O'Brien set to unleash Legatissimo half-sister in Naas maiden
The three-year-old filly was a 725,000gns yearling purchase
Just about every runner in the care of Aidan O'Brien at Ballydoyle has an outstanding pedigree but one who has a particularly interesting page is Smoulder, a closely related half-sister to Legatissimo who has been declared for the 6f fillies' maiden for three-year-olds and upwards (2.25pm) at Naas on Sunday.
Bred by Newsells Park Stud, Smoulder is by champion Australian sire Redoute's Choice, responsible for stars such as Lankan Rupee, Miss Finland and Samantha Miss.
She is out of Yummy Mummy, a winning Montjeu sister to Irish Derby hero and five-time Group 1 winner Fame And Glory.
Legatissimo and Smoulder also share their third dam Grimpola with a top-class older horse in Farhh, who won both the Lockinge and Champion Stakes at five.
Legatissimo won the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket two years ago from Lucida and Tiggy Wiggy. It was the beginning of an impressive three-year-old campaign that saw her claim further top-flight glory in the Nassau Stakes and the Matron Stakes.
She was also pipped in a thrilling finish to the Oaks, with stablemate Qualify just getting up on the line, and was also second in the Pretty Polly Stakes and Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
Yummy Mummy has also produced the Flat winner Another Cocktail and winning hurdler Royal Battalion, both gelded, and has an unnamed two-year-old Shamardal filly who was picked up for 870,000gns by Blandford Bloodstock at last year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.
Smoulder had realised 725,000gns when bought by MV Magnier at the same sale a year earlier, later bought into by Markus Jooste in whose colours she will race. Ryan Moore takes the ride.
Smoulder's biggest danger could be the pair of Dark Angel runners, Sorelle Delle Rose and Dierama. Sorelle Delle Rose did nothing wrong when third by half a length on debut at the same course in October, while Dierama is out of the Alhaarth mare Dierama, making her a half-sister to Group 3 Abernant Stakes scorer Hamza.