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Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Latrobe's sister Pink Dogwood bags first win in style at Gowran Park

Dam has a Zoffany yearling catalogued at the Goffs Orby Sale

Too good: Latrobe's sister Pink Dogwood wins for the first time on Saturday
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Pink Dogwood, a sister to Irish Derby hero Latrobe, got off the mark at the third attempt, winning the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden over a mile at Gowran Park on Saturday in straightforward fashion.

Always up with the pace under Donnacha O'Brien, Pink Dogwood pulled clear of some well-bred rivals with ease, the daughter of Camelot hitting the line seven lengths clear of Bodhicitta, a daughter of Whitsbury Manor Stud's Showcasing.

A €380,000 purchase from last year's Goffs Orby Yearling Sale by the Magnier-Mayfair-Doyle alliance, Pink Dogwood made her debut last month at the Curragh and was well beaten by the subsequent Moyglare Stud Stakes runner-up Lady Kaya.


Watch Pink Dogwood's impressive performance


She finished second again next time when favourite but put that firmly behind her on Saturday with a pleasing performance. The filly is entered in next Friday's Group 2 Shadwell Rockfel Stakes and next month's Group 1 bet365 Fillies' Mile, both at Newmarket.

Pink Dogwood is the fourth winner, from the same number to race, by Shamardal's Question Times, with she and Latrobe joined on the roll of honour by last year's Group 3 Gladness Stakes winner Diamond Fields and the three-time winner Entangling, both by Fastnet Rock.

In winning on Saturday, Pink Dogwood achieved something Latrobe did not in scoring as a two-year-old, her brother finishing second on his only start at two.

Diamond Fields similarly took her time notching a win when successful on her fourth outing as a juvenile.

Pink Dogwood represents another feather in the cap of her sire Camelot, who has enjoyed a fine time of things in 2018 with not only Latrobe but Royal Ascot scorer Hunting Horn and Belmont Grade 1 winner Athena emerging from his first crop and Arthur Kitt joining Pink Dogwood in advertising the claims of his second.

Question Times, meanwhile, has a Castletown Stud-consigned yearling colt by Zoffany catalogued at next month's Goffs Orby Sale.

Best of the rest

Elsewhere in the same race, third place was filled by Moyglare Stud debutante Mia Maria, a sister to the four-time stakes winner Carla Bianca.

Further back in the field was the winner's stablemate The Tooth Fairy, a sister to the brilliant Found among others, who was also making her debut.

Royal Ascot winner scores with her first foal

Saturday's second race at Gowran Park, the Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C & G) Maiden over the same trip, also went the way of the O'Brien father-son team, as Circus Maximus built on his debut fifth at the Curragh last month to score.

The colt, a son of Galileo, is the first foal out of the Danehill Dancer mare Duntle, who won the Sandringham at Royal Ascot in 2012 and followed up at the same meeting 12 months later in the Group 2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes. 


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In winning on Saturday, Pink Dogwood achieved something Latrobe did not in scoring as a two-year-old
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