June 8, 2019 - Newmarket, Race 3, Alw, GBP £8,000, 6.0F, .0000

Visinari (Fr), C, 2, 2017 by Dark Angel (Ire)

1st Dam: Visinada (Ire), by Sinndar (Ire)
2nd Dam: Visionnaire (Fr), by Linamix (Fr)
3rd Dam: Visor, by Mr. Prospector

Owner: Mr Rob Ferguson
Breeder: SARL Ecurie Haras De Beauvoir
Trainer: Mark Johnston

Mark Johnston’s juveniles are not renowned for their precocity, so when one like Visinari (Fr) (Dark Angel {Ire}) pops up with an impressive debut it is always noteworthy. Sent off at 10-1 for Newmarket’s six-furlong Margaret Giffen Memorial British EBF Novice S. won 12 months ago by Calyx (GB) (Kingman {GB}), the grey was in front from the outset under Ryan Moore. Challenged by Godolphin’s Ottoman Court (GB)(Shamardal) from the two-furlong marker, he continued his momentum in relentless fashion up the rising ground to score by 3 1/2 lengths in a time that compared favourably with the card’s handicap winner Flavius Titus (GB) (Lethal Force {Ire}). There was a further 10-length margin back to the third Clareyblue (Ire) (Zebedee {GB}) and a head to the fourth-placed Daily Times (GB) (Gleneagles {Ire}), the half-sister to Newspaperofrecord (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}).

Johnston’s son and assistant Charlie was pleasantly surprised by the performance. “Visinari is a tall, leggy horse who looks as if he needs more time but he kept working well at home so we decided to run him,� he told the Racing Post. “He probably wants seven furlongs and we may come back here for the July meeting.�

Visinari’s dam Visinada (Ire) (Sinndar {Ire}), whose first foal was the G3 Prix la Force runner-up Viserano (Fr) (Rock of Gibraltar {Ire}), is an Aga Khan cast-off who sold for just €28,000 at the 2011 Arqana December Sale. The second dam is the G1 Prix de Diane and G1 Prix Saint-Alary third Visionnaire (Fr) (Linamix {Fr}), whose three black-type performers were headed by the G3 Prix La Rochette winner Visionario (Ire) (Spinning World). The third dam Visor (Mr. Prospector) produced the G1 Prix de la Foret hero Varenar (Fr) (Rock of Gibraltar {Ire}), the G2 Prix Greffulhe-winning sire Visindar (GB) (Sinndar {Ire}) and the G3 Prix de Flore scorer and G1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud third Visorama (Ire) (Linamix {Fr}). The latter was responsible for the multiple group 1-winning star stayer Vazirabad (Fr) (Manduro {Ger}). The dam’s yearling colt Visinabad (Fr) is by Siyouni (Fr).

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