Stallion Watch

18 for Dynasty

New Group / Grade 1 winners

Dynasty – The consistent Desert Miracle (4 f ex Welwitschia by Oasis Dream) got the better of odds-on favourite Captain’s Ransom (Captain Al) to bag the Majorca Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) at Kenilworth and in the process became the 18th individual elite-level winner for Dynasty (Fort Wood). Trained by Mike de Kock, the four-year-old crossed the line a length and a quarter in front of the runner up to register her fifth win in 14 starts, having only finished outside the first three on one occasion. Golden Hostess (Gold Standard) finished third, another length and a quarter away. Desert Miracle is one of four foals to race, all winners, out of the dual Group 2-winning mare Welwitschia (Oasis Dream). Dynasty, who has now had 704 starters, died in 2019 at the age of 19.

Gimmethegreenlight – Gimmethegreenlight (More Than Ready) sired his fifth individual elite-level winner when Gimme A Prince (4 c ex Real Princess by Trippi) justified his position at the head of the market with a win in the Cape Flying Championship (Gr 1, 1000m) at Kenilworth. Trained by Dean Kannemeyer, the four-year-old was winning for the fifth time in seven starts as he made his stakes breakthrough with a neck beating of Rio Querari (Querari). Isivunguvungu (What A Winter) filled third spot, another length and a quarter away. Gimme A Prince is the first foal out of Group 1 winner Real Princess (Trippi). Gimmethegreenlight , who has now had 565 starters, stands at Varsfontein Stud for a fee of R35,000 (approx. AU$2,865).

Into Mischief – Atone (6 g ex Captivating Lass by A.P. Indy) had little difficulty in making the step back up in grade when he won going away in Saturday’s Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational Stakes (Gr 1, 9f) at Gulfstream Park to become the 14th individual elite-level scorer for Into Mischief (Harlan’s Holiday). The Mike Maker-trained six-year-old won for the seventh time in 23 starts as he beat Ivar (Agnes Gold) by three-quarters of a length. Speaking Scout (Mr Speaker) finished third, a further length and a half away. A US$130,000 buy out of a horses in training sale at Fasig-Tipton in 2021, Atone is the third foal out of the Graded-placed winning mare Captivating Lass (A.P. Indy). Into Mischief, who has now had 1148 starters, stands at Spendthrift Farm for a fee of US$250,000 (approx AU$351,915).

Zacinto – He’s A Doozy (5 g ex The Dewdrop by O’Reilly) became the second elite-level winner for Zacinto (Dansili) from 218 starters when he ploughed through the heavy underfoot conditions at Trentham to take out the Thorndon Mile (Gr 1, 1600m). Trained by Lisa Latta, the five-year-old moved his personal tally on to eight wins from 22 starts as he beat favourite Sharp ‘N’ Smart (Redwood) by three-quarters of a length, under Kozzi Asano. Lightning Jack (Per Incanto) finished third, a further length and a quarter away. Raced by a 15-strong group, He’s A Doozy was bred by the Dennis brothers in Southland, out of their O’Reilly (Last Tycoon) mare The Dewdrop, herself the winner of four races. Purchased by Latta for $70,000 out of the Phoenix Park draft during the Book 1 sale at Karaka in 2019, He’s A Doozy has now won more than $477,000 in prize-money.

New stakes winners

Blame – Claiborne Farm’s Blame (Arch) sired his 43rd individual stakes winner when Wet Paint (3 f ex Sky Painter by Street Cry) ran out a comfortable winner of the Martha Washington Stakes (Listed, 8.5f) at Oaklawn. Trained by Brad Cox, the filly was winning for the second time in four starts as she beat Taxed (Collected) by two lengths. Favourite Defining Purpose (Cross Traffic) was a further three-quarters of a length away in third. Owned and bred by Godolphin, Wet Paint is the only foal to race out of the Grade 3-placed Street Cry (Machiavellian) mare Sky Painter. Blame, who has now had 523 starters, stands for a fee of US$25,000 (approx. AU$35,190).

Curlin – Curlin (Smart Strike) edged closer to his century of individual stakes winners when Scarlet Fusion (5 h ex Scarlet Tango by French Deputy) landed the John B Connally Turf Cup (Gr 3, 12f) at Sam Houston to take the total to 93. The Joe Sharp-trained five-year-old built on his third in Listed company on his previous start as he beat Another Mystery (Temple City) by three-quarters of a length. Favourite Spooky Channel (English Channel) was another neck away in third. Purchased last year by Carl Moore and Brad Grady for $110,000 from the Eaton Sales consignment to the Keeneland April Horses of Racing Age Sale, Scarlet Fusion is out of the stakes-placed mare Scarlet Tango (French Deputy). The dam has 11 winners from 12 foals to race, including Grade 1 winner Visionaire (Vision D’Etat). Curlin, who has now had 875 starters, stands at Hill ‘N Dale Farms for a fee of US$225,000 (approx. AU$317,380).

Dundeel – Dunkel (3 g ex Kudamm by Cape Cross) provided Dundeel (High Chaparral) with his 20th individual stakes winner from 386 starters, when he kept his winning run going in the Launceston Guineas (Listed, 2100m). Trained by Patrick Payne, the gelding won for the third successive time, his fourth in five starts to date, when beating Soul Choice (Redoute’s Choice) by a neck. The front two pulled more than five lengths clear of the remainder, who were led home by Happy Clan (Ilovethiscity). Bred by Pencarrow Thoroughbreds, Dunkel was a $40,000 Karaka yearling purchase for Steven Ramsay and made $100,000 when offered by Ohukia Lodge at the 2021 NZB Ready To Run Sale. He is one of five winners from as many to race from the stakes-placed Cape Cross (Green Desert) mare Kudamm, who missed to Ocean Park (Thorn Park) in 2020 and Epaulette (Commands) in 2021. Dundeel stands for a fee of $66,000 (inc GST).

Justify (pictured above) – Coolmore shuttle stallion Justify (Scat Daddy) claimed his maiden Australian stakes winner, to add to six in the US and Europe, when Learning To Fly (2 f ex Ennis Hill by Fastnet Rock) took out the Widden Stakes (Gr 3, 1100m) at Rosehill. The Annabel Neasham-trained filly held off all to win by half a length from Steel City (Merchant Navy), with Mumbai Muse (Zoustar) making a late surge to claim third in a photo. A $900,000 Inglis Easter yearling purchase for Kia Ora Stud, Learning To Fly is out of two-year-old Group 3 winner Ennis Hill (Fastnet Rock), herself bred by Coolmore being out of their Reisling Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) winner Hips Don’t Lie (Stravinsky), who also produced the Listed winner and Coolmore stallion Acrobat (Fastnet Rock). Ennis Hill has a yearling Pierro (Lonhro) filly who is consigned as Lot 117 for the Inglis Easter yearling sale in March, as well as a filly foal by I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit). She was covered by Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) last year. Justify, who won has now had 82 starters, stands at Coolmore America’s Ashford Stud for US$100,000 (approx. AU$141,000).

King’s Troop – All The King’s Men (3 g ex Huette by Demerit) provided King’s Troop with a first stakes winner when landing the Breeders’ Classic (Listed, 1400m) at Pinjarra. Trained by Trevor Andrews, the three-year-old just edged out Feels Playful (Playing God) in a tight finish with Gage Roads (Gold Standard) filling third place. All The King’s Men was the final lot of the 2021 Perth Magic Millions Yearling Sale, and was a $45,000 purchase for his trainer from the Taunton Vale draft. From the second crop of Snitzel’s three-quarter brother King’s Troop, All The King’s Men is the first foal of the Demerit (Lonhro) mare Huette, herself a sister to Gimcrack Stakes (Gr 3, 1100m) winner Kiss Bang Love. Huette had just two named foals before being retired, including a two-year-old brother to All The King’s Men named Kings Salute. King’s Troop, who has now had 20 starters, stands at Oakland Park Stud for a fee of $4,400 (inc GST).

Lancaster Bomber – Royal Ascot runner-up Lancaster Bomber (War Front) broke new ground when Rascova (2 f ex Netsuke by Western Winter) got the better of her more fancied rivals in Kenilworth’s Cape Town Juvenile Stakes (Listed, 1100m) to provide him with a first stakes winner. The Glen Kotzen-trained filly was winning for the second time in three starts as she beat Distant Winter (What A Winter) by a length and a quarter. Golden Tatjana (Erupt) finished a further half a length away in third. Rascova is one of four named foals, all winners, out of the winning mare Netsuke (Western Winter), who herself is a half-sister to the Group 2 winner MIke’s Choice (Tamburlaine). Lancaster Bomber, who has now had eight starters, died in 2021 at the age of seven.

Lemon Drop Kid – The ultra consistent Lemon Pop (5 h ex Unreachable by Giant’s Causeway) kept on well to land the Negishi Stakes (Gr 3, 1400m) at Tokyo and in the process became the 106th individual stakes winner for Lemon Drop Kid (Kingmambo). Trained by Hiroyasu Tanaka, the five-year-old, who has never finished outside the front two in ten starts, beat Gilded Mirror (Orfevre) by a half a length with Battle Cry (Isla Bonita) a further three-quarters of a length away in third. Lemon Pop is the fourth foal out of Unreachable (Giant’s Causeway) who herself is a half-sister to the US stakes-placed winner First Word (Chester House). Lemon Drop Kid, who has now had 1332 starters, was pensioned from stallion duties in 2021 at the age of 25.

Medaglia D’Oro – The highly tried Endorsed (7 h ex Dance Card by Tapit) continued his renaissance when he landed the Fed W Hopper Stakes (Gr 3, 8f) at Gulfstream to provide Medaglia D’Oro (El Prado) with his 168th individual stakes winner. Trained by Mike Maker, the seven-year-old was winning for the sixth time in 33 starts as he beat Octane (Brethren) by two and three-quarter lengths. Dean Delivers (Cajun Breeze) was just a nose further away in third. Endorsed is the second foal out of the Grade 1-winning mare Dance Card (Tapit). Medaglia D’Oro, who has now had 1703 starters, stands at Darley’s Kentucky base for a fee of US$100,000 (approx. AU$140,765).

Power – Phelan The Power (5 g ex Layla Rose by O’Reilly) became the 25th individual stakes winner from 507 starters for Power (Oasis Dream) when striking in the Timaru Stakes (Listed, 1400m) at Riccarton. The Mark Jones-trained gelding edged out runner-up Live Drama (Ghibellines) by a nose, with a gap of a length back to Perfect Scenario (Iffraaj) in third. Power stands at Oaklands Stud in Queensland for a fee of $13,200 (inc GST).

Russian Revolution – Gai Waterhouse’s long wait for a Blue Diamond Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) victory may soon come to an end after The Instructor (2 c ex Right Of Way by Denman) remained unbeaten with a dominant performance in the Blue Diamond Preview (C&G) (Listed, 1000m) at Sandown-Hillside. Providing Newgate Farm stallion Russian Revolution (Snitzel) with a fourth individual stakes winner, the colt was sent off a $2.15 favourite for the 1000-metre contest and made all at a good tempo, staying on strongly in the closing stages to beat Corniche (Fastnet Rock) by one and a quarter lengths with a further half-length back to Scorsese (Written By) in third. Out of the Denman (Lonhro) mare Right Of Way, The Instructor is a half-brother to winner Pentito (Spill The Beans). Russian Revolution (Snitzel) sired his fifth individual stakes winner from 117 starters when the Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Red Resistance (2 c ex Heatherly by Lonhro) recorded a debut win in the Canonbury Stakes (Gr 3, 1100m) at Rosehill. The colt held off a strong challenge from favourite King’s Gambit (I Am Invincible), with Shinzo (Snitzel) placing third in a promising debut.  A homebred for Sir Owen Glenn’s Go Bloodstock operation, Red Resistance is out of the Group 2-winning and Group 1-placed mare Heatherly (Lonhro), who ran second to Russian Revolution in the McEwen Stakes (Gr 2, 1000m) in 2017. Red Resistance is the third foal from the mare, who was a $1.6 million buy for Go Bloodstock in conjunction with Paul Moroney, at the 2018 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale. The mare has a colt by I Am Invincible and a colt foal by Capitalist (Written Tycoon), before being covered by Snitzel. Russian Revolution stands for a fee of $71,500 (inc GST).

Savabeel – Eight-time champion New Zealand sire Savabeel (Zabeel) earned his 130th stakes winner, when the Stephen Marsh-trained Mazzolino (3 f ex Posy by No Excuse Needed) won the Desert Gold Stakes (Gr 3, 1600m) at Trentham.  The filly, who won the Group 3 contest by a length and a quarter from Pennyweka (Satono Aladdin), is the fifth foal out of winning mare Posy (No Excuse Needed), with Waikato Stud continuing a long tradition of racing their highly credentialed fillies. Waikato Stud not only bred Mazzolino’s dam, Posy, but also her granddam, Spring (O’Reilly), who produced the Group 1-winning filly Daffodil (No Excuse Needed). Savabeel, who has now had 1196 starters, stands for a private fee.

Sea The Stars – Chalk Stream (4 g ex Golden Stream by Sadler’s Wells) provided Aga Khan Studs stallion Sea The Stars (Cape Cross) with a 104th individual stakes winner from 834 starters when registering a comfortable victory in the Australia Day Cup (Listed, 2400m) at Warwick Farm. Sent off a $21 chance in the market for Chris Waller, the four-year-old gelding stayed on strongly in the closing stages to pull three lengths clear of favourite Spirit Ridge (Nathaniel) with a further head back to Military Mission (Mastercraftsman) in third. Out of the Listed-winning and Group 3-placed Sadler’s Wells (Northern Dancer) mare Golden Stream, Chalk Stream is a full-brother to Solario Stakes (Gr 3, 7f) winner Reach For The Moon and half-brother to winner Invictus Prince (Dansili), who finished a two-length second behind champion mare Winx (Street Cry) in the 2018 renewal of the Winx Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m). Sea The Stars stands at Gilltown Stud for a fee of €180,000 (approx. AU$275,960).

Spirit Of Boom – De Sonic Boom (2 f ex Demasheen ex Fastnet Rock) provided Eureka Stud stallion Spirit Of Boom (Sequalo) with his 20th individual stakes winner from 450 starters when he posted a winning debut in the Blue Diamond Preview (F) (Gr 3, 1000m) at Sandown-Hillside. The Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained filly jumped slowly from the gates but made progress approaching the 300-metre mark and ran on strongly to grab Zousuko (Zoustar) by three-quarters of a length at the line. Sensical (Zoustar) finished third, beaten a length by the winner. Out of the winning Fastnet Rock (Danehill) mare Demasheen, De Sonic Boom is a half-sister to Listed scorer Laverrod (Toronado) among others. She was a $300,000 Inglis Premier buy for James Bester from the Supreme Thoroughbreds draft. Spirit Of Boom stands for a fee of $33,000 (inc GST).

Starspangledbanner – Star Patrol (4 g ex It’s One by O’Reilly) provided Coolmore Stud’s former shuttler Starspangledbanner (Choisir) with a 27th individual stakes winner from 503 starters when running out a ready first-up winner of the WJ Adams Stakes (Listed, 1000m) at Sandown-Hillside. The Clinton McDonald-trained four-year-old sat in third throughout most of the contest and produced a decisive turn of foot inside the final 300 metres to take over from long-time leader Yulong Command (Written Tycoon), who finished fifth, and hold off the late challenge of On The Lead (I Am Invincible) by one and a quarter lengths. Dragonstone (Mikki Isle) finished a further half-length behind in third place. Star Patrol is the only winner from two to race out of the winning O’Reilly (Last Tycoon) mare It’s One, who was covered by Doubtland (Not A Single Doubt) last spring. Starspangledbanner stands at Castlehyde Stud for a fee of €50,000 (approx. AU$76,730).

Tapit – Tapit (Pulpit) sired his 158th individual stakes winner when Personal Best (4 f ex War Flag by War Front) justified favouritism with a win in Gulfstream’s La Prevoyante Stakes (Gr 3, 12f). Carrying the colours of owner/breeder Joseph Allen, the Shug McGaughey-trained filly beat Transient (Sea The Stars) by a neck with Adventuring (Pioneerof The Nile) another three-quarters of a length behind in third. Personal Best is from the Grade 1-winning mare War Flag (War Front). Her only other foal to race, three-year-old Capture The Flag (Quality Road), won on debut at Saratoga in July 2022 in her sole start. Tapit, who has now had 1358 starters,  stands at Gainesway for a fee of US$185,000 (approx. AU$260,415).

Toronado – The late decision to run Mariamia (6 m ex Quinta Lago by Encosta De Lago) in the Expressway Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) proved to be the right one when the Joe Pride-trained six-year-old claimed some notable scalps and in the process provided Toronado (High Chaparral) with a 30th individual stakes winner from 606 runners. The mare beat Caulfield Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Golden Mile (Astern) by two and three-quarter lengths. Nicolini Vito (Nicconi) finished four and a quarter lengths behind the winner in third. An $18,000 purchase from the Swettenham Stud draft from Book 2 of the 2018 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, Mariamia is the best of two winners from three to race for the Encosta De Lago (Fairy King) mare Quinta Lago. She was purchased by Newhaven Park for $335,000 from Shane Stockdale at the 2022 Inglis March (Early) Online Sale and has now won three of seven for Pride, advancing her overall record to seven wins, three seconds, and seven thirds from 35 starts with earnings of $573,610. Toronado stands at Swettenham Stud for a fee of $80,000 (plus GST).

Uncle Mo – Arabian Knight (3 c ex Borealis Night by Astrology) followed up his debut win at Keeneland in November with an impressive victory in Saturday’s Southwest Stakes (Gr 3, 8.5f) at Oaklawn Park to provide Coolmore’s Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie) with his 91st individual stakes winner. The Bob Baffert-trained colt slammed his seven rivals, coming home five and a half lengths clear of Red Route Run (Gun Runner) with another two lengths back to Frosted Departure (Frosted). A US$2.3 million purchase at two, Arabian Knight is the first starter from two foals produced from the placed mare Borealis Night (Astrology). The dam’s other foal is a Quality Road (Elusive Quality) colt born in 2022. Uncle Mo, who has now had 1099 starters, stands at Ashford Stud for a fee of US$150,000 (approx. AU$211,150).