Highlands Farm’s resident sire Great Britain is from a red hot family. Just days after family member Mahsoob landed the G3 Weatherbys General Stud Book Earl Of Sefon Stakes, another talented performer, related to both Great Britain and Mahsoob, emerged to win the G3 Betfred TV Fred Darling Stakes.
This was the blue blooded filly Marenko –a daughter of champion sprinter and sire Exceed And Excel.
Marenko, who is trained by Richard Hannon, was sent out second favourite to win the 1400m Fred Darling (moved to Chelmsford City this year due to inclement weather), and she duly obliged.
Marenko hit the front with a furlong to go and ran on strongly to score a 1.25 length win over stablemate Light Up The World, with the favourite Besharah back in third place.
Winning trainer Hannon said after the race, “”I think the trip was a little bit on the short side for her as she’s done very well from two to three and she’s a scopey filly with a lovely attitude.
“We took her out of the Guineas as we thought about looking at a Listed race at Royal Ascot, but that’s now obviously not the way forward now she has won a Group Three, so we will sleep on it and see where we go from here.
“Maybe towards the end of the year she might be a Sun Chariot type and she may be one for the Falmouth Stakes at the July meeting but she’s done plenty for now and I’m happy to leave her for a bit.”
The 2016 Fred Darling winner is out of Safina –a daughter of Pivotal and 2003 G1 1000 Guineas winner Russian Rhythm.
Great Britain, Mahsoob, Marenko (runner up in the G2 May Hill Stakes and G3 Prix du Calvados last year) and Russian Rhythm are all descendants of the Balidar mare Balidaress, whose other notable descendants include G1 winners Alydaress, Cape Cross, Park Appeal and Shadayid among others.
This might family traces back to the immortal racemare Pretty Polly, a winner of 22 of 24 outings, and winner of the 1000 Guineas, Oaks, St Leger, Coronation Cup (twice), Champion Stakes, and both the Cheveley Park and Middle Park Stakes at two.
Great Britain has one lot on offer at next week’s National Yearling Sale –a half sister to G1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship winner On Her Toes, with the filly’s second dam, Pretty Falcon, being a former Broodmare Of The Year (Lot 311).