sire Galileo and will carry the colours of the Niarchos family, who own the colt in partnership with Coolmore.
He is the first foal out of the high-class Danehill Dancer mare Duntle, who was first past the post in the Matron Stakes at three in 2012 but was demoted to second in favour of Chachamaidee in the stewards' room.
At four Duntle landed the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot and finished placed in the Prix Rothschild and Sun Chariot Stakes.
Galileo has sparked with Danehill Dancer mares in the past to produce the brilliant talents Alice Springs, Minding and The Gurkha.
Ryan Moore takes the ride on Circus Maximus, which will likely ensure he starts as the best fancied of the Ballydoyle trio.
Fresno is also by Galileo and is the second foal but first runner out of the superb racemare Moonlight Cloud, who took six Group 1 contests against colts – three renewals of the Prix Maurice de Gheest, a Prix Jacques le Marois, a Prix du Moulin and a Prix de la Foret.
Among the celebrities the daughter of Invincible Spirit beat in her racing career were Declaration Of War, Farhh, Intello, Lethal Force, Olympic Glory and Society Rock.
Moonlight Cloud is descended from the great broodmare Doff The Derby, dam of Epsom Classic winners Generous and Imagine.
Seamie Heffernan will partner Fresno on the colt's debut in the colours of Moonlight Cloud's owner-breeder George Strawbridge.
Globe Theatre, meanwhile, is not by Galileo but is out of a mare by the Coolmore phenomenon – Oaks heroine Was, to be precise.
He is a son of War Front, for many years Coolmore's preferred outcross for their high-class mares by Galileo, Montjeu and Sadler's Wells.
War Front has justified Coolmore's faith in him by giving them, among others, the multiple Group 1 winners Roly Poly and US Navy Flag, who are out of another Classic-winning daughter of Galileo in Misty For Me.
Globe Theatre is the second foal out of Was, the first being 7f handicap winner Darkness Falls, also by War Front.
Like Fresno, he is also related to a Derby winner as Was is out of Alluring Park, a Green Desert half-sister to New Approach.
Globe Theatre has the assistance of Wayne Lordan in the saddle.
The Ballydoyle trio have no fewer than 22 rivals in this well subscribed maiden. The pick of the rest on pedigree might be Aced It, a colt by the in-form Lope De Vega – sire of this week's juvenile Group winners Antonia De Vega and Phoenix Of Spain – and a half-brother to this year's Blue Wind Stakes second Jaega.
Aced It is trained by John Oxx for owner-breeder Newtown Anner Stud.