April 25, 2016 - NAAS, Race 4, Mdn, EUR €15,500, 5fT, .0000

Roly Poly, f, 2, 2014 by War Front

1st Dam: Misty For Me (Ire) (Hwt. 2yo Filly-Ire & Fr, Hwt. 3yo-Ire at 9 1/2-11f, MG1SW-Ire, G1SW-Fr, GISP-US, $1,124,364), by Galileo (Ire)
2nd Dam: Butterfly Cove, by Storm Cat
3rd Dam: Mr. P's Princess, by Mr. Prospector

Owner: Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith & Mrs. John Magnier
Breeder: Misty For Me Syndicate
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien

Roly Poly, the first foal out of the four-times Group 1 winner and Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Misty For Me, was not expected to cause a major stir on debut and started at 10-1 in a race replete with intriguing fillies from all the major Irish yards including her own stablemates How (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), a daughter of Lillie Langtry (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}), and Brave Anna (War Front), a full-sister to Hit It A Bomb. Showing early dash to race behind the leading pair among the group coming up the middle, the blaze-faced bay was shaken up to come through and gain a slight lead from Gone to Russia (Ire) (Rock of Gibraltar {Ire}) with 100 yards remaining and was not asked a serious question as she secured a short-head success. “You’d have to be delighted with that. She was very green and just ready to come racing,� Aidan O’Brien commented. “Seamie gave her a brilliant ride and nursed her along. He only gave her one little backhand flick. Hopefully she’ll progress really nicely from that and she could be an Ascot filly. She’s quick. It’s lovely ground out there and this is a lovely place to start them.� In a big week for the family, Misty For Me’s sister Ballydoyle (Ire) lines up in Sunday’s G1 1000 Guineas with sound claims, having won last year’s G1 Prix Marcel Boussac. Her family is just quality through and through, with the second dam a half to one of Aidan O’Brien’s early trail-blazers Fasliyev and the fourth dam Anne Campbell, producer of Desert Wine and the 1999 Broodmare of the Year due mainly to the exploits of Menifee. Aside from Roly Poly, the dam also has a yearling colt by War Front and is carrying a foal by that formidable sire. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, €9,533.

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