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Alan on Ascot: Day Four

It was Galileo's model of the universe that prevailed on Day Four at Royal Ascot. Daughters of Galileo landed two of the three group races on the card, including the day's jewel, the Coronation Stakes (Eng-I). In that event -- a contest for 3-year-old fillies -- Galileo's daughter made up for the disappointment of her run in the Oaks (Eng-I), where she appeared not to handle track. This time she relished the uphill finish and drew off to win by 3 1/2 lengths.

Bred and trained by Jim Bolger, Lush Lashes is out of the Anabaa mare Dance For Fun, and is rated A++ by TrueNicks on the basis of the Galileo/Danzig cross. She is the only winner for dam, Hilaris, an Arazi filly, who failed to make it to the track. However, Hilaris is very closely related to the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) victor Saumarez, as she is by a son of Blushing Groom, as is Saumarez, and her dam, the Kris mare, Carnival Spirit, is a half-sister to Saumarez. Hilaris is also three-parts-sister to group winner Exaltation and stakes winner Carniola (both by Saumarez's sire, Rainbow Quest out of Carnival Spirit), and half-sister to stakes winners Bustling and Carniola.

Lush Lashes heads next to the Irish Oaks (Ire-I), and Bolger -- who won this year's Derby (Eng-I) with Galileo's son, New Approach -- may well have another classic prospect in the 2-year-old filly Cuis Ghaire. Running for only the second time, Cuis Ghaire was a convincing winner of the Albany Stakes (gr. II). Cuis Chaire - rated A++ by TrueNicks ­- is out of the Danehill mare Scribonia, and thus is bred on a cross that has produced five stakes winners for Galileo, among them champion 2-year-oldTeofilo and this year's Italian Derby (Ity-I) winner, Cima de Triomphe. Cuis Ghaire's granddam, a two-time listed winner in Ireland, is half-sister to European champion sprinter Double Form, a horse whose victories included the King's Stand Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot.

The King Edward VII Stakes (Eng-II) run over 1 1/2 miles for 3-year-olds was won by the promising Campanologist, who has a pedigree that would qualify him to be just about anything. A son of Kingmambo, he is out of Ring of Music, who is in turn a daughter of U.S. champion older mare and Canadian Horse of the Year Glorious Song (herself a sister to Devil's Bag and Saint Ballado). Campanologist is the eighth stakes winner for the Kingmambo/Sadler's Wells cross (from 63 starters), and the second at the Royal Ascot meeting, following Henrythenavigator. In addition to being out of Glorious Song, his dam is also three-parts-sister to international champion Singspiel (by Sadler's Wells' son, In the Wings out of Glorious Song) and half-sister to Rahy.

Sadler's Wells also appeared as broodmare sire of Patkai, who took the Queen's Vase (Eng-II) for 3-year-olds over two miles by seven lengths. Patkai is by the sprinter Indian Ridge, but obviously gets stamina from his dam, Olympienne, who is a sister to four stakes winners, including the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. I) winner Islington, and the Grosser Dallmayr-Preis (Ger-I) victor Greek Dance. She is also half-sister to the the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (Fr-I) hero Mountain High. The granddam, Hellenic, a daughter of Darshaan, won the Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-I) and, at the Royal meeting, the Ribblesdale Stakes (Eng-II). Patkai, who is rated A+ by TrueNicks, is the sixth stakes winners by Indian Ridge out of a mare by Salder's Wells, and the fourth group winner.

The day's listed race, the Wolferton Handicap, went to the 5-year-old gelding Supaseus (Spinning World - Supamova, by Seattle Slew). Rated A+ by TrueNicks, Supaseus comes from a top-class family. His dam is a sister to group I winner Septieme Ciel, and half-sister to four other stakes winners, including the Prix Marcel Boussac (Fr-I) heroine Macoumba, the dam of Malibu Moon.

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