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Strong Australian Connection at Royal Ascot
Four Australian bred mares have runners at Royal Ascot this evening, 19 June. The Gr2 Norfolk Stakes over 1006m for 2YOs includes Lipizzaner (Uncle Mo-Irish Lights, by Fastnet Rock). Lipizzaner has run second at both his starts and was a $650,000 yearling at the 2019 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. His dam, Irish Lights, won the Gr1 MRC Thousand Guineas, and is also the dam of Gr2 winner Omei Sword (High Chaparral). In race four on the card, the Gr2 Hardwicke Stakes over 2406m, is Gr1 Epsom Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck (Galileo-Believe'n'succeed, by Exceed and Excel). His Australian-bred dam won the Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude, and is also the dam of Gr1 winner Bounding (Lonhro). Another superbly bred runner out of an Aussie mare is Nobel Prize (Galileo-Hveger, by Danehill) who goes around in the Gr2 Queen's Vase over 2847m, and he is a full-brother to Gr1 winners Highland Reel and Cape of Good Hope plus Gr2 winner Idaho, and also a half-brother to Gr1-placed Valdemoro. Hveger is out of Gr1 winner Circles of Gold (Marscay). Champion racemare Igugu (Galileo-Zarinia, by Intikhab) was sold by Kia Ora Stud to South African interests, and she went on to win 10 of her 18 starts including four at Gr1 level. Sadly, she died after only two foals, but her second foal El Misk (Dansili-Igugu, by Galileo) will run in the final race at Royal Ascot tonight, the Duke of Edinburgh Handicap over 2406m. The 4YO entirehas won three from seven to date.