Observations: Book 1 Kingpin Starts Out at The Curragh


Gulf of Mexico as a yearling | Tattersalls photo

1.20 Curragh, Mdn, €16,500, 2yo, c/g, 8fT
GULF OF MEXICO (IRE) (Galileo {Ire}) debuts for Ballydoyle in the maiden won by Saxon Warrior (Jpn) and Mogul (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) in recent times and, at 1.1 million gns was the joint-second highest-priced colt at the Book 1 Sale in October alongside stablemate Age Of Kings (Ire) (Kingman {GB}). A son of the G2 Queen Mary S. winner and G1 Cheveley Park S. runner-up Anthem Alexander (Ire) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}), the May-foaled bay encounters experienced opposition including his stable's eye-catching course maiden runner-up Cairo (Ire) (Quality Road), a relative of Galileo's Gustav Klimt (Ire); and Qatar Racing's Warrior Lion (GB) (Roaring Lion), a Joseph O'Brien-trained son of the group 3-placed Stroll Patrol (GB) (Mount Nelson {GB}) who was second to another Ballydoyle juvenile in Denmark (GB) (Camelot {GB}) on debut at Naas at the start of the month.

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