The Lowdown: QIPCO 1000 Guineas

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The first British fillies' Classic of the season sees a fairly even split of homebreds versus sales graduates. The latter group features a seven-figure filly–Ylang Ylang–all the way down to a €20,000 purchase in Tamfana. Several of these are also related to noteworthy Classic winners, but Guineas form is few and far between. May the best filly win. For the full Guineas field, please click here.

 

CINDERELLA'S DREAM (GB)
Shamardal–Espadrille (GB) (Dubawi {Ire})
Pedigree/form notes: The Godolphin homebred and second foal out of her winning dam is undefeated in four starts, split evenly between England at two and the United Arab Emirates at three. Last seen taking the Listed Jumeirah 1000 Guineas, the granddaughter of G3 St. Simon S. heroine and G1 Oaks/G1 Coronation Cup-placed High Heeled (Ire) (High Chaparral {Ire}) will attempt to follow in the footsteps of fellow Godolphin filly Mawj (Ire) (Exceed And Excel {Aus}) in parlaying desert form to a victory in the 1000 Guineas.

 

DANCE SEQUENCE (GB)
Dubawi (Ire)–Tearless (GB) (Street Cry {Ire})
Pedigree/form notes: Another homebred for the boys in blue, the half-sister to German stakes winner Romantic Song (Ire) (Shamardal) already has a win in the G3 Oh So Sharp to her name and she warmed up for this with a runner-up performance in the G3 Nell Gwyn S. this season. Her second dam Playful Act (Ire) (Sadler's Wells) won the G1 Fillies' Mile, and played bridesmaid in the G1 Irish Oaks.

 

DARNATION (IRE)
Too Darn Hot (GB)–Monday Monday (Ire) (Galileo {Ire})
Sales info: The first foal of her dam, the duo did not meet their reserve when €195,000 buy-backs at the Goffs November Sale, with Darnation in utero when offered by The Castlebridge Consignment.

Pedigree/form notes: Racing for breeder Newtown Anner Stud, the Karl Burke trainee won the G2 May Hill S. and G3 Prestige Fillies' S. at two. Yet to be seen this season, but connections hold her in high esteem, as she also has entries for the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas, G1 Oaks, and the Irish equivalent. Burke yard has been hot this year.

 

ELMALKA (GB)
Kingman (GB)–Nahrain (GB) (Selkirk)
Pedigree/form notes: Her half-brother is the well-traveled multiple Group 1 winner Benbatl (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}), while her dam scored in the GI Flower Bowl Invitational S. Bahr (GB) (Generous {Ire}), Elmalka's granddam, won both the G2 Ribblesdale S. and the G3 Musidora S., and also earned placings in both the Oaks/Irish Oaks and the Flower Bowl. Placed in the G3 Dubai Duty Free S. this year, the Godolphin-bred has a few lengths to find with this bunch, and might be a better autumn prospect.

 

FALLEN ANGEL (GB)
Too Darn Hot (GB)–Agnes Stewart (Ire) (Lawman {Fr})
Pedigree/form notes: Agnes Stewart won the May Hill S. and was also second in the G1 Fillies' Mile, with Fallen Angel being her most recent produce. Farther back in the family is Group 1 winner Definite Article (GB) (Indian Ridge {Ire}). The Branton Court Stud-bred will be making her 3-year-old bow on Sunday, but sports solid credentials for this test, as the winners of the G3 Sweet Solera S. on home soil and a victory in the G1 Moyglare Stud S. in Ireland.

 

PORTA FORTUNA (IRE)
Caravaggio–Too Precious (Ire) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire})
Pedigree/form notes: Another first produce, the Whisperview Trading-bred was kept busy at two, and won the G3 Fillies Sprint S. and G3 Albany S. prior to hitting the board in the G1 Phoenix S. and G1 Moyglare Stud S. However, the relation of Australian Group 2 winner and multiple Group 1-placed Numerian (Ire) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}) progressed to take the G1 Cheveley Park S. in England, and was also a good second at the end of the year in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. The distance is a question mark, as the Rowley Mile is a much different test than on a flat American course. A talented filly.

 

PRETTY CRYSTAL (IRE)
Dubawi (Ire)–Pretty Baby (Ire) (Orpen)
Pedigree/form notes: A progressive type out of the Rabbah Bloodstock breeding programme, Pretty Crystal is rounding into form at the right time and is the winner of the G3 Nell Gwyn S. Her dam, the G3 Oak Tree S. heroine Pretty Baby, is kin to group winners Prairie Star (Fr) (Peintre Celebre), Pacific Rim (Ire) (Singspiel {Ire}) and that pair's dam, Prairie Runner (Ire) (Arazi). Connections supplemented the chestnut to this race. The last to complete the Nell Gwyn/1000 Guineas double was Cachet (Ire) (Aclaim {Ire}) in 2022.

 

RAMATUELLE
Justify–Raven's Lady (Raven's Pass)
Sales info: Consigned by Haras de l'Hotellerie, agent, the February-born filly was purchased for €100,000 by Arthur Hoyeau acting on behalf of MyRacehorse, Ecurie des Monceaux, Hollymount Stud and partners out of the Arqana August Yearling Sale in 2022.

Pedigree/form notes: Twice a winner at group level, Raven's Lady delivered Ramatuelle as her first offspring. Yeguada Centurion bred the G3 Prix du Bois and G2 Prix Robert Papin heroine, who went on to run Vandeek (GB) (Havana Grey {GB}) to a short neck in the G1 Prix Morny. Second to Romantic Style (Ire) (Night Of Thunder {Ire})–who holds entries in the G1 Commonwealth Cup and G1 Coronation S.–in the G3 Prix Imprudence, the Guineas will be her first start at a mile.

 

REGAL JUBILEE (GB)
Frankel (GB)–Regal Realm (GB) (Medicean {GB})
Pedigree/form notes: Cheveley Park Stud bred both Regal Jubilee, and three generations of her damline. Sunday's entrant is already a half-sister to the decorated group winner Regal Reality (GB) (Intello {Ger}), who was third in the Coral-Eclipse, while their dam won a brace of Group 3s. Under the care of John and Thady Gosden, Regal Jubilee won the Listed Montrose Fillies' S. over this course and distance in heavy going in November, and was only a neck behind Folgaria (Ire) (Due Diligence) in the G3 Dubai Duty Free S. last month. A live chance.

 

ROLICA (IRE)
Lope De Vega (Ire)–Moteo (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire})
Sales info: Offered by her breeder Ballylinch Stud, which stands her sire, Rolica was a 320,000gns Tattersalls October Book 1 yearling purchase by Stroud Coleman Bloodstock.

Pedigree/form notes: Another first foal, this time for the Listed Navigation S. heroine Moteo who placed twice in Irish Group 3s, Rolica is from the same family as dual Group 1 winner and sire Belardo (Ire) (Lope De Vega {Ire}). A winner over seven furlongs at Newmarket in April, Rolica is making her stakes debut in this Classic.

 

SACRED ANGEL (IRE)
Dark Angel (Ire)–Sacred Aspect (Ire) (Haatef)
Sales info: A £52,000 yearling out of the Goffs Premier Sale from Yeomanstown House Stud, the grey was picked up by Manor House Farm.
Pedigree/form notes: This is the best foal of seven produce for Listed Tipperary S. heroine Sacred Aspect, who shares a common ancestor with G1 Prix de l'Abbaye winner The Platinum Queen (Ire) (Cotai Glory {GB}). Bred by Yeomanstown Stud, the grey won the G3 Princess Margaret S. at two and was third in the Cheveley Park S. to Porta Fortuna, but has never been beyond six furlongs.

 

SEE THE FIRE (GB)
Sea The Stars (Ire)–Arabian Queen (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire})
Pedigree/form notes: Owner Jeff Smith's Littleton Stud bred this daughter of Arabian Queen, who upset Golden Horn (GB) at 50-1 in the 2015 G1 International S. She has already managed to earn black-type when second in the G2 May Hill S. and third in the G1 Fillies' Mile. Her granddam Barshiba (Ire) (Barathea {Ire}) won the G2 Lancanshire Oaks twice. Would be a triumph for a smaller owner/breeder, and she can only improve based on her breeding.

 

STAR MUSIC (GB)
Zoustar (Aus)–Fast Lily (Ire) (Fastnet Rock {Aus})
Sales info: This filly blossomed from an 18,000gns buy-back from breeder Plantation Stud as a Tattersalls December foal to 160,000gns Tattersalls Somerville yearling when selected by Richard Hughes Racing.
Pedigree/form notes: Her older half-brother Unanimous Consent (GB) (Almanzor {Fr}) won a stakes race on the tough New York circuit in the U.S., and this filly was third to Dance Sequence in the Oh So Sharp S. In the Dubai Duty Free, the relative of group winners Silk Blossom (Ire) (Barathea {Ire}) and Mashoora (Ire) (Barathea {Ire}) led in the early stages, but faltered late, and that run should have brought her forward.

 

STAR STYLE (GB)
Zoustar (Aus)–Sweet Cecily (Ire) (Kodiac {GB})
Sales info: Byerley Stud offered this filly at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale, where she caught the eye of owner Julie Wood for 47,000gns.
Pedigree/form notes: Bred by Mrs. S Clifford, the half-sister to the stakes-placed Sweet Dragon Fly (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) won her only start to date, a seven-furlong Newbury affair. Her dam claimed the Listed Bosra Sham Fillies' S., while third dam Sweet Roberta (Robert) was successful in the GII Selima S. and second in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. This is a very steep class hike.

 

TAMFANA (GER)
Soldier Hollow (GB)–Tres Magnifique (Fr) (Zoffany {Ire})
Sales info: Jeremy Brummitt snapped up this filly for a mere snip at €20,000 out of the BBAG September Yearling Sale from co-breeders Gestut Etzean and Hans-Helmut Rodenburg.
Pedigree/form notes: The fourth foal out of her dam, she is from the same family as the smart Grade I winner Sea Calisi (Fr) (Youmzain {Ire}). A winner of the G3 Prix Miesque in 2023, the Quantum Leap Racing VIII & Friends-owned filly was a close third in the G3 Prix Imprudence.

 

YLANG YLANG (GB)
Frankel (GB)–Shambolic (Ire) (Shamardal)
Sales info: The priciest filly in the 1000 Guineas at 1.5 million gns when bought by MV Magnier and Peter Brant's White Birch Farm out of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1, Ylang Ylang was offered by Newsells Park Stud.
Pedigree/form notes: Her dam was placed three times at stakes level and Ylang Ylang is her first foal. Shambolic is a half-sister to the high class Hong Kong runner Comic Strip (GB) (Marju {Ire}), and dual Grade I winner Laughing (Ire) (Dansili {GB}). Ylang Ylang entered winter quarters after a win in the G1 Fillies' Mile, so the course and distance hold no fears. One of the top choices.

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