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Signora strikes with her first runner.

Signora strikes with her first runner.

Dual Group Two winner Signora Cabello’s broodmare career got off to the perfect start, with her first runner winning on her debut at Dundalk last Friday (24th November).

Not only was Galileo filly Madam Celeste her first progeny to hit the track, but she was also the Royal Ascot winner’s first foal on the ground. The result will bolster the confidence of her owners, Phoenix Thoroughbreds, who have always had high hopes she’d make a leading broodmare.

Signora Cabello, an early flag bearer for the Dubai-based group, landed the Queen Mary Stakes and the Prix Robert Papin before finding just Pretty Pollyanna too good in the Group One Prix Morny. Reflecting their belief in her chances of producing a good foal, Phoenix booked her in for a meeting with Galileo for her first mating, a decision that is paying off already. The resulting filly was sold to Newtown Anner Stud for €750,000 at the Goffs Orby Sale and wasted no time enhancing her dam’s reputation.

Always in contention in the mile filly’s maiden, Madam Celeste put in her challenge as the field entered the home straight. Still looking a little inexperienced, she showed her class late on to win with a bit to spare for trainer Ger Lyons under jockey Colin Keane.

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“Ger (Lyons) is adamant to get these two-year-olds out for a run before he puts them away, so they know their job for next year,” explained assistant trainer Shane Lyons post-race. “The penny was only dropping at the backend of the turf season. Obviously, she is a Galileo and is telling us that she wants nice ground and this is the first mile race that has come up for fillies, so we had to grab it with two hands.

“Win, lose or draw, she was going for a good break after tonight. We are delighted to tick the box and she will have a good break. She will come back mid-spring onwards hopefully for a nice campaign.

“She is entered in the Irish Oaks and she has the breeding for a mile and a-half, She has got that out of the way and I’d say she is a mile and a-quarter filly and she’ll tell us what she wants to do then.

“She showed a bit of class – Colin (Keane) loved her the way she jumped. She was very, very green, but he said he was always confident that she was going to win because she was giving him that willing feeling.

“We brought her here early and put her in the parade ring and brought her onto the track, and the penny drops very quickly. When she came into the parade ring for the real deal, she knew what she was there for. She’s a quick learner.”

Phoenix Thoroughbreds hope that Signora Cabello’s influence can spread across the Atlantic. The owner breeders have kept hold of her 2023 filly foal by Wootton Bassett, who is set for a career in the USA.