Circles of Gold Family Produces New SW

Tara Madgwick - Tuesday July 27

Australia’s famed Circles of Gold family delivered a new stakes-winner overnight at Goodwood when two year-old colt Angel Bleu won the Group II Vintage Stakes (7f).

Trained by Ralph Beckett and ridden by Frankie Dettori, Angel Bleu was on a quick back up after finishing second in a Listed race at Ascot last Saturday.

He relished the task, ploughing through the soft ground to win by three quarters of a length taking his overall record to three wins from six starts.
 


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“If we hadn’t declared and the field had fallen out like this I’d have felt really, really cross with myself. It’s worked out great. The rain last night, I could hardly believe my luck,” said Ralph Beckett.

“I’m not sure America would suit him, he likes a bit of juice. He’s two out of two on soft ground now so I’d say we’ll think about the Dewhurst (G1).”

Angel Bleu was a 100,000 euro purchase from the Arqana Deauville Yearling Sale and his half-brother will be offered at the Deauville Yearling Sale next month.
 



Angel Bleu is the first winner for placed Galileo mare Cercle De La Vie, a full sister to Champion Older Horse Highland Reel (IRE) (shuttling to Swettenham Stud this spring) and Group I winner Cape of Good Hope as well as Group winners Idaho and Nobel Prize.

His grand-dam Hveger is an Aussie bred Group I placed daughter of blue hen Circles of Gold, who gave us champions Elvstroem and Haradasun.



Angel Bleu is the 74th stakes-winner for Dark Angel, whose Group I winning son Harry Angel (GB)  returns to Darley for this third season this spring at a fee of $16,500.

Harry Angel is the only son of Dark Angel standing in Australia this spring.




 

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