Master Dino's half-sister to take on some in-form mares at Leopardstown
There are some high-class mares lining up in the concluding event of the Dublin Racing Festival on Sunday so it seems noteworthy that only one well-related individual is making her racecourse debut.
Bigbadandbeautiful has already picked up two Listed bumpers for Gordon Elliott and owner Andrew Bedford, meaning she is likely to be a hot favourite for the Grade 2 Coolmore N.H. Sires Irish EBF Mares I.N.H. Flat Race and the likes of Castra Vetera, The West Awaits and Carigeen Lotus have shown a decent level of form.
Pat Doyle's runner, Mind Sunday, is the sole newcomer but her breeding raises some eyebrows as she is a Never On Sunday half-sister to Master Dino, the gelding who had looked a high-class jumping prospect for Guillaume Macaire when winning at Plumpton a year ago.
He went through the ring again for €420,000 at Arqana last November while Mind Sunday was bought by Highflyer Bloodstock for €37,000 as a yearling towards the end of 2017 and now runs in the colours of Dai Walters.
Her dam, the Juddmonte-bred Mind Master, has already produced two other minor winners in France from as many foals to have raced.
Meanwhile Politesse, one of the outsiders of the field and third on her only start at Punchestown last spring, has smart breeding herself as a half-sister to former RSA Chase hero Don Poli, who is still going strong between the flags aged 11. Politesse's trainer, Lorna Fowler, caused a 66-1 surprise with a newcomer at Down Royal earlier this week.