Lope De Vega's Enfjaar A New TDN Rising Star

Lope De Vega  | Ballylinch Stud


On another big day for Shadwell, the 3-year-old bow of Enfjaar (Ire) (Lope De Vega {Ire}–Tesoro {Ire}, by Galileo {Ire}) could easily have gone under the radar were it not for the deep impression the operation's latest TDN Rising Star created on Chelmsford's Polytrack. Having had the current Derby favourite Military Order (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) back in fourth when scoring on debut over seven furlongs at Newmarket in October, the Roger Varian-trained bay was the 4-7 favourite for the card's Racing Welfare Novice S. over a mile and broke smartly before being restrained.

A touch fresh tracking the leading pair throughout the early stages, the 240,000gns Tatts December Foal Sale graduate ranged alongside Lion Tamer (GB) (Roaring Lion) a furlong out and was soon in total command. Surging clear for David Egan, he had an impressive six lengths to spare over that Gosden representative at the line to become the sire's 13th TDN Rising Star. Among them are some big names such as Newspaperofrecord (Ire), Lope Y Fernandez (Ire) and Aunt Pearl (Ire).

The dam, a full-sister to the GI First Lady S. and GI Rodeo Drive S. heroine Photo Call (Ire), is also a half to the G2 Richmond S.-winning sire Land Force (Ire) (No Nay Never). They are out of the G3 Summer S. winner Theann (GB) (Rock Of Gibraltar {Ire}), one of three group winners produced by the electric G2 King's Stand S. and G2 Temple S.-winning sprinter Cassandra Go (Ire) (Indian Ridge {Ire}) including the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas, G1 Nassau S. and G1 Sun Chariot S. winner Halfway To Heaven (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}).

Halfway To Heaven was in turn responsible for the seven-times group-1 winning Magical (Ire) and triple group 1-winning Rhododendron (Ire) from matings with Tesoro's sire Galileo, with the latter responsible for last year's G1 Futurity hero and possible imminent Derby winner Auguste Rodin (Ire) (Deep Impact {Jpn}). Cassandra Go's other pattern-race scorer is Tickled Pink (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}), whose career highs came in the G3 Abernant S. and G3 Sandown Sprint S. and who is now the dam of last year's GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf hero Victoria Road (Ire) (Saxon Warrior {Jpn}). Tesoro's 2-year-old full-brother to Enfijaar named Nahy (Fr) caused a stir at the Book 1 Sale when going to Nawara Stud for 525,000gns, while her yearling colt by Almanzor (Fr) was a 72,000gns purchase by GHS Bloodstock at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale.

4th-Chelmsford City, £11,000, Novice, 5-25, 3yo/up, 8f (AWT), 1:35.79, st.
ENFJAAR (IRE), c, 3, Lope De Vega (Ire)
     1st Dam: Tesoro (Ire), by Galileo (Ire)
     2nd Dam: Theann (GB), by Rock Of Gibraltar (Ire)
     3rd Dam: Cassandra Go (Ire), by Indian Ridge (Ire)
(240,000gns Wlg '20 TATFOA). Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $13,376. O-Shadwell Estate Company Ltd; B-James Wigan (IRE); T-Roger Varian. Click for the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.


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