Sire: COMPTON PLACE (GB)
Dam: TAMORA (GB)
Dam Sire: DR FONG (USA)
Last Service: 11 Apr 2018
Covering sire: Due Diligence
Currently in foal: yes
Foal at foot: no
The cracking 11-year-old broodmare Nellie Ellis is offered for sale, in foal to exciting young stallion Due Diligence. The unborn progeny has been sexed as a colt, and she already has an excellent-looking and strong colt foal by the same sire that is being retained but can be viewed alongside his mother. The mare is being sold to dissolve a partnership.
Nellie Ellis was a speedy and precocious sort on the track, winning twice over five-furlongs as a two-year-old. She only raced once beyond her maiden season, but proved herself tough, willing and consistent during her relatively short career.
Since retiring to breeding duties, she has produced two winners, namely the dual sprint winner Showbizzy (by Showcasing) and the improving gelding Rockesbury (by Foxwedge) who, after winning at Chester in September, has since registered a game win at Wolverhampton. Both her winning progeny have demonstrated that they have inherited many of the positive attributes of their dam.
That there is speed in the legs of the offspring is no surprise, as this is a pedigree brimming with pace. Nellie Ellis is out of the seven-furlong winner Tamora, who was a half-sister to the Grp-2 Flying Childers Stakes winner Godfrey Street (by Compton Place, like Nellie Ellis) and the Grp-1 Prix de l'Abbaye heroine Gilt Edge Girl. The latter has gone on to produce the smart Time's Arrow, who was a Listed winner over six-furlongs in France last year. The extended family includes the Grp-1 Prix Morny winner and sire Arcano.
All this information suggests that the pairing of Nellie Ellis with Due Diligence is a shrewd one. The sire was initially trained in America, prior to finishing second in the Grp-1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot and winning in Listed company when transferred to the care of Aidan O'Brien, as a three-year-old. His first yearlings have been met with acclaim last year, and as a son of confirmed sire of sires War Front, his racing progeny are awaited with a good deal of expectation.
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