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IRISH MARES TO THE FORE AT SANTA ANITA

02 January 2018

Saturday’s Grade 3 Robert J Frankel Stakes at Santa Anita was a fine advertisement for the success of Irish fillies and mares on the American turf in recent years. Run over nine furlongs on firm ground, the $100,000 contest saw MIDNIGHT CROSSING (IRE) lead home a 1-2-3 for Irish breeders and stallions from a field of six. The winning daughter of Yeomanstown Stud sire Dark Angel (IRE) won by half a length, as favourite Elysea’s World (IRE) took second, just a neck in front of Laseen (IRE). The second and third were by Castle Hyde Stud sires Champs Elysees and Dylan Thomas (IRE) respectively.

The Richard Baltas-trained MIDNIGHT CROSSING (IRE) was having her first start for Abbondanza Racing and Medallion Racing, who won a Grade 2 and gained Grade 1 placings with Goodyearforroses (IRE) earlier in the year. Previously Grade 3 placed with Roger Attfield, she was sourced from the stable of Eddie Lynam, who bought her for €65,000 at the Goffs Orby Sale.

Sold by Riversfield Stud, she was bred by Tom and Geraldine Molan out of the Sadler’s Wells mare Line Ahead (IRE), who also produced Group 2 winner Excellent Result (IRE). The second dam produced South African Group 1 winner Potala Palace, while Dante Stakes winner Tartan Bearer (IRE), dual Group 1 winner Golan (IRE) and talented stayer Bonny Scot (IRE) also feature in this Ballymacoll family.

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