Every week, Timeform’s John Ingles looks at the pedigree of a victorious newcomer with the potential to make some Black Type.
Salisbury’s Quidhampton Maiden Fillies’ Stakes is a valuable race of its kind, the final renewal worth over £ 12,000 to the winner, and was won in 2018 by Manuela de Vega who finished fourth in the Oaks and won the Lancashire Oaks by four for Ralph Beckett.
The same stable won the last edition of the seven horse competition with another filly, which will be bred for medium distances in due course. That makes the winning debut of GOOD AMERICAN (Tense rating 84p) all the more promising, and she had to overcome inexperience on her way to defeat some rivals who had already run.
The good American made the running before going green when attacked from two furlongs, but resumed when the penny fell well within the last furlongs and ended up winning a length ahead of Aunt Bethany who did hers Debut at Yarmouth was third.
Good American was the only daughter of US three-time crown winner American Pharoah, who was auctioned off as a yearling in Great Britain last season and fetched 125,000 guineas in Tattersalls. She is out of her father’s third year and out of relatively few runners in the UK, Pista is his best-rated winner to date on this side of the Atlantic, winning the Park Hill Stakes for Joseph O’Brien last season.
Good American is the first foal of her mother Parveneh, who was a smart filly in Germany and received a timeform score of 111 out of three. She won twice in the model company this season, including a group 2 competition in Baden-Baden over a mile and a half.
Grandam College Fund Girl was also a mile and a half winner in humble company (an all-weather girl in Lingfield), but she had a few more notable siblings among the nine winners from her useful mother Pearl Kite, who was placed in the Ribblesdale Stakes and March Stakes. Among them were Nayyir and Highest, the runner-up of the Sussex and St. Leger stakes, respectively.
Manuela de Vega won the Listed Silver Tankard Stakes in Pontefract when she was two years old. So it will be interesting to see if their trainer plans a similar route with Good American.
- Newmarket winner Hafit became the newest Pedigree Focus horse to take second place in the Listed Ascendant Stakes in Haydock on Saturday in Haydock.