Stakes winning double by Domesday

Domesday filly Italy notched her sire’s second stakes winner on the weekend with a determined victory in the LR Canberra Guineas (1400m) on Sunday.

The Darley Victoria stallion had sired Heart Starter to a Listed victory in the Lex Piper Stakes (1600m) at Ascot on Saturday.

Italy (3f Domesday – Retail Therapy by Flying Spur) was Group 2-placed in the Magic Night Stakes this time last year and she became the 11th stakes winner for her sire when sweeing down the outside to claim the Canberra Guineas by a nose over Just For Tilda.

“She went through a purple patch as a two year-old but then lost confidence,” Godolphin assistant trainer Darren Beadman said.  “But she’s reinvigorated now and showed a lot of tenacity and fight to win.”

Heart Starter (3g Domesday – Flaming Heart by Salieri) made the progression to stakes company with ease in the Lex Piper Stakes.  He was coming off a Bunbury maiden win and assumed control at Ascot before kicking clear in the straight.

He’s a homebred for Bob Peters and is a half-brother to Saturday’s Flemington stakes winner Real Love.  “I didn’t expect him to lead but he settled nicely,” Peter said.  “Hopefully, he will be able to get a sit over more ground in future.

“Besides Real Love, we also raced their stakes-winning half-sister Suspicion and we have several of their other half-sisters at stud.  It’s important to get these results for the family.”