17 for Australia
New stakes winners
The Chad Brown-trained Counterparty Risk (4 f ex Anklet by Acclamation) followed up her last-start Listed second with a win in the Endeavour Stakes (Gr 3, 8.5f) at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday, becoming Australia’s (Galileo) 17th individual stakes winner. Bred in Ireland and bought from Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale for £325,000 in 2018, the Klaravich Stables-owned Counterparty Risk, who is out of a half-sister to Geelong Cup (Gr 3, 2400m) winner Steel Prince (Nathaniel), justified odds-on favouritism to defeat New York Girl (New Approach) by a length, with Margaret’s Joy (English Channel) another length and a half behind in third. Australia, a three-time Group 1 winner including the 2014 Epsom Derby (Gr 1, 1m 4f), has sired two top-level winners to date in Order Of Australia and Galileo Chrome. He will stand at Coolmore in Ireland for €25,000 (approx. AUD$32,550) in 2021.
The Bill Mott-trained Candy Man Rocket (3 c ex Kenny Lane by Forestry) followed up his last-start maiden success with a comfortable win in the Sam F Davis Stakes (Gr 3, 8.5f) at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday, earning Lane’s End’s stallion Candy Ride (Ride The Rails) his 97th individual stakes winner. Ridden by Junior Alvarado, the three-year-old colt finished a length ahead of stablemate Nova Rags (Union Rags) in second, with Hidden Stash (Constitution) a further neck behind in third. The Argentinian-bred Candy Ride, who has sired 16 elite-level winners, will stand at Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky for USD$75,000 (approx. AUD$97,700) in 2021 as he closes in on a century of stakes winners.
Capitalist (pictured above)
Brilliant Inglis Millennium (RL, 1200m) winner Profiteer (2 c ex Athena Lass by Snitzel), the centre of a recent stallion deal involving Newgate Farm, enhanced his own profile and that of his first season sire Capitalist (Written Tycoon) with his emphatic Randwick performance on Saturday. The victory provided Newgate Farm’s Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winner Capitalist with his first stakes winner, having already had five first-crop, stakes-performed two-year-olds. Capitalist covered 237 mares in 2020, his fourth season at stud, at a fee of $44,000 (inc GST).
The Karl Burke-trained Exalted Angel (5 g ex Hurryupharriet by Camacho) battled well to see off Fizzy Feet (Footstepsinthesand) in the Kachy Stakes (Listed, 6f) at Lingfield on Saturday to book his place at the track’s All-Weather Championships Finals Day on April 2. In doing so, he became the 68th individual stakes winner for Yeomanstown Stud stallion Dark Angel (Acclamation), who will stand for a fee of €60,000 (approx. AUD$94,150) in 2021.
Declaration Of War
Former Coolmore shuttler Declaration Of War (War Front), who now stands in Japan, on Saturday sired his 32nd individual stakes winner when the Matt Cumani-trained Declares War (5 g ex Kristeva by Encosta De Lago) proved successful in the SAJC Birthday Cup (Listed, 2040m) at Morphettville. Ridden by Kayla Crowther, Declares War finished a length and a half ahead of Eperdument (Americain), with Medieval Miss (Camelot) a further head back in second.
Saeed bin Suroor trained the first three home in the Meydan Cup (Listed, 2800m) on Thursday as Dubai Future (5 g ex Anjaz by Street Cry) provided in-form jockey Frankie Dettori with his fifth winner of the Dubai World Cup Carnival and Dubawi (Dubai Millennium) with his 197th individual stakes winner. Darley stallion Dubawi, who is edging closer to his double century of individual stakes winners, will once again stand at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket for a fee of £250,000 (approx. AUD$447,000) this year.
Consistent Tasmanian gelding Newhart (5 g ex Jesting by Commands) added to his growing record with a maiden stakes victory in Sunday’s Thomas Lyons Stakes (Listed, 1400m) at Hobart. The Leanne Gaffney-trained Newhart, who won the Devonport Cup (1880m) at his previous outing, is the second stakes winner for Sun Stud’s late stallion Fighting Sun (Northern Meteor). In upstaging Tasmania’s glamour mare Mystic Journey (Needs Further), who was sent off the $1.20 favourite, Newhart took his career record to 14 starts for seven wins and five placings. There was a three and three-quarter length margin to spare over Mystic Journey, with Blaze Fourth (Court Command) another one and three-quarter lengths away in third. Newhart was a $60,000 purchase by Denise Martin’s Star Thoroughbreds and New Zealand agent Paul Willetts at the 2017 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale from the draft of Fairway Bloodstock.
Mouheeb (3 c ex Shananies Song by Eltish) bested a small-but-select field to take out the UAE 2,000 Guineas (Gr 3, 1600m) under a beautifully timed ride from jockey Ryan Curatolo at Meydan on Thursday, earning Flatter (A P Indy) his 55th individual stakes winner. Mouheeb was narrowly denied in the Guineas Trial (1600m) last month but made no mistake this time for trainer Nicholas Bachalard, running down and overtaking Mashakel (Shamardal) just before the line to win by a neck. Naval Crown (Dubawi) was a further three and three-quarter lengths back in third. Flatter, the sire of four top-level winners, will stand at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky for $35,000 (approx. AUD$45,750) in 2021.
The Charlie Appleby-trained Man Of Promise (4 g ex Involved by Speightstown) trounced his 13 rivals in the Dubai Sprint (Listed, 1200m) at Meydan on Thursday, a race the trainer won with Baccarat (Dutch Art) in 2016 and 2018, earning Into Mischief (Harlan’s Holiday) his 85th individual stakes winner. Ridden by William Buick, Man Of Promise defeated the Frankie Dettori-ridden Final Song (Dark Angel) by three lengths, with Fleeting Prince (No Nay Never) a further one and a quarter lengths back in third. Into Mischief, sire of 2020 Kentucky Derby (Gr 1, 10f) and Breeders’ Cup Classic (Gr 1, 10f) winner Authentic, will stand at Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky for $225,000 (approx. AUD$294,000) in 2021.
The late Jakkalberry (Storming Home) produced his first stakes winner on Friday when Explosive Jack (3 c ex Extra Explosive by Ekraar) took out the Tasmanian Derby (Listed, 2200m) at Hobart. The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Explosive Jack, a $100,000 Karaka Premier Yearling Sale purchase from the Novara Park draft, took his record to three wins from four starts, having won a 1600-metre maiden at Swan Hill and a 2400-metre Benchmark 64 at Kembla Grange prior to Friday’s win.
It was a super Saturday for Medaglia D’Oro (El Prado), who sired his 147th and 148th individual stakes winners courtesy of Risk Taking (3 c ex Run a Risk by Distorted Humor) in the Withers Stakes (Gr 3, 9f) at Aqueduct and Moonlight D’Oro (3 f ex Venetian Sonata by Bernardini) in the Las Virgenes Stakes (Gr 3, 1m) at Santa Anita. Trained by Chad Brown, Risk Taking followed up his last-start maiden win with a devastating performance at Aqueduct, justifying favouritism to defeat Overtook (Curlin) by three and three-quarter lengths. Second favourite Capo Kane (Street Sense) finished five lengths behind the winner in third. At Santa Anita, Moonlight D’Oro also followed a last-start maiden success when landing the Las Virgenes Stakes. Trained by Richard Mandella, the three-year-old filly saw off the Bob Baffert-trained favourite Kalypso (Brody’s Cause) by one and a half lengths, with Moraz (Empire Maker) another one and three-quarter lengths back in third. Medaglia D’Oro, the sire of 26 individual top-level winners, will stand at Jonabell Farm in Kentucky for a stud fee of USD$150,000 (approx. AUD$195,350) in 2021.
Night Of Thunder
The unbeaten Scott Brunton-trained Hela (3 f ex Smooth Return by Redoute’s Choice) landed her maiden stakes success with a dominant display in Sunday’s Strutt Stakes (Listed, 2100m) at Hobart, becoming the 19th stakes winner for Darley’s Night Of Thunder (Dubawi) and the fourth from his sole southern hemisphere crop. A half-sister to last year’s Hobart Cup winner Toorak Affair (Toorak Toff), $1.40 chance Hela defeated Chequerboard (Fastnet Rock) by three and three-quarter lengths, with Mystique Falcon (Pride Of Dubai) a further four lengths back in third. Hela was a $30,000 purchase by Brunton from the Alva Stud draft at the 2019 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale. Night Of Thunder will stand at Kildangan Stud in Ireland for €75,000 (approx. AUD$117,700) in 2021.
Lagom (3 c ex Sugar Shock by Candy Ride) became Orfevre’s (Stay Gold) 13th individual stakes winner when he took out the Kisaragi Sho (Gr 3, 2000m) at Chukyo on Sunday. Lagom finished a narrow second to Wonderful Town (Rulership) in the Kyoto Nisai Stakes (Gr 3, 2000m) on his last start and stepped up from that performance to defeat Yoho Lake (Deep Impact) by a neck, with Land Of Liberty (Deep Impact) another three and a half lengths back in third. Orfevre, best known as the sire of Group 1 winners Epoca D’Oro and Lucky Lilac, stood at Shadai Stallion Station for JPY3,000,000 in 2020.
Belle Fascino (7 m ex Playing For Keeps by Keeper)’s victory in the White Robe Lodge Stakes provided Little Avondale Stud sire Per Incanto (Street Cry) with his 18th individual stakes winner on Saturday. Ridden by Samantha Wynne, the seven-year-old got the better of Ray’s In Command (Raise The Flag) by a half-neck, with a further half-head back to Goodanya (Zacinto) in third. Per Incanto is best known as the sire of Group 1 winners Shadows Cast, Dal Cielo, Santa Monica and Bonham, while Belle Fascino gained just reward for a string of consistent efforts, including a long-neck second in the Timaru Stakes (Listed, 1400m) seven days earlier.
Ex Sport Man (2 g ex Buhn Lert by Oratorio) broke his maiden at the third attempt when taking out the Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic (RL, 1200m) at Pinjarra on Saturday, earning Darling View Thoroughbreds stallion Playing God (Blackfriars) his fourth individual stakes winner. Ex Sport Man is the first named foal out of Buhn Lert (Oratorio) and he was a $40,000 Perth Yearling Sale buy for Commercial Bloodstock Services. Playing God is the sire of 2019 Kingston Town Classic (Gr 1, 1800m) winner Kay Cee and he stands for a stud fee of $13,200.
Raise The Flag
A joint venture between owner-breeder John Phillips and Riccarton trainer Danny Crozier produced a dream result in Saturday’s Dunedin Gold Cup (Listed, 2400m) at Wingatui as Madam De Soir (9 m ex Grace De Soir by Volksraad) secured her first stakes win at her 66th start. The victory was a first stakes winner for Crozier as well as the eighth individual stakes winner for White Robe Lodge resident Raise The Flag (Sadler’s Wells).
Tilianam (2 f ex Spending by Pins) maintained her unbeaten record with an impressive come-from-behind victory in the Lonhro Plate (Listed, 1000m) at Randwick on Saturday, becoming champion New Zealand stallion Savabeel’s (Zabeel) 111th individual stakes winner. Tilianam, who was an NZD$270,000 purchase by Waterhouse and Bott at last year’s New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Yearling Sale, had won her first start at Canberra before defeating Jamaea (Headwater) and Testimonial (Medaglia d’Oro) in the Listed race. Fellow Sydney trainer Mark Newnham bought Tilianam’s brother for NZD$120,000 at last week’s NZB sale.
Great Island (5 m ex Voyage by Rahy) took out the Suwannee River Stakes (Gr 3, 9f) at Gulfstream Park on Saturday to provide the late Scat Daddy (Johannesburg) with his 134th individual stakes winner. The Chad Brown-trained Great Island built on her last-start third at Listed level to justify favouritism at Gulfstream Park, narrowly defeating Drop A Hint (Into Mischief) by a head. Mylastfirstkiss (Flatter) was half a length further behind in third. Scat Daddy, the sire of Justify, Lady Aurelia and Caravaggio amongst a plethora of top-level performers, died as an 11-year-old at Ashford Stud in December 2015.
The Lloyd Kennewell-trained four-year-old mare Ethical Solution (4 m ex Miss Ethics by Count Dubois) brought up a Group 3 win for Rosemont Stud stallion Shamus Award (Snitzel) when taking out the Bow Mistress Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) at Hobart on Sunday. Ethical Solution, a sister to five-time winner Ethical Dilemma, took out the feature fillies and mares race on Hobart Cup Day in dominant fashion to become the tenth individual stakes winner for 2013 Cox Plate (Gr 1, 2040m) victor Shamus Award (Snitzel). Racing in the same colours as her sire, she continued the great run of success for Shamus Award’s progeny, while he stood for $19,800 (inc. GST) at Rosemont Stud last season.
Former Haunui Farm shuttler Showcasing (Oasis Dream) sired his 51st individual stakes winner on Saturday when Magneto (2 c ex Trivial Pursuit by Nom Du Jeu) took out the Woburn Farm 2YO Classic (Gr 3, 1200m) at New Plymouth. Showcasing’s 2021 fee at Whitsbury Manor Stud in England is set at £45,000 (approx. AUD$81,000) and he is the sire of Group 1 winners Advertise, Quiet Reflection and Mohaather, with the latter set to cover his first book at Shadwell Stud this year.
So You Think
The Mike Moroney-trained Poland (3 g ex Sun Song by Desert Sun) won the Autumn Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday to become the 31st stakes winner for Coolmore’s So You Think (High Chaparral). Selected by the trainer’s agent-brother Paul Moroney from the Segenhoe Stud draft at the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, the $170,000 purchase, who was bred by Eric Lucas, has won twice from five starts and has earnings of $159,300 so far. So You Think, meanwhile, covered 260 mares in 2020 at a fee of $38,500 (inc GST).
Darley’s Northwood Park-based US shuttler Street Boss (Street Cry) unearthed his second leading Blue Diamond Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) contender in as many years when his daughter Arcaded (2 f ex Glorette by Lonhro) won the Blue Diamond Prelude (F) (Gr 2, 1100m) at Caulfield on Saturday. The Godolphin-bred and owned, James Cummings-trained filly is Street Boss’ 45th individual stakes winner, joining the likes of Hanseatic and Group 1 scorer The Quarterback as black type winners for the sire. Street Boss covered 98 mares at a service fee of $27,500 (inc GST) in 2020.
The unbeaten Concert Tour (3 c ex Purse Strings by Tapit) made the step up to Graded company with ease in the San Vicente Stakes (Gr 2, 7f) at Santa Anita on Saturday, landing the contest to earn Street Sense (Street Cry) his 77th individual stakes winner. The Bob Baffert-trained colt finished half a length in front of stablemate Freedom Fighter (Violence), while the pair finished well clear of The Chosen Vron (Vronsky), who was another two and three-quarter lengths back in third. Street Sense, the sire of 11 individual top-level winners, will stand at Jonabell Farm for a stud fee of USD$60,000 (approx AUD$78,150) in 2021.
Spine Tingle (3 f ex Myback by Dubawi) stamped her credentials for the New Zealand Oaks (Gr 1, 2400m) at Trentham in March with a stunning victory in the Oaks Prelude (Listed, 1800m) at New Plymouth on Saturday. In doing so, she became the fifth individual stakes winner for Hallmark Stud sire Super Easy (Darci Brahma). Bred and raced by the Hawkins family under their Llanhennock Trust banner, Spine Tingle went into Saturday’s Listed contest as an unheralded $17.60 chance despite a last-start victory over 1400 metres on her home track at Ruakaka. However, she defied her place in the market by streaking to a four-length victory under Lisa Allpress, quickening up nicely to get the better of the well-favoured Providenceprovides (Real Impact) with Ezdara (Sacred Falls) battling on gamely to take third. Spine Tingle joined Prom Queen, Easy Eddie, Super Strike and Sheezallmine as stakes winners for her sire.
To The Glory
Karate (5 h ex Lady No Punch by French Deputy) provided To The Glory (King Kamehameha) with his first stakes winner when taking out the Tokyo Shimbun Hai (Gr 3, 1600m) on Sunday. The Yoshiyasu Takahashi-trained Karate arrived at Tokyo chasing a hat-trick after successive wins at Nakayama and he was made to work hard for his first stakes success after encountering trouble in-running. Karate tracked the leaders for the majority of the straight before running out of room, forcing jockey Akira Sugawara to shift him to the right. Sugawara then surged him through a narrow gap to defeat Catedral (Heart’s Cry) by a head, with Shadow Diva (Heart’s Cry) a length and a quarter further back in third. To The Glory, a three-time Group 2 winner during his race career, has sired 92 winners from 159 runners.
Masteroffoxhounds (4 c ex Outstanding by Galileo) took out the San Marcos Stakes (Gr 2, 10f) at Santa Anita on Saturday to earn Claiborne Farm stallion War Front (Danzig) his 96th individual stakes winner. The winner of two of his previous eight starts, Masteroffoxhounds defeated seven-year-old favourite Acclimate (Acclamation) by one and a quarter lengths, with Starting Over (Liam’s Map) another one and a half lengths back in third. War Front will stand at Claiborne for USD$150,000 (approx. AUD$195,350) in 2021.
The Patrick Payne-trained Double You Tee (6 g ex Kandy Korn by Flying Spur) rewarded favourite backers when taking out Sunday’s Hobart Cup (Gr 3, 2400m). Ridden by Jye McNeil, $2.80 chance Double You Tee defeated Classic Weiwei (Shamus Award) by one and a quarter lengths, with Barade (Havana Gold) half a length further behind in third. The six-year-old gelding, who has now won nine of his 41 starts, was sold by Armidale Stud at the 2016 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale for $115,000 to John Blacker, while the performance earned Written Tycoon (Iglesia) his 42nd individual stakes winner. The veteran stallion stood last season at Arrowfield Stud for a fee of $77,000 (inc GST) and with Woodside Park’s recent announcement of a change in direction with its breeding stock, a decision is now eagerly awaited as to whether he will remain on the leading Hunter Valley nursery’s roster next season.