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Monday, 19 November, 2018

Kingman and Queen unite with regally bred Sandown debutant

Sovereign Grant is out of Her Majesty’s Listed winner Momentary

The Queen acquired Sovereign Grant's seventh dam Amicable in the early 1960s
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Bloodstock aficionados are advised to set a reminder for the first division of the 7f Bet & Watch At EBF Maiden Stakes at Sandown on Friday (2.40), with Sir Michael Stoute set to take the wraps off the Queen's regally bred colt Sovereign Grant.

The aptly named Sovereign Grant - who will be ridden by Ryan Moore - is a son of flying freshman sire Kingman, whose ten first-crop winners are headed by Coventry Stakes scorer Calyx, whose Racing Post Rating of 116 is matched only by Pretty Pollyanna among this season's two-year-olds. 

His dam, Momentary, captured the Listed Swettenham Stud Fillies' Trial Stakes at Newbury in 2012, defying odds of 33-1 under Hayley Turner, and her first two foals to race are both winners. 

Also of note are Sovereign Grant's entries in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes and next year's Investec Derby.

The Queen's support of first-season sires was rewarded earlier this month when her Richard Hannon-trained Toronado colt Topical opened his account at Thirsk.

Surely few owner-breeders can claim to have nurtured a family for so long, with the Queen having raced Sovereign Grant's seventh dam Amicable, the 1963 Yorkshire Oaks runner-up, and she has continued to breed and race from the family ever since.

Amicable produced Expansive, winner of the 1979 Ribblesdale Stakes at the royal meeting and whose granddaughter Phantom Gold landed the 1995 edition of the same race.

Phantom Gold's best runner was the 2001 Oaks runner-up Flight Of Fancy, while another daughter threw Maths Prize - second in the Listed Lenebane Stakes at Roscommon in July. 

Flight Of Fancy is the dam of Fabricate, who retained his Winter Hill Stakes crown at Windsor last Saturday, while her Danehill daughter Fleeting Memory is the dam of Momentary.

Besides Sovereign Grant, Momentary also has an Australia yearling filly and a Dubawi colt foal, and was covered again by Dubawi this year.

Should Sovereign Grant prevail at Sandown, he would emulate past winner Time Test - a son of Dubawi who subsequently won the Brigadier Gerard Stakes and was third to Hawkbill in the Coral-Eclipse at the same course.

Sovereign Grant could be given most to do by the once-raced Dubawi colt Alrajaa, while Eden Gardens also makes his debut for Simon Crisford. The latter is a son of Mukhadram, whose finest hour came when winning the 2014 Eclipse.

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The Queen's support of first-season sires has been rewarded with her Toronado colt Topical opening his account at Thirsk earlier this month
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