23 July 2018

Saturday’s meeting at the Curragh saw sire Footstepsinthesand complete a Group double, with both winners also graduates of the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale. The first leg saw MARIE’S DIAMOND (IRE) cause an upset in the Group 3 Anglesey Stakes, as the Mark Johnston-trained two-year-old rallied bravely to deny Juddmonte’s promising filly, Viadera, by a half a length. The pair drew two and a quarter lengths clear of the favourite, Just Wonderful.

Winning jockey James Doyle described his mount as “very tough and progressive”, the colt having shown the same qualities when last seen finishing second in the Group 2 Railway Stakes three weeks prior. He has more than repaid owners Middleham Park Racing, they having paired up to source the colt with Federico Barberini for €35,000. Bred by Tony Ashley, he is out of a full-sister to Oaks Trial winner Sindirana (IRE), from an Aga Khan family that includes Sinndar (IRE).

James Doyle doubled up in the following Minstrel Stakes, a Group 2 over seven furlongs, which saw the David O’Meara trained LARCHMONT LAD (IRE) make all to beat stablemate So Beloved by half a length. Now in the ownership of Cheveley Park Stud, the four-year-old has been Stakes-placed five times and won a Group 3 as a juvenile. Bought by Peter and Ross Doyle for €110,000 as a yearling, he was bred by Domenico Fonzo and is one of two black-type performers out of Fotini (IRE), a half-sister to Italian 2,000 Guineas winner Spirit Of Desert (IRE).

Their page has an international feel, featuring Group 1 Premio d’Italia scorer Posidonas (IRE), who also captured four UK Stakes contests and was also placed in Group contests in Germany and Hong Kong. Other family members include Singapore Gold Cup winner Carry The Flag (IRE) and Irish St Leger second Unsung Heroine (IRE).

Footstepsinthesand has sired 31 individual Group winners, six of them at Group 1 level, and a further 24 individual Listed winners. He stands at Coolmore’s Castlehyde Stud base at a fee of €10,000. 

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