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Regally-bred Roly Poly wins on Naas debut
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 RSS Feeds

Well-bred two-year-old filly Roly Poly made a winning debut in a competitive 5f maiden at Naas on Monday, repelling the late challenge of Gone To Russia (Rock Of Gibraltar) by a short head.

Trained by Aidan O'Brien for Coolmore, Roly Poly is by top Kentucky sire War Front out of four-time Group 1 winner Misty For Me.

Coolmore have sent plenty of mares to War Front and bought his stock at auction, having raced his Group 1-winning sons Air Force Blue, Declaration Of War, Hit It A Bomb and War Command.

Other War Front two-year-olds trained by O'Brien this year include Brave Anna, a sister to Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Hit It A Bomb who was eighth to Roly Poly on Monday, and a half-brother to Excelebration called Lancaster Bomber.

War Front, who stands at Claiborne Farm at a fee of $200,000, has sired ten top-flight winners in total.

Misty For Me won the Moyglare Stud Stakes and Prix Marcel Boussac at two and the Irish 1,000 Guineas and Pretty Polly Stakes at three.

She is a sister to last year's Prix Marcel Boussac winner Ballydoyle and to Musidora Stakes runner-up Twirl, out of Butterfly Cove, an unraced Storm Cat half-sister to champion two-year-old Fasliyev.

Misty For Me's first foal, the Fastnet Rock three-year-old filly Cover Song, has finished unplaced in the US, and the dam also has a yearling colt by War Front.

O'Brien said after Roly Poly's victory: "She was very green and she was just about ready to go racing. She'll progress nicely from that we hope, and she could be a Royal Ascot filly."

Courtesy of Racing Post

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