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Sibling To Kiwi Champion Wins in Ireland
Ballydoyle colt Anthony Van Dyck, a half-brother to former Champion New Zealand sprinter Bounding, looked an exciting prospect in the making when breaking his maiden in style at Killarney in Ireland on Sunday. Trained by Aidan O'Brien on behalf of the Coolmore triumvirate of Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor, Anthony Van Dyck was having just his second start when powering to an 8 length win, eased down, in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden over a mile. "Anthony Van Dyck is a lovely horse and did that really nicely. They went a good gallop and I wanted to get him rolling early. He really picked up well when I gave him a slap. I think he's a smart horse," said winning rider Donnacha O'Brien. By the peerless Galileo, Anthony Van Dyck is out of the Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude winner Believe'n'Succeed (Exceed And Excel), the dam of Gr1 Railway Stakes winner and Champion NZ Filly Bounding (Lonhro). Coolmore's Tom Magnier purchased Believe'n'Succeed for $1.1 million at the 2014 Magic Millions Patinack Farm Dispersal Sale. Anthony Van Dyck holds an entry in the Gr1 Vincent O'Brien National Stakes (1400m) at The Curragh on 16 September.