Siskin's Sister Is First Winner For Flintshire


Flintshire | Sarah Andrew

Talacre, a half-sister to this year's G1 Irish 2000 Guineas winner Siskin (First Defence), is the first winner for five-time Grade/Group 1 winner Flintshire (GB), who stands at Hill 'n' Dale in Kentucky.

1st-Gowran, €15,500, Mdn, 9-19, 2yo, f, 8fT, 1:42.50, gd.

TALACRE (f, 2, Flintshire {GB}–Bird Flown {GB}, by Oasis Dream {GB}), third last time over seven furlongs in The Curragh's Loder Irish EBF Fillies Race on Aug. 14, raced behind the leaders on the rail throughout the early stages. Angled wide for her challenge at the top of the straight, the 11-4 second favourite hit the front passing the furlong pole and stayed on to score by 1 1/2 lengths from Eylara (Ire) (Gleneagles {Ire}), the debutante half-sister to the five-times group winner and G1 Irish and Yorkshire Oaks and G1 Hong Kong Vase-placed Eziyra (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}). Talacre, a full-sister to the stable's G1 Irish 2000 Guineas and G1 Phoenix S. hero Siskin (First Defence), MG1SW-Ire, G1SP-Eng, $546,021, becomes the first European winner for her Hill 'N Dale Farms-based sire (by Dansili {GB}). Ger Lyons' brother and assistant Shane said, “She's after running into some good fillies before and she made the running the last day which wasn't ideal. She's like her brother Siskin, in that she likes to get a lead. It worked out brilliant today, but she still pricked her ears and wandered in front so there is a lot left in the tank for next year. It was a mile today and she wants a mile and a quarter next year. I'm not sure if there is anything left for her for black-type this year. If not it won't be the end of the world to wait for next year. She's always showed us a lot and she's going the right way. Colin [Keane] said that ground is a bit dead which wouldn't be ideal either.” The dam is a half-sister to the Listed Buckhounds S. winner and G2 Hardwicke S. runner-up Barsanti (Ire) (Champs Elysees {GB}) and to Rising Tornado (Storm Cat), who is responsible for the five-time Grade I-winning champion Close Hatches (First Defence) whose son is the GII Wood Memorial S. winner Tacitus (Tapit). The listed-placed second dam Silver Star (GB) (Zafonic) is a full-sister to the G1 Dewhurst S. and G1 Prix de la Salamandre-winning champion juvenile Xaar (GB) from the family of the GI United Nations H. hero Senure (Nureyev). Bird Flown's yearling filly by Noble Mission (GB) is named Coccinella, while she also has a foal full-brother to the winner. Lifetime Record: 4-1-2-1, $23,192.

O-Khalid Abdullah; B-Juddmonte Farms Inc (KY); T-Ger Lyons.

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