May 6, 2023 - Naas, Msw, EUR €16,000, 5.0F, .0000

Devious (GB), C, 2, 2021 by Starspangledbanner (Aus)

1st Dam: Federation (GB), by Motivator (GB)
2nd Dam: Flirtation (GB), by Pursuit Of Love (GB)
3rd Dam: Eastern Shore (GB), by Sun Prince (GB)

Owner: Atlantic Thoroughbreds
Breeder: The Federation Partnership (GB)
Trainer: Donnacha O'Brien

Naas produced a pair of TDN Rising Stars on Saturday, with the first being Atlantic Thoroughbreds' Devious (GB) (Starspangledbanner {Aus}-Federation {GB}, by Motivator {GB}) in the five-furlong Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden. Backed into 11-5 favouritism, the Donnacha O'Brien-trained 140,000gns Book 1 graduate was reserved in mid-division early by Gavin Ryan before being allowed to cruise to the front 1 1//2 furlongs down. Soon clear, the powerful chestnut who hails from the family of Attraction (GB) (Efisio {GB}) may have been idling late as Mr Saturday (Ire) (Blue Point {Ire}) narrowed the margin to two lengths.

"He's always worked like a fair one," the trainer said of the winner, only the third TDN Rising Star for Starspangledbanner whose G1 Cheveley Park S. runner-up Flotus (Ire) is the pick. "He shouldn't be that fast being that big and strong, I'd say he's a proper one. I was thinking coming here today that we could look at the Coventry, but showing the speed that he did we could look at the Norfolk maybe instead. We have nothing that can take him off the bridle at home, he's just natural. He's got so much boot that the nice ground helps him, but he would get slower ground as well as he's big and powerful."

Devious is the third winner from four runners for the GII Hillsborough S. runner-up Federation, who is kin to the aforementioned luminary Attraction whose five top-level victories included the 1000 Guineas, Irish 1000 Guineas and Coronation S. She is in turn the dam of three black-type winners including the G2 York S. scorer Elarquam (GB) (Frankel {GB}) and the G3 Sapphire S.-winning sire Fountain Of Youth (Ire) (Oasis Dream {GB}). Also a half to the dam of the Listed Floodlit S. winner and group 2-placed Titi Makfi (GB) (Makfi {GB}), Federation who hails from the family of the G1 Prix de la Salamandre-winning sire Lord Of Men (GB) also has a yearling filly by Siyouni (Fr).

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