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Belardo Progeny Jumping Out of the Ground
The flying start as a Freshman sire for Haunui Farm’s shuttler Belardo has continued over the weekend with two more winners taking his tally to four winners in the space of seven days. Isabella Giles (Ire), from the Clive Cox yard, stuck to her task and started to pull away over 6f at Leicester and on Sunday night, Lullaby Moon (GB) (Belardo) made lightwork of her opposition showing a strong turn of foot and clearing out to a comfortable two-and-a-quarter lengths with odds-on favourite Stream (GB) (Frankel) left in her wake. The sire-son of Lope de Vega has four winners so far with a further three place-getters. As flat racing starts to heat up in Europe, Belardo will have his first black-type runner with his first winner, Golden Melody (Ire), set to line up in the Gr3 Albany Stakes (6f) at Royal Ascot later this week. Himself a Champion 2YO and dual Gr1 winner, Belardo is the only son of outstanding sire Lope de Vega (Ire) (Shamardal) at stud in Australasia. He returns to Haunui Farm in 2020 for his fourth season and will stand at a fee of $10,000 + GST.