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High-priced bluebloods set to debut

Some particularly high-priced, well-bred horse flesh is set to grace the racetrack this week, including a pair of horses that will carry some successful silks too.

Oceanity will debut for Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths at Ladbrokes Park on Wednesday, the Snitzel colt having been bought for a cool $1 million at Inglis Easter last year by Griffiths in conjunction with Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock, whose famous fluoro colours will feature in the two-year-old sprint for boys over 1000m.

Oceanity is rated a $7 chance on debut at CrownBet/bet365, while stablemate Robe De Fete is in the same race and is slightly longer, as much as $10 about him at bet365.

A son of broodmare Slice Of Paradise (herself a full-sister to champion Alinghi), Oceanity is a half-brother to Beneteau, who also went for $1m at Inglis Easter back in 2009.

Beneteau's six-start career has been somewhat usurped by his proficiency as a stallion, even despite his tragic death aged 10 back in January 2013.

Beneteau sired 2016 Oaks winner Lasqueti Spirit, as well as recent Group 1-winning mare Prompt Response, plus five other Stakes winners including Ocean Embers and Puritan.

Meanwhile, there is a debut pending for the Tony McEvoy-trained El Estoora, a High Chaparral filly purchased for $800,000 at NZB Premier by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, who has the prominent yellow silks with a blue 'V'.

El Estoora is a full sister to Forever Loved, the Gai Waterhouse-trained mare who won the G2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) in 2014, and was also prominent in the G1 Vinery Stud Stakes (third) and ATC Oaks (fourth) earlier that year.

The progeny of broodmare Diamond Like have often been sought after, a Zabeel colt Zephyron went for $2m at NZB Premier in 2010, while at Karaka this year, Peter Moody put his hand up at $750,000 for a Tavistock filly out of the popular mare. Forever Loved was a $650,000 buy as a yearling herself.

El Estoora is nominated in two 1100-metre races at Echuca on Saturday.
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