Date of Birth: 12 Jan 2018
Sire: Rail Link (GB)
Dam: Delicate Kate (Ire)
Dam Sire: Country Reel (USA)
Shares are available in the French-based January-foaled yearling filly Anima Kate. A daughter of the Arc winner Rail Link, she is out of the Country Reel mare Delicate Kate, and will be sent into training this autumn. She will be eligible for the lucrative French bonuses and fantastic prize money once her racing career commences next year.
Anima Kate's dam Delicate Kate was unraced due to injury, but hails from a family featuring plenty of winners. Her sire was not afforded too many chances before being exported to Turkey, but he did produce the Grp-1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches runner-up Baine in a career characterised by his ability to get a smart filly - he was also the damsire of the Stakes-placed mare Wekaforce.
The sire Rail Link was a tremendous performer on the track for Andre Fabre, winning the Grp-3 Prix du Lys, Grp-1 Grand Prix de Paris and Grp-2 Prix Niel on the way to his famous Arc triumph over Pride, Deep Impact and Hurricane Run and Champion European Three-Year-Old honours in 2006.
A son of the outstanding Dansili from a superb Juddmonte family, Rail Link is a half-brother to the multiple Group-winner and sire Crossharbour, the Grp-3 winner and Grp-1 placed sire Chelsea Harbour and the Grp-3 winner Mainsail. Such a pedigree, combined with his exceptional racing record, ensured him a place at Banstead Manor Stud at the outset of his breeding career, and he has subsequently moved to Haras du Cercy in France where he is now marketed towards a NH audience.
That is merely an indicator that he transmits the slow-burn qualities you would expect of an Arc winner, and is no reflection of a lack of class in his progeny. His standout performers to date include the Australian Grp-1 winner Spillway, the Grp-1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud victor and Epsom Derby fifth Epicuris, the Grp-3 winner and Grp-1 placed Last Train and the prolific mare Chain Of Daisies (famed for beating the mighty Ulysees in the Grp-3 Winter Hill Stakes).
This is a pedigree that is engineered to produce a high-class filly, and the fine and imposing Anima Kate clearly has excellent long-term potential.