Gallinule Success For Zoffany's Hannibal Barca

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Last seen finishing a close-up fourth in Doncaster's G1 Vertem Futurity Trophy in October, Ecurie Ama Zingteam's acquisition Hannibal Barca (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}) made his debut for his owners and the Joseph O'Brien stable a successful one in Friday's G3 Heider Family Stables Gallinule S. at The Curragh. Sent off the 7-4 favourite, the bay was keen under restraint early held up towards the rear by Shane Crosse before being angled out at the top of the straight. Reeling in Lyrical Poetry (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) and hitting the front with 150 yards remaining, he asserted to beat that rival by a length as the luckless Boundless Ocean (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) wound up 1 3/4 lengths back in third having been stopped in his run at a crucial stage. “He was obviously a good two-year-old, we just had a little hold-up so we ended up starting today,” the winning trainer said. “I thought he did well, because I thought it set up for the horses closer to the speed. Coming here, I wasn't sure how far we would be going but looking at the race you'd be going further rather than shorter.”

Hannibal Barca, who was two lengths behind Luxembourg (Ire) (Camelot {GB}) at Doncaster having won a seven-furlong Salisbury novice in September, was a 500,000gns purchase at the Tattersalls Autumn Horses-in-Training Sale. The dam Innocent Air (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) was a dual listed scorer for Juddmonte and hails from the family of the top-level scorers Proportional (GB) (Beat Hollow {GB}), Folk Opera (Ire) (Singspiel {Ire}), Romantic Warrior (Ire) (Acclamation {GB}) and Mr Bailetti (Arg) (Exchange Rate). She has 2-year-old and yearling full-sisters to Hannibal Barca to come, with the former named Zoinnocent (Ire) having been bought by Eric Long for €210,000 at the Goffs Orby.

Friday, The Curragh, Ireland
HEIDER FAMILY STABLES GALLINULE S.-G3, €60,000, Curragh, 5-20, 3yo, 10fT, 2:09.94, g/y.
1–HANNIBAL BARCA (IRE), 131, c, 3, by Zoffany (Ire)
     1st Dam: Innocent Air (GB) (MSW-Eng), by Galileo (Ire)
     2nd Dam: Minskip, by The Minstrel
     3rd Dam: Fabulous Native, by Le Fabuleux
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN, 1ST GROUP WIN. (€16,000 Wlg '19 GOFNOV; £55,000 Ylg '20 GOFOR; 500,000gns 2yo '21 TATAHI). O-Ecurie Ama.Zing Team; B-Brittas House Stud (IRE); T-Joseph O'Brien; J-Shane Crosse. €36,000. Lifetime Record: 4-2-0-1, $62,513. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Lyrical Poetry (Ire), 128, f, 3, Lope de Vega (Ire)–Luce (Ire), by Sadler's Wells.
1ST BLACK TYPE, 1ST GROUP BLACK TYPE. O/B-Ballygallon Stud Ltd (IRE); T-Johnny Murtagh. €12,000.
3–Boundless Ocean (Ire), 131, c, 3, Teofilo (Ire)–Novel Approach (Ire), by New Approach (Ire).
1ST BLACK TYPE, 1ST GROUP BLACK TYPE. (€22,000 RNA Ylg '20 GOFOCT). O-Mrs J S Bolger; B/T-Jim Bolger (IRE). €6,000.
Margins: 1, 1 3/4, NK. Odds: 1.75, 4.00, 2.75.
Also Ran: Seisai (Ire), Anchorage (Ire), Sussex, Manbehindthemoney (GB). Scratched: Global Energy (GB). Click for the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.

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