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Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Priciest Goresbridge graduate East beats the boys on debut

Daughter of Frankel was purchased for €315,000

East (nearside) made a winning debut at Hamilton on Monday
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East - a Frankel filly out of Listed winner Vital Statistics - lived up to expectations when making a winning debut in the Les Hoey MBE Dreammaker Foundation EBF Novice Stakes at Hamilton on Monday.

The filly put in a gutsy display to wear down the long-time leader Constant and win by half a length, with Dark Angel colt Happy Power another length back in third. 

The winner was sourced by Stephen Hillen from Katie Walsh's Greenhills Farm at this year's Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sale, where she was knocked down for a record €315,000. 

"I don't think she was bad value really, for what she is," said Hillen after making his purchase. "Plenty of other horses have made that kind of money this year, so for a Frankel out of a Listed-winning mare it’s not bad value. Hopefully now she can run."


Watch East's winning debut at Hamilton


Bred by Mitaab Abdullah, East is out of the Listed Dick Poole Stakes scorer Vital Statistics, a daughter of another Listed-winning sprinter in Emerald Peace. 

Vital Statistics was acquired by Emerald Bloodstock for 460,000gns at the 2012 Tattersalls December Mares Sale, and she also has a yearling colt by Frankel, an Acclamation colt foal and was covered by Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Awtaad this year. 

Frankel's own sire Galileo has clicked particularly well with sprinters, with a mating to dual Listed winner Kind producing the dual world champion.

Katie Walsh and the Greenhills Farm team with the sale-topping Frankel filly at Goresbridge


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Plenty of other horses have made that kind of money this year, so for a Frankel out of a Listed-winning mare it’s not bad value
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