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Uncle Mo's half-sister Could It Be Love declared for Navan

War Front filly is one of seven newcomers in the 13-runner field

Uncle Mo: has won and sired the winner (Nyquist) of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile
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Could It Be Love, a War Front half-sister to Breeders' Cup Juvenile hero Uncle Mo, has been declared for the 5f fillies' juvenile maiden at Navan on Sunday (2.15pm).

Seamie Heffernan takes the ride on the Aidan O'Brien-trained filly, who is one of seven newcomers in the 13-runner field. She will wear a tongue-strap. 

Trained by Todd Pletcher for Repole Stable, Uncle Mo was a champion juvenile, dominating at both the Breeders' Cup and in the Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park. He trained on at three, winning the Grade 2 Kelso Handicap over a mile.

Uncle Mo is standing his sixth season at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Kentucky, at a career-high fee of $150,000.

He has already produced another Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner in Nyquist, who later went on to win the Kentucky Derby and who is now at stud himself. 

Uncle Mo is one of five winners from five runners out of the 17-year-old Arch mare Playa Maya, who herself was Listed-placed.

She was bred once more to Uncle Mo's late sire Indian Charlie, when he covered his last book of mares in 2011. The resulting foal Indian Trail was useful but failed to make a mark in stakes company.

Another of Playa Maya's daughters, the winning Silver Deputy mare Grosse Pointe Anne, was also bred to Indian Charlie in his final season at stud in a bid to produce another Uncle Mo. The resulting foal, Indian Annie, was third in a Listed race in 2015 at three.

Playa Maya's last three foals have all been by War Front - an unraced three-year-old colt, Could It Be Love and a yearling filly. The latter went unsold for $1,250,000 at the 2016 Keeneland November Sale.

Opposing Could It Be Love on her first start are Summerseat Mist and Social Butterfly, who both had their only run in a Dundalk maiden at the end of March, finishing third and fourth respectively. The second-placed Sirici has since gone on to frank the form by winning twice at the same course.

War Front, whose Whitecliffsofdover marked himself as a Classic contender with his win in the Listed European Free Handicap on Wednesday, has already had a top-flight winner this year, with American Patriot's win in the Maker's 46 Mile Stakes at Keeneland last Sunday.

War Front is standing his 11th season at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky at a career-high fee of $250,000.

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Uncle Mo was a champion juvenile, dominating at both the Breeders' Cup, and in the Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park
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