Stallion Watch

First for Stratosphere

New winners

Stratosphere – Grenville Stud resident stallion Stratosphere (Snitzel) sired his first winner when Encounter Sphere (2 g ex Flying Dami by Incumbent) landed a 1000-metre maiden for two-year-olds at Hobart. Trained by Graeme McCulloch, who runs Grenville along with his son, Bart, Encounter Sphere won by a length from his stablemate Popilita, who is also by Stratosphere. Encounter Sphere, who was passed in at the Magic Millions Tasmania Yearling Sale earlier this year, is the third foal out of Flying Dami, herself a half-sister to Listed winner Kenjorwood (Snippetson) being a daughter of Tasmanian Guineas (Listed, 1600m) runner-up Flying Diva (Flying Spur). Stratosphere, who in his one career start finished second in the Canonbury Stakes (Gr 3, 1000m), has 53 live foals in his first crop. The stallion has had four runners, including Merson Cooper Stakes (Listed, 1000m) runner Bona Fide Star, and stands this breeding season for a fee of $4,400 (inc GST).


Trapeze Artist – Disneck (2 c ex Lindisfarne by City Zip) became the first winner for Widden Stud’s first season sire Trapeze Artist when winning a two-year-old handicap at Rosehill. The Bjorn Baker-trained colt won by a length and a quarter ahead of the Gary Portelli-trained debutant Kimochi (Brave Smash), as first-season sires delivered the first two finishers. Disneck, a $200,000 Inglis Classic yearling, will now target the Inglis Nursery (RL, 1000m) on December 6. He was purchased by Baker and James Clarke having been offered for sale by Gooree Park Stud. The colt is the third foal out of US stakes race winner Lindisfarne (City Zip), who was imported to Australia and sold at the 2017 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale by Newgate Farm in foal to Tapit (Pulpit) when fetching $400,000 to the bid of David Lucas. Lindisfarne was again traded last year, selling for $7,000 to Killeenfarna in the Inglis Digital May (Late) Sale last year. She foaled a filly by Pariah (Redoute’s Choice) in September. Widden Stud resident Trapeze Artist has had five runners so far this season, and stands for a fee of $55,000 (inc GST).


Zoustar – Timberlake (2 c ex Thrust Home by Fastnet Rock) provided Tweenhills shuttler Zoustar (Northern Meteor) with a 17th individual winner from his first northern hemisphere crop when making a successful debut in a 1800-metre maiden at Fontainebleau. Ridden by Stephane Pasquier for trainer Pascal Bary, the juvenile colt was always handy and took up the lead inside the final 200 metres, staying on strongly despite showing greeness to beat Big Rock (Rock Of Gibraltar) by one and three-quarter lengths. The pair pulled two and a half lengths clear of Way To Marseille (Galiway) in third. Timberlake is the only foal to race out of the Listed-placed Fastnet Rock (Danehill) mare Thrust Home. Zoustar, who will again shuttle to Tweenhills for the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season at a fee of £30,000 (approx. AU$53,820), stands at Widden Stud for $198,000 (inc GST). He has had 574 starters.


New Group / Grade 1 winners

Dawn Approach – Paulele (4 h ex Chatoyant by Flying Spur) claimed a much-awaited Group 1 victory when scoring in the Winterbottom Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) at Ascot, becoming the second individual elite-level winner from 588 runners for former shuttle stallion Dawn Approach (New Approach). The James Cummings-trained Godolphin runner prevailed in a thrilling finish to come from last and win by a head, defeating Kissonallfourcheeks (Written Tycoon) and That’ll Testya (Testa Rossa), who finished a length from the winner in third. Dawn Approach shuttled to Darley Australia for four consecutive seasons between 2014 and 2018, with Paulele emanating from his penultimate southern hemisphere-bred crop, when he stood for a fee of $22,000 (inc GST), yielding just 34 foals. He now stands at Redmondstown Stud in Ireland for €5,000 (approx. AU$7,714). Paulele is the ninth named foal out of three-time Sydney metropolitan winner Chatoyant (Flying Spur) and a three-quarter brother to Group 3 winner Montsegur (New Approach) and a half-brother to Group 3 winner Tessera (Medaglia D’Oro). Chatoyant is herself a daughter of Decidity (Last Tycoon), who also produced Group 1 winner Bonaria (Redoute’s Choice) and Group 3 winners Time Out (Rory’s Jester) and Legally Bay (Snippets), the latter the dam of dual Group 1-winning colt and Coolmore sire Merchant Navy (Fastnet Rock). Chatoyant was retired from stud duty after the 2020 breeding season. 


Eishin Flash – Eishin Flash (King’s Best) sired his first Grade 1 winner when Vela Azul (5 h ex Vela Blanca by Kurofune) captured Tokyo’s Japan Cup (Gr 1, 2400m). A former dirt horse, five-year-old Vela Azul transitioned to turf in March this year and completed a remarkable rise to the top in winning the prestigious race, having only won his first Graded stakes race last time out at Hanshin. Vela Azul, sent off the 4.5 third favourite, defeated two-time elite-level winner Shahryar (Deep Impact) (3.4 favourite) by three-quarters of a length, with Weltreisende (Dream Journey), ridden by Damian Lane, finishing in third, a further neck adrift. Ridden by leading European jockey Ryan Moore, Vela Azul takes his record to six wins from 22 starts. The entire is out of dual winner Vela Blanca, herself a half-sister to three stakes winners, including Grade 1 winner Aventura (Jungle Pocket). Eishin Flash, a winner of the Tokyo Yushun (Gr 1, 2400m) and Tenno Sho (Autumn) (Gr 1, 2000m) during his career, has sired three individual stakes winners. He stands at Lex Stud in Japan and has had 549 starters.


Seek Again – Puerto Manzano (5 h ex Posera by Orpen) became the second individual elite-level winner for Seek Again (Speightstown) when landing the Summer Cup (Gr 1, 2000m) at Turffontein. Trained by Johan Vuuren, the five-year-old was winning for the sixth time in 19 starts, a tally which now includes two stakes race wins. He beat Safe Passage (Silvano) by half a length, with Aragosta (Rafeef) finishing three-quarters of a length away in third. Out of the Orpen (Lure) mare Posera, Puerto Manzano is a half-brother to South American Grade 1 winner Puerto Prize (Pure Real). Seek Again, winner of the Hollywood Derby (Gr 1, 10f), stands at Haras Carampangue in Argentina, for a private fee. He has had 130 starters.


Tapit – Proxy (4 c ex Panty Raid by Include) became the 30th individual elite-level winner for Tapit (Pulpit) when he stayed on well to break his black-type maiden with victory in the Clark Stakes (Gr 1, 9f) at Churchill Downs. Trained by Michael Stidham, the four-year-old was winning for the fourth time in 13 starts as he beat favourite West Will Power (Bernardini) by three-quarters of a length. Fulsome (Into Mischief) finished another two and a half lengths away in third. A homebred for Godolphin, Proxy is the eighth foal out of Grade 1 winner Panty Raid (Include) making him a half-brother to, among others, Grade 2 winner Micheline (Bernardini). Tapit, who has had 1354 starters, will stand the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season at Gainesway for a fee of US$185,000 (approx. AU$274,000).   


New stakes winners

Bolt D’Oro – Former shuttle stallion Bolt D’Oro (Medaglia D’Oro) sired his fifth individual stakes winner from his first northern hemisphere crop of two-year-olds when Instant Coffee (2 c ex No One by Uncle Mo) won the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (Gr 2, 8.5f) at Churchill Downs. The Brad Cox-trained Instant Coffee won by a length and a quarter ahead of Curly Jack (Good Magic) and Hayes Strike (Connect) who finished a head further away in third. Instant Coffee, who finished fourth in the Breeders’ Futurity (Gr 1, 8.5f) last month, takes his record to two wins from three starts. He is out of the stakes placed Follow Noone (Uncle Mo), herself a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Nootka Sound (Lonhro). Bolt D’Oro, who shuttled to Australia for one season, leaving 59 live foals, stands at Spendthrift Farm for a fee of US$35,000 (approx. AU$51,400). He has had 74 starters.


English Channel – Veteran sire English Channel (Smart Strike) sired his 66th individual stakes winner when Bluebirds Over (2 c ex Giant Review by Giant’s Causeway) won the Grey Stakes (Gr 3, 8.5f) at Woodbine. Bluebirds Over won a five-runner contest by a length and a half ahead of One Bay Hemingway (Danger Bay) and Mo Tourist (Tourist), who finished a length further back in third. English Channel, who has had 734 starters, stands at Calumet Farm for a fee of US$27,500 (approx. AU$47,300).


Frankel – Tim Clark believes the best is still ahead for the late-blooming Dajraan (5 h ex Mossfun by Mossman) following the five-year-old’s commanding win in the Festival Stakes (Gr 3, 1500m) at Rosehill. Trained in partnership by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, the UK import became the 106th individual stakes winner for Frankel (Galileo) from 656 starters as he beat Mirra Vision (Lonhro) by a length. Kirwan’s Lane (Charm Spirit) finished third, a length and a quarter behind the winner. Dajraan is the best of two winners out of Golden Slipper (Gr 1, 1200m) winner Mossfun (Mossman). She has a two year-old filly by I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) called Mathkhoora who has been retained by Emirates Park and given to Team Hawkes, who also prepared her mother. Mossfun has a yearling colt by I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) that will be offered by Emirates Park at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale as Lot 153 and she produced a filly by Capitalist (Written Tycoon) this spring before going to Tassort (Brazen Beau). Frankel will stand the 2023 northern hemisphere season at Juddmonte’s Banstead Manor Stud for a career-high fee of £275,000 (approx. AU$495,520).


Galiway – Flyingbeauty (5 m ex Kiyrna by Manduro) provided Haras de Colleville stallion Galiway (Galileo) with a ninth individual stakes winner when running out a hard-fought winner of the Grand Prix de Fontainebleau (Listed, 2000m). Ridden by Alexis Pouchin for trainer Sebastian Wattel, the five-year-old mare stayed on well to beat Plesant Jane (Pivotal) by three-quarters of a length with a further one and a quarter lengths back to Eidikos (Ardad) in third. Flyingbeauty is the only foal to race out of the Manduro (Monsun) mare Kiyrna. Galiway, who has had 112 starters, will stand the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season for a fee of €30,000 (approx. AU$46,200).


Gimmethegreenlight – Gimmethegreenlight (More Than Ready) sired his 47th individual stakes winner when Gimme A Shot (3 f ex Shot In The Dark by Rakeen) took out the Tombe Challenge (Gr 2, 1600m) at Turffontein. Trained in partnership by Mike and Adam Azzie, Gimme A Shot was winning for the second time in five starts, as she beat the OTI Racing-owned Under Your Spell (Capetown Noir) by three and a half lengths. The favourite, Feather Boa (FLower Alley), finished a half-length further behind in third. Gimmethegreenlight, who has had 558 starters, stands at Varsfontein Stud for a fee of R160,000 (approx. AU$13,870).  


Heeraat – Lammas (5 g ex Spate Rise by Speightstown) became the fourth individual stakes winner for his sire Heeraat (Dark Angel) when winning the Berkeley Handicap (Gr 3, 8.5f) at Golden Gate Fields. The former David Loughnane-trained galloper, whose career best in the UK came with back-to-back wins in Class 4 contests at Southwell, won by a length and a quarter ahead of I’mgonnabesomebody (Will Take Charge) and evens favourite Freeport Joe (English Channel). Heeraat, who has had 198 starters, stands at Mickley Stud for a fee of £2,500 (approx. AU$3,700).


Iffraaj – La Flora Belle (5 m ex Tsarina Belle by Stravinsky) set the scene for further success with a determined effort to take out the Wanganui Cup (Listed, 2040m) and in the process became the 88th individual stakes winner for Iffraaj (Zafonic) from 1774 starters. The Mark Walker-trained five-year-old had picked up her first career victory back in February and added a second before being set aside for a winter break. Off the back of her third victory two starts previously and a last-start second in the Waipukurau Cup (1600m), Walker stepped the mare up to stakes company for the first time and she delivered in fine style, beating Charms Star (Per Incanto) by a length and a quarter, Llanacord (Contributer) finished close up behind in third. Out of Stravinsky (Nureyev) mare Tsarina Belle, a member of the illustrious Belle family, La Flora Belle has now won four of her 15 starts. She comes from an extended family that includes dual New Zealand Horse of the Year, Melody Belle (Commands) who won 19 races, with 14 of those at Group 1 level. Former shuttler Iffraaj will stand the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season at Dalham Hall Stud for a fee of £15,000 (approx. AU$26,825).


Intello – Homo Deus (4 g ex Cubiste by Fastnet Rock) provided his sire Intello (Galileo) with a 21st individual stakes winner when scoring in Sunday’s Prix Max Sicard (Listed, 2400m) at Toulouse. Ridden by Anthony Crastus for trainer Francois Monfort, the four-year-old gelding stayed on strongly to beat Olympie (Olympic Glory) by a half-length with a further two and a half lengths back to Pouvoir Royal (Mayson) in third. Out of the winning Fastnet Rock (Danehill) mare Cubiste, Homo Deus is a half-brother to winner Val De Grace (Wootton Bassett). Prix du Jockey Club (Gr 1, 2100m) winner Intello, who has had 349 starters, will stand the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season at Haras de Beaumont for €8,000 (approx. AU$12,500).


Manhattan Rain – Jigsaw (4 g ex Demandz by Lonhro) confirmed his first-up win was no fluke when taking out the Doveton Stakes (Listed, 1000m) at Caulfield to become the 16th individual stakes winner for Manhattan Rain (Encosta De Lago) from 374 starters. Once a promising two-year-old, Jigsaw lost his way towards the end of his three-year-old campaign but has come back in career best form, winning his race back at Cranbourne in a quick time. A half-brother to Tasmanian Oaks (Listed, 2100m) runner-up Queen Adele (Adelaide), Jigsaw is the best of three winners from as many to race for the winning Lonhro (Octagonal) mare Demandz, herself a daughter of the stakes-winning mare Loaded Command (Commands). Manhattan Rain is standing his first season at Geisel Park Stud for a fee of $8,800 (inc GST) having relocated from Blue Gum Farm.


Nyquist – Renegade Rebel (2 f ex Hasilah by Hard Spun) became the 13th individual stakes winner for young Jonabell Farm Stud stallion Nyquist (Uncle Mo) when winning the Mazarine Stakes (Gr 3, 8.5f) at Woodbine. The two-year-old filly defeated her Mark Casse-trained stablemate Ryder Ryder Ryder (Quality Road) by a neck, with Honor D Lady (Honor Code) in third. Nyuist, who has had 214 starters, stands for a fee of US$55,000 (approx. AU$94,600) next year.  


Lope De Vega – The Jerome Reynier-trained Trixia De Vega (4 m ex Trixia by Siyouni) provided Ballylinch Stud stallion Lope De Vega (Shamardal) with a 104th individual stakes winner when scoring in the Prix Ceres (Listed, 1400m) at Fontainebleau. Ridden by Mikael Barzalona, the four-year-old mare made all and stayed on well inside the final furlong to stretch away from her rivals, beating Tarida (Charm Spirit) by seven lengths with a further half-length back to Oheka (Kodiac) in third. Trixia De Vega is the first foal out of the Group 3-winning Siyouni (Pivotal) mare Trixia, herself a half-sister to Group 2 winner Tahlia (Rio De La Plata), Listed winner Thais (Rio De La Plata) and Listed-placed winner Teston (Rio De La Plata). Trixia is a daughter of the Listed winner Tianshan (Lahint). Lope De Vega, who has had 1093 starters, will stand the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season for €125,000 (approx. AU$192,630).


Lovely Day – Gruner Green (2 c ex Lady Derby by Special Week) became the first stakes winner for Lovely Day (King Kamehameha) when taking out the Nisai Stakes (Gr 3, 2000m) at Hanshin. The Ikuo Aizawa-trained juvenile moved his tally on to two wins from three starts by beating Top Knife (Declaration Of War) by a head. Wurttemberg (Kitasan Black) was another length and a quarter away in third. Gruner Green is a half-brother to the Grade 2 winner Verde Green (Jungle Pocket). The 2015 Tenno Sho (Gr 1, 200m) was one of two Grade 1 wins for Lovely Day in his 30-start career. He has had 199 starters.


Oratorio – Saintorio (3 g ex Leitfaden by Choisir) became the 17th individual stakes winner for former Mungrup sire Oratorio (Stravinsky) when winning the Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic (Listed, 1400m) at Ascot. The Stephen Miller-trained three-year-old won by a head from All The King’s Men (King’s Troop) and Aiyza (Al Maher), who finished a long neck from the winner in third. A $20,000 purchase for Sharon Miller from the Mungrup dispersal sale in 2020, Saintorio was passed in at the 2021 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale. Saintorio is the first foal out of three-time winner Leitfaden (Choisir), who has a yearling colt by Rommel (Commands) and foaled a filly by the same stallion this spring. Oratorio, who has had 485 starters, was retired from stud duty following last year’s breeding season. 


Per Incanto – Little Brose (2 c ex Mohegan Sky by Straight Man) became the fourth two-year-old stakes winner and 26th individual stakes winner overall for his Little Avondale-based sire Per Incanto (Street Cry) when winning the Merson Cooper Stakes (Listed, 1000m) at Caulfield. The Ben and JD Hayes-trained colt won by a length and a quarter ahead of Godolphin runner Cylinder (Exceed And Excel). The Amy and Ash Yargi-trained Gangitano (Written By) finished well to claim third, a further neck adrift. A $200,000 Magic Millions buy from the Sledmere Stud draft, Little Brose finished second to Krakarib (Ribchester) in the Maribyrnong Plate (Gr 3, 1000m) earlier this month and will now target the Blue Diamond Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m). Little Brose is the sixth named foal out of US-bred mare Mohegan Sky (Straight Man), herself a half-sister to US stakes race winner Vous (Wild Rush) and to US stakes placegetters Deities Day (Buddha) and Seattle Mission (Strategic Mission). Per Incanto, who has had 482 starters, stands for a fee of NZ$50,000 (plus GST). 


Press Statement – The Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard-trained Hold The Press (3 f ex Asset Rain by Encosta De Lago) became the fourth individual stakes winner from 170 starters for Press Statement (Hinchinbrook) when he won the Levin Stakes (Listed, 1200m) at Otaki. The three-year-old filly was able to split rivals early in the home straight and went clear in the closing stages, defeating Sanibel (Shamexpress) by two and a half lengths with a further head back to Old Town Road (El Roca) in third. Hold The Press sold for $35,000 as a Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling from the Baramul Stud draft and is the seventh and best foal out of Asset Rain (Encosta De Lago), a winning half-sister to Listed winners Make Me A Miracle (Flying Spur) and La Lagune (Danehill). Press Statement stands at Vinery Stud for a fee of $8,800 (inc GST).


Proisir – Waitak (3 g ex Repo Bay by Shocking) came with a storming late run to take out the Trevor & Corallie Eagle Memorial (Listed, 1500m) at Te Rapa, a victory which saw him become the tenth individual stakes winner from 204 starters for Proisir (Choisir). Placed at Group 1 level as a two-year-old when prepared by Peter and Dawn Williams, Waitak was on his second run for the Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott team as he beat Channel Surfer (Derryn) and Master Honour (Pride Of Dubai) in a tight finish. Raced by his breeder Colin Devine, Waitak is the first foal out of the Shocking (Street Cry) mare Repo Bay and has now won twice from eight starts. With the New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sale series to be held from January 29 to February 3, buyers will have the opportunity to select from the progeny of the in-demand Rich Hill Stud stallion, with Proisir represented by 19 yearlings in Book 1 and by 30 yearlings in Book 2.


Rafeef – Rafeef (Redoute’s Choice) sired his ninth individual stakes winner when the Mike de Kock-trained Union Square (3 c ex Square Dance by Oasis Dream) led home a 1-2-3 for the trainer in the Dingaans (Gr 2, 1600m) at Turffontein. Now the winner of two of his six starts, Union Square beat favourite Shoemaker (Gimmethegreenlight) by a length, with East Coast (The United States) a further three-quarters of a length away in third. Group 1 winner Rafeef, who has had 111 starters, stands at Highlands Farm Stud for a fee of R30,000 (Approx. AU$2,600).


Red Ray – Alula’s Star (4 f ex Solar Voyager by Captain Al provided her sire Red Ray (Western Winter) with a second individual stakes winner when scoring in the Magnolia Handicap (Gr 3, 1200m) at Turffontein. The Stuart Pettigrew-trained four-year-old beat Gobsmacked (Querari) with the Brett Webber-trained Lucy In The Sky (Noble Tune) back in third. Out of the winning Captain Al mare Solar Voyager, Alula’s Star is a half-sister to winners Supa-U (Black Minnaloushe) and Sir Pom (Pomodoro). Red Ray, who has had 35 starters, stands at Vogelvlei Stud for a fee of R7,000 (approx. AU$610).


Reload – Candy Overload (4 g ex Mini Candy by Candy Ride) provided his sire Reload (Hard Spun) with a third individual stakes winner when scoring a hard-fought victory in the Kennedy Road Stakes (Gr 2, 6f) at Woodbine on Sunday. Ridden by Sahin Civaci for trainer Mark Casse, the four-year-old gelding beat Ice Chocolat (Goldikovic) by three-quarters of a length with the same distance further back to Lucky Score (Lookin At Lucky) in third. Out of the winning Candy Ride (Ride The Rails) mare Mini Candy, Candy Overload is a half-brother to winner Gimme Candy (Jimmy Creed). Reload, who has had 74 starters, will stand the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season at Northern Dawn Stables for a fee of CAN$4,000 (approx. AU$4,450).


Rich Enuff – Diamonds (5 m ex Balsamico by Redoute’s Choice) went two better than in the corresponding race 12 months previously, when the five-year-old mare landed Morphettville’s City Of Marion Stakes (Listed, 1200m). Trained by Chris Bieg, Diamonds came from last with a storming finish down the centre of the track to defeat Manhatten Times (Manhattan Rain) by three-quarters of a length, with Morvada (Mossman) a length and a quarter back in third. Bieg is the third trainer of Diamonds, after Ryan Balfour and Gemma Rielly. A $200,000 purchase for Ryan Balfour Racing from the Woodside Park draft at the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Diamonds is a three-quarter sister to Group 1 placed Masthead (Written Tycoon) and closely related to Group 3 winner Written Dash (Written Tycoon). She is one of seven winners from eight to race out of the Redoute’s Choice (Danehill) mare Balsimico. A $20,000 purchase for Belmont Bloodstock Agency (FBAA) at the 2015 Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale, Balsamico has not had a foal since the unraced three-year-old filly Tora Starlet ( Tosen Stardom). Diamonds is the third individual stakes winner for Rich Enuff (Written Tycoon), who stands at Woodside Park Stud for a fee of $8,800 (inc GST), from 141 starters.


Rip Van Winkle – Gin Martini (4 m ex Tanqueray by Red Ransom) notched her maiden stakes success with a hard-fought victory in the Sandown Cup (Listed, 3200m) at Caulfield to become the 35th individual stakes winner for the late Rip Van Winkle (Galileo) from 776 starters. Winning jockey Craig Williams said John Sargent had been confident of a bold showing after a solid third placing over 2300 metres at her previous start. Gin Martini was purchased out of Dave Duley’s Landsdowne Park draft at the 2020 New Zealand Bloodstock Book 1 Yearling Sale by Tricolours Racing & Syndications for NZ$40,000. The mare is out of Tanqueray (Red Ransom), who is also the dam of stakes-placed filly Nothin’ on Me (Not A Single Doubt). Bred by Bree Baddiley And Sons Ltd, a half-brother to Gin Martini by Embellish (Savabeel) was sold for NZ$50,000 at last week’s New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale, while the mare was due to foal to Cambridge Stud stallion Hello Youmzain (Kodiac) this spring.


Road To Rock – Seven-year-old Road To Rock (Encosta De Lago) gelding Bonny Ezra  (7 g ex Ascolini by Bertolini) provided his Kiwi connections with a good pay day when charging home to land the ATC Cup (Listed, 2000m) at Rosehill for Chris Waller and Robbie Dolan. A three-time winner for Colin Cromarty, Bonny Ezra was sent to Waller by breeder Paul Gudsell after finishing down the track in last year’s Waikato Cup (Gr 3, 2400m), with Cromarty gifted a ten per cent share. He was winning for the second time since joining the champion trainer as he got the better of Dr Drill (Dansili) and Aleas (Archipenko) with less than half a length splitting the first three home. Bonny Ezra became the fifth individual stakes winner for former Wellfield Lodge stallion Road To Rock from 169 starters. He is out of the stakes-performed mare Ascolini (Bertolini).


Snitzel – Vienna Princess (3 f ex Graciousness by Street Cry) became the 130th individual stakes winner for Arrowfield Stud sire Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) when winning the Twilight Glow Stakes (Listed, 1400m) at Caulfield. The Chris Waller-trained filly was sent off a $15 chance, but defeated $4.40 favourite Naiconi (Nicconi) by a length and a quarter. KiIliako (Maurice) finished a neck further back in third. Vienna Princess was a $400,000 buy for Magic Bloodstock from the Baramul Stud draft at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. She is the first foal out of Graciousness (Street Cry), herself a half-sister to four stakes winners, including Group 1 winner Casino Prince (Flying Spur). Snitzel, who has had 1386 starters, stands for a fee of $220,000 (inc GST). 


Tamayuz – Prince Abama (4 g ex Abama Lady by Mr Greeley) was rewarded for his string of recent solid efforts when he made the breakthrough in stakes company with a victory in the Hollywood Turf Club Stakes (Gr 2, 12f) at Del Mar. The Phil D’Amato-trained gelding became the 25th individual stakes winner for Tamayuz (Nayef) when he beat The Grey Wizard. (Caravaggio) by three-quarters of a length. Avenue (Quality Road) was a head further away in third. Prince Abama is the seventh foal out of the unraced Abama Lady (Mr Greeley) who herself is a half-sister to the stakes winners Nymphenburg (San Romana) and La Habitant Time (Iskandar Elakbar). Tamayuz, who has had 414 starters, will stand the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season at Derrinstown Stud for a fee of €7,000 (approx. AU$10,800).


Upstart – The Victoria Oliver-trained Trademark (3 g ex Creative Trick by Creative Cause) ran out a comfortable victor of Sunday’s Commonwealth Turf Stakes (Gr 3, 8.5f) at Churchill Downs, providing Airdrie Stud stallion Upstart (Flatter) with an 11th individual stakes winner. Ridden by Martin Garcia, the three-year-old gelding came home four lengths clear of Stolen Base (Bodemeister) with a further 11 and three-quarter lengths back to Red Danger (Orb) in third. Trademark is the second foal out of the unraced Creative Cause (Giant’s Causeway) mare Creative Trick, herself a half-sister to Grade 1 winners Include Me Out (Include) and Check The Label (Stormin Fever) and to stakes winner On The Menu (Canadian Frontier). Upstart, who has had 156 starters, will stand the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season for US$30,000 (approx. AU$44,810).


Vadamos – Devastate (3 g ex Passion Cut by Pins) became the fifth individual stakes winner from 230 starters for Vadamos (Monsun) when winning the Wellington Stakes (Gr 3, 1600m) at Otaki. The Andrew Forsman-trained three-year-old jumped well to make the running and found plenty in the home straight to defeat Sheez Dominant (Vanbrugh) by one and a half lengths with a further length back to Pennyweka (Satono Aladdin) in third, also providing Irish jockey Joe Doyle with the first stakes success of his New Zealand stint. Bred by Sir Patrick and Justine Lady Hogan, Devastate was purchased out of Carlaw Park’s draft at Karaka by agent Bruce Perry for $160,000 for an ownership group that includes James Chapman’s Jamieson Park. He is out of the unraced Passion Cut (Pins), who Chapman bought last year for $40,000 via, a granddaughter of Group 1 winner Diamond Lover (Sticks And Stones). Passion Cut produced a colt by Proisir (Choisir) last season and has subsequently returned to Coolmore’s Vadamos, who shuttles to Rich Hill Stud for a fee of $15,000 (plus GST).