August 24, 2018 - NEWMARKET, Race 3, Cond, GBP £0, , 15.1500

Sangarius (GB), c, 2, 2016 by Kingman (GB)

1st Dam: Trojan Queen, by Empire Maker
2nd Dam: Banks Hill (GB), by Danehill
3rd Dam: Hasili (Ire), by Kahyasi (Ire)

Owner: Khalid Abdullah
Breeder: Juddmonte Farms Ltd (GB)
Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute

Something’s afoot if a Sir Michael Stoute-trained newcomer bears the full weight of the ring and, despite the slender margin of victory, Sangarius lived up to that collateral billing and justified 11-8 favouritism with aplomb. The homebred bay was well away from the outside gate and occupied a midfield berth through the initial fractions. Exhibiting a flicker of greenness when angled into open runway approaching the quarter-mile marker, he quickened impressively to tackle Bangkok (Ire) (Australia {GB}) passing the eighth pole and kept on powerfully for one flick of James Doyle’s persuader up the hill to deny that rival a neck in ultimately cozy fashion, becoming the ninth winner for his freshman sire (by Invincible Spirit {Ire}). “He is very nice and did everything right,� said Doyle after the Oct. 13 G1 Dewhurst S. entry became Stoute’s first juvenile winner of the year. “He went down [to post] like a professional and was professional in the gates as he stood in them for a long time. He went through the gears in the race. When the second horse quickened up I thought I was in a bit of trouble, but he hit the rising ground and finished off well.� Sangarius is the fifth foal and second scorer produced by a winning half-sister to G1 Prix Jean Romanet heroine and GI Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf runner-up Romantica (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) and the dual stakes-winning G2 Prix Niel second Ideal World (Kingmambo). He is kin to G3 Derrinstown Stud 1000 Guineas Trial third Emergent (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) and a yearling colt by Frankel (GB). His second dam, MG1SW European and US champion Banks Hill (GB) (Danehill), is a daughter of storied blue hen Hasili (Ire) (Kahyasi {Ire}) and is thus a full-sister to MG1SW champions Cacique (Ire), Intercontinental (GB) and Champs Elysees (GB), plus G2 Prix du Muguet-winning sire Dansili (GB). Banks Hill is also a half-sister to GI Beverly D. S. and GI Matriarch S. victress Heat Haze (GB) (Green Desert). Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $6,632.

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