Frankel's John Leeper Notches First Black-Type Win


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Fourth tackling an insufficient seven furlongs in his Sept. 11 debut at Doncaster, his lone juvenile outing, Anamoine Ltd's homebred John Leeper earned 'TDN Rising Star' status upped to 10 furlongs at Newcastle on his Apr. 30 seasonal return last time and continued on a rapid upward trajectory with a career high in this first stakes start. Keen under cover in fourth early, he was sent up to join the front rank with three furlongs remaining and stayed on resolutely under continued rousting inside the final quarter mile to win going away from Tasman Bay for a career high.

John Leeper is the latest of three foals and becomes the first black-type winner for MG1SW distaffer and dual Classic heroine Snow Fairy (Ire) (Intikhab), who is also responsible for G3 Hoppings S. runner-up Virgin Snow (GB) (Gleneagles {Ire}). Snow Fairy is kin to G3 Furstenberg-Rennen victor Big Bad Bob (Ire) (Bob Back) as well as to Bobbie Soxer (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}), herself the dam of GII Mathis Brothers Mile runner-up Mittersill (Ire) (Acclamation {GB}). John Leeper's fourth dam, Listed George Stubbs S. second Persian Fantasy (GB) (Persian Bold {Ire}), also produced Listed Buckhounds S. victor Persian Lightning (Ire) (Sri Pekan) and is a half-sister to Listed Preis der Stadt Baden-Baden winner Lucky Guest (Be My Guest) and Cara Fantasy (Ire) (Sadler's Wells). Cara Fantasy has three stakes winners to her credit headed by MGSW G1 Racing Post Trophy second Elusive Pimpernel (Elusive Quality).

Saturday, Newmarket, Britain
BETWAY FAIRWAY S.-Listed, £37,000, Newmarket, 5-15, 3yo, 10fT, 2:09.53, gd.
1–JOHN LEEPER (IRE), 129, c, 3, by Frankel (GB)
1st Dam: Snow Fairy (Ire) (Hwt. 3yo Filly-Eng at 9.5-11f, Hwt. 3yo Filly-Eng at 11-14f, Hwt. 3yo Filly-Eng at 14f+, 2x Hwt. Older Mare-Eng & Ire at 9.5-11f, Hwt. Older Mare-Eng at 11-14f, MG1SW-Ire & Jpn, G1SW-Eng & HK, G1SP-Fr, $6,340,956), by Intikhab
2nd Dam: Woodland Dream (Ire), by Charnwood Forest (Ire)
3rd Dam: Fantasy Girl (Ire), by Marju (Ire)
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN. O/B-Anamoine Ltd (IRE); T-Ed Dunlop; J-William Buick. £20,983. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-0, $34,415. *1/2 to Virgin Snow (GB) (Gleneagles {Ire}), MGSP-Eng.
2–Tasman Bay (Fr), 129, c, 3, Le Havre (Ire)–Purely Priceless (Ire), by Galileo (Ire). (€220,000 Ylg '19 ARAUG). O-Sir Peter Vela; B-SARL de Chambure, Haras d'Etreham & Pencarrow Stud Ltd (FR); T-Sir Mark Todd. £7,955.
3–Fancy Man (Ire), 133, c, 3, Pride of Dubai (Aus)–Fancy (Ire), by Galileo (Ire). (€30,000 Ylg '19 GOFOR). O-Michael Pescod; B-Longfield Stud (IRE); T-Richard Hannon. £3,981.
Margins: 1 3/4, 4 1/4, NK. Odds: 1.50, 5.00, 1.75.
Also Ran: Sea the Shells (GB), Flyin' High (GB). Scratched: Via Sistina (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result.

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