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Cardini off the mark for Aidan O’Brien; dam bought for $31,000

Chad with Cardini at Ballydoyle earlier in the year

Well-regarded two-year-old Cardini got off the mark for Aidan O’Brien on Friday when carrying top weight to victory in the premier nursery at the Curragh.

The colt was bred by Lannister Holdings and is the first foal out of Perfect Step, who was bought by Chad Schumer for $31,000 out of Book 6 at the 2015 Keeneland November Sale.

Bought as a yearling by the Coolmore team for 210,000gns through Amanda Skiffington from Kilminfoyle House Stud, Cardini was deemed good enough to take his chance in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot, in which he finished fifth to Arthur Kitt.

He still holds entries in the G1 National and Dewhurst Stakes.

“Cardini will progress I think,” Aidan O’Brien told the Racing Post. “Mentally I think he has just been a bit babyish, he has lots of speed and travels well through his races.”

Perfect Step. Pic: Thorostride

Cardini becomes the first winner outside of Russia for his young sire Magician, who was switched from Kentucky to Coolmore’s Irish arm midway through the past covering season.

His dam, Perfect Step, was smart enough to win a maiden at Newmarket’s Craven meeting for Roger Varian and Clipper Logistics, and is a sister to the Listed-placed Fourth Way.

They are out of dual winner Spiritual Way and closely related to classy miler Forjatt.

Perfect Step has a yearling colt by Karakontie, who was purchased for $60,000 by the Niarchos family’s Flaxman Holdings Ltd at last year’s Keeneland November Sale.

The daughter of Iffraaj also has a filly foal by Flintshire and visited Kitten’s Joy this year.

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