Trip To Paris sibling Majestic Sands makes winning debut at Leicester
Majestic Sands showed considerably more zip than his illustrious half-brother, Gold Cup winner Trip To Paris, was famed for when making a successful debut over 5f in the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes at Leicester on Tuesday.
The Richard Fahey-trained son of Kodiac, who scored by a comfortable three-quarters of a length, was bought by the Cool Silk Partnership and Stroud Coleman Bloodstock at the Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up Sale for 90,000gns when offered by Star Bloodstock.
Bred by Paul and TJ Monaghan, Majestic Sands is the eighth foal out of the Fantastic Light mare La Grande Zoa, who has now produced four winners. With Majestic Sands now bound for Royal Ascot, the dam will be bidding to join a select band of broodmares to have supplied more than one winner at the flagship meeting.
La Grande Zoa is out of a sibling to two Group 1 winners, namely Sussex Stakes and Prix du Moulin scorer Distant Relative and dual Juddmonte International and Coral Eclipse hero Ezzoud.
While Trip To Paris, himself a graduate of the Tattersalls Guineas Breeze-Up Sale when bought by Federico Barberini for 20,000gns, is best known for his exploits over 2m4f in the Royal Ascot Group 1, he did also score at two, breaking his maiden on his second start over 7f at Lingfield.
He went on to record five more victories, including the Chester Cup, and also finished second to Mongolian Khan in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup.
La Grande Zoa's last registered foal is Majestic Sands and she was covered by Yeomanstown Stud flagbearer Dark Angel in 2018.
The runner-up at Leicester was also a graduate of the Star Bloodstock academy, with Cool Sphere, a son of Claiborne Farm's Orb, another to have been picked from the outfit's Craven Sale draft by the Cool Silk - Stroud Coleman axis for 120,000gns.
"I'd imagine both will go to Ascot," said Cool Silk representative Chris Swan. "I think Cool Sphere probably wants quicker ground. Majestic Sands will stay a little bit further in time and we're really pleased."
Majestic Sands had appeared at the sales twice before the Craven Sale, first when pinhooked by Mags O'Toole for 100,000gns as a foal, and then when selected by Star Bloodstock for £77,000 at the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale, where he was offered by Lynn Lodge Stud.
Majestic Sands is the second winner to graduate from Star Bloodstock's 2019 crop, after Harswell, also a son of Kodiac who was purchased for £16,000 at Ascot, gave trainer Liam Bailey a first winner earlier in the month.