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Rockcliffe Stud’s homebred Celandine (GB) (Kingman {GB}–Pepita {Ire}, by Sir Prancealot {Ire}) followed up a May 24 debut seventh at Goodwood with a breakthrough score at Windsor earlier this month and continued on a roll with a career high in Saturday’s Listed Maureen Brittain Memorial Empress Fillies’ Stakes at Newmarket.

The Ed Walker trainee broke sharply from the stands’ side stall and seized an immediate advantage in this black-type bow. In command throughout, the 9-1 chance came under pressure when threatened passing the quarter-mile marker and kept on strongly up the hill to easily account for Tales Of The Heart (Ire) (Mehmas {Ire}) and Arabian Dusk (GB) (Havana Grey {GB}) by 1 1/2 lengths and a neck.

Pedigree Notes
Celandine, who becomes the 82nd stakes winner for her sire, is the third of five foals and one of two scorers from as many runners out of Listed Maggie Dickson Stakes victrix and G3 Summer Stakes third Pepita (Ire) (Sir Prancealot {Ire}), herself kin to three black-type performers headed by stakes-winning G1 Criterium International third Redolent (Ire) (Redback {GB}). Descendants of her second dam Esterlina (Ire) (Highest Honor {Fr}) include G1 Flying Five runner-up Son Of Rest (GB) (Pivotal {GB}) and G2 Gimcrack Stakes second Johannes Brahms (GB) (Siyouni {Fr}). The March-foaled homebred bay, who hails from the family of G1 Irish 1000 Guineas heroine Forest Flower (Green Forest), is full to a yearling colt and half to a weanling filly by Starspangledbanner (Aus).

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