Stallion Watch

First for Sioux Nation

New winners
Sioux Nation (pictured above) – Former Swettenham Stud shuttler Sioux Nation (Scat Daddy) got off to the perfect start with his southern hemisphere-bred two-year-olds when Shaddow Fear (2 f ex Noetic by Cape Cross) became the stallion’s first Australian winner from his very first runner when claiming the Magic Millions Plate (1100m) at Ascot. Trained by Luke Fernie, Shaddow Fear won by a length and three-quarters ahead of More Special (Safeguard). Shaddow Fear was a $22,000 buy from the Leneva Park draft at the 2021 Great Southern Weanling Sale. He is the third winner from five to race out of Noetic (Cape Cross). Sioux Nation, who from his first northern hemisphere-bred crop sired 45 winners, including three stakes winners, from 94 runners, stood one season at the Victorian stud, producing 39 foals. He stands the upcoming northern hemisphere breeding season at Coolmore Stud for a fee of €17,500 (approx. AU$27,490). 

U S Navy Flag – Coolmore’s U S Navy Flag (War Front) sired his 12th individual northern hemisphere-bred winner when Conquistador (2 g ex El Diamante by Royal Applause) took out a Wolverhampton novice event over five furlongs. Now trained by George Boughey, the youngster was running for the fifth time as he made a successful debut for new connections, beating Radio Goo Goo (Havana Grey) by a length and three-quarters. Favourite Megan Moon (Starspangledbanner) finished third, three lengths behind the winner. Conquistador is the fourth foal out of El Diamante (Royal Applause) making him a half-brother to the Listed winner Agincourt (Declaration Of War). El Diamante herself is half-sister to the US Grade 1 winner Desert Blanc (Desert Style). U S Navy Flag, who has now had 50 individual starters, will stand the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season for a fee of €10,000 (approx. AU$15,710).


New Group / Grade 1 winners

Arrogate – Fun To Dream (3 f ex Lutess by Maria’s Mon) became the fourth individual elite-level winner for Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song) when staying on well to take out Santa Anita’s La Brea Stakes (Gr 1, 7f). Trained by Bob Baffert, the filly was winning for the fifth time in six starts as she beat Awake At Midnyte (Nyquist) by three-quarters of a length. Kirstenbosch (Midnight Lute) finished four lengths behind the winner in third. Bred by the winning trainer in partnership with Connie Pageler, Fun to Dream is out of Lutess (Maria’s Mon), who is also the dam of multiple stakes winner Heck Yeah (Acclamation). Arrogate, who died in 2020, has now had 113 individual starters. 

Duramente – Dura Erede (2 c ex Marchesa by Orfevre) pulled off a massive shock when taking out the Hopeful Stakes (Gr 1, 2000m) at Nakayama and in the process became the fourth individual elite-level winner for the late Duramente (King Kamehameha). Sent off a 90-1 chance having just a maiden win to his name in four previous starts, the Manabu Ikezoe-trained colt belied his odds to beat Top Knife (Declaration Of War) by a nose. King’s Reign (Rulership) finished third, a length and a quarter behind the winner. Dura Erede is out of Orfevre’s (Stay Gold) daughter Marchesa, a half-sister to dual Grade 1 winner Satono Diamond (Deep Impact). Duramente, who died in 2021, has now had 416 individual starters.   

Shocking – Defibrillate (8 g ex Our Chickaroonie by Groom Dancer) provided Rich Hill Stud stallion Shocking (Street Cry) with a third elite-level winner when scoring in the Zabeel Classic (Gr 1, 2050m) at Pukekohe. Ridden by Warren Kennedy for Graham Richardson and Rogan Norvall, the eight-year-old gelding found plenty in the finish to wear down last-start Captain Cook Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Prise De Fer (Savabeel) by one and three-quarter lengths in a rousing battle. The pair finished two and a half lengths clear of pacesetter Polly Grey (Azamour) in third place. Out of Our Chickaroonie (Groom Dancer), Defibrillate is a half-brother to Listed winner Italian Princess (Bertolini). Shocking, who has now had 343 individual starters, stands for a fee of $12,500 (plus GST).

Starspangledbanner – Starspangledbanner (Choisir) sired his sixth elite-level winner courtesy of Rhea Moon’s (3 f ex Callisto Star by Fastnet Rock) narrow success in the American Oaks (Gr 1, 10f) at Santa Anita. The Phil D’Amato-trained filly overcame a troublesome passage to beat her stablemate School Dance (Animal Kingdom) by a head with Sparkle Blue (Hard Spun) three-quarters of a length further away in third. Now the winner of four of her nine starts, Rhea Moon started her career in Ireland, where she finished placed on both of her runs before her switch stateside. She is the first stakes winner for her dam, the unraced Callisto Star (Fastnet Rock), who has produced two winners from as many starters. Starspangledbanner, who has now had 501 individual starters, will stand the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season at Coolmore in Ireland for a fee of €50,000 (approx. AU$78,545).


New stakes winners

Adaay – Dicey Mo Chara (4 g ex Leonica by Lion Cavern) landed the San Gabriel Stakes (Gr 2, 9f) at Santa Anita and in the process became the sixth individual stakes winner for Adaay (Kodiac). Trained by Leonard Powell, the Irish import was scoring for the fourth time in 17 starts as he beat Flashiest (Mizzen Mast) by half a length. Favourite Masteroffoxhounds (Was Front), another who initially raced in Ireland, was a further length away in third. Bred by Worksop Manor Stud, Dicey Mo Chara is the ninth foal out of the winning mare Leonica (Lion Cavern), making him a half-brother to five winners. Adday, who has now had 171 individual starters, stands at Allevamento di Besnate in Italy for a fee of €5,000 (approx. AU$7,855).

Adelaide – The Tracey Bartley-trained Barossa Rosa (5 m ex Androssa by Testa Rossa) produced a performance full of determination when digging deep to score a first stakes win in the Nudgee Stakes (Listed, 1200m) at Doomben. Providing Coolmore stallion Adelaide (Galileo) with a fourth individual stakes winner from 143 starters, the five-year-old mare just held on by a short-head over defending champion Salateen (I Am Invincible). The pair pulled a further two lengths clear of Sneaky Five (Fastnet Rock) in third place. Barossa Rosa is the best of two winners from five to race out of the unraced Testa Rossa (Perugino) mare Androssa, whose dam Canny Me (Canny Lad) is out of a half-sister to AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) winner Align (Night Shift). Androssa has a yearling filly by Smart Missile (Fastnet Rock) and a colt foal by Graff (Star Witness). Cox Plate (Gr 1, 2040m) hero Adelaide stands for a fee of $5,500 (inc GST).

California Chrome – One More Bid (3 g ex Never Grow Old by Scat Daddy) did just enough to edge out favourite Balnikhov (Adaay) in the Santa Anita Mathis Mile Stakes (Gr 2, 1m) and become the ninth individual stakes winner for California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit). A nose separated the front two crossing the line with Sumter (War Front) a length and a quarter away in third. Trained by Ryan Hanson, One More Bid has now won twice from nine starts. Purchased by Matt Dohman of California Racing Partners for US$55,000 at Fasig-Tipton in 2021, he is out of the Scat Daddy (Johannesburg) mare Never Grow Old, who also has a filly who has placed in Japan. California Chrome, who has now had 370 individual starters, stands at Arrow Stud in Japan for a fee of ¥4,000,000 (approx. AU$44,830).

Deep Field – Fashion Legend (3 g ex Sarong by Exceed And Excel) provided Newgate Farm stallion Deep Field (Northern Meteor) with a 23rd individual stakes winner from 461 starters when scoring a narrow success in the Vo Rogue Plate (Gr 3, 1350m) at Doomben. Trained by Richard and Will Freedman, the three-year-old gelding rose to the challenge of a first stakes contest and ran on well in the closing stages to deny the fast-finishing favourite Count Da Beans (Spill The Beans) by a head with Stroll (Snitzel) a further length behind in third. Bred by Rosemont Stud, Fashion Legend is the second winner out of Sarong (Exceed And Excel), a winning half-sister to the dam of multiple Group 1 winner Fashions Afield (Redoute’s Choice) and Group 3 winner Runway Star (Northern Meteor). Sarong had a colt by North Pacific (Brazen Beau) last year and was then covered by Deep Field’s Group 1-winning son Portland Sky. Deep Field stands at Newgate Farm for $88,000 (inc GST).

I Am Invincible – The Annabel Neasham-trained Anavinci (3 f ex Anabandana by Anabaa) took her unbeaten record to two when she landed the Gosford Guineas (Listed, 1200m), providing I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) with an 88th individual stakes winner in the process. Ridden by Chad Schofield, the three-year-old filly dug deep to fend off the late challenge of Russian Conquest (Russian Revolution) by a neck with a further head back to the favourite Hell I Am (Hellbent). Out of Anabandana (Anabaa), herself a half-sister to stakes winner Gybe (Fastnet Rock), Anavinci is a half-sister to Group 2 winner Packing Rockstar (Fastnet Rock). I Am Me (4 m ex Mefnooda by Medaglia D’Oro) became I Am Invincible’s 89th individual stakes winner when claiming the Canterbury Sprint (Listed, 1200m). The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained four-year-old was sent off the $1.60 favourite and duly saluted, running a track record time over the 1200-metre course to win by a length and a quarter ahead of Spaceboy (Deep Field). Dragonstone (Mikki Isle) finished two and a half lengths from the winner in third. The time was clocked at 1.08.45 on the Good 3 surface. I Am Me, who has now won her last four races, is raced by Dynamic Syndications, who purchased the mare for $210,000 from the Segenhoe Stud draft at the 2020 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. Champion sire I Am Invincible has had 970 runners and stands for a fee of $247,500 (inc GST). 

Iffraaj – The Ellis Winsloe-trained Humbucker (6 g ex Temeraire by Flying Spur) provided former Darley shuttle stallion Iffraaj (Zafonic) with an 89th individual stakes winner when scoring in the Timaru Cup (Listed, 1600m) at Phar Lap. Ridden by Kylie Williams, the six-year-old gelding was angled wide into the straight before coming home strongly to beat Monza Circuito (Showcasing) by one and a half lengths with a further neck back to The Buffer (Reliable Man) in third. Out of the winning Flying Spur (Danehill) mare Temeraire, Humbucker is a half-brother to winners Delilah Deltoro (Benicio), Jazamour (Azamour) and Therenback (Zacinto). Iffraaj, who has now had 1087 individual starters, stands at Dalham Hall Stud for a fee of £15,000 (approx. AU$26,670).

Into Mischief – Lady T (3 f ex Red Carpet Miss by Malibu Moon) became the 119th individual stakes winner for Into Mischief (Harlan’s Holiday) when she notched her second success in 11 starts by taking out the Las Flores Stakes (Gr 3, 6f) at Santa Anita. Trained by John Shirreffs, the filly beat Manorelli (Outwork) by a length and a quarter with Doris May (Dads Cap) another half a length away in third. A US$235,000 purchase by Michael Dorsey from the Paramount Sales consignment to the 2020 September Yearling Sale at Keeneland, Lady T, who was bred in Kentucky by Springhouse Farm and Circular Rd Breeders, became the first stakes winner for her dam, the Malibu Moon (A.P. Indy) mare Red Carpet Miss. Five of the dam’s six foals have raced, with three victorious. Into Mischief, who has now had 1,133 individual starters, will stand the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season at Spendthrift Farm for a fee of US$250,000 (approx. AU$367,375).

Kermadec – Trobriand (2 c ex Arboreal by Lonhro) stretched his unbeaten record to three and put himself firmly in the picture for the Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) later in the month when getting the better of Talisker (Embellish) in the Eclipse Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) at Te Rapa. In beating his Mark Walker-trained stablemate by three-quarters of a length, Trobriand became the sixth individual stakes winner for Kermadec (Teofilo) from 119 starters. To Catch A Thief (U S Navy Flag) finished third, another three-quarters of a length away. Bred by Windsor Park Stud, Trobriand is raced by the Te Akau Island Paradise Racing Partnership and was a $260,000 yearling purchase by Te Akau Racing boss David Ellis out of the stud’s 2022 Book 1 draft at Karaka. Windsor Park will offer a half-brother by Russian Revolution as Lot 39 during the Book 1 Sale at the New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sale at Karaka which starts on January 29.

Magnus – Widden Victoria stallion Magnus (Flying Spur) sired his 26th individual stakes winner when How’s The Serenity (5 m ex Sweet Serenity by Pearl Of Love) won the Summer Scorcher (Listed, 1000m) at Ascot. The Simon Miller-trained mare, returning first-up this preparation, defeated Wilchino (Maschino) by a length and a quarter, with Carocapo (Husson) and Acromantula (Written Tycoon) dead-heating for third, a half-length further adrift. How’s The Serenity led from start to finish in the 1000-metre dash to take her record to eight wins from 20 starts. A $40,000 buy for her trainer from the Scenic Lodge draft at the 2019 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale, How’s The Serenity is one of three winners from four to race out of Sweet Serenity (Pearl Of Love), herself a half-sister to Listed winner Private Dancer (Oratorio). Sweet Serenity’s two-year-old filly by Highland Reel (Galileo) was a $40,000 buy for John Chalmers Bloodstock and Erkelens Racing at last year’s Perth yearling sale. Magnus, who has had 684 runners, stood for a fee of $16,500 (inc GST) in 2022. 

Mendelssohn – Classical Cat (2 c ex Conquest Strate Up by Not Bourbon) became the second individual stakes winner for Mendelssohn (Scat Daddy) when landing the Eddie Logan Stakes (Listed, 1m) at Santa Anita. The Phil D’Amato-trained juvenile beat First Peace (Funtastic) and Nagirroc (Lea) by half a length and the same to register his third win from four starts. Bred in Kentucky, Classical Cat is out of the stakes-winning Not Bourbon (Not Impossible) mare Conquest Strate Up. He became his dam’s first stakes winner from five foals, two of which have raced. A pair of her foals are not yet of racing age: a filly born in 2021 by Hard Spun (Danzig) and a Tiz The Law (Constitution) colt born in 2022. Classical Cat was a US$65,000 purchase at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Mendelssohn, who has now had 91 individual starters, stands at Ashford Stud in Kentucky for a fee of US$25,000 (approx. AU$36,740).

Ocean Park – Dionysus (5 g ex La Quinta by Tavistock) became the 19th individual stakes winner for Ocean Park (Thorn Park) from 185 starters when posting a half-length win over Self Obsession (Shocking) in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (Gr 3, 2400m) at Te Rapa. Trained by Roger James and Robert Wellwood for long-time stable clients Ron and Fran Dixon, Dionysus was winning for the fifth time in 19 starts. Zee Falls (Sacred Falls) finished third, three and a half lengths behind the winner. Epona Park will offer a yearling half-sister to Dionysus by Ardrossan (Redoute’s Choice) as Lot 848 during the Book 2 sale at Karaka later this month.

Pride Of Dubai – Deny Knowledge (5 m ex The Paris Shrug by Manduro) provided Coolmore stallion Pride Of Dubai (Street Cry) with a 15th individual stakes winner when winning the Belle Of The Turf Stakes (Gr 3, 1600m) at Gosford. Ridden by Josh Richards for Mick Kent, the five-year-old mare came home a dominant two and a half length scorer over Thalassophile (Not A Single Doubt) with a further head back to She’s The Gift (Power) in third. Deny Knowledge is the first winner out of The Paris Shrug (Manduro), a winning half-sister to Ascot Gold Cup (Gr 1, 2m 4f) winner Big Orange (Duke Of Marmalade). Pride Of Dubai, who has now had 354 starters, stands for a fee of $16,500 (inc GST).

Proisir – Prowess (3 f ex Donna Marie by Don Eduardo) returned to winning ways and in some style when landing the Auckland Guineas (Gr 2, 1600m) at Te Rapa to become the 11th individual stakes winner for Proisir (Choisir) from 210 starters. Freshened by Roger James and Robert Wellwood after a placing against the boys in the New Zealand 2,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) in early November, Prowess crossed the finish line three-quarters of a length in front of Waitak (Proisir) with a gap of two and half lengths to the third home, Dynastic (Almanzor). James and Wellwood paid $230,000 at Karaka 2021 for Prowess, who they bought for long-time stable client Dean Skipper. She is out of the placed Don Eduardo (Zabeel) mare Donna Marie, making her a half-sister to the Listed-placed Ajay Tee (Foxwedge).

Savabeel – The Te Akau Racing-owned Synchronize (4 m ex Splitz by O’Reilly) took her career record to four wins from eight starts when coming home victorious in the Hallmark Stud Handicap (Listed, 1200m) at Pukekohe. Providing Waikato Stud stallion Savabeel (Zabeel) with a 128th individual stakes winner, the Mark Walker-trained four-year-old mare was having her first start since August but made light work of the absence to comfortably beat Green Aeon (Snitzel) by two and a quarter lengths. Funny Girl (Showcasing) finished a further one and three-quarter lengths behind in third. Out of the O’Reilly (Last Tycoon) mare Splits, Synchronize is a sister to winners Simkin, Kanzai and Spaltet. Savabeel, who has now had 1185 individual starters, stands for a private fee.

Uncle Mo – A Mo Reay (3 f ex Margaret Reay by Pioneerof The Nile) provided Coolmore’s Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie) with his 87th individual stakes winner courtesy of her victory in the Pago Hop Stakes (Listed, 8.5f) at Fair Grounds. The Brad Cox-trained three-year-old beat Free Like A Girl (El Deal) by three lengths as she scored for the third time in ten starts. Trobairitz (Summer Front) finished another head away in third. Sold for US$400,000 as a yearling, before fetching the same amount when going through the ring in November last year, A Mo Reay is the second foal out of the US Graded stakes-placed turf winner Margaret Reay (Pioneerof The Nile). Uncle Mo, who has now had 1,082 individual starters, will stand the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season at Ashford Stud for a fee of US$150,000 (approx. AU$220,425). 

Written By – The Novelist (2 c ex Sunlit by Snitzel) provided Widden Stud’s first season sire Written By (Written Tycoon) with a first individual stakes winner when scoring in the BJ McLachlan Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) at Doomben. Ridden by James Innes Jnr for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, the colt made all and held on well at the finish to beat Excel D’Or (Exceed And Excel) by a neck with a further three-quarters of a length back to Godzilla (Shalaa) in third. A $110,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase from the Glenlogan Park draft for Tricolours Racing & Syndications Pty Ltd and his trainers, The Novelist is the first winner out of the two-time-winning mare Sunlit (Snitzel), herself a half-sister to Group 2-winning juvenile Vo Heart (Show A Heart). Glenlogan Park will offer the yearling half-brother by Hellbent (I Am Invincible) to The Novelist at Inglis Classic as Lot 122. Sunlit foaled this spring producing a filly by North Pacific and was then covered by Spirit of Boom (Sequalo). Written By, who has now had six starters, will have 19 entries for Magic Millions and 22 for Inglis Classic. He stands for a fee of $27,500 (inc GST).