Saxon Warrior’s Brother Off The Mark At The First Attempt

Aidan O’Brien’s 3-year-olds were described as a “strong” group by the trainer on Monday and there was further proof of that at Navan 48 hours later as the yard took the two maidens including the closer with Drumroll (Ire) (Deep Impact {Jpn}), a full-brother to the G1 2000 Guineas and G1 Racing Post Trophy hero Saxon Warrior (Jpn). Slowly away and forced to play catch-up for much of the Vintage Crop Raceday April 22nd Maiden over a mile, the 13-2 shot stuck to his guns late on as the leaders trod water up the hill and wore down Time Tells All (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) close to the line to register a highly encouraging half-length success from that fellow newcomer who is a half-brother to Homeless Songs (Ire) (Frankel {GB}). “Seamie [Heffernan] was happy with Drumroll once the penny dropped, but he was very green early,” Aidan O’Brien’s representative Chris Armstrong said. “He did his best work towards the end. We’ll maybe look at a conditions race or see how he progresses and fit him in to one of the trials.”

The talented dam Maybe (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), who captured the G1 Moyglare Stud S. and G2 Debutante S. to obtain European champion 2-year-old filly status before finishing third in the G1 1000 Guineas, has also produced Deep Impact’s listed-placed Pavlenko (Jpn) and More Beautiful (War Front) who also achieved black-type in that manner. A full-sister to the G3 Silver Flash S. scorer Promise To Be True (Ire) and to the dam of last year’s G3 Prix Thomas Bryon winner Continuous (Jpn) (Heart’s Cry {Jpn}), she hails from the family of the G1 Oaks and G1 Preis der Diana heroine Dancing Rain (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}). Her yearling colt is by Kingman (GB).

7th-Navan, €12,000, Mdn, 3-29, 3yo/up, 8fT, 2:00.48, hy.
DRUMROLL (IRE) (c, 3, Deep Impact {Jpn}–Maybe {Ire} {Champion 2-y-o Filly-Eur, G1SW-Ire, SW & G1SP-Eng, $469,223}, by Galileo {Ire}) Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $7,809.
O-Mrs J Magnier/M Tabor/D Smith/Westerberg; B-Maybe Syndicate (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien.


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