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July 2, 2017 - CURRAGH, Race 1, Msw, EUR €20,000, 7.0F

Gustav Klimt (Ire), C, 2, 2015 by Galileo (Ire)

1st Dam: Massarra (GB), by Danehill
2nd Dam: Rafha (GB), by Kris (GB)
3rd Dam: Eljazzi (Ire), by Artaius

Owner: Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Breeder: Orpendale, Chelston & Wynatt (IRE)
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien

Gustav Klimt was a May 28 debut fifth, going six panels here last time, and was trapped wide in mid division through the early fractions of this maiden the stable has won in the last 10 years with subsequent Group 1 heroes Duke of Marmalade (Ire), Rip Van Winkle (Ire), Roderic O’Connor (Ire), The United States (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Gleneagles (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). Scrubbed along to close with three furlongs remaining, the 11-8 chalk quickened to challenge passing the two pole and was ridden out in the closing stages to comfortably best Listed Marble Hill S. runner-up Would Be King (Ire) (Lethal Force {Ire}) by 1 3/4 lengths. “We’ve always liked him and he ran a lovely race here first time,” said trainer Aidan O’Brien. “It was in our head that he would maybe go to the [Listed] Chesham [S. at Royal Ascot] after that, but Ryan said to maybe leave him, come back here, and let the filly [September] go to the Chesham. That’s how he ended up here. He’s a lovely colt, he travels well and quickens well. He was a little bit disorganised when he got there and Ryan [Moore] was very happy with him. He could go to one of those races at the July meeting in Newmarket or something like that. We’ll see how he comes out of this and we won’t be in any panic with him.” He is the eighth winner produced by Listed Empress S. winner and G2 Prix Robert Papin runner-up Massarra (GB) (Danehill) and is a full-brother to G3 Silver Flash S. victress Wonderfully (Ire), Listed Naas Sprint S. scorer Cuff (Ire), G1 St James’s Palace S. third Mars (Ire) and a yearling filly. He is also a half to G1 Gran Criterium-winning Italian highweight Nayarra (Ire) (Cape Cross {Ire}). Massarra is a daughter of G1 Prix de Diane heroine Rafha (GB) (Kris {GB}) and is thus a sibling of six black-type performers headed by G1SW sire Invincible Spirit (Ire) (Green Desert). Lifetime Record: 2-1-0-0, $14,436. 

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