Johnston to unleash Prince Of Lir sister
Filly a €105,000 yearling purchase at last year's Goffs Orby Sale
Evening racing at Ripon may be miles away from Ascot, both geographically and in terms of prestige, but there is a touch of the royal meeting there on Wednesday.
Kalagia will carry the silks of Jane Newett after being purchased by Johnston for €105,000 at last year's Goffs Orby Yearling Sale.
She and Prince Of Lir – who covered his first mares at Ballyhane Stud at the age of three this year – were bred by Philip and Orla Hore of Mount Eaton Stud out of the winning Whipper mare Esuvia, a half-sister to Group 3-winning sprinter Resplendent Glory.
The siblings are by Tally-Ho Stud flagbearer Kodiac, an outstanding source of precocity and speed who has supplied other Royal Ascot winners Ardad and Tiggy Wiggy.
First run for Lady Of Shamrock first foal
It would be no surprise if the two 7f races for unraced two-year-olds at Maisons-Laffittes on Wednesday – one for each gender - threw up some future Royal Ascot runners, such is the standard of pedigree on show.
The one that really leaps off the page belongs to Silent War who contests the fillies' version, the Prix Mary Tudor, at 12.55 (11.55 BST).
She is a daughter of leading Kentucky sire War Front and is the first foal out of the Wertheimer brothers' top-class racemare Lady Of Shamrock, a daughter of Scat Daddy who struck twice in top-class company – in the American Oaks at Hollywood Park and Del Mar Oaks.
Silent War, bred on the cross of two of the most popular North American sires of recent years, is trained by Freddy Head for the Wertheimers.