Impressive win for Gitano brother
Battersea, a Galileo half-brother to The Alchemy’s young sire Gitano Hernando, scored a smart win at Ascot on Saturday afternoon.
The Roger Varian trained 3yo won a handicap over 2400m, in convincing style, running out a 1.75 length winner of the Neptune Investment Management Handicap. The colt is now likely to be aimed at the Melrose Stakes at the prestigious Ebor meeting in August.
Gitano Hernando and Battersea are out of the top-class mare Gino’s Spirits. A daughter of Sadler’s Wells’ half brother Perugino, Gino’s Spirits won nine races including the Gr3 Noble Damsel Handicap and was second in the Group 2 (now Group 1) Sun Chariot Stakes).
This is the same family as Saturday’s brilliant Group 2 Superlative Stakes winner Estidhkaar, winner of two of his three outings, and a leading classic contender for 2015.
Gitano Hernando, whose first crop are now foals, was an outstanding racehorse who raced at the highest level around the world. The globetrotting son of Hernando (who hails from the same Niniski male line as champion sire Silvano) won seven times and over $2 million in prize money.
The handsome chestnut’s wins included the Gr1 Goodwood Stakes and Gr1 Singapore International Cup.