The fledgling careers of Argentero and Great Page have followed markedly similar paths to date. Both won of debut in April and subsequently finished second on their next starts before each becoming the first stakes winner for their first-season sires on Monday.
Argentero, a son of Coolmore’s Zoffany, always looked to have the measure of Godophin’s odds-on favourite Birchwood in the Listed Coolmore War Command Rochestown Stakes at Naas and he asserted his authority within the final half-furlong to win by two lengths from the closing Galway Bay.
Bred in Britain by Maywood Stud, the Ger Lyons-trained colt is out of the Pivotal mare Frabjous and fetched 30,000gns as a foal before being reoffered as a yearling for £50,000 at the DBS Premier Sale. He will step up into Group company for his next start with the Group 2 Railway Stakes at the Curragh his likely target.
Zoffany currently heads the freshman sires’ championship for Britain and Ireland with three winners from 13 runners. His stud-mate Canford Cliffs has sired four individual winners but is behind on prize-money.
The following race on a wet and windy day at Naas was the Coolmore EBF Fillies’ Sprint Stakes which was taken in fine style by Roderic O’Connor’s daughter Great Page, who led home Special Focus by three lengths after racing professionally throughout the testing conditions.
Trained by Richard Hannon, she is a graduate of Knockainey Stud and was a €35,000 yearling at the Tattersalls Ireland September Sale. Her dam, Areeda, is a seven-furlong winner by Refuse To Bend.
Roderic O’Connor stands at Ballyhane Stud, which is also represented by first-season sire Frozen Power, the sire of two winners to date.