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Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Golden pedigree comes to the fore in Luck

Goldikova's half-sister enhances their dam's remarkable record

Goldikova, half-sister to Sunday's Chantilly winner Gold Luck, wins her third Breeders' Cup Mile
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There can be few more venerable pedigrees in the world just now than the one freshly decorated on Sunday by Gold Luck, winner of a photo for the Group 3 Prix Vanteaux at Chantilly.

A half-sister to the great Goldikova by multiple Australian champion sire Redoute's Choice, she warmed the heart of Pierre-Yves Bureau, racing manager to her owner-breeders, the Wertheimer brothers.

"As breeders it is an immense joy for us because [the dam] Born Gold was 22 years old when covered by Redoute’s Choice," he said. "It was a difficult gestation so to have the mare still with us, and enjoying a happy retirement on the farm, is already a win. And now for this filly to have already won at Group level, it is a dream. 

"She fought hard there today to come out on top of what looked a decent group of fillies. The Prix Saint-Alary is a logical next step and in theory the extra distance should be no problem to her."

Besides Goldikova, Born Gold has produced Galikova to win at the highest level and three other Group winners in Anodin, Gold Sound and Gold Round.

"She has been an extraordinary broodmare for us," Bureau said.
"Recently Goldikova foaled a filly by Galileo and Galikova has a colt by Dubawi so we’re in good shape there. And there is further proof of the quality in the family with Gold Round, who we sold and who has produced Golden Attitude and Golden Valentine."

Born Gold was one of the outstanding European mates found for Redoute's Choice when he shuttled to the Aga Khan's Haras de Bonneval.

"Redoute’s Choice is of course by Danehill which then gets you to Danzig, so it was a good fit for us," Bureau said. "It was great that Redoute’s Choice came to France because I don’t think we would have gone halfway round the world with a mare her age!

"It looked like it would work well in terms of size because Born Gold is quite lightly made and, with the Danzig influence, it was a relatively easy cross to envisage."

It was a difficult gestation so to have the mare still with us, and enjoying a happy retirement on the farm, is already a win
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