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Gorgeous George lives on as granddaughter gains stakes success

Listed win for filly out of late George Washington's only foal

Oh, what a beautiful filly: Beautiful Morning as a yearling at Tattersalls
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George Washington managed to impregnate only one mare during a brief stallion career curtailed due to infertility ten years ago, but the result of that sole successful mating is doing her best to ensure Coolmore's iconic Classic hero will feature in pedigrees for some time.

The only foal by George Washington was a filly out of the Rainbow Quest mare Flawlessly bred by Azienda Agricola Loreto Luciani. She created a stir when selling to Glidawn Stud as a foal at Goffs for €280,000 and when resold by Glidawn to Julie Wood as a yearling at Tattersalls for 320,000gns.

Wood named the filly Date With Destiny and placed her with Richard Hannon snr, who sent her out to win on debut at Newbury and to finish third in the Listed Lingfield Oaks Trial. At the end of her racing career she was sold as a broodmare prospect to Newsells Park Stud for 185,000gns.

George Washington during his brief tenure as a stallion at Coolmore

To bring the story right up to date, Date With Destiny's first foal, the four-year-old Galileo filly Beautiful Morning, gained a first stakes victory with a wide-margin defeat of Vintage Folly (by Makfi) in the Listed John Musker Fillies' Stakes at Yarmouth on Wednesday.

Beautiful Morning was sold to McCalmont Bloodstock on behalf of American owner Jon Kelly for 650,000gns as a yearling and was trained until this year by Luca Cumani, for whom the filly won the Convivial Maiden and finished second in a Listed contest at Newbury.

Having joined Jessica Harrington this year, she finished second to Shamreen in the Group 2 Blandford Stakes on Irish Champions Weekend on her last start.

Date With Destiny pictured in her box at the Hannons' Herridge Stables in 2010

Date With Destiny also has a two-year-old filly by Nathaniel named Janabiya with George Peckham, a yearling colt by Lope De Vega who will be offered by Newsells Park at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale and a filly foal also by Lope De Vega born in March.

The mare was covered by Iffraaj this year.

Beautiful Morning becomes stakes winner number 258 for Coolmore kingpin Galileo.

George Washington was the winner of four Group 1s including the 2,000 Guineas in devastating fashion but he sadly lost his life in the Breeders' Cup Classic after being returned to the track after his failed stallion career.

Gorgeous George, as he was affectionately called by his many fans, was by Danehill - so Beautiful Morning is bred on a unique variation of the Galileo-Danehill cross that has delivered numerous top-notchers including Frankel.

In other European black-type action on Wednesday:

  • Golden Legend, a daughter of Doctor Dino out of the Group 3-placed Kaldounevees mare Gold Harvest, scored in the Group 3 Prix Bertrand de Tarragon on heavy ground at Maisons-Laffitte for owner-breeder Henri Devin.
  • Sound And Silence, a Godolphin homebred colt by Exceed And Excel, notched his third stakes victory of the year in the Group 3 Prix Eclipse at Maisons-Laffitte having already landed the Windsor Castle Stakes and Roses Stakes.
  • Khafoo Shememi, a three-year-old colt by Dark Angel, recorded his second stakes success in the Listed Fortune Stakes over a mile at Sandown.
  • Brick By Brick, a two-year-old gelding trained by Jessica Harrington, became a new stakes winner for the late Irish National Stud resident Big Bad Bob with a comfortable victory in the Listed Blenheim Stakes at Fairyhouse. He carried the silks of Big Bad Bob's owner Christina Patino.
    View Wednesday's results
Beautiful Morning is bred on a unique variation of the Galileo-Danehill cross that has delivered numerous top-notchers including Frankel
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