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Friday, 14 December, 2018

Overdose half-sister and Halfbridled daughter set for debuts

Well-bred fillies unleashed in sprint maiden at Chantilly

Overdose: a half-sister to the 'Budapest Bullet' is set to be unleashed
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It is the time of year when we get to see lots of well-bred, unraced three-year-olds sent to the racecourse to make their debuts and more are unleashed at Chantilly on Tuesday.

The 6½f for unraced fillies at 12.40pm local time (11.40am BST) features several such runners who could be stars in time, including a sibling to one of the most talked about central European-trained horses of recent times.

Poppet's Promise is a half-sister to Overdose, a son of Starborough trained in Hungary who rose to fame after wide-margin wins at home and then in black-type sprint races in Germany and Italy.

He rocketed home to win the Prix de l'Abbaye in 2008, only for the race to be declared void when the stall of his opponent Fleeting Spirit failed to open properly. He did not run in the re-staged race later on the card, which was won by Marchand D'Or.

Overdose missed 2009 due to injury but regained his powers to win more races in central Europe and he later ran a cracker to finish fourth to Prohibit in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and win a Group 3 sprint at Capannelle.

Overdose, dubbed the 'Budapest Bullet', died at stud in Germany in 2015 after a bout of colic.

Poppet's Promise, from the first crop of high-class sprinter Bated Breath, is trained by Rod Collet for Graham Robinson, who bred Overdose from the Warning mare Our Poppet.

Robinson bought Our Poppet for 16,000gns and sold Overdose for just 2,000gns.

The mare has produced six other scorers including Listed-winning sprinter Majestic Mount and Listed-placed sprinter Poppet's Treasure.

Our Poppet has a two-year-old filly by Helmet called Poppet's Diamond, no yearling and was covered by Lethal Force last year.

Poppet's Promise has some regally bred rivals at Chantilly on Tuesday.

The Andre Fabre-trained Pas Prete is a More Than Ready filly owned and bred by the Wertheimer brothers.

She is out of her connections' top-class mare Halfbridled, winner of the Debutante Stakes, Oak Leaf Stakes and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at two and second in the Santa Anita Oaks at three.

Pamplemousse, also trained by Fabre, is a Siyouni half-sister to Odeliz, who won twice at the top level in the Prix Jean Romanet and Premio Lydia Tesio.

She races for Lady Bamford, having been bought by Charlie Gordon-Watson for €400,000 at last year's Arqana Breeze-up Sale.

Maariyah, another set to be sent out by Fabre, is a daughter of Oasis Dream and Ana Marie, winner of the Group 2 Prix d'Harcourt and placed in the Nassau Stakes, Prix de Diane and Prix Vermeille.

Ana Marie is already the dam of Ana Americana, a daughter of American Post who was a Listed winner and third in the Prix Saint-Alary.

Maariyah races for Al Shaqab Racing, who bought her for 350,000gns from Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in 2015.

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Poppet's Promise is from the first crop of high-class sprinter Bated Breath
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