Goodwood glory for Highlands mare

The Highlands Stud based broodmare Magical Eve gained a major update to her pedigree, when her half-brother Stradivarius (by Sea The Stars) won the G1 Qatar Goodwood Cup at Goodwood on Tuesday.


Trained by John Gosden, Stradivarius (one of four winners on the card for jockey Andrea Atzeni) took his record to four wins from just seven outings, and his earnings to just under £400 000, when downing favourite, and recent G1 Gold Cup winner, Big Orange by one and three quarter lengths in Tuesday’s race, run for a first time as a Group One contest.

Stradivarius, previously successful in the G2 Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot, was given quotes ranging from 7-2 to 10-1 for the  G1 St Leger, the final British classic, to be run at Doncaster on September 16th.

He and Magical Eve are out of the dual winning and stakes placed Bering mare Private Life –whose second dam, Pawneese, won all of the G1 Epsom Oaks, G1 Prix de Diane (French Oaks) and G1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. Private Life is also dam of the smart (and inbred colt) Rembrandt Van Rijn, who was third in the 2016 G3 Abu Dhabi Championship.


This is the same family as French champion and successful sire Peintre Celebre, G1 Emirates Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist and G1 Prix Ganay and promising young French sire Planteur (currently the seventh leading first crop sire in France).

Magical Eve was herself a smart performer who won over 1600m at Kenilworth and ran third in the Listed Scarlet Lady back in 2012 for trainer Brett Crawford.

Already the dam of a winner, in the form of Eve Wilkie, Magical Eve is currently in foal to Dynasty’s triple G1 winning son Jackson.

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