Hernando relative on course for English classic

Estidhkaar, who hails from the same family as The Alchemy’s well performed young sire Gitano Hernando, is a runner in Saturday’s Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Estidhkaar

Estidhkaar

A son of Dark Angel, Estidhkaar was one of Britain’s top two-year-olds last year, when he won three of his five outings for trainer Richard Hannon. Estidhkaar reeled off three wins on the bounce, following a debut second, with his victories including the G2 666.bet Superlative Stakes and the G2 At The Races Champagne Stakes. He ended his season with a fourth place finish in the G1 Dewhurst Stakes and a reputation of one of Britain’s most exciting two-year-olds.

Estidhkaar, a half brother to former Cartier Champion Two-Year-Old and G1 National Stakes winner Toormore, made a pleasing 3yo debut when second to Muhaarar in the G3 Greenham Stakes, and connections are hopeful of a good run in Saturday’s classic. Trainer Richard Hannon was upbeat following his charge’s Greenham effort, commenting, “”It was a very hot renewal of the Greenham, and Estidhkaar ran a super dress-rehearsal,” he said.
“He looks every inch a Guineas horse, and he was coming back at the winner at the line, so you’d have to think that he would improve again going up a furlong.
“Estidhkaar definitely goes for the Guineas, and the plan is also to send Ivawood.”

Both Gitano Hernando and Estidhkaar are descendants of the great tap root mare Blue Sash. The latter is the ancestress of numerous champions and black type performers including 1000 Guineas winners Mrs Mcardy, champion 2yos Admire Cozzene, Bezelle, and Toormore, and such high class stakes winners as Citidancer, Ruby Tiger and G1 Cheveley Park Stakes winner Seazun.

Gitano Hernando

Gitano Hernando


In turn, Blue Sash herself is out of former Champion Two-Year-Old Filly Star Of India, a daughter of the great racehorse and sire Court Martial.

Estidhkaar, who will be ridden by twice British champion jockey Paul Hanagan, is set to jump from draw six in Saturday’s classic, and he has been installed as the 7-1 joint second by Sky Bet.

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