After encountering a streaky market at the Arqana Deauville yearling sale, Runnymede opted to retain the farm’s French-bred filly by top European sire Invincible Spirit out of Group 1 producer Palace Weekend, by Seattle Dancer.
The bay filly, who is a half sister to Racing Post Trophy (G1) winner Palace Episode, will be trained in France, which will mark the first entrance into French racing by the Runnymede team.
“We’re very happy to keep her,” said Runnymede Vice President and General Manager Martin O’Dowd. “She is a very lovely individual and a very precocious type, so we hope to see her racing early. The French program is so encouraging to owners, with the premium system for French-bred horses, that this is a very exciting time for us and we’re delighted.”
O’Dowd pointed out that the filly is from one of Runnymede’s premier families as her third dam is farm foundation matron Kazadancoa, who coincidentally was a French-bred by Green Dancer. She produced three graded stakes winners and is the granddam of many more, including current Runnymede star Bizzy Caroline.
The filly’s second dam, Royal Run, produced a pair of graded stakes winners—Tejano Run, a millionaire who finished second in the Kentucky Derby (G1), and More Royal, who won the Jersey Derby (G2) as well as the Prix du Haras de la Huderie in France. Both Tejano Run and More Royal went on to be sires.
Additionally, the filly is a half sister to Adventure, Runnymede’s now European-based broodmare who produced Irish Group 2 winner Laughing Lashes, who placed in both the Irish One Thousand Guineas (G1) and the Moyglare Stud Stakes (G1).
Invincible Spirit currently is the third-leading sire in England and Ireland, behind only Galileo and Montjeu, with such outstanding runners as Group 1 winners Mayson and Moonlight Cloud. He also is the sire of French classic winner and young sire Lawman, Australian Group 1 winner Yosei and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Vale of York.