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Sprinter Speightstown Off to Fast Start

Champion sprinter Speightstown (TrueNicks,SRO) made only one start at 2 -- finishing off the board -- but this was due to him being sidelined by injury rather than any inherent lack of precocity.

To underline that point, Speightstown has rapidly established himself among the leading freshman sires. To date he has eight 2-year-old winners, including Lord Shanakill, winner of the Mill Reef Stakes (gr. II); the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) third Munnings; the Saratoga Special (gr. II) third, Reyneldothewizard; and the very promising maiden winner Gemswick Park.

Lord Shanakill is not only one of Europe's best 2-year-olds, he's also one of the toughest, as he's also been second in the Vintage Stakes (gr. II) and third in the Prix Morny (gr. I) and Coventry Stakes (gr. II). Out of the Theatrical mare Green Room, a half-sister to grade I winner Spanish Fern, Lord Shanakill is rated A by TrueNicks.

 

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