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New Mare Gains Group 1 Credential


     Wendy Vaala, a broodmare from an impeccable female family recently acquired in a private transaction, became the granddam of a Group 1 winner when Que Fenomeno won the Grande Premio J Adhemar de Almeida Prado (G1) at Cidade Jardim in Brazil on June 26.
     A two-year-old colt by Northern Afleet, Que Fenomeno already had won the five-furlong Presidente Herculano de Freitas stakes on turf in February. The bay owned by Stud Farda Amiga captured the Prado, a 1,600-meter event on dirt, by 1 ¼ lengths in 1:35.79.Wendy Vaala and her Invasor filly on the day they arrived at Runnymede (Michele MacDonald/Full Stride photo)
     Que Fenomeno was produced by Wendy Vaala’s young unraced daughter by Gone West, Princesa Do Oeste, who also is the dam of winner Principe Do Oeste, a colt by Leroidesanimaux.
     Runnymede purchased Wendy Vaala and her outstanding 2011 filly by Horse of the Year Invasor about two weeks prior to Que Fenomeno’s victory. Another filly out of Wendy Vaala, the three-year-old Carrignavar, by Tale of the Cat, is a stakes-placed winner in England.
    “She is a beautifully conformed mare with a kind temperament,” said Runnymede General Manager Martin O’Dowd of Wendy Vaala, who is a striking strawberry roan. “And we also look forward to her Invasor filly being a part of the Runnymede broodmare band for many years to come.”
     By Dayjur and out of Balidaress, by Balidar, Wendy Vaala is a half sister to three Group 1 winners: Park Appeal, Alydaress and Desirable. Park Appeal reigned as English and Irish champion juvenile filly after winning the Moyglare Stud Stakes (G1) and the Cheveley Park Stakes (G1).
     Wendy Vaala’s immediate family is rich with influential sires. Among the many stars produced by Park Appeal is Cape Cross, a Group 1 winner and English highweight who has left a permanent mark on the breed as the sire of remarkable champions Sea The Stars and Ouija Board.
    Park Appeal produced three other stakes winners as well as the dam of Iffraaj, a multiple Group 2 winner who set a record last year for European freshman sires with 38 winners from his first crop. Another of Park Appeal’s daughters produced European champion sprinter and international sire Diktat.
     Wendy Vaala’s half sister Alydaress, by Alydar, won the Irish Oaks (G1) and was highweighted in Ireland at three. In addition to Group 3 winner Allurement, Alydaress produced the dam of group winner and sire Layman.
    Desirable, another half sister to Wendy Vaala, won the Cheveley Park Stakes and finished third in the classic One Thousand Guineas (G1) the following season before becoming an influential producer for Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum’s international Shadwell empire. Her daughter Shadayid earned honors as English champion juvenile filly and European highweight and won the One Thousand Guineas.
     Another half sister to Wendy Vaala, Balistroika, produced European champion three-year-old filly Russian Rhythm, winner of four Group 1 races including the One Thousand Guineas.
     Yet another half sister, Salidar, produced multiple Group 3 winner Bin Ajwaad, who was second in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains (French Two Thousand Guineas) (G1) before going on to reign as a leading sire in Turkey.