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Aussie-bred Bounding ready to make another Keeneland mark

The family of Group 1-winning Australian-bred mare Bounding is again set to feature prominently on the opening day of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, which starts on Monday in Kentucky.

Three years ago, a Curlin colt out of Bounding, the Group 1-winning daughter of Lonhro, made major headlines when selling to Godolphin at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale for US$4.1 million (AU$6 million).

On Monday, at the 79th edition of the famous Sale, the colt’s full-sister is set to command significant attention when she is offered through the ring as Hip 158 by Denali Stud on behalf of her breeders, Stonestreet Stables.

Stonestreet paid $1.9 million for Bounding, a winner of the G1 Railway Stakes in New Zealand, when she was offered through the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast in 2016.

It seemed a significant price at the time but has proven a canny investment for the Barbara Banke-backed outfit, with Bounding’s half-brother, the ill-fated Anthony Van Dyck, winning the Derby at Epsom just six months before her first foal was due through the sales ring at Keeneland.

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Hip 158, the filly by Curlin out of Bounding. (Photo: Keeneland)

That performance put the Curlin colt on the radar of global behemoths Godolphin and Coolmore and that battle was only resolved when he sold for a whopping US$4.1 million.

Named Aussie Pride, he hasn’t been able to live up to the expectation that pricetag commanded with his sole win in five starts for trainer William Mott coming in a Keeneland maiden in April.

Bounding’s second foal, the War Front filly Lolloping, who was retained by Stonestreet, is also a winner.

Bounding’s half-sister Achieved will also have a filly on offer on the opening day, in her case by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. The filly, Hip 124, is offered by Taylor Made Sales.

Originally purchased by Heritage Thoroughbreds as a yearling, Achieved, who is by Street Cry, had three starts for Bjorn Baker and one for Brett Cavanough, with no wins before being exported overseas in 2018 by a Newgate-headed syndicate.

Achieved, Bounding and Anthony Van Dyck are all out of Group 3-winning Australian mare Believe’n’succeed.

Hip 124, the filly by American Pharoah out of Achieved. (Photo: Keeneland)

The second day of the 12-day September Sale sees Hip 288, a colt by Justify out of another Australian-bred mare, Thousand Guineas winner Irish Lights, to be offered by Eaton Sales.

Irish Lights, who is owned by Coolmore, has produced the stakes winners Omei Sword and Lipizzaner, who now races as Call Me Teddy in Hong Kong.

The marathon Sale features a total of 13 yearlings out of Australian-bred mares including a colt by Curlin out of Houtzen, who is offered as Hip 1451.

The catalogue also features a total of 56 yearlings by three Japanese-bred sires, Yoshida, Karakontie and Silent Name, and eight by Australian-bred stallion Astern.

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