14 for First Defence

Tilsit lands Thoroughbred Stakes

TILSIT. Picture: Dan Abraham/Pool via Getty Images

Having sired a Irish 2,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) winner this season in Siskin, First Defence (Unbridled’s Song) looks to have another talented son on his hands in the form of Tilsit (3 c ex Multilingual by Dansili) who landed a dramatic edition of the Thoroughbred Stakes (Gr 3, 1m) at Goodwood on Friday. 

Last the field came down the straight, My Oberon (Dubawi) was in the lead, but Ryan Moore was sitting menacingly quiet on Tilsit, ready to make his move. As Moore got to work on the son of First Defence the three-year-old drifted abruptly right causing major interference to My Oberon in the process and a stewards’ enquiry. 

After a long wait while the stewards deliberated, it was announced the placings remained unaltered, with Tilsit beating My Oberon by a length and a half with Khaloosy (Dubawi) another two and half lengths away in third. 

Bred and raced by Juddmonte, Tilsit - who was having only the third start of his career - is out of Dansili (Danehill) mare Multilingual, who is a herself out of Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Zenda (Zamindar). 

Zenda also produced multiple Group 1 and now leading Juddmonte Farms stallion Kingman (Invincible Spirit), Group 3 winner Remote and the dam of Listed scorer Repartee (Invincible Spirit).

The colt’s third dam is Hope (Dancing Brave) - the dam of multiple elite level scorer and successful Juddmonte sire Oasis Dream (Green Desert) and Listed scorer Hopeful Light (Warning). 

First Defence’s progeny is headed by three Group 1 winners, including the aforementioned Siskin and the son of Unbridled’s Song (Unbridled) was sold to stand in Saudi Arabia in 2016.

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