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NH-Bred Filly Set For Debut Today
You would be hard pressed finding a better bred racehorse competing anywhere in Australia today, and possibly this week, than beautifully bred 3YO filly My Sanctuary who is set to make her debut in a 3YO maiden plate (1300m) at Bendigo. Trained by Darren Weir for prominent owner Paul Fudge of Waratah Thoroughbreds, the UK-bred My Sanctuary is by outstanding British sire Oasis Dream out of champion European mare Albanova. Fudge purchased My Sanctuary for 450,000 guineas at the 2012 Tattersalls December Foal Sale from the draft of Newmarket-based St Simon Stud (part of Lanwades Stud). Crowned German Horse of the Year in 2004, the outstanding Albanova (Alzao- Alouette, by Darshaan) won 7 of her 11 starts including three at Gr1 level in the Deutschland Preis, Rheinland Pokal der Stadtsparkasse, and the Preis von Europa. Albanova is a sister to dual Gr1 Champion Stakes winner and Champion 3YO Irish Filly Alborada, and a three-quarter-sister to dual Gr2 winning mare Last Second (Alzao), dam of dual Gr1-winning former Coolmore shuttler Aussie Rules (Danehill). My Sanctuary is actually a direct descendant of one of the most important broodmares of the 20th Century in Mumtaz Mahal. One of the Aga Khan's foundation mares, Mumtaz Mahal's influence on the thoroughbred breed has been tremendous with some of her most notable descendants including Mahmoud, Nasrullah, Royal Charger, Abernant, Petite Etoile, and Shergar.