Gitano’s brother wins again
Battersea, a half-brother to The Alchemy’s well performed young stallion Gitano Hernando, scored his second win in a row when successful at Ascot on Saturday.
Trained by Roger Varian, the 3yo Battersea landed the Winning Post Bookmakers Handicap over 2400m at Ascot in emphatic fashion to take his tally to two wins from just six outings.
A son of champion sire Galileo, Battersea is rated highly by his trainer, who is feels the colt will make up into a cracking four year.
He is out of the very talented racemare Gino’s Spirits, whose nine career victories included four stakes wins including a score in the Gr3 Noble Damsel Handicap.
A daughter of Sadler’s Wells half-brother Perugino, Gino’s Spirits (also dam of Gitano Hernando) is out of a daughter of Mrs Mcardy – winner of the 1977 10000 Guineas.
This is also the family of leading British 2YO Estidhkaar (by Dark Angel), winner of the 2014 Gp2 Superlative Stakes.
Half-brother Gitano Hernando, whose first crop sell as yearlings in 2015, was an exceptional racehorse.
The son of French Derby winner Hernando earned over $2 million during his globetrotting career. His seven victories, which included scores in the Gr1 Goodwood Stakes and Gr1 Singapore Airlines International Cup, came in four different countries.
Among the top horses defeated by Gitano Hernando during his stellar career were the Gr1 winners Mine That Bird (Kentucky Derby), Chinchon (Singapore Cup), Presvis (Dubai Duty Free), Colonel John (Travers Stakes), Tiago (Santa Anita Derby) and Richard’s Kid (Pacific Classic – twice).