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Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Pricey Scat Daddy colt and a Coolmore-owned son of Sea The Stars set for debut

The pick of the pedigrees among Thursday's runners in Britain and Ireland

Sea The Stars: enjoying life as a stallion
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Thursday’s 7f maiden stakes at Sandown at 1.50 will see the debut of an expensive two-year-old in Beatboxer.

The John Gosden-trained colt was bought by Godolphin as a yearling for $650,000 at the Keeneland sales in September, and is owned by Princess Haya Of Jordan.

It is worth noting that his purchase was only made possible following the end of Godolphin’s 13-year self-imposed embargo against the progeny of Coolmore stallions.

As a member of Scat Daddy's final crop, he will be among the last debutants to appear by the late son of Johannesburg.

By contrast, Beatboxer is only the second foal and first runner out of Thmoruplathlesupay, a daughter of Breeder’s Cup Juvenile winner Unbridled’s Song.

Robert Havlin is set to take charge in the saddle, and there will be plenty of intrigue as to whether Beatboxer can justify his high selling price at the first time of asking.

Scat Daddy has gained a reputation as an excellent source of precocious speed, with the likes of Caravaggio, Lady Aurelia, No Nay Never and Sioux Nation all striking in Royal Ascot juvenile events in recent years.

He also supplied this year's US Triple Crown winner Justify, proving he is just as adept at throwing a high-class three-year-old as well. 

Scat Daddy: the late stallion has produced plenty of winners over the years

Another Star in the making

There is an interesting pedigree behind Aidan O’Brien's debutant Eminence, who runs in the mile maiden at 6.00 at Leopardstown on Thursday.

The two-year-old is by Sea The Stars, who has enjoyed a fruitful time of late with Stradivarius winning the Gold Cup and the Irish Oaks going to Sea Of Class.


Watch the replay of Sea Of Class's Irish Oaks win here


His dam is the unraced Coolree Marj whose only other runner Red Striker is without a win his his first four runs. However, Eminence does boast Marju as his damsire, with other daughters of the St James’s Palace Stakes winner being responsible for talents such as Canford Cliffs, Ribchester and Marsha.  

There is plenty of stamina in this pedigree, as Coolree Marj is a half-sister to, among others, Willie Mullins' very smart jumper Shaneshill.  

Eminence fetched 425,000gns when purchased by MV Magnier as a yearling in October. 

Given the success Coolmore have enjoyed with the progeny of Galileo, it will be interesting to see how they fare with the stock of his half-brother Sea The Stars. 

Ryan Moore is set to be in the saddle on his debut.

Searching for a win

L’Explora will be having her third run in the 6f novice stakes at Yarmouth at 4.10 and it will be interesting to see whether the pricey filly can gain her first win.

The Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani-owned three-year-old was bought for $320,000 as a yearling in 2016, and although she is yet to get off the mark, she showed ability when finishing second in a novice stakes at Windsor earlier in the month. 

She certainly has the pedigree of a winner in waiting, as she is by War Front who has produced such prominent names as US Navy Flag and Declaration Of War.

Also, her dam - Damson - has Group 1-winning form in the book after landing the Phoenix Stakes in 2004, the year she also won the Queen Mary Stakes. 

L’Explora is a half-sister to five winners, most notably the Flying Childers Stakes hero Requinto. 

Damson is by Entrepreneur, who was victorious in the 1997 2,000 Guineas and whose daughters have produced high-class talents like The Grey Gatsby and Ahzeemah.

L’Explora is trained by Roger Charlton and will partner with Edward Greatrex, both of whom have been in fine form recently.

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As a member of Scat Daddy's final crop, he will be among the last debutants to appear by the late son of Johannesburg
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