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Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

First test for siblings to Finsceal Beo and Simple Verse

Both runners are the last offspring of their dams

Simple Verse (nearside) finishes the race out well in the British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes at Ascot
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The 6f juvenile maiden at Newbury on Friday – to be divided for the fifth time in seven years – contains its usual plethora of blue-blooded runners, among those declared for the first heat being the last offspring of the dams of Finsceal Beo and Simple Verse (1.20). 

Final Treat, the last of a dozen foals out of the Listed-placed Royal Academy mare Musical Treat, is an Acclamation half-sister to two Classic winners in Finsceal Beo, who completed the 1,000 Guineas double in 2007, and Frozen Power, winner of the German 2,000 Guineas.

Finsceal Beo's own foal by Montjeu – who developed into the Beresford Stakes winner Ol' Man River – set a new record for the Goffs Orby Sale when realising €2.85 million in 2013, while her Frankel filly La Figlia, who fetched €1.8m at the Goffs November Sale, finished second on debut earlier this month.

Acclamation, of course, is well capable of siring talented juveniles –with Expert Eye, the standout in his current crop, an early favourite for next year's Qipco 2,000 Guineas. 

New Orange

Orange Suit, the sixth and final foal out of the Sadler's Wells mare Guantanamera, is a half-brother to Simple Verse, winner of the 2015 St Leger, and Even Song, who won the Ribblesdale Stakes at the royal meeting a year later. 

The son of Declaration Of War caught the eye of Peter and Ross Doyle at Book 1 at Tattersalls, where they secured him for 90,000gns from Barronstown Stud.

Orange Suit is bred on a variation of the War Front-Sadler's Wells cross that has produced top-flights winners Brave Anna and Hit It A Bomb, as well as Wednesday's Fairyhouse maiden scorer Threeandfourpence, all three raced by Evie Stockwell. 

Declaration Of War's first and only crop conceived in Ireland hit the racecourse this year, among them the Group 3 Anglesey Stakes winner Actress and the Pattern-placed Olmedo and Eirene.

Life's a breeze

The second division is also replete with promising types, among them the Kendargent colt George Of Hearts, with trainer Richard Hughes and Stephen Hillen having to write out a docket for €470,000 to secure him at the Arqana May Breeze-Up Sale (1.50).

The sale represented an impressive pinhook for Grove Stud, who had acquired him for €155,000 at the same sales house the previous October. 

Hughes is no stranger to handling pricey breeze-up graduates with Ragstone Road – who topped the Guineas Sale at Tattersalls when selling for 240,000gns – successful on his second start at Lingfield earlier this month. 

George Of Hearts is the second of four foals out of Bugie D'Amore, who also has a Le Havre yearling colt and a Kingman colt foal at foot.

Syndicate success

One of the syndicate success stories of 2017 has been Saturday's Flying Childers Stakes scorer Heartache, who races in the colours of the Hot To Trot syndicate.

The syndicate has another promising filly on their hands in the shape of Exceed And Excel filly Exrating, who will line up for the first time in the second division. The Whitsbury Manor Stud-bred filly is a half-brother to Group 2 winner and King's Stand Stakes third Pearl Secret.

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