Willow impressive at Leopardstown

Well-bred American Pharoah filly sheds maiden tag

American Pharoah
American Pharoah Picture: Coolmore Stud

Regally-bred Willow (2 f American Pharoah - Peeping Fawn by Danehill) got off the mark at the third attempt on Friday as she landed a maiden contest over a mile at Leopardstown. 

The daughter of Coolmore Stud shuttler American Pharoah (Pioneerof The Nile) finished fourth at the Curragh on debut, before posting a third place finish at Leopardstown on her second start and she put that race experience to good use, when beating Umneyaat (Dansili) by two and a quarter lengths, while Flirting Bridge (Camelot) was another three lengths away in third. 

The two-year-old filly is the fifth winner out of multiple Group 1-winning champion mare Peeping Fawn (Danehill), whose progeny is headed by 2017 Chesham Stakes (Listed, 7f) winner September (Deep Impact) and Group 2-placed Sir John Hawkins (Henrythenavigator), while she is also the grandam of fellow Listed scorer Alzire (Shamardal). 

Peeping Fawn herself is a half-sister to Group 1 winner and sire Thewayyouare (Kingmambo) and this is also the family of Grade 1 winner Blush With Pride (Blushing Groom), the grandam of fellow elite level winners Rags To Riches (A.P. Indy) and Jazil (Seeking The Gold). 

American Triple crown winner American Pharoah is currently covering his fourth book of mares at Coolmore Stud’s Jerrys Plains base at a fee of $55,000 (inc GST). 

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