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Irish Stakes Winner Twirl (IRE) Sells as Hip 366A Today at Keeneland November Sale

November 8, 2017

LEXINGTON, KY (Nov. 8, 2017) – Twirl (IRE), a stakes-winning daughter of leading sire Galileo (IRE) and a full sister to Irish and French highweight Misty For Me (IRE), dam of multiple Group 1 winners Roly Poly and U S Navy Flag, sells as Hip 366A, the final number of today’s Book 1 session of the November Breeding Stock Sale. Consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, Twirl is offered in foal to Curlin. (Click here for a link to Twirl’s feature page on the November Sale microsite.)

“Twirl represents a unique opportunity to purchase a stakes-winning, graded-quality mare by the world’s leading sire, Galileo, from arguably the most prolific current pedigree in the world,” Hill ‘n’ Dale President John G. Sikura said. “Twirl is a full sister to champion Ballydoyle and to Misty For Me, who is the dam this year of three-time Group 1 winner Roly Poly and U S Navy Flag, recent winner of the Group 1 Middle Park and Dewhurst Stakes. Twirl produced a beautiful filly by Tapit in 2017 and is foal to leading sire Curlin. I don’t think there will be another mare presented to auction anywhere with this much quality and current relevance in Group 1 racing. She is a jewel.”

Twirl demonstrated durability during four seasons of racing in Ireland, England and the U.S., winning the Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Hurry Harriet Stakes at Gowran Park and placing second in the Lodge Park Stud E.B.F. Park Express (G3) at the Curragh and Tattersalls Musidora (G3) at York.  

Out of the Storm Cat mare Butterfly Cove, a half-sister to European champion juvenile Fasliyev, Twirl comes from an active family represented by recent multiple Group 1 winners Roly Poly and U S Navy Flag. She is a full sister to their dam, Misty For Me, a highweight and Group 1 winner in Ireland and France who also finished third in the 2011 Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) at Churchill Downs.

Roly Poly, a 3-year-old filly by War Front, is a three-time Group 1 winner this year, taking the Tattersalls Falmouth (G1) at Newmarket and Prix Rothschild (G1) at Deauville, both in July, followed by the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot (G1) on Oct. 7 at Newmarket. Her 2-year-old full brother, U S Navy Flag, captured the Juddmonte Middle Park (G1) on Sept. 30 and set a course record when he won the Darley Dewhurst (G1) on Oct. 14, both at Newmarket.

Misty For Me also produced Cover Song, winner of the 2016 Autumn Miss (G3) at Santa Anita.

Twirl also is a full sister to French highweight and Total Prix Marcel Boussac-Criterium des Pouliches (G1) winner Ballydoyle.