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Normal looks a cut Above with impressive debut victory

The three-year-old is out of Group 1 heroine Saoirse Abu

Above Normal winning the 1m4f maiden at Pontefract on Tuesday
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Another exciting three-year-old for Godolphin emerged on Tuesday when the Saeed Bin Suroor-trained Above Normal landed the 1m4f maiden at Pontefract in impressive fashion.

Held up behind the leaders by his jockey Kevin Stott, the Street Cry gelding was asked to make his move in the home straight and he duly obliged to pull clear to win by four and a half lengths.

A Godolphin homebred, Above Normal is the fourth foal out of the Mr Greeley mare Saoirse Abu and is a half-brother to the multiple winner Ennistown.

Saoirse Abu was trained by Jim Bolger to win three races including the Phoenix Stakes and Moyglare Stud Stakes at the highest level.

Her further family includes Oaks heroine Balanchine, Prix de Diane winner West Wind and last month's UAE Derby scorer Thunder Snow.

Purchased by John Ferguson for 1,950,000gns at the Tattersalls December Mares Sale in 2008, Saoirse Abu has a two-year-old filly by New Approach called Active Approach and a yearling filly by Dubawi.

Other recent three-year-old winners who have made good impressions on their debuts for Sheikh Mohammed's operation are Benbatl, a son of Dubawi, and Dream Castle, a Frankel colt, who won separate divisions of a 7f maiden at Doncaster last month.

Both Benbatl and Dream Castle hold entries in the English and Irish Classics. While Above Normal cannot contest those races because he is a gelding, he is certainly one to watch based on his first run.

Race result

A closer look at the pedigrees of Benbatl and Dream Castle


The further family includes Oaks heroine Balanchine, West Wind and Thunder Snow

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