Vadamos sires 11th first-crop winner

Well-bred Messidor breaks maiden at Dundalk for trainer Joseph O'Brien

Vadamos. Picture: Tally Ho Stud

The Joseph O’Brien-trained Messidor (2 f ex Pyrenean Queen by Zoffany) got off the mark on her third attempt as she landed a race over seven furlongs at Dundalk on Wednesday and in the process became the 11th first-crop winner for Rich Hill Stud shuttler Vadamos (Monsun). 

Last seen running sixth over seven furlongs at Down Royal, having finished second on debut at Leopardstown in August, the filly pulled clear to beat Golden Lyric (Lope De Vega) by a decisive two and a quarter lengths, while Blue Bunny (Markaz) was another four and three-quarter lengths away in third.

Purchased by Dan Hayden for €28,000 at the Goffs Ireland Orby Yearling Sale from the Norelands draft, the filly is out of unraced Zoffany (Dansili) mare Pyrenean Queen, who is herself a half-sister to Group 3 scorer Duchess Andorra (Duke Of Marmalade). 

The filly’s third dam is 1988 Cheveley Park (Gr 1, 6f) winner Pass The Peace (Alzao), whose daughter emulated her when she landed the 1997 edition of the Newmarket Group 1. 

Pass The Peace is the dam of placed daughter Nashan (Nashwan) produced dual winner Regard (Zabeel), who is better known as the dam of top-flight scorer Commanding Jewel and multiple Group 1 winner Atlantic Jewel (Fastnet Rock) - the dam of Group 3 winner Russian Emperor. 

Nanshan also produced winning General Nediym (Nediym) mare Lady Beckworth, who is the dam of this year’s Galaxy (Gr 1, 1100m) winner I Am Excited (Snitzel) and Group 3 winner Flippant (Hinchinbrook). 

Vadamos’ first-crop includes stakes-placed Spycatcher and he is standing at Rich Hill Stud in New Zealand for a fee of NZ$15,000 (plus GST). The stallion had two lots sell at Wednesday’s New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale, with a colt making NZ$60,000, while he had a gelding sell for NZ$150,000 at the auction.

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