Ivawood Off The Mark With First Winner
The Tim Easterby-trained filly was sent off the short-priced favourite off the back of her promising debut second at Redcar earlier in the month. Once again ridden by David Allan, the bay was the last off the bridle and was ridden out in the final furlong to hold off the fast-finishing Azteca by a neck.
Owned by B Valentine and partner, Iva Go becomes the second winner out of Enliven, who comes from the family of champion mare Aquarelliste (Danehill) and dual Grade 1 winner Artiste Royal (Danehill).
Her sire, Ivawood, also appeals on pedigree, bred out of a winning half-sister to dual group winner Berkshire, while his grand-dam is Group 1 Prix de l’Opera heroine Kinnaird. Top-class filly Laurens and Irish 2,000 Guineas runner-up Shifting Power feature further down the page and there may be more exciting updates to come, with a Galileo yearling half-sister to Ivawood selling for 1,200,000gns last year.
Ivawood himself sold for 220,000gns as a yearling and went on to win the Group 2 July Stakes and Group 2 Richmond Stakes, before being beaten a nostril in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes as a juvenile. He returned as a three-year-old to finish placed in both the Irish and English 2,000 Guineas, both won by Gleneagles (Galileo).
Ivawood stands at Castlehyde Stud at a fee of €5,000 this season.