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Gr1 Kiwi Mare We Can Say It Now Produces UK Winner
The red, blue and white silks of Australian owner Paul Makin made a welcome return to the winner's circle overnight when 3YO colt Sky Kingdom landed the Wood Ditton Stakes (1600m) on debut at Newmarket. By Coolmore's deceased former shuttler Montjeu, Sky Kingdom is the first foal of the dual Gr1-winning New Zealand mare We Can Say It Now, a daughter of Makin's globetrotting Australian and European Gr1 winner Starcraft. After accruing one of Europe's most valuable bloodstock collections over a number of years, Makin, along with his wife Lyndall, dispersed almost everything under their Paulyn banner at the 2013 Goffs November Breeding Sale for a reported €12 million. Sky Kingdom is clearly highly regarded by connections as he holds entries in the Gr2 Dante Stakes (12 May) and the Gr1 Epsom Derby (4 June). The Wood Ditton Stakes has launched the careers of some top-class careers in recent years including Gr1 winners Harbinger and Mukhadram. Trainer William Haggas told Sky Sports: "That was not a bad start. I guess having won we'll step him up in trip and come back here at the Guineas meeting for the Listed race (Newmarket Stakes). I think that would be the sensible thing," he said. "He has beaten a lot of unraced horses so we don't know how good the form is but he has been working nicely and he did it well enough." Haggas added: "As with all trainers at this time of year we will take it one step at a time. We will aim him at the Listed race and see if he improves over that trip. He is a nice looking horse."