Dark Angel's Top Ranked New Group 1 Winner Down Under

Ellsberg & Top Ranked | Magic Millions

Yeomanstown Stud's Dark Angel sired a new top-level winner overnight, his 13th, when Top Ranked (Ire) (known as Top Rank in the Northern Hemisphere), proved inseparable with Ellsberg (Aus) (Spill The Beans {Aus}) at the finish of the A$1.5-million Epsom H. over heavy ground at Randwick on Saturday. It was a neck back to Hinged (Aus) (Worthy Cause {Aus}) in third in the 1600-metre feature.

A winner of the G3 Superior Mile S. in England in 2020, the 6-year-old entire is out of the winning Countess Ferrama (GB) (Authorized {Ire}), a daughter of the dual Group 2 winner Madame Dubois (GB) (Legend Of France). Countess Ferrama is also a half-sister to G1 Gran Criterium winner Count Dubois (GB) (Zafonic), G1 Irish 2000 Guineas hero Indian Haven (GB) (Indian Ridge {Ire}), and the stakes-placed dam of group winners Imperial Stride (GB) (Indian Ridge {Ire}) and High Pitched (GB) (Indian Ridge {Ire}).

Dark Angel's good day was not limited to Top Ranked, as he also sired his 93rd stakes winner earlier in the day at Flemington, when Visinari (Fr), third in Newmarket's G2 July S. before being sold Down Under, claimed the Listed Paris Lane H.

Euro-breds also enjoyed a brace of near misses out of the highest drawer, with Le Don De Vie (GB) (Leroidesanimaux {Brz}), bred like his paternal half-brother, the decorated Aussie Group 1 victor Zaaki (GB) by Kirsten Rausing, a nose back of No Compromise (NZ) (Pins {Aus}) in the Metropolitan H. at Randwick. The £460,000 Goffs London Sale alumni has joined the ranks of listed winners since switching to the Southern Hemisphere. Rausing has a great chance in the G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe with her homebred Alpinista (GB) (Frankel {GB}) on Sunday. Juddmonte-bred Maximal (GB) (Galileo {Ire}), second in May's G1 Doomben Cup, earned his second Group 1 placing in Flemington's Turnbull S. for an ownership group, of which Juddmonte is part-owner.

Godolphin homebred Cascadian (GB) (New Approach {GB}), a two-time Australian Group 1 victor, added the G2 Peter Young S. to his ledger, as well on Saturday.

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