Galileo’s Clemmie Takes the Duchess of Cambridge

Clemmie (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), who backed up a May 27 debut third at The Curragh by finishing seventh in a hot renewal of Royal Ascot’s June 23 G3 Albany S., lined up for Friday’s G2 Duchess of Cambridge S. at Newmarket off a breakthrough score in the July 2 G3 Grangecon Stud (Balanchine) S. back at The Curragh and justified 11-8 favouritism with a degree of panache to register a career highin track record time in her fourth straight try at this six-furlong trip. Positioned under a modicum of cover tracking the leaders in sixth after breaking alertly, she was stoked up at the quarter-mile marker and ran on strongly in the closing stages once powering to the fore at the foot of the hill to comfortably account for 7-4 market rival Nyaleti (Ire) (Arch) by 1 3/4 lengths, with 20-1 chance Mamba Noire (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) a half-length further back in third. She is typical of Aidan [O’Brien]’s 2-year-olds and has progressed with every run, explained winning rider Ryan Moore. She has just got better and better. She was good in the Group 3 last time and was better today. She did that very easy with plenty to spare and I’d say she’s the best [juvenile] filly we’ve seen out this year. She has the pedigree to do it [in next year’s G1 1000 Guineas], she’s with the right trainer and, if she can win a six-furlong Group 2 in July, she’s got every chance.

Clemmie is out of G2 Queen Mary S. runner-up Meow (Ire) (Storm Cat) and is a full-sister to a yearling colt and to stablemate and four-time Group 1-winning European highweight 2-year-old colt Churchill (Ire). Her second dam is dual British highweight sprinter Airwave (GB) (Air Express {Ire}), whose career highs featured victories in the G1 Cheveley Park S. and G2 Temple S., and who produced G3 Denny Cordell Lavarack & Lanwades Stud Fillies’ S. victress Aloof (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). Airwave’s ill-fated half-sister is G1 Nunthorpe S. heroine Jwala (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}).

Friday, Newmarket, Britain

DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE S.-G2, 80,000, NEW, 7-14, 2yo, f, 6fT, 1:10.34 (NTR), g/f.

1CLEMMIE (IRE), 126, f, 2, by Galileo (Ire)

1st Dam: Meow (Ire) (SW-Ire & GSP-Eng), by Storm Cat

2nd Dam: Airwave (GB), by Air Express (Ire)

3rd Dam: Kangra Valley (GB), by Indian Ridge (Ire)

O-Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Susan Magnier; B-Liberty Bloodstock (IRE); T-Aidan O’Brien; J-Ryan Moore. 45,368. Lifetime Record: GSW-Ire, 4-2-0-1, $104,564. *Full to Churchill (Ire), Hwt. 2yo Colt-Eur, MG1SW-Eng & Ire, $1,356,089. Werk Nick Rating: B+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.

2Nyaleti (Ire), 126, f, 2, ArchAmerica Nova (Fr), by Verglas (Ire). (40,000gns Ylg ’16 TATOCT). O-3 Batterhams and a Reay; B-SF Bloodstock LLC (IRE); T-Mark Johnston. 17,200.

3Mamba Noire (Fr), 126, f, 2, Wootton Bassett (GB)Baileys Applause (GB), by Royal Applause (GB). (60,000 Ylg ’16 ARAU2). O-Whitehead Family Partnership; B-Pierre Jabot & SARL de Chambure Haras d’Etreham (FR); T-Ken Condon. 8,608.

Margins: 1 3/4, HF, NK. Odds: 1.35, 1.75, 20.00.

Also Ran: Mistress of Venice (GB), Out of the Flames (GB), So Hi Society (Ire), Darkanna (Ire), Cosmopolitan Queen (GB). Scratched: Chica la Habana (Ire). Click for the Racing Post result or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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