(Edited Tattersalls press release)
The only yearling in the world by the ill–fated European champion George Washington is scheduled to be offered in Book 1 of the Tattersalls October yearling sale Oct. 6-8 in England.
The bay filly, foaled last year on Feb. 4, is out of the 18-year-old Rainbow Quest mare Flawlessly and will be consigned by Gerry and Patricia Burke's Glidawn Stud. The filly is a half-sister to the French group III winner Ombre Legere (by Double Bed), who is the dam of 2009 Japanese group III winner Germina, who finished third in the Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks, Jpn-I) and Oka Sho (Japanese One Thousand Guineas, Jpn-I). The filly also is a half-sister to grade I-placed Flawly (by Old Vic), who is the dam of 2006 group III winner and Prix du Jockey Club Mitsubishi Motors (French Derby, Fr-I) runner-up Best Name.
A son of Danehill, George Washington captured the Stan James Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Eng-I) in 2006. He also won the Laing O’Rourke National Stakes (Ire-I), the Independent Waterford Wedgwood Phoenix Stakes (Ire-I), and the Anheuser-Busch Adventure Parks Railway Stakes (Ire-II) in 2005.
Bred by Lael Stables in Ireland and owned by Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith, George Washington broke down during the 2007 Breeders Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) and was euthanized.
“She is an outstanding physical specimen and of course she is unique,” said Tattersalls chairman Edmond Mahony of the George Washington filly. “It is wonderfully appropriate that she will be sold at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October yearling sale as her father. George Washington, was the 1,150,000 guineas sale topper at the first October Book 1 in 2004 and we also have George Washington’s three parts brother by Danehill Dancer in the sale.”
Azienda Agricola Loreto Luciani bred the George Washington filly in Ireland. Gerry Burke purchased her for 280,000 euros from the Irish National Stud's consignment at last year's Goffs November foal sale in Ireland. She was the highest-priced weanling sold in Ireland in 2008.