Australian mares prove their worth once more
While Liberty Island (Duramente), the Oka Sho (Gr 1, 1600m) winner out of Australian-bred Group 1 winner Yankee Rose (All American), is becoming a star amid the three-year-old ranks in Japan this season, a southern hemisphere mare is once again proving their worth in the Far East, when Carpentaria (Lord Kanaloa) won an 1800-metre contest at Tokyo on Sunday.
A daughter of four-time Group 1 winner and Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) runner-up Mosheen (Fastnet Rock), Carpentaria took her record to three wins from five starts with a head victory under Damian Lane for trainer Tetsuya Kimura.
A private purchase for Northern Farm, Mosheen has produced three winners from six runners in Japan, including her second foal Primo Scene (Deep Impact), a Grade 3 winner and Grade 1 runner-up.
With five fillies from Mosheen’s first six foals, the immediate family of the dual Guineas and Vinery Stud Stakes (Gr 1, 2000m) winner is being nurtured by Northern Farm, with Primo Scene last year producing a colt by Epiphaneia (Symboli Kris S).
Whatever the fee paid for Mosheen, it is likely to have been a very profitable venture for Northern Farm. Just two of Mosheen’s progeny have sold at sale, both last year: A weanling colt by Epiphaneia, the sire of three Grade 1 winners, for JPY330,000,000 (approx. AU$3,676,258) and a yearling colt by Maurice (Screen Hero) for a sale-topping JPY400,000,000 (approx. AU$4,456,115). A tidy return for the Yoshida family.
Super Salute a superstar for I Am Invincible
Yarraman Park flagbearer I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) has a new star performer in Singapore with his son Super Salute recording a sixth consecutive win when taking Sunday’s EW Barker Trophy (Listed, 1400m) at Kranji.
The four-year-old earned his trainer Jason Lim a first local Group race in Singapore, as he completed the sextet with victory over Golden Monkey (Star Turn).
Named Construct when racing in Australia, the son of I Am Invincible finished second in the Breeders’ Plate (Gr 3, 1000m) and seventh in the Blue Diamond Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) as a two-year-old, before returning at three to place third in the Up And Coming Stakes (Gr 3, 1300m).
Placed on Inglis Digital by his owners, a Newgate Farm-led syndicate, Lim purchased the horse for $110,000. He has since won six races from seven starts in Singapore.
I Am Invincible, who has 28 winners from 32 runners in Singapore, was also represented by a winner in the final race on the card, as Invincible Tycoon recorded back-to-back victories when winning the Class 4 Stakes over 1200 metres for Lim’s Stable and trainer Steven Burridge.
The four-year-old was a $30,000 buy from the Inglis Digital platform for Nathan Doyle Racing and The Osher Group in March last year.
Five for Proisir
Iron Will (4 g ex Tristavel by Don Tristram) became the fifth individual winner in Hong Kong for his Rich Hill Stud sire Proisir (Choisir) when winning the Magazine Gap Handicap (1650m) at Sha Tin on Sunday. Trained by Danny Shum, Iron Will won by a neck ahead of Fast Buck (Al Maher). Iron Will was a $28,000 buy from the Ainsley Downs draft at the 2020 New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sale. The horse trialled twice in New Zealand before his export to Hong Kong, where he has scored at his ninth start. Iron Will is the fifth named foal out of Tristavel, herself a half-sister to Group 1 winner Russian Pearl (Soviet Star). Proisir, who has had 11 runners in Hong Kong, will stand for a fee of $70,000 (plus GST) in 2023.
Second for Time For War
War Weapon (5 g ex Sunbrella by Peintre Celebre) won Sunday’s Mount Butter Handicap (Class 4, 1600m) at Sha Tin to become the second individual winner for his sire Time For War (Snitzel) in Hong Kong. The Pierre Ng-trained five-year-old was ridden to victory by Zac Purton, defeating Darci Joy (Darci Brahma) by two and a quarter lengths. War Weapon was a $10,000 buy for Steven Oliver from the draft of Waverley Park Lodge at the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Yearling Sale. He is one of seven winners from as many runners out of Sunbrella (Peintre Celebre). Time For War, who has had three runners in Hong Kong, died in 2016.
Five for Capitalist
Newgate Farm stallion Capitalist (Written Tycoon) earned his fifth individual winner in Hong Kong from just eight runners when Blue Marlin (4 g ex Granada by Dolphin Street) won the Pottinger Peak Handicap (Class 4, 1400m) at Sha Tin on Sunday. The Douglas Whyte-trained four-year-old won by three-quarters of a length, ahead of Regent Glory (All American). Blue Marlin was a $150,000 buy for Michael Hickmott from the Newgate draft at the 2020 Inglis Easter yearling sale. He is one of four winners from six runners out of the once-raced Grenada (Dolphin Street).
Third for Fast Company
Gallant Hero (5 g ex Bett’s Gift by Teofilo) earned his first Hong Kong win at start 13 to become the third winner in the jurisdiction for his sire Fast Company (Danehill Dancer), when winning the Tsim Sha Tsui Handicap (Class 5, 1800m) at Happy Valley on Wednesday. Trained by David Hall, Gallant Hero won by two lengths, ahead of Owners’ Star (Farhh). The Irish-bred gelding was a €52,000 weanling, before being sold for €160,000 as a yearling by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, and subsequently sold for HK$1.7 million (approx. AU$323,820). He is one of two named foals out of the unraced Teofilo (Galileo) mare Bett’s Gift.
First for Flying Artie
Blue Gum Farm’s new stallion recruit Flying Artie (Artie Schiller) was handed his inaugural winner in Hong Kong, when Sunshine Legendary (4 g ex Exceleine by Exceed And Excel) won the Jordan Handicap (Class 5, 1200m) at Happy Valley on Wednesday. Sunshine Legendary won by a head, defeating Dragon Kingdom (Holy Roman Emperor). The Frankie Lor-trained four-year-old was a $65,000 Magic Million weanling buy for Group 1 Bloodstock and Two Bays Farm from the Cornerstone Stud draft, before making $160,000 when purchased by Astute Bloodstock at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. Sunshine Legendary trialed once at Ballarat before his export to Hong Kong. Flying Artie, who has had three runners in Hong Kong, will stand for a fee of $16,500 (inc GST) in 2023.
First for Lucky Street
Darling View Stud stallion Lucky Street (Oratorio) was another to sire his first winner in Hong Kong this week, and from his very first runner, when Magniac (3 g ex Top Show by Stratum) won the Ho Man Tin Handicap (Class 3, 1200m) at Happy Valley on Wednesday. The Jamie Richards-trained three-year-old won by two lengths, ahead of Ace One (Shamus Award). Magniac was a $65,000 buy for Trevor Andrews from the Western Breeders’ Alliance draft at the 2021 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale. The gelding won three races from six starts as a two-year-old in Western Australia when named Final Series. He is one of three winners from four to race out of three-time winner Top Show (Stratum).