Son of Dark Angel and a Moyglare Stud Stakes winner all set for debut
Arbalet was a €370,000 foal purchase
Saturday's card at York sees Hugo Palmer take the wraps off another potentially exciting juvenile in the shape of Arbalet in the 6f maiden stakes at 4.40pm. The colt certainly boasts a pedigree that entitles him to be a sharp two-year-old, being by Yeomanstown Stud flag-bearer Dark Angel out of the Danehill Dancer mare Miss Beatrix.
Miss Beatrix ran eight times during her own juvenile season, with the highlight of her three victories being her success in the 2006 running of the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes.
Trained by Kevin Prendergast throughout her career, Miss Beatrix also landed a valuable sales race and finished a close third behind Holy Roman Emperor in the Phoenix Stakes. She managed just the one run at three when down the field in the 1,000 Guineas behind Finsceal Beo.
She is out of the Listed-winning Catrail mare Miss Beabea, and since retiring to the broodmare band of the Durkan family has produced two winners from four runners, namely the Group 3-placed two-year-old Jally, who himself made a winning debut, and Tamga, who was runner-up in a Turkish Listed event.
Arbalet is comfortably the most expensive of Miss Beatrix's progeny, having attracted a winning bid of €370,000 from the Araci family's racing and bloodstock manager Rob Speers at the 2015 Goffs November Foal Sale.
Should Arbalet prove capable of winning on Saturday he would be following in the footsteps of some smart types, with past winners of this York maiden including Swiss Spirit in 2011.
The son of Invincible Spirit from a high-class sprinting family went on to land a Group 3 and twice finished runner-up at Group 2 level before retiring to the stallion barn at Whitsbury Manor Stud.