18 April 2017

Yeomanstown Stud sire Dark Angel (IRE) recorded a double at the valuable All Weather Championships meeting at Lingfield on Good Friday. First to strike was his five-year-old daughter REALTRA (IRE) in the Fillies’ And Mares’ Conditions Stakes over seven furlongs, which came with a prize of £93,375 to the winner. The now six-time winner has scored three times at Stakes level, but was bouncing back from a fruitless trip to Dubai earlier in the year, with first-time blinkers perhaps contributing to her revival on Friday. She won by a neck, with dual Stakes winner and Group 1 third Muffri’ha (IRE) taking second, the same distance in front of Group 3 winner Ashadihan. 

REALTRA (IRE) is trained by Roger Varian for Yasushi Kubota and has won £253,763 in prize money during her career; not a bad haul considering the €10,000 she cost Middleham Park Racing at the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale. Bred by Tom and Geraldine Molan, she is out of a winning half-sister to three Stakes horses and the dam of another, and comes from the family of Racing Post Trophy winner Seattle Rhyme. 

Next to score was Lady O’Reilly’s evergreen eight-year-old SOVEREIGN DEBT (IRE), who went one better in the mile contest; a race in which he finished second to fellow Dark Angel (IRE) gelding Captain Joy (IRE) last year, having also claimed runners-up honours in the 2015 running. Ridden to chase the leaders under James Sullivan, he made his move two furlongs from home, overtaking the leader Salateen inside the final furlong and ran on strongly to deny Lincoln Trial winner Nimr by a neck. 

SOVEREIGN DEBT (IRE)’s 12th victory brought his earnings to £658,345, with this his first win under the care of trainer Ruth Carr, his previous handler Dandy Nicholls having retired after training his charge to win the Group 2 Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cup in Doha in February. He was bred by Yeomanstown Stud, who stand his sire for a career-high fee of €65,000 this season. SOVEREIGN DEBT (IRE) is a full-brother to recent impressive maiden winner Sorelle Delle Rose (IRE) and is a half-brother to Fred Darling Stakes winner Puff (IRE). They are out of the three-time Listed-placed mare Kelsey Rose (IRE), from the family of Mill Reef Stakes winner Indian Rocket.


Another side of the O’Callaghan family were celebrating on Friday when Tally-Ho Stud homebred SECOND THOUGHT (IRE), a son of their sire Kodiac, took the card’s three-year-old contest over six furlongs. He was sent off favourite to gain his fourth win on-the-trot, though the William Haggas-trained colt looked in danger when badly hampered after two furlongs. Recovered to challenge approaching the furlong pole, he ran on strongly to lead inside the final furlong, always holding Visionary (IRE), whom he beat by half a length, with a further length back to Tomily (IRE) in third. A full-brother to three-time winner Forever Red (IRE), he comes from the family of champion three-year-old filly Sky Lantern (IRE) and Queen’s Vase winner Shanty Star (IRE).


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