FIRST DEFENCE STRIKES AGAIN

The offspring of FIRST DEFENCE continue to make their mark in 2013.  This time it was Graded stakes winner Dundonnell that added to his blacktype tally.  Already a Graded stakes winner in 2012, he won the 7 furlong King Charles II Stakes L. at Newmarket on the 18th of May.

See the European Breeders' News account below:

American-breds led the way in both of the feature Listed races on the Newmarket card yesterday.  Dundonnell (FIRST DEFENCE) gained some more black type when he ran out a comfortable winner of the Listed King Charles II Stakes, under a 7lb penalty, for trainer Roger Charlton. Taken along by Music Master (Piccolo), Dundonnell was ridden over two furlongs from home, led inside the final furlong and drew clear by one and three quarter lengths from the long-time leader, with the fast finishing Baltic Knight (Baltic King) a head away in third.

The winner was a Gr.3 winner last year, when taking the Acomb Stakes on his third start, which he followed up with a second in the Gr.2 Champagne Stakes to Toronado (High Chaparral), to whom he was also third last month in the Gr.3 Craven Stakes at this course, when he was not as settled as he was today. He was fourth in the Gr.1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, and he holds entries in the Gr.1 Irish 2,000 Guineas and the Gr.1 St James’s Palace Stakes. Bred by Juddmonte Farms, Dundonnell is out of an unraced full-sister to the Champion Sprinter and Champion Sire Danehill (Danzig), the Gr.2 Arlington Classic winner and sire Eagle Eyed, the Gr.3 Shirley Jones winner Harpia and the Gr.3 Criterion Stakes winner Shibboleth.

Date: 19 May 2013