May 23, 2018 - YARMOUTH, Race 1, Alw, GBP £15,000, 6.0F, 71.3600

Legends of War, c, 2, 2016 by Scat Daddy

1st Dam: Madera Dancer, by Rahy
2nd Dam: Maxxi Arte (Ire), by Danehill Dancer (Ire)
3rd Dam: Liyana (Ire), by Shardari (Ire)

Owner: Qatar Racing Ltd
Breeder: DP Racing (KY)
Trainer: John Gosden

Legends of War (Scat Daddy), who fetched a tidy 900,000gns to top Tattersalls’ recent Craven Breeze-Up, was unveiled by John Gosden at a track which hosted the initial victories of Dubai Millennium (GB) (Seeking the Gold) and Ouija Board (GB) (Cape Cross {Ire}), and the bay unleashed a display worthy of such luminaries to earn ‘TDN Rising Star’ status in stunning fashion. The newcomer, also a $200,000 purchase at the Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase last September, was steadied to stalk the leaders in fifth through the initial fractions. Making smooth headway from halfway to challenge hard on the steel at the quarter-mile marker, the 2-1 second favourite seized control entering the final eighth and quickened clear of 7-4 chalk San Donato (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}), going through the gears, to easily dispose of that market rival by an impressive four lengths. “Oisin [Murphy] rode him well and had him in behind the pace,� said Gosden. “He went through a narrow gap, but was a little green when hitting the front and the education he received today will bring him on. He’s a lovely 2-year-old and is very relaxed for a breeze-up horse. We’ll see how he is over the next 10 days or so and he’s certainly a horse which could look at a race like the [June 19 G2] Coventry [S. at Royal Ascot].� Legends of War is the second foal, and first scorer, for a daughter of Listed Viejas Casino H. victress Maxxi Arte (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}) and is kin to yearling filly by Majesticperfection and a filly foal by English Channel. Maxxi Arte’s second dam Lisanna (Ire) (Alleged) produced G3 Prix Minerve heroine Linnga (Ire) (Shardari {Ire}), GI San Juan Capistrano Invitational third Liyoun (Ire) (Shernazar {Ire}) and Lilissa (Ire) (Doyoun {Ire}), who in turn is the dam of MSW Irish highweight and G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup runner-up Livadiya (Ire) (Shernazar {Ire}) and G3 Prix Vanteaux placegetter Liska (Ire) (Bigstone {Ire}). Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $13,034.

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