April 25, 2019 - TIPPERARY, Msw, EUR €15,000, 5.0F, 0.0000

Pistoletto, C, 2, 2017 by War Front

1st Dam: Lerici, by Woodman
2nd Dam: Balinese, by Nijinsky II
3rd Dam: Homespun, by Round Table

Owner: Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Susan Magnier
Breeder: Tada Nobutaka
Trainer: Aidan O‚??Brien

Backed down to short-odds favouritism to continue the hot streak of Aidan O‚??Brien‚??s juvenile band,¬†Pistoletto¬†(War Front) gave supporters little cause for concern and scooted clear of toiling rivals to earn¬†‚??TDN Rising Star‚??¬†status with an impressive display in his Tipperary debut Thursday. He bounced out of the gates to stalk the pace in second overall racing in a near-side group of three. Making eyecatching headway on the bridle from halfway, the 11-10 pick cruised to the front approaching the final furlong and quickened right away under minimal coaxing in the closing stages to hit the line 5 1/2 lengths ahead of¬†American Lady (Ire)¬†(Starspangledbanner {Aus}). ‚??He is certainly fast and has plenty boot for five furlongs,‚?? insisted Donnacha O‚??Brien. ‚??I‚??d imagine he‚??s a [June 20 G2] Norfolk [S. at Royal Ascot] type. He is a beautiful looking horse, he‚??s mature and has always showed plenty at home. He probably has a little more boot than Fort Myers, who won at Dundalk last night, and he is a smart horse.‚??
¬†¬†¬†Pistoletto, out of a winning half-sister to the dam of GSW GI Travers S. second Grasshopper (Dixie Union), is a full-brother to GI Rodeo Drive S. victress Avenge and a 2019 foal. The bay, also half to stakes-winning GIII Herecomesthebride S. runner-up Lira (Giant‚??s Causeway), is from a family featuring MG1SW sires Mark of Esteem (Ire) (Darshaan {GB}) and Mashaallah (Nijinsky II).

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