Stallion Watch

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New winners

No Nay Never – Need I Say More (2 g ex Bo Bardi by Fastnet Rock) backed up an impressive barrier trial win last month to score a comfortable debut victory at Matamata on sunday for the powerful Te Akau Racing team and in the process, delivered No Nay Never (Scat Daddy) with his first southern hemisphere-bred winner. The Coolmore shuttler, who is the sire of 20 stakes winners including Group 1 scorers Ten Sovereigns and Brooke, stood for a fee of $44,000 (inc GST) in 2019 at Coolmore Australia. His 2020 northern hemisphere fee is €175,000.

Outreach – Widden Stud-based stallion Outreach (Exceed And Excel) sired his first winner on Thursday when Pee Dee (2 g ex Hot’n’dreamin by Nothin’ Leica Dane) won a 900metre two-year-old handicap at Scone. The Greg Ryan-trained gelding was retained to race by his breeder David Parker and is the fourth winner out of Hot’n’dreamin (Nothin’ Leica Dane), who herself is a sister to dual-Group 1 winner Hot Danish. Out of the Snippets (Lunchtime) mare Bahia, Outreach is a brother to Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winner Overreach. He had only one race start where he finished second to Vancouver (Medaglia d’Oro) in the Canonbury Stakes (Gr 3, 1100m). Outreach stood at Widden Stud for a fee of $7,700 (inc GST) in 2019 and has five yearlings on offer at the upcoming Inglis Classic Sale. 

Press Statement – Vinery Stud resident Press Statement (Hinchinbrook) sired his first winner on Friday when Spokesman (2 c ex Calaluna by Mujahid) broke his maiden second-up over 1250 metres at Canterbury. A $270,000 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale purchase last year, being knocked down to Star Thoroughbreds and Randwick Bloodstock (FBAA) from the draft of Fairview Park Stud, Spokesman is from the family of Victory Vein (Mr Henrysee), who was crowned Australia’s champion two-year-old filly in 2001-02. Press Statement covered 161 mares at a fee of $16,500 (inc GST) last year, while Fairview are set to offer a Your Song (Fastnet Rock) half-sister to Spokesman at this year’s edition of the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale. She is catalogued as Lot 36.

Spill The Beans – The Peter Fleming-trained Java Sparrow (2 f ex Sintessa by Snippets) produced an imperious performance to win by five lengths on debut at Bowen yesterday and in doing so handed late Aquis Farm shuttler Spill The Beans (Snitzel) his fourth individual juvenile winner. Spill The Beans covered 116 mares at a fee of $11,000 (inc GST) last year prior to dying suddenly in November. Unbeaten as a two-year-old, he won the Hawkesbury Guineas (Gr 3, 1400m) and QTC Cup (Gr 2, 1300m) at three, while he shuttled to the National Stud in Newmarket for one northern hemisphere breeding season in 2018. Spill The Beans has one youngster catalogued at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale. She is Lot 741.

New Group / Grade 1 winners

Captain Al – The ultra-consistent One World (4 c ex Aquilonia by Giant’s Causeway) posted his tenth win in 14 starts when getting the better of Rainbow Bridge (Ideal World) to register a breakthrough elite-level success in South Africa’s most notable race, the Sun Met (Gr 1, 2000m) at Kenilworth on Saturday. One World’s victory provided his sire Captain Al (Al Mufti) with his 23rd individual Group/Grade 1 winner.  

What A Winter – Russet Air (4 g ex Icy Air by Jallad) made amends for his disappointing defeat last time out when he ran out a surprise winner of Saturday’s Cape Flying Championship (Gr 1, 1000m) at Kenilworth. Russet Air has now won five of his 15 starts, with yesterday’s victory providing his sire What A Winter (Western Winter) with just his second individual Group/Grade 1 winner. 


New Stakes winners

American Pharoah – Coolmore shuttle stallion American Pharoah (Pioneerof The Nile) landed his fifth individual stakes winner on Sunday when Harvey’s Lil Goil’s (3 f ex Gloria S by Tapit) took out the Busanda Stakes (Listed, 9f) by a comfortable margin of seven and a half lengths and stamped herself as a genuine Kentucky Oaks (Gr 1, 9f) contender. Water White (Conveyance) was second with Fiftyshays Ofgreen (Bernardini) a further four and a quarter lengths back in third. 

Canford Cliffs – Highlands Farm Stud resident Canford Cliffs (Tagula) sired his 16th individual stakes-winner on Sunday when Money Matters (3 g ex Miz Nicholls by Danehill) took out the Rangeview Stud Classic (Listed, 1400m) at Bunbury. Money Matters is related to Group 1 winner Shinzig (Danehill) as well as Group 1 runner-up Hawkshot (Fiorente). Canford Cliffs shuttled to Blue Gum Farm for five seasons and now resides in South Africa.

Dubawi – A breakthrough win from Secret Advisor (6 g ex Sub Rose by Galileo) in Thursday’s Meydan Cup (Listed, 2800m) provided Darley’s super sire Dubawi (Dubai Millennium) with his 181st individual stakes winner. Secret Advisor has now won three of his nine starts with a further three placings. 

Ghibellines – White Robe Lodge stallion Ghibellines (Shamardal) sired his first stakes winner when El Gladiador (3 g ex Querella by Haafiz) landed Saturday’s Dunedin Guineas (Listed, 1500m) at Wingatui. Standing for a service fee of $6,000, Ghibellines has sired three individual winners to date. El Gladiador, who was his sire’s first-ever winner when scoring on debut in December 2018. now heads that list, while Live Drama and Ranger have both placed at Listed level. 

O’Reilly  – The late Waikato Stud stallion O’Reilly (Last Tycoon) sired his 95th individual stakes winner when Killarny (7 g ex Irish Colleen by Shinko King) landed the White Robe Lodge WFA (Gr 3, 1600m) at Wingatui on Saturday. Bred by part-owner Daniel Nakhle and his father Elias, Killarney is out of the well-performed racemare Irish Colleen who won seven races including the Concorde Handicap (Gr 2, 1200m).

Real Impact – Lauda Sion’s (3 c ex Antiphona by Songandaprayer) victory in the Crocus Stakes (Listed, 1400m) at Tokyo on Saturday provided George Ryder Stakes (Gr 1, 1500m) winner Real Impact (Deep Impact) with his first stakes winner. Lauda Sion, who has now won three of his five starts, is a half-brother to Ambrosio (Rose Kingdom) who finished second in the Crocus Stakes two years ago. He is the third winner from four foals out of the winning Songandaprayer (Unbridled’s Song) mare Antiphona who visited Real Steel (Deep Impact) last year.

Redoute’s Choice – The late champion stallion Redoute’s Choice (Danehill) sired his 171st stakes winner on Saturday as the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Prague (2 c Redoute’s Choice ex Purely Spectacular by Pins) took out the Canonbury Stakes (Gr 3, 1100m) at Randwick yesterday. The colt was having just his second race-start but his perfect record remains in tact after winning on debut at Canterbury. Arrowfield Stud announced the death of their resident sire Redoute’s Choice at age 22 in March last year. The son of Danehill (Danzig) has ten lots catalogued at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale in April.

Road To Rock – Wellfield Lodge resident Road To Rock (Encosta De Lago) sired his fourth individual stakes scorer on Saturday courtesy of a win for Sitarist (5 m ex Sita by Bertolini) in the Dunedin Gold Cup (Listed, 2400m) at Wingatui. The dual Group 1 winner, whose son Beauty Generation has landed multiple Group races in Hong Kong, stood for a fee of $5000 (plus GST) in 2019.

Roc de Cambes  – The Oaks Stud-based stallion Roc de Cambes (Red Ransom) sired his fourth individual stakes winner on Saturday when Seven Seas (3 f ex Just Keepher by Keeper) took out the Taranaki Oaks Prelude (Listed, 1800m) at New Plymouth. Standing for a fee of $5,000 in 2019, Roc de Cambes is responsible for New Zealand Derby (Gr 1, 2400m) winner Vin De Dance as well as Toorak Handicap (Gr 1, 1600m) winner He’s Our Rokkii. 

Shamardal – The speedy Good Effort (5 c ex Magical Crown by Distorted Humor) ran his rivals ragged as he made all to come home a clear winner of Saturday’s Cleves Stakes (Listed, 6f) on Lingfield’s Polytrack. In winning his fifth race from 20 starts, Good Effort provided Darley’s Shamardal (Giant’s Causeway) with his 144th individual stakes winner.

Stratum – The late stallion Stratum (Redoute’s Choice) landed his 43rd stakes winner on Saturday when Vamos Raffa (3 g ex Villa De Madrid by Mossman) took out the Tasmanian Derby (Listed, 2200m) at Hobart. Stratum, winner of the 2005 Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) stood at Widden Stud and died of a heart attack in 2016, aged 14. 

Sweynesse – Novara Park-based stallion Sweynesse (Lonhro) sired his maiden stakes winner on Saturday as Bonita Aurelia (2 f ex Cassie May by Red Clubs) took out the Woburn Classic (Gr 3, 1200m) at New Plymouth. The Group 1 runner-up has had just six runners and stood for a fee of $6,000 (inc GST) in 2019. 

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