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WAR ARTIST : SA Grade One Winner goes down a Neck


     Assertive and Richard Hannon (sportinglife/thoroughbred-news)              


Last year’s Mercury Sprint hero, War Artist, who came home narrowly ahead of Summerhill-bred, Rebel King, in that event, ran a big race on just his second UK appearance yesterday. The European Bloodstock News reported:

Assertive, a five-year-old son of Gr.1 winning sprinter Bold Edge (Beveled), powered to victory in yesterday’s Gr.2 Duke of York Stakes on the opening day of York’s Dante meeting. He defeated the South African Gr.1 winner War Artist (Orpen) by a neck to record his first Group success after three Listed wins.

The first and second could renew their rivalry in the Gr.1 Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. Bold Edge won the Gr.1 Prix Maurice de Gheest, as well as the Gr.2 Diadem Stakes and Gr.2 Cork and Orrery Stakes for his owner/breeder Lady Whent and trainer Richard Hannon, the same team to celebrate success with Assertive.

Click here to watch video of Assertive winning the Duke of York Stakes 2008. 

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French Success for Herman Brown

Atoning his 3 length defeat in Deauville’s Gr 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest earlier this month, the South African trained Linngari scored a 3/4 length victory over Donatello and Soave in Germany’s premier sprint race - the Gr 2 de Goldene Peitsche Stakes - at Baden-Baden (Germany) last Saturday.

In a small field of 7 runners, Linngari sat 3 lengths off the pace, quickening a furlong from home and keeping his challengers at bay in a winning time of 1m 11.76s.

Linngari forms part of the Herman Brown string but whilst in France all horses are in the care of French trainer Diego Lowther. Herman was, however, on course in Germany for Saturday’s race.

A Listed winner last September when in the care of Sir Michael Stoute, Linngari was trained in Dubai over the winter where he won two Group events on the turf - the Gr 3 Dubal Al Rashidiya (1777m) followed by a second victory later that month in the Gr 2 Al Rostamani Group Al Fahidi Fort (1600m). Unfortunately he finished at the back of the field in the Dubai Duty Free on World Cup Night.

Duty Free result now aside, the Aga-Khan bred 4YO remains a central player in Brown’s planned assault on the 2007 Dubai International Racing Carnival; Saturday’s win the first step in realizing that goal. With Saturday’s victory the chestnut son of Indian Ridge has also demonstrated his versatility having won over both sprint and mile distances.

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ADDITIONAL PEDIGREE INFORMATION (courtesy of Alastair Nicolson from The European Bloodstock News 28 August 2006) :

“Linngari is the first foal of Lidakiya. Successful in three of her six starts, Lidakiya is by Kayhasi out of Lilissa, who
also produced the Gr.1 Tattersalls Gold Cup runner-up and triple Listed victrix Livadiya(Shernazar) and the
Gr.3 Prix Vanteaux third Liska(Bigstone). By Doyoun, Lilissa is a half-sister to the Gr.3 Prix Minerve victrix
Linnga(Shardari) and the Gr.1 San Juan Capistrano  Handicap third Liyoun(Shernazar). Lilissa’s grandam
Licara(Caro) finished second in the Gr.3 Prix Chloe and is a daughter of the Prix Cleopatre and Prix de
Malleret victrix Licata(Abdos), who produced the Gr.1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe heroine Akiydaand the Gr.1
Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud ace AkaradtoLabus, and the Gr.1 Prix du Jockey Club hero Acamasto Doyoun’s
sire Mill Reef.”

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