IRISH-BREDS DOMINATE COMPETITIVE LINGFIELD CARD
29 February 2016
Irish-bred horses achieved a black-type cleansweep at Lingfield on Saturday, also winning five of the six races run. The feature race, the Group 3 Coral Winter Derby, was won by GRENDISAR (IRE), who ran second to the talented Tryster (IRE) in the 2015 renewal. This was the six-year-old's fifth Stakes success, adding to career earnings of over €350,000, quite an achievement for a horse that cost €15,000 at the Goffs November Foal Sale. Fittingly, he is out of the mare Remarkable Story (IRE), who is a half-sister to champion juvenile filly Necklace and to the dam of Superlative Stakes winner Good Old Boy Lukey. They come from a top-class family that also includes Irish Oaks winner Colorspin, four-time Group 1 winner Kayf Tara, champion older horse Opera House and Prix de l'Opera winner Zee Zee Top, dam of dual Group 1 winner Izzi Top. Bred by Old Carhue & Graeng Bloodstock, GRENDISAR (IRE) is one of 47 Group winners by Irish National Stud stalwart Invincible Spirit (IRE).
The day began with LIGHTSCAMERACTION (IRE) taking the Listed Unibet Sprint Stakes, beating four Group winners and two Listed winners in the process. Gay Kelleway's charge was a course and distance winner, having won the All-Weather Three-Year-Old Sprint Championship last year, and Luke Morris once again rode him to chase the leaders. Battling in the closing stages, he held off Group 2 winner Take Cover by a neck, with dual Group 2 winner and twice Group 1 placed Muthmir (IRE) a further half a length back in third. Bred by Timmy and Michael Hillman, he sold to Kelleway for €22,000 at the Goffs Orby Sale. A half-brother to four winners, including Scottish Sprint Cup second Fast Track, he is out of a black-type half-sister to Gimcrack Stakes winner Zilch, herself out of Flying Five Stakes winner Bunty Boo.