First for Almanzor
New first season sire winners
First season sire Almanzor (Wootton Bassett) got off the mark with his first runner as Faro de San Juan (2 c ex Fixette by Kodiac) landed the Prix du Soleil de Bretagne (1100m) on debut at Chantilly last Monday. The Francis-Henri Graffard-trained colt defeated Perfect Colour (Ultra) by half a length, with Glenall (Coulsty) another length and a quarter back in third. Faro de San Juan was purchased at the Tattersalls December Foals’ Sale for 160,000 guineas. He is the first foal out of Fixette (Kodiac), who was a juvenile winner and finished runner-up in a brace of French Group 3s. Almanzor is standing the 2021 southern hemisphere season at Cambridge Stud, where he has a full book at a NZ$30,000 service fee.
Capitalist’s (Written Tycoon) extraordinary season continues to rumble on as the Newgate Farm stallion brought up double-figure winners for the campaign in style with a pair of new juveniles saluting the judge on Friday. Sky Castle (2 f ex Fawcett by Stratum) won the Miss Finland 2YO Fillies Handicap (1000m) at Muswellbrook in the colours of Bert Vieira, who bred the filly, defeating Dawntillarvi (Dawn Approach) by a length in a spaced-out field. Sky Castle is out of a half-sister to Treppes (Domesday), dam of Vieira’s four-time Group 1 winner Trapeze Artist (Snitzel). Meanwhile, just 20 minutes prior at Grafton, King Kapa (2 c ex Emmalene by Jet Spur) landed the 2YO Handicap (1200m) for Toby and Trent Edmonds, winning by two and a quarter lengths over Golden Eighty (No Nay Never). King Kapa was a $50,000 buy from the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale last year. Capitalist, the sire of ten individual winners in Australia and one in New Zealand, is the current leading first season sire (by earnings) in both countries.
Contarelli Chapel (2 f ex Chenchikova by Sadler’s Wells) bolted up in the EBF Fillies’ Maiden (6f) at Naas last Monday to provide first season sire Caravaggio with his third winner. The Aidan O’Brien-trained filly was sent off the 6-4 favourite in the ten-runner field and picked up impressively under Ryan Moore to score by five and a half lengths. Juncture (Dark Angel) finished second, a neck ahead of Freedom Of Speech (Australia) in third. Out of Chenchikova (Sadler’s Wells), Contarelli Chapel is a half-sister to dual Group 1 winner Fancy Blue (Deep Impact) and stakes winners Casterton (Fastnet Rock) and Smuggler’s Cove (Fastnet Rock). Caravaggio, who shuttled to Coolmore Australia for one season in 2018, resides at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Kentucky for a fee of US$25,000 (Approx. AU$32,000).
Caulfield Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Divine Prophet (Choisir) sired his third winner on Saturday, as the Kacy Fogden-trained Angel Like (2 f ex Anna House by Awesome Again) struck in the opening QTIS 2YO Handicap (1100m) at Beaudesert. Angel Like won by a quarter of a length under Travis Wolfgram, defeating Grey Defence (Instinction). The filly is a homebred for Aquis Farm’s Tony Fung, out of American mare Anna House (Awesome Again). The mare died last year, while her yearling colt by The Mission (Choisir) sold for $10,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sale. Earlier in the week, Choir Boy (2 g ex Julia’s Music by Unbridled’s Song) made an impressive winning debut at Townsville. The Carl Spry-trained gelding was relatively unfancied at $19 for the 1000-metre two-year-old maiden but defied those odds to beat Eagle Eye Star (Golden Archer) by one and three-quarter lengths, with Santa Marinella (Holy Roman Emperor) a long neck further behind in third. Aquis Farm stallion Divine Prophet will stand for $16,500 (inc. GST) in 2021, down from his fee of $22,000 last year.
Newgate’s Group 1-producing first season sire Flying Artie (Artie Schiller) notched winner number six on Saturday as Fumiko (2 f ex Exceed And Excite by Exceed And Excel) impressed on debut to defeat older horses in the 1200-metre Fillies and Mares Maiden Plate, winning by a length and a half over Alura (I Am Invincible) for Kristen Buchanan. A $55,000 Inglis weanling, she was passed in as a yearling and retained to race by Platinum Breeding and Racing. Fumiko is the fourth foal out of winning mare Exceed And Excite (Exceed And Excel), who has two sons in Hong Kong. Flying Artie, the sire of Blue Diamond Stakes (Gr, 1200m) winner Artorius, has seen his fee double to $33,000 (Inc. GST) for 2021.
Rommel (Commands) landed a fourth winner from nine runners as Rommel’s Command (2 g ex Agribiz by Key Business) took out the opening maiden race over 1400 metres in a blanket finish at Northam on Sunday. The Martin Allan-trained juvenile defeated three-year-olds Roch Legacy (Blackfriars) and Benji’s (Toorak Toff) by a nose.
After an impressive Friday night winner and a stakes quinella on Saturday, Star Turn (Star Witness) continued his productive weekend with another winner on Sunday, this time at Sha Tin on Sunday. Outsider Cordyceps Six landed the opening Argonaut Plate (1000m) for trainer Richard Gibson, becoming the ninth worldwide winner for first season sire Star Turn. Vinery Stud sell Cordyceps Six’s yearling half-sister by Real Impact (Deep Impact) at the Inglis HTBA May Yearling Sale (Lot 326) today.
Turn Me Loose
Turn The Ace (2 g ex Frescoes by Lonhro) did what his multiple Group 1-winning sire never managed at Te Rapa on Saturday – to win at the first time of asking. Despite being keen early on under jockey Craig Grylls, Turn The Ace eased to the front and won comfortably. Turn Me Loose, whose 2021 fee is yet to be confirmed, stands at Windsor Park Stud and stud manager Rodney Schick was delighted with the result. “It’s just fantastic to see Turn Me Loose get his first winner over the line as he was a superior racehorse and has produced some lovely horses so far,” he said. “There has been a great word around them and we’re very excited as we expect to see plenty more on the track from now on.” Turn The Ace was a NZ$30,000 purchase out of Book 1 of the 2018 Karaka Yearling Sale, from the draft of Cambridge Stud.
Ivanka (2 f ex Alessandra by Fastnet Rock) became the second southern hemisphere winner for Vadamos (Monsun) when taking out the Sneaking To Win @ Te Aute 2YO (1200m) at Hastings. The filly defeated Flying Amelia (Flying Artie) and Medal (Savabeel). Ivanka was purchased via the Gavelhouse Online Sale (8th July 2019) by Elizabeth Thomas from Curraghmore for NZ$4,300. Vadamos, who is represented by Pago Pago Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) fourth With Your Blessing, will stand at Rich Hill Stud for a fee of NZ$12,500 (plus GST) in 2021.
Nephradiva (2 f ex Nephtys by Redoute’s Choice) made an impressive debut at Albury last Monday to provide Newgate’s Winning Rupert (Written Tycoon) with his fifth individual winner. The Nick Olive-trained filly was sent off as the $1.75 favourite in the 900-metre maiden plate and scooted clear of her nine rivals up to the straight to score by four and a quarter lengths. Case Closed (Valentia) was second, one and a quarter lengths clear of Stella Siren (Shaft) in third. Bought for $40,000 from last year’s Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, Nephradiva is the fourth winner from six runners out of Nephtys (Redoute’s Choice), who has a yearling sister to Nephradiva that sold for $75,000 at the Inglis Classic sale this year. Winning Rupert, winner of the 2016 BRC Champagne Classic (Gr 2, 1200m), stood last year for $16,500. His 2021 service fee is yet to be announced.
New Group/Grade 1 winners
Mare Australis (4 c ex Miramare by Rainbow Quest) made a perfect start to life in Group 1 company when taking out the Prix Ganay (Gr 1, 2100m) at Longchamp on Sunday to join Galileo Chrome and Order Of Australia as elite-level winners for Australia (Galileo). The Andre Fabre-trained mare got the better of Gold Trip (Outstrip) by a length and three-quarters, with favourite Mogul (Galileo) the same distance further behind in third. Australia stands at Coolmore in Ireland for a €25,000 (approx. AU$38,939) service fee.
Not A Single Doubt
The pensioned Not A Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice) sired his 15th elite-level winner as Instant Celebrity (3 f ex Celebrity Girl by Starcraft) prevailed in the TAB Classic (Registered as the Robert Sangster Stakes) (Gr 1, 1200m) at Morphettville on Saturday. The three-year-old filly defeated Subpoenaed (Rip Van Winkle) by half a length, with Rubisaki (Rubick) third, three-quarters of a length further adrift. Instant Celebrity takes her record to five wins from seven starts for trainer Phillip Stokes. A homebred by Trevor and Beth Roberston, Instant Celebrity is out of stakes-winning mare Celebrity Girl (Starcraft), herself out of stakes winner Dashing Granada (Keltrice). She is the latest foal to race for Celebrity Girl, who missed in 2018 and 2020, while her Pierro (Lonhro) colt died after birth in 2019. Not A Single Doubt is the sire of 75 individual stakes winners with his final yearlings set to sell next year.
After his Kentucky Derby (Gr 1, 10f) win on Saturday, Medina Spirit (3 c ex Mongolian Changa by Brilliant Speed) became the first Group 1 winner for his sire Protonico (Giant’s Causeway), a Grade 2 winner in America. Medina Spirit held off Mandaloun (Into Mischief) by half a length, with Hot Rod Charlie (Oxbow) a length behind the winner in third. Protonico stands at Castleton Lyons Stud for a fee of US$5,000 (Approx. AU$6,500).
Rio Querari (4 g ex Arctic Breeze by Windrush) followed up his Diadem Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) in February with a first Grade 1 success in the Computaform Sprint (Gr 1, 1000m) at Turffontein on Saturday and became the second elite-level winner for Querari (Oasis Dream). Sent off as favourite he duly obliged by two and a quarter lengths from Bohica (Capetown Noir) while there was a further half-length back to True To Life (Duke Of Marmalade) in third. Querari, who is also responsible for Grade 1 winner Querari Falcon, stands at Freeman Stallions in South Africa.
Rosemont Stud stallion Shamus Award (Snitzel) sired his second Group 1 winner and 12th individual stakes winner when Media Award (3 f ex Music Media by More Than Ready) caused a shock in the Australasian Guineas (Gr 1, 2000m) at Morphettville on Saturday. The filly also brought up a first Group 1 winner for her trainer Chris Calthorpe, after she was purchased for just $5,000 out of the Bowness Stud draft by Aintree Park from the Inglis Melbourne Gold Yearling Sale. Media Award defeated Personal (Fastnet Rock) by half a length and Ripper Rita (Street Boss) three-quarters of a length behind the winner. Shamus Award, who is also represented by Group 1 winner Mr Quickie, is entering his eighth season at stud and will stand for an increased fee of $33,000 (inc GST) in 2021.
Aidan O’Brien won his seventh 1,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) at Newmarket on Sunday with Mother Earth (3 f ex Many Colours by Green Desert), who earned the late Zoffany (Dansili) his fourth individual elite-level winner. Ridden by Frankie Dettori, who was winning the race for the fourth time, 10-1 chance Mother Earth made use of her experience to swoop late and win going away at the line. Saffron Beach (New Bay) was a length behind in second, with Fev Rover (Gutaifan) a further neck behind in third. Mother Earth’s stablemate Santa Barbara (Camelot), who was easy to back before the off and was sent off a 5-2 joint-favourite alongside Alcohol Free (No Nay Never), could only manage fourth. Coolmore stallion Zoffany was euthanised earlier this year aged 13.
New stakes winners
All Too Hard
Babylon Berlin (3 f ex You Can’t Say That by Fusaichi Pegasus) provided Vinery Stud’s All Too Hard with his 21st individual stakes winner when landing the Inglis Sales Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) at Te Rapa – and there will not have been many that made winning at that level look much easier. Always in command under Sam Collett, herself in a rich vein of form, the filly made all and never looked threatened, coming home ahead of No Filter (Toronado) by a length and a half, while Shezzacatch (Savabeel) was five lengths back in third. Trainer Ben Foote holds the filly in high regard: “I don’t have any plans with her but looking ahead, we will be trying to secure a Group 1 win with her,” he said. “If she could pick one up here in New Zealand then I think her future would lie in Australia after that.”
Private Eye (3 g ex Confidential Queen by Shamardal) continued his rapid progression when winning for the sixth time in nine starts and a first at stakes level, to become the 36th individual stakes winner for his sire Al Maher (Danehill) when winning the Queensland Guineas (Gr 2, 1600m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday. After breaking his maiden at the second attempt, the Proven Thoroughbreds-owned Private Eye went on a winning streak of five, and returned to the winner’s enclosure at Group 2 level, defeating Apache Chase (Better Than Ready) by three-quarters of a length, with Kukeracha (Night Of Thunder) third, a further half-length in arrears. “This horse has got a really good future,” said trainer Joe Pride. “He’s lightly raced and we’ve seen him tick off that mile box today. He’s got plenty of options going forward, and there’s plenty of nice races for nice milers. If the Stradbroke was a mile it would be nice!” Private Eye was a $62,500 yearling purchase out of the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale from the Ambergate Farm draft. He is the second and latest foal out of Confidential Queen (Shamardal), who was put in foal to Shalaa (Invincible Spirit) last year.
British import Wyclif (4 h ex Altruiste by Montjeu) got off the mark in Australia at the fifth time of asking, and struck for his first win at stakes level, when taking the Port Adelaide Cup (Listed, 2500m) at Morphettville. The Danny O’Brien-trained four-year-old defeated Converging (Strada) by a quarter of a length, with Silent Sovereign (Dalakhani) the same margin further back in third. Wyclif became the 22nd individual stakes winner for his sire Archipenko (Kingmambo), and the second stakes winner from four runners in Australia after Group 3 winner My Nordic Hero, who is a half-brother to Wyclif’s dam, Altruiste (Montjeu). He was a €30,000 purchase for Jeremy Brummitt, who also bought Russian Camelot (Camelot) to race in Australia, from the Tattersalls October Book 3 Yearling Sale.
English import Gift List (3 f ex Birthstone by Machiavellian) won the Edgewood Stakes (Gr 2, 8.5f) at Churchill Downs on Friday night to become the 17th individual stakes winner for Bated Breath (Dansili). Making just her second start on American soil, the Brian Lynch-trained three-year-old surged late to get the better of Barista (Medaglia D’Oro) by an impressive four and a quarter lengths. There was a further two and half lengths back to Line Dancing (Speightstown) in third, while the previously undefeated favourite Aunt Pearl (Lope De Vega) returned fifth of the seven runners. Gift List is out of the French Group 3 winner Birthstone (Machiavellian), with her second dam Baya (Nureyev) also winning at that level and was second in the Prix de Diane (Gr 1, 2100m). Bated Breath stands at Juddmonte’s Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket where his fee this year is £12,500 (approx. AU$22,380).
La Lune (5 m ex Moonlight Mystery by Pivotal) landed the Nottinghamshire Oaks Stakes (Listed, 1m 2f) at Nottingham on Tuesday to become the 32nd individual stakes winner for the late Champs Elysees (Danehill). The Henry Candy-trained mare gained black type when finishing runner-up at Listed level last year but went one better on her seasonal return, defeating Freyja (Gleneagles) by a neck with Black Lotus (Declaration Of War) another three lengths behind in third. La Lune is one of three winners out of Pivotal (Polar Falcon) mare Moonlight Mystery. Champs Eysees, the sire of five elite-level winners including dual Australian Cup (Gr 1, 2000m) winner Harlem and 1,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) victress Billesdon Brook, died from a heart attack in 2018 aged 15.
On the night that Malathaat gave Curlin (Smart Strike) victory in the Kentucky Oaks, Juddmonte homebred three-year-old Obligatory (3 f ex Uno Duo by Macho Uno) broke through at Group level to become his 79th individual stakes winner on the same card in the Eight Bells Stakes (Gr 2, 7f). The lightly-raced William Mott-trained three-year-old came from the rear of the field and charged down the outside to score by a length from the favourite, Frizette Stakes (Gr 1, 8f) winner Dayoutoftheoffice (Into Mischief), while Make Mischief (Into Mischief) was third. Obligatory is the second foal and winner out of Listed scorer Uno Duo (Macho Uno), who is a half-sister to French Group 1 winner Etoile Montante (Miswaki). Curlin stands at Hill ‘N Dale Farms in Kentucky where his 2021 fee is US$175,000 (approx. AU$226,772).
The Jack Davison-trained Mooneista (3 f ex Moon Unit by Intikhab) landed the Woodlands Stakes (Listed, 5f) at Naas last Monday, earning Ballyhane Stud resident Dandy Man (Mozart) his 19th individual stakes winner. Mooneista was making his tenth start under Wayne Lordan and defeated Harry’s Bar (Exceed And Excel) by three-quarters of a length, with Back To Brussels (Starspangledbanner) half a length further back in third. Mooneista is the sixth winner from seven runners out of Group 3 winner Moon Unit (Intikhab). Dandy Man stands for a 2021 service fee of €15,000 (approx. AU$23,220).
Declaration Of War
Match Maker (6 h ex I’m In Love by Zafonic) landed the Danish Jockey Club Cup (Listed, 1800m) at Klampenborg on Saturday and became the 33rd individual stakes winner for his sire Declaration Of War (War Front). The Catherine Erichsen-trained six-year-old, who was second in last year’s Polar Cup (Listed, 1370m), scored by two lengths and took his record to four wins from 12 starts. Former shuttler Declaration Of War stands at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Kentucky for a fee of US$25,000 (approx. AU$19,300).
Andre Fabre claimed a stakes double on the card at Saint-Cloud with Harajuku (3 f ex Phaenomena by Galileo) breaking through at stakes level on her fifth start in the Prix Cleopatre (Gr 3, 2100m) to become the 173rd individual stakes winner for the late Deep Impact (Sunday Silence). The Flaxman Stables three-year-old was an impressive length-and-a-quarter winner over Incarville (Wootton Bassett) while Crohanne (Havana Gold) was a short-neck third and the favourite Tasmania (Zoffany) was a distant five lengths further adrift in fourth. Out of the dual winner Phaenomena (Galileo), Harajuku is a half-sister to Japanese Grade 2 winner King Of Koji (Lord Kanaloa), while her dam a half-sister to Irish 1,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) winner Nightime (Galieo), who is in turn the dam of Champions Ghaiyyath (Dubawi) and Zhukova (Fastnet Rock).
Coachello (3 g ex Rock Harmonie by Rock Of Gibraltar) took out the Prix du Pont Neuf (Listed, 2400m) at Longchamp on Sunday to earn Dunkerque (Highest Honor) his third individual stakes winner. Ridden by Olivier Peslier, Coachello defeated odds-on favourite Erasmo (Oasis Dream) by a length and a half, with Go Athletico (Goken) two lengths behind the winner in third. Coachello is one of six winners out of Rock Harmonie (Rock Of Gibraltar) and is a half-brother to stakes placed Richemont (Anodin).
The promising Exoboom (3 g ex First Bloom by Dylan Thomas) landed a second individual stakes winner for his sire Exosphere (Lonhro) after winning the Hawkesbury Guineas (Gr 3, 1400m) on Saturday. Raced by Triple Crown Syndications, who purchased the three-year-old for $70,000 out of the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, the gelding was following in the footsteps of the ownership group’s Military Zone (Epaulette), who won the race in 2019. Exoboom won his maiden by six and three-quarter lengths, and has never finished outside the first two in seven starts. Out of the stakes-placed First Bloom, he becomes the first stakes winner in Australia out of a Dylan Thomas (Danehill) mare. Snowden Racing, the trainers of Exoboom, purchased the yearling by Capitalist (Written Tycoon) out of First Bloom at this year’s NZB Karaka Yearling Sale for NZ$100,000.
Fenelon (3 c ex Aigue Marine by Galileo) got the better of fellow joint favourite Soldier Rising (Frankel) in the Prix de l’Avre (Listed, 2400m) at Longchamp on Sunday to become the 173rd individual stakes winner sired by Coolmore shuttler Fastnet Rock (Danehill). The Nicolas Clement-trained colt won by one and a half lengths, with a gap of six lengths back to The Famous Five (Camelot) in third. Fastnet Rock, the sire of 16 stakes winners in Australia and New Zealand this year, will stand in Australia once again next year for a fee of $165,000.
Mohaafeth (3 c ex French Dressing by Sea The Stars) stepped up to stakes company for the first time and became the 64th individual stakes winner for his sire Frankel (Galileo), winning the Newmarket Stakes (Listed, 1m2f) for William Haggas and Shadwell. The winner of two of his four starts, including over course and distance last month, Mohaafeth made easy work of his rivals, hacking up by five lengths over the favourite Secret Protector (War Front) and Inigo Jones (New Approach) who were split by half a length respectively. Purchased for 350,000gns from Normandie Stud at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 1, Mohaafeth is out of the Listed winner French Dressing (Sea The Stars) and is from the family of Group 1 winner Sultanina (New Approach). The following day, Petricor (3 f ex Ruscombe by Dansili) got off the mark at stakes level when landing the Prix Finlande (Listed, 1800m) at Longchamp to become Frankel’s (Galileo) 65th individual stakes winner. The Andre Fabre-trained filly was sent off a short-priced favourite for the Listed contest after finishing runner-up in the Prix Vanteaux (Gr 3, 1800m) last start and justified her odds (2-5) with a short-neck defeat of Sky Sister (Maxios). Roman Bamb (Holy Roman Emperor) was another head behind in third. Frankel stands at Juddmonte’s Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket for a fee of £175,000 (approx. AU$313,332) and is represented by Group 1 winner Hungry Heart in Australia.
Baby Rider (3 c Gyrella by Oasis Dream) landed three wins on the bounce on Saturday when taking out the Prix Greffulhe (Gr 2, 2100m) at Saint-Cloud for Pascal Bary. On his first start in stakes company, Baby Rider became the ninth individual stakes winner for 2,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) winner Gleneagles (Galileo). Tracking the leaders, he challenged two furlongs from home and was driven to the lead close home to win by a neck from Smile Makers (Kendargent), while race favourite Martial Eagle (Adlerflug) was a further two-and-a-half lengths back in third. Baby Rider was purchased for €220,000 at the Arqana Deauville August Yearling Sale and he is out of the stakes-placed Gyrella (Oasis Dream), who is a half-sister to Epsom Derby (Gr 1, 1m4f) hero Wings Of Eagles (Pour Moi). Gleneagles stands at Coolmore in Ireland where his fee this year is €25,000 (approx. AU$38,940).
Mystery Angel (3 f ex Angel Grace by Dark Angel) took out the Pretty Polly Stakes (Listed, 1m 2f) at Newmarket on Sunday to become Kodi Bear’s (Kodiac) third individual stakes winner. The George Boughey-trained filly defeated Sea Karats (Sea The Stars) by a length and three-quarters, with Taslima (Golden Horn) five lengths behind the winner in third. Mystery Angel, a 22,000gns buy from last year’s Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale, is the first foal out of winning mare Angel Grace (Dark Angel). Kodi Bear stands at Rathbarry Stud for a fee of €6,000 (approx. AU$9,345).
Lope De Vega
Duhail (5 h ex Single by Singspiel) topped a good Saturday for Lope De Vega (Shamardal) following Archedemus’s win in the Hawkesbury Gold Cup when the Andre Fabre-trained gelding became the 80th individual stakes winner for the sire in the Prix du Muguet (Gr 2, 1600m) at Saint-Cloud. The five-year-old was coming off the back of a neck second in the Prix Edmond Blanc (Gr 3, 1600m) and he showed a good turn of foot in the final furlong to win by a length and a half from Pretreville (Acclamation). There was a further three-quarters of a length back to Classic winner Victor Ludorum (Shamardal) in third and fourth place went to the favourite and fellow Group 1 winner The Revenant (Dubawi). Duhail is raced by Al Shaqab, who purchased him for €300,000 at the Arqana Breeze-Up Sale from Star Bloodstock. He is out of the Group 3-placed Single (Singspiel), who is a half-sister to Group winners Kenya (Galileo) and Zantenda (Zamindar). Lope De Vega stands at Ballylinch Stud in Ireland where his fee for 2020 was €125,000 (approx. AU$ 194,700), but he is also available for a limited amount of select southern hemisphere covers.
Mayson (Invincible Spirit) sired his ninth stakes winner when Rohaan (3 g ex Vive Les Rouges by Acclamation) caused an upset in the Pavilion Stakes (Gr 3, 6f) at Ascot, winning at 22-1 for trainer David Evans. The three-year-old was making his 12th start as he defeated Saint Lawrence (Al Kazeem) by a length a quarter, with Spycatcher (Vadamos) third, two and a half lengths behind the winner. A £36,000 yearling buy, Rohaan was bought by his current trainer for 20,000gns at last year’s Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale. Mayson stands for a fee of £4,000 (Approx. AU$7,150) and is represented by Group 1 winner Oxted who is out of Choisir (Danehill Dancer) mare Charlotte Rosina.
Grocer Jack (4 c ex Good Donna by Doyen) landed the Premio Ambrosiano (Gr 3, 2000m) at Milan on Sunday to earn Juddmonte’s Oasis Dream (Green Desert) his 124th individual stakes winner. The Waldemar Hickst-trained four-year-old defeated fellow German bred No Limit Credit (Night Of Thunder) by a length and three-quarters, with Shalamba (Zoffany) half a length further back in third. Oasis Dream stands at Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket for a fee of £20,000 (approx. AU$35,807).
Ocean Park (Thorn Park) sired his 15th individual stakes winner, with six at Group 2 level or higher, when Fabric (5 m ex Haberdashery by Pins) won the Queen Of The South Stakes (Gr 2, 1600m) at her fifth attempt in stakes company. Wearing the silks of her breeder Waikato Stud, Fabric defeated Shop Til I Drop (Savabeel), who was also bred at the New Zealand nursery, by a quarter of a length, with Maximak (Smart Missile), a sister to the stakes-winning Missile Mantra, in third, a half-length behind the winner. Ocean Park stood for NZ$20,000 (plus GST) last year, with his fee for 2021 yet to be announced and is the sire of elite-level winners Kolding, Tofane and Ocean Billy.
Lambo (3 c ex Linarda by Rock Of Gibraltar) stepped up from his third-start maiden win at Fontainebleau last month to collect the Bavarian Classic (Gr 3, 2000m) at Munich on Saturday and became the first stakes winner for his Melbourne Cup- (Gr 1, 3200m) winning sire Protectionist (Monsun). The three-year-old got the better of Virginia Storm (Soldier Hollow) by a length and a quarter, while the dual Group-placed favourite Sea Of Sands (Sea The Stars) was a further two lengths back in third. Lambo was unsold twice as a yearling for €5,000 and €9,000. He is out of the four-time winning Danish-bred mare Linarda (Rock Of Gibraltar) and he becomes the first stakes winner under the first two dams of his pedigree to date. Protectionist stands at Gestut Rottgen in Germany for €6,500 (approx. AU$10,124).
Pierina (Savabeel) stamped her authority on the Travis Stakes (Gr 2, 2000m) field with a dominant display under jockey Michael McNab, much to the delight of trainer Stephen Marsh: “That was a good field and she just destroyed them,” he said. “She had just thrived so much off her last run and was ready to go a big race.” Marsh was also full of praise for McNab. “It was a tremendous ride as he never covered an inch of extra ground,” Marsh said. “He only came around one horse and that was in the straight when he set her alight. She is a mare that is really only just coming right, so to pick up a black type placing last week and top that off with a Group 2 win is very special and a real boost to her broodmare prospects.” Pierina became the 46th individual stakes winner for Savabeel (Zabeel), and was purchased by Bruce Perry at the 2016 Karaka Select Sale for NZ$110,000. She is now the winner of five starts. Savabeel stood at Waikato Stud for a fee of NZ$100,000 last year.
The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Embracer (5 g ex Leone Chiara by Lion Hunter) secured a first win at stakes level when winning the Hawkesbury Gold Rush (Listed, 1100m) at the Clarendon track’s feature raceday on Saturday, becoming the 67th individual stakes winner for his deceased Golden Slipper-winning sire Sebring (More Than Ready). The five-year-old, who recorded his sixth win from just 14 starts, raced three-wide turning the bend and drew clear in the straight to defeat Wayupinthesky (Snitzel) by a length and three-quarters, with Adelong (Medaglia D’Oro) third, two lengths behind the winner. The recently gelded Embracer, a half-brother to Group 1 winner Star Witness (Starcraft) and the stakes-winning Nostradamus (Medaglia D’Oro), was a $280,000 purchase from the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.
Siyouni (Pivotal) continues his remarkable record with his runners in Australia, after See You In Spring (2 f ex Spring Colours by Shamardal) became his second stakes winner from six to race in the country, while a further two are stakes placed. See You In Spring’s victory in the Without Fear Stakes (Listed, 1050m) means she joins Todman Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) winner Aylmerton as a black-type winner for her sire in Australia, who stands at Haras de Bonneval in France, while she is her sire’s 46th individual stakes winner worldwide. Bred by Woodpark Stud to southern hemisphere time, See You In Spring was an $85,000 purchase from the Inglis Ready2Race Sale in October last year for First Light Racing. She is out of Shamardal (Giant’s Causeway) mare Spring Colours, a half-sister to the stakes-placed Tarbawi (Anabaa) and Red Label (Dubawi). Since her export to Australia she has produced a yearling colt by Astern (Lonhro) and has a weanling filly by Aylmerton, while she was placed in foal to Pariah (Redoute’s Choice) last year.
Star Turn (Star Witness) got off the mark with his first winner at stakes level as he sired the quinella in the Dalrello Stakes (Listed, 1000m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday. Miss Hipstar (2 f ex Single Style by Not A Single Doubt) took her record to three wins from five starts as she held off the fast-finishing Stellar Magic by half a length, who got the better of Ashema (I Am Invincible) by a short-head on the line. Miss Hipstar was a $150,000 purchase for Kelly Schweida from the Vinery Stud draft at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale last year. She is the third foal out of stakes-winning mare Single Style (Not A Single Doubt), whose progeny average $338,750 from four yearlings to sell at auction. Her More Than Ready (Southern Halo) filly sold for $425,000 to Schweida at the Magic Millions this year. She has a weanling filly by Zoustar (Northern Meteor) and is currently in foal to Exceedance (Exceed And Excel). Star Turn, who is also the sire of the stakes-placed Astrologer and Pegasi, stands for an unchanged fee of $16,500 at Vinery Stud in 2021.
Toronado’s (High Chaparral) superb Australian form has translated to the start of the European season, as the Swettenham Stud shuttler recorded a 13th individual stakes winner when his daughter Illykato (3 f ex Key Light by Acclamation) won the Conqueror Stakes (Listed, 1m) at Goodwood on Saturday for trainer Mick Channon. Making her seventh start, the three-year-old snatched victory on the line from Agincourt (Declaration Of War), with Lilac Road (Mastercraftsman) a short-head away in third. Illykato was a 68,000gns purchase for Kilbridge Equine and Paul Moroney Bloodstock. The Al Shaqab-owned Toronado sired his first Group 1 winner through Masked Crusader in the William Reid Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) this year, his success earning a fee rise to $49,500 from $27,500 for the upcoming Australian breeding season.
The ill-fated Unencumbered (Testa Rossa) sired his fourth individual stakes winner as Beau Rossa (3 g ex My Choisir by Choisir) became his first winner at Group 2 level when winning the Tobin Bronze Stakes (Registered as the Euclase Stakes) (Gr 2, 1200m) at Morphettville on Saturday. The Will Clarken-trained three-year-old won by one and a half lengths ahead of a three-way dead heat for second, shared by Litchfield County (Sebring), Ranting (Zoustar) and Minhaaj (Exceed And Excel). Beau Rossa was an $80,000 purchase out of the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale from the Three Bridges draft, while his race record now stands at four wins from eight starts. He is the third foal out of winning mare My Choisir (Choisir), who has a weanling filly by Puissance De Lune (Shamardal).
Flag’s Up (3 c ex Baby Revolution by High Chaparral) became the sixth individual stakes winner for War Command (War Front) after taking out the Premio Emanuele Filiberto (Listed, 2000m) at Milan on Sunday. Ridden by Mario Sanna, Flag’s Up finished ahead of Vento Di Passioni (Frankel) and Wild Explosion (The Gurkha). War Command stands at Haras de Gelos in France for a fee of €3,500 (approx. AU$5,451).