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British Sprinters Are On The Everest Trail

By Tony Arrold (The Australian)

A stallion who slipped through the Australian breeding industry’s bridle is poised to rock Royal Ascot this week with a class mare who is pregnant to the world’s best stallion, and two Group I-winning sprinters who are seen as potential raiders for Randwick’s $10 million The Everest in October.

Scat Daddy, a former Coolmore Stud stallion and who is now deceased, features as the sire of Acapulco and the undefeated three-year-old colt Caravaggio, who are both owned by Coolmore interests, and also the US-trained speedball Lady Aurelia.

Not only do they share the same sire, all three already have a Royal Ascot win on their record — Acapulco and Lady Aurelia, respectively, in the 2015 and 2016 Group II Queen Mary Stakes (1000m) when prepared by US trainer Welsey Ward, and Caravaggio for legendary Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien in the 2016 Group II Coventry Stakes (1200m).

Acapulco is now trained by O’Brien who is aiming the four-year-old mare at the Group I ­Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) which highlights Saturday’s final day of the five-day Royal Ascot meeting.

Acapulco ran for O’Brien for the first time and won a Listed 1000m event in Ireland on May 14, having around one month earlier been served by Coolmore’s matchless European champion Galileo.

The in-foal Acapulco, therefore, will on Saturday seek to win a Group I feature to match the feat recorded in the 1988 Group I Gadsden Stakes at Flemington by Special.

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