Freshman Sire New Bay Off the Mark at Newbury

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New Bay | Ballylinch

Ballylinch Stud resident New Bay (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) became the latest freshman sire to strike when the appropriately named Charlie Fellowes trainee First Prophet (Ire) overcame greenness in Friday evening's It's Not Rocket Science With MansionBet EBF Novice S. at Newbury.

6th-Newbury, £6,400, Nov, 6-12, 2yo, 7fT, 1:27.03, gd.
FIRST PROPHET (IRE) (c, 2, New Bay {GB}–Lus Na Greine {Ire}, by Pour Moi {Ire}) was swiftly into stride and raced up front in a prominent third through halfway in this debut. An ominous presence to his rivals throughout, the well-backed 18-5 third choice remained hard on the steel until passing the quarter-mile marker and, despite rolling around briefly in front passing the eighth pole, quickened clear of toiling rivals under mild rousting in the closing stages to score by an impressive 1 1/2 lengths from Al Watan (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}), becoming the first winner for his Ballylinch Stud-based freshman sire (by Dubawi {Ire}). “He jumped smartly, but we didn't go particularly quick and we travelled nicely in a decent enough rhythm,” said winning rider James Doyle. “Charlie [Fellowes] told me he'd see out the trip nicely so I was keen to get him on the move early and he found plenty and did it nicely. He's pencilled in for the [Listed] Chesham S. [at Royal Ascot] next week and we'll see how he comes out of this, but he's a relaxed character and didn't have a hard race there.” Half to a yearling colt by Belardo (Ire), First Prophet is also the first winner for Lus Na Greine (Ire) (Pour Moi {Ire}), herself a half-sister to G3 Park Express S. victress and G1 Irish 1000 Guineas runner-up Rehn's Nest (Ire) (Authorized {Ire}). His third dam Key To Coolcullen (Ire) (Royal Academy), a half-sister to G1 Phoenix S. heroine Eva Luna (Ire) (Double Schwartz {Ire}) and GSW sire Cois Na Tine (Ire) (Double Schwartz {Ire}), produced the stakes-placed Coolcullen Times (Ire) (Rock of Gibraltar {Ire}) and is also the second dam of G1 G1 Criterium International hero Loch Garman (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}). Sales history: €50,000 Ylg '19 TIRSEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $5,217.
1ST-TIME STARTER. O-D Blackstock & C Fellowes; B-Ennistown Stud (IRE); T-Charlie Fellowes.

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