Kodiac's Glounthaune Takes The Killavullan

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While Aidan O'Brien was drawing a blank at Ascot, the stable was celebrating a 13th winner of Leopardstown's G3 Richmond Homes Killavullan S. on Saturday as Glounthaune (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) came forward from his sixth placing in Saturday's G1 Dewhurst S. Having only his second start in that Newmarket feature and his first since his winning debut at The Curragh Apr. 17, the 5-1 shot who sports the Evie Stockwell silks was settled behind the leading trio early by Seamie Heffernan and worked his way to the front with 100 yards remaining. Battling from there, he recorded a half-length verdict over Pennine Hills (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}), with the same margin back to I Am Magic (Ire) (Magician {Ire}) in third. The race's hard-luck story was the Bolger representative Boundless Ocean (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}), who finished a head further back in fourth but would almost certainly have been involved in the finish having been stopped in his run a furlong out.

“He's a very big colt by Kodiac who was an impressive winner, but then went a bit weak and missed a lot of time,” Heffernan said. “His work was nice going to the Dewhurst and he ran well without being placed. He came out of it fresh and Aidan was happy enough to let him take his chance today. He said that he'd improved and I was delighted to put on these colours which have been very lucky for me. I've been a little bit disappointed with some of ours lately, so I'd say this fella has loads to come and probably did well to win today. He showed a strong will and won well at the line. He has a bit of class and I think a mile is his trip.”

On a day when his relative Eshaada (GB) (Muhaarar {GB}) captured the G1 QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares S., Glounthaune is out of the unraced Khaimah (GB) (Nayef) who is linked to that Ascot heroine through her dam Thamarat (GB) (Anabaa). Third in the Listed Prix Yacowlef, she was responsible for the Listed Grand Prix de Compiegne winner and G1 Prix du Jockey Club third Motamarris (Ire) (Le Havre {Ire}) and is also the second dam of the G3 Prix de Cabourg winner Tantheem (GB) (Teofilo {Ire}) and last year's G1 Irish Derby hero Santiago (Ire) (Authorized {Ire}) as well as the G1 Yorkshire Oaks and G1 Prix Vermeille third La Joconde (Ire) (Frankel {GB}).

Thamarat is a half-sister to the G1 Prix Jacques le Marois and G1 Prix Jean Prat-winning sire Tamayuz (GB) and to Eshaada's dam Muhawalah (Ire) by Tamayuz's sire Nayef. The fourth dam Allez les Trois (Riverman), who is the G3 Prix de Flore winner who produced the G1 Prix du Jockey Club hero Anabaa Blue (GB) by Thamarat's sire, is kin to the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine and stellar producer Urban Sea (Miswaki) and to the G1 2000 Guineas hero and successful sire King's Best. Less than two weeks after the victory of the family's Torquator Tasso (Ger) (Adlerflug {Ger}) in the Arc, Glounthaune was doing his bit to extend the mighty influence of this clan. Khaimah also has a filly foal by Inns of Court (Ire).

Saturday, Leopardstown, Ireland
RICHMOND HOMES KILLAVULLAN S.-G3, €50,000, Leopardstown, 10-16, 2yo, 7fT, 1:29.35, gd.
1–GLOUNTHAUNE (IRE), 131, c, 2, by Kodiac (GB)
     1st Dam: Khaimah (GB), by Nayef
     2nd Dam: Thamarat (GB), by Anabaa
     3rd Dam: Al Ishq (Fr), by Nureyev
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN, 1ST GROUP WIN. (350,000gns Ylg '20 TATOCT). O-Mrs E M Stockwell/Coolmore/Westerberg; B-Tally Ho Stud (IRE); T-Aidan O'Brien; J-Seamie Heffernan. €30,000. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-0, $56,142. Werk Nick Rating: B. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Pennine Hills (Ire), 128, f, 2, Kodiac (GB)–Milana (Fr), by Mark of Esteem (Ire). (€60,000 Wlg '19 GOFNOV). O-Sun Bloodstock; B-Martin Butler (IRE); T-Joseph O'Brien. €10,000.
3–I Am Magic (Ire), 131, c, 2, Magician (Ire)–Miss Frangipane (Ire), by Acclamation (GB). (14,000gns Ylg '20 TATASY; 95,000gns 2yo '21 TATBRG). O/T-Michael O'Callaghan; B-GHS Bloodstock Ltd & Mrs Ann Foley (IRE). €5,000.
Margins: HF, HF, HD. Odds: 5.00, 28.00, 66.00.
Also Ran: Boundless Ocean (Ire), The Acropolis (Ire), Homeless Songs (Ire), Confident Star (Ire), New Energy (Ire), Howth (Ire). Scratched: Jack Rose (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.

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