16/05 FOUR SINS wins Gr.3 in Ireland

FOUR SINS (Sinndar - Four Roses), owned by H H Aga Khan, trained by John oXx and ridden by Mick Kinane won the Blue Wind Stakes, Gr.3 in very good style. FOUR SINS was bred by Graf und Grafin Stauffenberg and raised at their Schlossgut Itlingen. The filly was sold as a yearling to H H Aga Khan at the Goffs Million Sale, where she was consigned by Abbeville & Meadowcourt Studs.

Comments in the Racing Post:
A solid renewal of this Group 3 that attracted four previous stakes winners and several promising and unexposed sorts. Among that latter category was FOUR SINS, who confirmed the promise of her second to Arch Swing in a 7f Group 3 at Leopardstown last month with a decisive victory.
Trainer John Oxx felt that the softening of the ground could have dealt Four Sins´ chances a severe blow but she brushed aside those concerns. After challenging for the lead early in the straight, she went to the front under two furlongs out and stayed on strongly in the closing stages to record a clear cut success.
A step up to 1m4f won´t present the winner with any problems and she looks well worth a shot at the top middle-distance three-year-old fillies. However, John Oxx stressed that she was far from a definite starter at Epsom and that she might not be a filly for that track. Nonetheless the Oaks was not totally ruled out and connections will make a decision on her participation there closer to the time. Wherever she goes she should command the utmost respect and already appeals as the type to run a big race in the Irish Oaks.

Comments in the EBN:
The John Oxx-trained FOUR SINS continued her sire Sinndar’s great run with a decisive two and a half length win in yesterday evening’s Gr.3 Blue Wind Stakes at Naas. She finished a short head second to stablemate and subsequent 1,000 Guineas runner-up Arch Swing (Arch) on her seasonal debut in a Leopardstown Gr.3 last month and is likely to have an Oaks on her agenda now, although it is yet to be decided which one. Four Sins was bred by Graf und Grafin von Stauffenberg at Schlossgut Itlingen and was the first yearling purchased at public auction by the Aga Khan since the legendary Blushing Groom.
FOUR SINS delivered on the promise of her second to Arch Swing at Leopardstown last month to record a resounding victory. She improved to take charge with less than two furlongs to run and stayed on well in the closing stages to win with something to spare. Connections have yet to decide whether she will take her chance in the Oaks but the Irish equivalent is firmly on the agenda.
FOUR SINS is the only winner out of the unraced
Darshaan mare Four Roses, who is a half-sister to the Gr.3 Rockfel Stakes heroine Germane (Distant Relative; dam of the multiple Listed-placed Granted) and the dual German Stakes winner Fabriano. They are among ten winners produced by Fraulein Tobin, whose siblings include the multiple American Gr.2 victor and Gr.1 Hong Kong Cup runner-up Running Stag, the Prix de Pontarme scorer Blackwater and the Scandinavian Stakes hero Bergenia. The other Stakes performers in the immediate family are headed by the Gr.2 Ernst & Young Euro Cup victor Fruhlingssturm. ..., Four Roses has an extremely interesting pedigree. Sinnda´ dam Sinntara is closely related to Four Roses´ sire Darshaan: each are by sons of Mill Reef, while Darshaan’s dam Delsy is by Abdos out of a great-granddaughter of Tourzima and Sinntara’s grandam Stoyana is by Abdos out of a daughter of Tourzima. Moreover, Four Roses´dam Fraulein Tobin is by a son of Mill Reef´s sire Never Bend out of a granddaughter of Abdos’ three parts-sister Dalama. Completing the intricate pattern of sex-balanced inbreeding, Tourzima is herself a three parts-sister to Never Bend´s damsire Djeddah. Highlighting the potency of the cross, Sinndar has also sired the 2005 Irish Oaks heroine Shawanda from a daughter of Darshaan.

The painting by Manfred Busemmann shows Fraulein Tobin (top left) and her daughters Four Roses (middle right) and Firedance (bottom left)