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Bright future in Europe for daughter of $3,000 mare

Katie Cruel, a daughter of $3,000 purchase Flame Trees, dented several reputations during the first day of the Irish Turf season at Naas on Sunday when striking in the 6f maiden.

The daughter of Myboycharlie posted an encouraging runner-up effort on debut last November and duly stepped up on that effort for trainer Alan Fleming on Sunday when holding off the Aidan O’Brien-trained Hence – a sister to Alice Springs who cost 2.1 million guineas as a yearling – to score by a cosy half-length.

The Racing Post commented: “She was last off the bridle and looks to have a nice future. To beat a 82-rated rival in the manner she did will give connections plenty of hope that a profitable season lies in store, possibly at stakes level too.”

Katie Cruel is the second foal and winner out of Flame Trees, a Johannesburg half-sister to G1-winning sprinter Soldier’s Tale. Flame Trees was purchased by Chad Schumer for $3,000 at Keeneland in January 2012 with the intention of reselling in Europe and she went on to justify that decision when realising €32,000 that December.

Katie Cruel was bred in France by S C E A Ecurie Biraben.

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