23 for Harry Angel
Harry Angel (pictured above) – Harry Angel (Dark Angel) sired his 23rd individual winner from his first northern hemisphere-bred crop when Warrior Angel (2 c ex Zendaya by Invincible Spirit) won a 1200-metre maiden at Pisa. The colt won by two lengths in defeating Cherry Season (Arcano), while Strong Enough (Oasis Dream) was a further three lengths back in third. Warrior Angel was a €7,500 buy for Marco Bozzi Bloodstock from the Tattersalls Goresbridge Breeze-Up Sale. Harry Angel, who has had 50 northern hemisphere starters, stands at Darley’s Kelvinside Stud in New South Wales for a fee of $16,500 (inc GST).
Performer – Aquis Farm stallion Performer (Exceed And Excel) was represented by his first winner from four starters when Mishani Maverick (2 g ex Mishani Sinner, by Falvelon) scored over 1000 metres at the Sunshine Coast. Trained by Les Ross for Mike Crooks’ Mishani Bloodstock, Mishani Maverick sold for $7,000 as a Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling and is a three-quarter brother to Listed winner and Group 2-placed Mishani Hustler (Exceedingly Good) and is the fifth winner out of Mishani Sinner (Falvelon). Performer stands for $6,600 (inc GST) in 2022.
Zoustar – Zoustar (Northern Meteor) earned his 14th northern hemisphere first-crop winner when Distinguished Lady (2 f ex Saccharose by Exceed And Excel) won a novice stakes race over six furlongs at Chelmsford. Owned by Amo Racing, the two-year-old filly broke through at her fourth start for trainer Alice Haynes. French-bred Distinguished Lady won by three and three-quarter lengths ahead of favourite New Definition (Invincible Spirit). Sold as a yearling for €75,000, Distinguished Lady was purchased by Ross Doyle Bloodstock and Omnihorse for 400,000gns at the Tattersalls Craven Breeze-up Sale. Zoustar, who has Group 1 winner Lezoo among his first northern hemisphere crop, stands at Tweenhills for £25,000 and stands the southern hemisphere season at Widden Stud for a fee of $198,000 (inc GST). He has had 55 northern hemisphere starters.
New Group / Grade 1 winners
Almanzor – The Chris Waller-trained Manzoice (3 c ex Choice by Mastercraftsman) proved an upset winner of the Victoria Derby (Gr 1, 2500m) at Flemington, providing Cambridge Stud shuttler Almanzor (Wootten Bassett) with a first elite-level scorer from 148 starters, while the colt also became a sixth individual stakes winner for the stallion. Ridden by Michael Dee, the $21 shot ran down favourite Sharp ‘N’ Smart (Redwood) to score by half a length with a further one and a quarter lengths back to Aberfeldie Boy (So You Think) in third. Manzoice was consigned by Bhima Stud at least year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, where Waller Racing and Mulcaster Bloodstock purchased him for $340,000. Bred by Stephanie Hole, he is the second winner from as many to race out of the Group 3-winning Mastercraftsman (Danehill Dancer) mare Choice. She has a yearling filly by Too Darn Hot (Dubawi) and was covered by Almanzor again last spring. Almanzor stood the southern hemisphere breeding season for NZ$50,000 (plus GST).
I Am Invincible – In Secret (3 f ex Eloping by Choisir) provided Yarraman Park stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) with a 14th elite-level winner from 956 starters when she produced an impressive performance to win the Coolmore Stud Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) at Flemington. Ridden by James McDonald, the James Cummings-trained three-year-old filly travelled well throughout and showed good acceleration to sprint away from her rivals in the closing stages, beating C’est Magique (Zoustar) by two lengths with a further length back to Buenos Noches (Supido) in third. Bred in partnership by Longwood Thoroughbred Farm and Segenhoe Stud, who consigned her for sale when she made $900,000 at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, In Secret is the second winner to come out of the Group 3-winning Choisir (Danehill Dancer) mare Eloping. Longwood Thoroughbred Farm sold the current two year-old from Eloping, a filly by Trapeze Artist (Snitzel), for $200,000 at Inglis Premier this year to Mick Price Racing and Breeding. She has a filly by Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) and has foaled this spring, producing a sister to In Secret. I Am Invincible stands for a fee of $247,500 (inc GST).
Kitasan Black – Equinox (3 c ex Chateau Blanche by King Halo) justified favouritism to win the Tenno Sho (Autumn) (Gr 1, 2000m) at Tokyo. One of a trio of three-year-olds in the race, the Tetsuya Kimura-trained colt was ridden to victory by Christophe Lemaire, defeating Dubai Turf (Gr 1, 1800m) winner Panthalassa (Lord Kanaloa) by a length. Danon Beluga (Heart’s Cry) finished a neck further back in third. Equinox is the second three-year-old in as many years to claim the coveted Grade 1 after Efforia (Epiphaneia) claimed victory last year. Equinox, a Grade 2 winner as a juvenile and runner-up in both the Tokyo Yushun (Gr 1, 2400m) and Satsuki Sho (Gr 1, 2000m) this year, is a homebred for Northern Farm. He is out of the Grade 3 winner Chateau Blanche (King Halo), who has also produced Grade 3 winner Weiss Meteor (King Kamehameha). Kitasan Black (Black Tide), who has now had 111 individual starters, stands at Shadai Stallion Station for a fee of ¥4,000,000 (approx. AU$52,865).
Sacred Falls – Icebath (6 m ex Fabulist by Savabeel) provided her sire Sacred Falls (O’Reilly) with a second elite-level winner from 198 starters when finally breaking her Group 1 hoodoo in the Empire Rose Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) at Flemington. Running for the tenth time at elite level, the six-year-old mare deservedly got off the mark having finished second in three of those previous nine attempts. In what was also a first career stakes success for the Brad Widdup-trained mare, providing Sacred Falls with a sixth overall, Icebath benefitted from a ground-saving ride by Craig Williams and held on bravely for a long-neck victory over the fast-finishing Mirra Vision (Lonhro). Excelida (Exceed And Excel) finished a further three-quarters of a length back in third. Icebath was a $100,000 purchase for Jadeskye Racing, Brad Widdup Racing and Samaco Racing from the Sledmere Stud draft at the 2018 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale. Bred by Waikato Stud, she is the third stakes winner for the five-time winning Savabeel (Zabeel) mare Fabulist, who has a yearling filly by Super Seth (Dundeel) and is back in foal to the Caulfield Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) winner. Sacred Falls died at the age of ten in 2019.
New stakes winners
Brazen Beau – Darley stallion Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible) sired his 20th individual stakes winner when Such A Shame (2 c ex Just Emma by Bertolini) won the Premio Divino Amore (Listed, 1000m) at Rome. The two-year-old colt was having his third start having broken his maiden at the same track last month. Such A Shame won by three-quarters of a length from Miobello (Samysilver) and Chianalea (Hot Streak), who finished a further short head back in third. The colt was a £5,500 buy from the Goffs Silver Yearling Sale. He is the third foal and second winner out of the Bertolini (Danzig) mare Just Emma, a Listed placegetter in the UK. Brazen Beau, who has had 413 starters, stands at Northwood Park for a fee of $44,000 (inc GST).
Bull Point – Morty (5 g ex Daguetta by Fuji Kiseki) provided his sire Bull Point (Fastnet Rock) with a second individual stakes winner from 74 starters when running out a narrow victor of the John Letts Cup (Listed, 1800m) at Morphettville. Ridden by Jake Toeroek for Shayne Cahill, the five-year-old gelding battled well to beat The Map (Alpine Eagle) by a short-head with the pair pulling three-quarters of a length clear of the third-placed Perfect Route (Good Journey). Out of the unraced Fuji Kiseki (Sunday Silence) mare Daguetta, Morty is a half-brother to Ezydubai (E Dubai), Snuggle Bug (Al Maher), Umpire (Aussie Rules) and Vacherin (Antonius Pius). Bull Point stands at Kingstar Farm for $6,600 (inc GST).
Cityscape – Caernarfon (2 f ex Royal Ffanci by Royal Applause) provided Overbury Stud stallion Cityscape (Selkirk) with a 22nd individual stakes winner when scoring in the Montrose Fillies’ Stakes (Listed, 1m) at Newmarket. Trained by Mick Channon, Caernarfon travelled much the best and stayed on well inside the final furlong. The filly beat Keep In Touch (Tamayuz) by half-a-length. The Charlie Appleby-trained Dream Of Love (Shamardal), sent off the favourite, finished a further three-quarters of a length back in third. The fifth foal out of the unraced Royal Applause (Waajib) mare Royal Ffanci, Caernarfon is a sister to Group 3 winner Dan’s Dream and a half-sister to winner Oksana Astankova (Cable Bay). Cityscape, who has had 374 starters, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season for £4,000 (approx. AU$7,240).
Connect – Implicated (2 f ex Wysteria by Tale Of The Cat) provided Lane’s End Farm stallion Connect (Curlin) with a fifth individual stakes winner when coming home a length victor of the Chelsey Flower Stakes (Listed, 8.5f) at Belmont At The Big A. Trained by Chad Brown, the juvenile followed up her debut success in a maiden fillies contest at the same track last time out, staying on well to beat odds-on favourite Tax Implications (Mehmas) with a further length back to Smokie Eyes (Nyquist) in third. Implicated is the first foal out of the unraced Tale Of The Cat (Storm Cat) mare Wysteria, herself a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Kallio (Scat Daddy) and stakes winner Clear the Runway (Broken Vow). Connect, who has had 139 starters, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season for US$25,000 (approx. AU$38,970).
Dabirsim – Horizon Dore (2 g ex Sweet Alabama by Enrique) provided Haras de Grandcamp stallion Dabirsim (Hat Trick) with a seventh individual stakes winner when he ran out an easy six-length winner of the Prix Delahante (Listed, 1700m) at Marseille Borely. Trained by Patrice Cottier, the juvenile colt careered away from his rivals inside the final furlong to beat Harry Way (Galiway), with a further head back to Cambronne (Alex The Winner) in third. Out of the winning Enrique (Barathea) mare Sweet Alabama, Horizon Dore is a half-brother to the Group 3-winning and Group 1-placed Cavale Doree (Sunday Break) and to five other winners. Dabirsim, who has had 478 starters, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season for €8,000 (approx. AU$12,500).
Fastnet Rock – Surefire (5 g ex Modesta by Sadler’s Wells) provided Fastnet Rock (Danehill) with a 190th individual stakes winner from 2,076 starters when running out an odds-on victor of the Archer Stakes (Gr 3, 2500m) at Flemington. Trained by Chris Waller and ridden by James McDonald, the UK import ran on strongly for a determined length success over Serpentine (Galileo) with the same distance further back to Crystal Pegasus (Australia) in third. Surefire races for a partnership of Waller stable clients and his breeder Juddmonte Farms in whose colours he runs. A half-brother to Grade 3 winner Button Down (Oasis Dream) and stakes winner Platitude (Dansili), he is one of seven winners out of the Listed-winning Sadler’s Wells (Northern Dancer) mare Modesta, herself a half-sister to Group 1 winners Reams of Verse (Nureyev) and Elmaamul (Diesis), as well as the dam of champion mare Midday (Oasis Dream). Fastnet Rock stands at Coolmore for $165,000 (inc GST).
Frankel – Pennymoor (4 f ex Penelopa by Giant’s Causeway) secured an important black-type success in the River Eden Fillies’ Stakes (Listed, 1m 5f) at Lingfield, going one better than her runner-up effort in last year’s renewal. The John and Thady Gosden-trained mare was always prominent before going on two furlongs from home, staying on strongly before being eased in the final strides for a ready length-and-a-quarter victory over Darmoiselle (Dubawi). Bartzella (Golden Horn) finished third, beaten two lengths by the winner. A 450,000gns purchase by Godolphin at the 2018 Tattersalls December Foals Sale, Pennymoor is the third foal out of the German Oaks (Gr 1, 2200m)-winning Giant’s Causeway (Storm Cat) mare Penelopa and is a half-sister to winner Disco Fever (Oasis Dream). The success provided Banstead Manor Stud stallion Frankel (Galileo), who has now had 646 starters, with a 105th individual stakes winner. He stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season for £200,000 (approx. AU$357,370).
Gun Runner – Gun Runner (Candy Ride) sired his 14th individual stakes winner when Runninsonofagun (3 g ex Golden Artemis by Malibu Moon) won the Bold Ruler Stakes (Gr 3, 6f) at Belmont At The Big A. Trained by John Toscado, Runninsonofagun won by a nose from Eastern Bay (E Dubai) and Factor It In (The Factor), who finished a half-length behind in third. Gun Runner, who has had 135 starters, stands at Three Chimneys Farm for US$125,000 (approx. AU$195,650).
Harry Angel – Proverb (2 c ex Posh Perfect by Showcasing) provided Darley’s first-season sire Harry Angel (Dark Angel) with a second individual stakes winner when narrowly holding on to win the Criterium de Vitesse (Listed, 1000m) at Longchamp. Trained in the UK by George Boughey, the juvenile colt was all out at the finish to beat Disillusion (Profitable) by a neck, the pair two-lengths clear of the third-placed Maylandsea (Havana Grey). Proverb is the first foal out of the winning Showcasing (Oasis Dream) mare Posh Perfect, herself out of a winning half-sister to Group 1 winner Pipalong (Pips Pride). Harry Angel’s first stakes winner arrived courtesy of Arkansaw Kid in the Inglis Banner (RL, 1000m) at Flemington on October 22.
Helsinki – Espen Hill (6 g ex Explosive Hill by Inchrory) provided his sire Helsinki (Distorted Humor) with a first individual stakes winner when scoring in the Songline Classic (Listed, 2100m) at Bro Park in Sweden. The six-year-old gelding beat Warwick Avenue (Hallucinate) with Gold Tyranny (Zoffany) back in third. Out of the winning Inchrory (Midyan) mare Explosive Hill, Espen Hill is a half-brother to winner Big Explosion (Hallucinate). Helsinki has had 92 starters.
I Am Invincible – Jazz Etude (4 m ex Mumbai Rock by Fastnet Rock), the first Australian-bred black-type runner in Japan for more than a year, struck in the Lumiere Autumn Dash (Listed, 1000m) at Niigata. The four-year-old handed I Am Invincible an 84th individual stakes winner, as she won by a neck in defeating Mountain Musume (Admire Moon) and Suave Charles (Lord Kanaloa), who finished a length further back in third. Jazz Etude was a $650,000 buy from the Coolmore Stud draft by Katsumi Yoshida at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale in 2020. She is out of Mumbai Rock (Fastnet Rock), herself a daughter of US Grade 1 winner Mani Bhavan (Storm Boot). Jazz Etude is a half-brother to the stakes-placed Splendoronthegrass (So You Think) and a sister to three-year-old filly Mumbai Jewel, who finished second in the Thoroughbred Club Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) earlier this month.
Invincible Spirit – Old Flame (5 h ex Lilyfire by First Defence) provided Irish National Stud stallion Invincible Spirit (Green Desert) with his 145th individual stakes winner from 1,809 starters when winning the Linlithgow Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) at Flemington. Ridden by James McDonald, the five-year-old UK import made up for his disappointing last-start defeat in Caulfield’s Weekend Hussler Stakes (Listed, 1400m) to run down long-time leader Poland (So You Think), scoring by one and a half lengths at the line. Ironclad (Dubawi), a fellow import from the UK, finished a further two and a half lengths back in third. A half-brother to Group-placed winners Chaleur (Dansili) and Dalvey (Dansili), Old Flame is out of the winning First Defence (Unbridled’s Song) mare Lilyfire, herself a half-sister to dual Listed winner Tantina (Distant View), the dam of Group 2 winner Bated Breath (Dansili), Group 3 winner Cityscape (Selkirk), and stakes-placed winner Scuffle (Daylami). Invincible Spirit stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season for €60,000 (approx. AU$93,230).
Kitasan Black – Ravel (2 f ex Sambre Et Meuse by Daiwa Major) provided her sire Kitasan Black (Black Tide) with a third individual stakes winner when producing an upset in the Artemis Stakes (Gr 3, 1600m) at Tokyo. The Yoshito Yahagi-trained juvenile filly held on well for a neck success over odds-on favourite Liberty Island (Duramente) with the same distance further back to Alice Verite (Kizuna) in third. Out of the Group-placed winning Daiwa Major (Sunday Silence) mare Sambre Et Meuse, herself a half-sister to Group 1 winner Marche Lorraine (Orfevre), Ravel is a half-sister to Group 2 winner Namur (Harbinger) and to winner Westerwald (Novellist).
Lope De Vega – Golden Lyra (3 f ex Sea The Sun by Sea The Stars) provided her sire Lope De Vega (Shamardal) with a 103rd individual stakes winner when she won the Prix Solitude (Listed, 2000m) at Saint-Cloud. The William Haggas-trained Golden Lyra won by four and a half lengths ahead of Queen Trezy (Almanzor), with La Fille Du Sud (The Gurkha) a further length behind in third. Golden Lyra is the second foal out of the unraced German-bred mare Sea The Sun (Sea The Stars), herself a sister to Group 1 winner Sea The Moon. Lope De Vega, who has had 1,084 starters, stands at Ballylinch Stud for a fee of €125,000 (approx. AU$193,950).
Mastercraftsman – Romagna Mia (3 f ex Washington Blue by Rip Van Winkle) handed her sire Mastercrafstman (Danehill Dancer) a 92nd individual stakes winner when winning the Premio Lydia Tesio (Gr 2, 2000m) at Rome. The Luigi di Dio-trained Romagna Mia won by a neck from Sopran Basilea (Night Of Thunder) and Lyrical (Poet’s Voice), who finished a length and three-quarters from the winner in third. Romagna Mia, a £25,000 buy from the Arqana Breeze-Up sale at Doncaster in 2021, is out of the winning mare Washington Blue (Rip Van Winkle). Mastercraftsman, who has had 1,424 starters, died in August last year.
Muhaarar – The William Haggas-trained Queen Animatu (3 f ex Zeb Un Nisa by Iffraaj) provided Muhaarar (Oasis Dream) with an 18th individual stakes winner when readily coming clear in the Fleur De Lys Fillies’ Stakes (Listed, 1m) at Lingfield. The three-year-old filly went one better than for her runner-up effort in the October Stakes (Listed, 1m) at the beginning of last month, beating Roman Mist (Holy Roman Emperor) by two and a quarter lengths with a further half-length back to Internationalangel (Dark Angel) in third. Queen Animatu is the second foal out of the winning Iffraaj (Zafonic) mare Zeb Un Nisa, herself a half-sister to winner Ashamaly (Shamardal) out of an unraced half-sister to English 2,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) winner Footstepsinthesand (Giant’s Causeway) and Group 1 winner Pedro The Great (Henrythenavigator). Muhaarar, who has had 314 starters, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season at Haras des Faunes for €5,000 (approx. AU$7,710).
Nadeem – Pep Torque (9 g ex Cosmic Flight by Star Way) provided his sire Nadeem (Redoute’s Choice) with a 20th individual stakes winner from 323 starters when he produced a gritty performance to land the Feilding Gold Cup (Listed, 2100m) at Awapuni. The Kirsty Lawrence-trained nine-year-old had been off the winner’s list since February 2021 before scoring a fresh-up victory over 1650 metres at Waverley earlier in the month, although he had managed four runner-up finishes between victories, including when narrowly beaten in the Kaimai Stakes (Listed, 2000m) at Matamata. Pep Torque comes from an extended family that includes multiple stakes winner Cog Hill (Star Way) and Australian Group 1 winner Ark Regal (Star Way). He has now won nine of his 73 starts, along with 17 placings and just under $250,000 in prize-money. Nadeem stands for a fee of $4,000 (plus GST) at Little Avondale Stud.
Pivotal – The late Pivotal (Polar Falcon) sired his 161st individual stakes winner when his daughter Mea Domina (3 f ex Regina Mundi by Montjeu) claimed the Prix Isola Bella (Listed, 1600m) at Saint-Cloud. Making her fifth start, Mea Domina remained unbeaten in two outings for her new trainer Jerome Reynier as she beat Khamma (Al Wukair) by a short neck, with Indian Wish (The Grey Gatsby) a length behind the winner in third. A €200,000 buy at Arqana, Mea Domina is the sixth winner from as many to race out of the stakes-placed Regina Mundi, and a half-sister to Group 3 winner Rocques (Lawman). Pivotal, who has now had 1,471 starters, died in November last year.
Saxon Warrior – Coolmore shuttler Saxon Warrior (Deep Impact) sired his third individual stakes winner when Moon Ray (2 f ex Demeanour by Giant’s Causeway) landed the Prix Miesque (Gr 3, 1400m) on the bob of heads to defeat Lady Mia (Outstrip). Favourite Eternal Dance (Dubawi) flashed late to take third, a half-length from the leading duo. Trained by Nicolas Clement, Moon Ray went one better than for his last-start second in the Prix Saraca (Listed, 1400m) early last month and added to a maiden win over 1200 metres in September. A €55,000 buy from Arqana, Moon Ray is the second stakes winner out of Swedish Listed winner Demeanour. Saxon Warrior stood the northern hemisphere breeding season for a fee of €20,000 (approx. AU$31,080) and shuttled to Australia, where he stands for a fee of $19,250 (inc GST). He has had 56 starters.
Sioux Nation – Sioux Nation (Scat Daddy) sired his third individual stakes winner from his first northern hemisphere-bred crop when Matilda Picotte (2 f ex Hallie’s Comet by One Cool Cat) won the Bosra Sham Fillies Stakes (Listed, 6f) at Newmarket. The Kieren Cotter-trained filly, who broke her maiden on debut at the Curragh in May, won by one and a half lengths ahead of Queen Olly (No Nay Never), with Believing (Mehmas) a nose further back in third. Matilda Picotte finished third in the Lowther Stakes (Gr 2, 6f) at York last time out, while she filled the same position in the Airlie Stud Stakes (Gr 3, 6f) in June. She is the fifth winner from six to race out of the stakes-placed Hallie’s Comet (One Cool Cat), herself a half-sister to Listed winner Along Came Casey (Oratorio). Sioux Nation, who has 41 first-crop winners from 82 runners, shuttled to Swettenham Stud for one season, and stands for a fee of €10,000 (approx. AU$15,525) at Coolmore Stud in Ireland.
Snitzel – Running in the colours of owner Ozzie Kheir, the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Zennzella (3 f ex Zennista by Zenno Rob Roy) boosted her Victorian Oaks (Gr 1, 2500m) claims with a tough win in the Wakeful Stakes (Gr 2, 2000m) at Flemington. Ridden by James McDonald, the filly hit the front a long way from home but kept finding to prevail by a long-neck over Pavitra (American Pharoah). The Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained As Time Goes By (Deep Impact) finished a further two lengths back in third. Bred by Westbury Stud’s Gerry Harvey, Zennzella was a $350,000 purchase for Kennewell Racing and Group 1 Bloodstock at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. She had two starts for Lloyd Kennewell before being transferred to Maher and Eustace. She is the first live foal out of the three-time Group 3-winning Zenno Rob Roy (Sunday Silence) mare Zennisto, who has a yearling brother to Zennzella and is back in foal to Snitzel. The success provided Snitzel with his 128th individual stakes winner from 1,379 starters. He stands at Arrowfield Stud for a fee of $220,000 (inc GST).
So You Think – Coolmore stallion So You Think (High Chaparral) was provided with a 46th individual stakes winner from 738 starters when Perfect Thought (3 c ex Perfectly Safe by Exceed And Excel) came home a decisive winner of the Carbine Club Stakes (Gr 3, 1600m) at Flemington despite his price of $26. Ridden by Craig Williams for John Sargent, the three-year-old colt hit the front at the 300-metre mark and took two lengths out his rivals, coming home one and three-quarter lengths to the good over Elkington Road (All Too Hard) with a further head back to The Fortune Teller (Caravaggio) in a tight finish for the minors. Bred in partnership by Tyreel Stud, Perfect Thought was a $120,000 purchase for DGR Thoroughbreds at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from Tyreel’s draft and runs for an ownership group headed up by Think Big Stud. He is the best of two winners to race out of the winning Exceed And Excel (Danehill) mare Perfectly Safe, who missed in the two seasons after producing Perfect Thought but foaled this spring, producing a colt by All Too Hard (Casino Prince). So You Think stands for a fee of $93,500 (inc GST).
Starspangledbanner – Former Rosemont Stud sire Starspangledbanner (Choisir) brought up a quarter of a century of stakes winners when his daughter Rhea Moon (3 f ex Callisto Star by Fastnet Rock) won the Autumn Miss Stakes (Gr 3, 8f) at Santa Anita. The Phil D’Amato-trained filly won by a length and a quarter ahead of Nadette (Outstrip) and Kitty Kitana (Bobby’s Kitten), who finished two lengths from the winner in third. Starspangledbanner, who has had 489 starters, stands at Coolmore stud for a fee of €35,000 (approx. AU$54,385).
Zarak – Second-season sire Zarak (Dubawi) secured his ninth individual stakes winner when Sirjan (2 c Sortilege by Tiger Hill) won the Premio Guido Berardelli (Gr 3, 1800m) at Rome. The German raider won by four and a half lengths over Alf Moon (Fast Company), with favourite The Blades (Iffraaj) a further neck back in third. Trained by Andreas Wohler, the colt also broke through for his maiden victory at what was his third start. An €85,000 buy at BBAG, Sirjan is out of Italian Group 1 winner Sortilege (Tiger Hill). Zarak stands at the Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval for a fee of €25,000 (approx. AU$38,845). He has now had 80 starters.