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Monday, 10 December, 2018

Newcomers by Dubawi, Nathaniel and Frankel worth looking out for

Godolphin unleash a colt out of unbeaten Group 3 winner Sub Rose

Dubawi: the Dalham Hall Stud kingpin is the sire of Thirsk debutant Secret Advisor
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There are a number of well-bred newcomers around the British Isles to keep pedigree enthusiasts amused on Sunday.

Perhaps the pick of the bunch is Secret Advisor, a three-year-old Dubawi colt set to be unleashed by Charlie Appleby in the mile maiden for three-year-olds at Thirsk (5.15pm).

He was bred by Haras de Saint-Pair out of Sub Rose, a daughter of Galileo who was unbeaten in her two starts for trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre – in a 1m3f maiden and in the Group 3 Prix de Royaumont over 1m4f.

Sub Rose is a sister to Listed Princess Royal Stakes winner Astonishing out of a daughter of Falmouth Stakes (then Child Stakes) heroine and Coronation Stakes runner-up Magic Gleam.

She is also the dam of Subway Dancer, winner of the Group 3 Grand Prix de Provinces at Lyon Parilly last October.

The cross of Dubawi over a Galileo mare has already come up trumps with 2,000 Guineas hero Night Of Thunder and Hardwicke Stakes winner Dartmouth.

Steel Prince can show his mettle

As soon as they have passed the line at Thirsk, make sure you are in a position to see the 1m3½f three-year-old maiden at Limerick (5.20pm) as it features a first-crop son of Nathaniel with a fine pedigree.

Steel Prince, trained by Patrick Prendergast for his breeder Rick Barnes, is out of the Danehill mare Steel Princess, winner of the Group 3 Prix Cleopatre for Richard Gibson in her own racing career.

Steel Princess has excelled in the paddocks for Barnes, having produced Sarah Lynx, a wide-margin winner of the Grade 1 Canadian International, and Sugar Boy, who scored in the Group 3 Sandown Classic Trial.

Steel Prince may have his work cut out at Limerick to peg back several of his rivals with racecourse experience, including the Aidan O'Brien-trained Homesman, a War Front three-parts brother to July Cup runner-up US Ranger out of a three-parts sister to influential sire Dynaformer.

Another first-timer for Frankel

Three-year-old winners have been coming thick and fast for Frankel in recent weeks and the dual world champion has a chance of another with the debut of his daughter Frima in the mile maiden for three-year-olds and up at Gowran Park (2.05pm).

The Dermot Weld-trained Frima is a homebred filly for Frankel's owner-breeder Khalid Abdullah and is a half-sister to Jet Away, winner of the Listed Festival Stakes for Sir Henry Cecil and later a winner of the Group 3 Easter Cup and fourth in the Caulfield Cup for David Hayes after his export to Australia.

Frima and Jet Away are out of the Kahyasi mare Kalima, an unraced sister to Juddmonte blue hen Hasili, the dam of Group/Grade 1 winners Banks Hill, Cacique, Champs Elysees, Heat Haze and Intercontinental, as well as multiple Group/Grade 1-placed Dansili, a prolific source of high-class horses.

Frima's rivals include Auckland, a Galileo colt out of that fine sprinter Airwave who has run twice and finished third on debut.

Airwave is the granddam of last year's champion two-year-old Churchill, the hot favourite for next Saturday's 2,000 Guineas, who is also by Galileo, so Auckland is bred along very similar lines.

Lily could be in the pink at Gowran

An hour later at Gowran Park (3.05pm) Ger Lyons introduces a well-bred runner by the recently deceased Cape Cross in the 1m1½f maiden for fillies.

Lilyhammer is out of the winning Tagula mare Mathuna, making her a half-sister to Donjuan Triumphant, winner of the Group 2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte and runner-up in the Prix Maurice de Gheest, and Caledonian Spring, a three-length winner of the Listed Ascendant Stakes.

Bound to start favourite in the contest is Bean Feasa, a Dubawi half-sister to champion two-year-old Teofilo who finished fifth in the Group 3 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown last time out. She is trained by Teofilo's handler Jim Bolger for Godolphin.

Another to look out for is Sansibar Jewel, a daughter of Street Cry trained by Dermot Weld for Moyglare Stud and from one of the operation's best families.

Sansibar Jewel is a sister to Ribblesdale Stakes winner and Irish Oaks third Princess Highway and a half-sister to Irish St Leger hero Royal Diamond and Gladness Stakes winner and Irish 1,00 Guineas second Mad About You.

The siblings' dam, Irresistible Jewel, is a daughter of Danehill who won the Ribblesdale Stakes and was runner-up in the Prix de l'Opera.

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Steel Princess has excelled in the paddocks for Rick Barnes, having produced Sarah Lynx, a wide-margin winner of the Grade 1 Canadian International
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