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New stakes win for Madras Check; Alba’s Star also impressive

High-class Japanese filly Madras Check bagged the second stakes race of her career on Wednesday when taking the Listed TCK Jo-O Hai Stakes at Oi.

Madras Check working at Fasig-Tipton in March 2018. Photo: Fasig-Tipton

The Malibu Moon filly, owned by Kazuko Yoshida, was previously successful in the Listed Hosu Stakes on last year’s Japanese Oaks undercard at Tokyo, Japan.

Madras Check was bred in Ontario by Christine Hayden out of Schumer Bloodstock purchase Gloat. She is the first foal out of her dam, a winning Mr Greeley mare from the famous Phipps family of Personal Ensign.

John McCormack paid $500,000 for Madras Check out of the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale. She made a sparkling start to her career when landing a newcomers race on turf at Tokyo in November before making an impressive winning debut on dirt at Nakayama.

Gloat was purchased by the Haydens with Chad Schumer out of the Regis Farms dispersal for $550,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November Sale.

She is a half-sister to the Grade 2-placed Parading and out of the Grade 3-placed On Parade.

Alba’s Star: daughter of $4,000 purchase won by 6 lengths

In turn, that daughter of Storm Cat is a sister to champion Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies heroine Storm Flag Flying and out of the Phipps family’s great mare My Flag, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Coaching Club American Oaks, Gazelle Stakes and Ashland Stakes.

My Flag, of course, was one of three Grade 1 winners produced by the legendary Personal Ensign, whose undefeated 13-race career included wins in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, Whitney Handicap, Shuvee Handicap, Maskette, Frizette and Beldame Stakes (twice).

Gloat’s three-year-old colt by American Pharoah, Cantfightdestiny, sold for $310,000 to Zayat Stables as a yearling.

Monday’s action, meanwhile, featured a hugely impressive 6-length win by Alba’s Star at the second time of asking for Michael Stidham at Fair Grounds.

Co-bred by Lannister Holdings and Godolphin, Alba’s Star is an Elusive Quality daughter of Dinner At Arlene’s – purchased for just $4,000 by Chad Schumer at Keeneland in November in 2015.

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