Category: Unraced horses
Date of Birth: 30 Apr 2019
Sire: ORIENTOR (GB)
Dam: LUCKY BELLE (IRE)
Dam Sire: BARATHEA (IRE)
County: Dumfries and Galloway
A two-year-old filly by Orientor out of a Barathea mare is offered for sale.
An April 2019 foal, this impressive individual is out of the well-related mare Lucky Belle, who ran a few times under rules and was placed in a point-to-point.
Lucky Belle is out of the smart Borders Belle, who won two races, including a valuable York handicap, and gained valuable black-type when third in the Listed (now Grp-3) Princess Elizabeth Stakes at the Epsom Derby meeting. Borders Belle went on to produce the high-class mile handicapper Huzzah, who was trained for the majority of his career by Barry Hills and won five races in all. He was talented enough to achieve a peak official rating of 99, earned over £75,000 in win and place prizemoney, and even finished runner-up in the 2009 Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot.
Borders Belle was a sibling of five other winners, most notably the tough as teak Richard Fahey-trained mare Flying Clarets. Featured amongst her seven career victories was the lucrative and prestigious John Smith's Cup at York, whilst she also finished placed in Listed and Grp-3 company on her way to earning over £200,000 in prizemoney. She has since gone to have a successful career as a broodmare.
It is also worth noting that Barathea is the celebreated broodmare sire of Grp-1 winners such as Monterosso, Jakkalberry, Shareta, Hunter's Light, King's Apostle and Crackerjack King.
There is no doubting the ability of the distaff side of this pedigree to produce decent winners, and the influence of covering sire Orientor can only benefit. Jim Goldie's wonderful sprinter was a dual Grp-3 winner during a tremendous career on the racetrack, and later became a sire whose ability to upgrade mares was widely acknowledged and who operated at a superb winners-to-runners ratio.
Although he sadly died in April of this year, Orientor leaves a fine legacy thanks to progeny such as the Grp-3 and triple Listed-winning sprinter Jack Dexter, the 95-rated Giant Spark, the five-time winner Tor and seven-time winner Orient Class.
The sire was also notably versatile, with his son Marton Abbey a promising runner-up on his point-to-point debut in April. He has since sold to Aiden Murphy and Kim Bailey for £24,000 at the Tattersalls Cheltenham April Sale, and rates a very exciting NH prospect.
The capability and versatility of the stallion, coupled with the enduring appeal of the dam side of the pedigree, bode very well for the future prospects of this lovely two-year-old filly.
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