First winner for Brave Smash
Brave Smash – Aquis Farm’s first-season sire Brave Smash (Tosen Phantom) posted a breakthrough winner from his first runner when Brave Halo (2 c ex Danish Bingo by Sebring) won the Amelia Park Initial Plate (1000m) in the opening contest at Ascot on Saturday. Sent off as an $11 chance, the Sean and Jake Casey-trained colt battled up the straight with odds-on favourite Live To Tell (Territories) and just got the better of that rival to win by a head at the line. The pair pulled three and three-quarter lengths clear of the third-placed A Lot Of Good Men (A Lot). A $135,000 purchase for Hancock Quality Bloodstock at last year’s Magic Millions National Weanling Sale from the Willow Park draft, Brave Halo is the first winner out of the Sebring (More Than Ready) mare Danish Bingo, a daughter of stakes-winner Danedina (Danehill Dancer) from the family of Group 2-winner Seradess (Astern). Brave Smash stands for $22,000 (inc GST).
Sioux Nation – Pantera Nera (2 f ex Sparks by Elusive City) provided Coolmore’s first season sire Sioux Nation (Scat Daddy) with a 40th individual winner when coming home a ready scorer of a 1400-metre two-year-old fillies conditions race at Compiegne. Trained by Gianluca Bietolini, Pantera Nera came well clear to beat Kadiyac (Kodiac) by three lengths with a further length back to Lalaakey (Wootton Bassett) in third. A €230,000 breeze-up buy from Arqana earlier this year, Pantera Nera is the second foal out of the Elusive City (Elusive Quality) mare Sparks, herself a half-sister to Group 1 winner Marbye (Marju) who herself is the dam of Japanese 1,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Marcellina (Deep Impact). Sioux Nation, who shuttled to Swettenham Stud for one season, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season for €10,000 (approx. AU$15,260). He has had 79 starters.
Zoustar – Pastiche (2 f ex Crying Lightening by Holy Roman Emperor) provided Widden Stud shuttler Zoustar (Northern Meteor) with a 12th individual winner when coming home a ready winner of a seven-furlong maiden at Southwell. Trained by George Boughey and ridden by Kevin Stott, the filly travelled well throughout and found plenty when asked to beat Canadiansmokeshow (U S Navy Flag) by one and a half lengths with a further four and a quarter lengths back to Miss Cynthia (Sea The Moon) in third. Pastiche is a half-sister to winner El Salvaje (Dutch Art) being the fourth foal out of the Listed-winning Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill) mare Crying Lightening, herself out of a half-sister to Listed-winner Tantina (Distant View) who is the dam of Group 1 winners and Juddmonte Farm stallions Cityscape (Selkirk) and Bated Breath (Dansili). Zoustar, who has had 543 starters, shuttled to Tweenhills Farm for the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season where he stood for £25,000 (approx. AU$43,520). His current Australian fee is $198,000 (inc GST).
New Group / Grade 1 winners
Frankel – Chaldean (2 c ex Suelita by Dutch Art) overcame a slow start to make all in the Dewhurst Stakes (Gr 1, 7f) at Newmarket, becoming the 26th elite-level winner for Frankel (Galileo) and the stallion’s first elite-level-winning two-year-old colt. Well-backed throughout the day, the Andrew Balding-trained juvenile colt was sent off as the 5-2 joint favourite to emulate his sire by winning the feature contest. Ridden by Frankie Dettori, Chaldean battled well to hold off the late challenge of Richmond Stakes (Gr 2, 6f)-winner Royal Scotsman (Gleneagles) by a neck, with the pair two and a quarter lengths clear of the previously unbeaten Nostrum (Kingman) in third. The sixth foal out of the winning Dutch Art (Medicean) mare Suelita, Chaldean is a half-brother to Group 2-winner Alkumait (Showcasing), Listed winner The Broghie Man (Cityscape) and winners Get Ahead (Showcasing), Gloves Lynch (Mukhadram) and Praised (Pivotal). Juddmonte stallion Frankel, who has had 638 starters, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season for a fee of £200,000 (approx. AU$348,140).
Into Mischief – Wonder Wheel (2 f ex Wonder Gal by Tiz Wonderful) provided Spendthrift Farm stallion Into Mischief (Harlan’s Holiday) with a 12th elite-level winner when just holding on in the Alcibiades Stakes (Gr 1, 8.5f) at Keeneland. Trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, the juvenile filly got the best of the bob to beat Chop Chop (City Of Light) by a nose at the line, with a further three and a quarter lengths back to Xigera (Nyquist) in third. Wonder Wheel is the second foal out of the stakes-winning Tiz Wonderful (Tiznow) mare Wonder Gal, herself out of an unraced half-sister to Grade 3-winner Social Queen (Dynaformer) who is the dam of Grade 1-winner Force The Pass (Speightstown). Into Mischief, who has had 1,095 starters, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season for US$250,000 (approx. AU$392,530).
Kermadec – Tuvalu (5 g ex Hangin’ Tough by Exceed And Excel) provided Darley stallion Kermadec (Teofilo) with a third elite-level winner from 113 starters, when winning the Toorak Handicap (Gr 1, 1600m) at Caulfield. Having won the Winter Championship (Listed, 1600m) at Flemington two starts previous, the five-year-old then finished third in his first Group 1 outing in last month’s Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) – beaten less than half a length by the winner Callsign Mav (Atlante). Providing jockey Jarrod Fry with a first top-flight success, the Lindsay Smith-trained gelding put in a strong finishing effort to deny Laws Of Indices (Power) by three-quarters of a length with Military Expert (Redoute’s Choice) finishing third, beaten by a length at the line. Tuvalu is the lone winner from three to race out of Exceed And Excel (Danehill) mare Hangin’ Tough, who has a yearling colt by Impending (Lonhro) and was covered by Capitalist (Written Tycoon) last spring. Kermadec stands for a fee of $16,500 (inc GST).
Kingman – Commissioning (2 f ex Sovereign Parade by Galileo) provided Kingman (Invincible Spirit) with a sixth elite-level winner when toughing it out in the Fillies’ Mile (Gr 1, 1m) at Newmarket. Now unbeaten in all three of her starts, the John and Thady Gosden-trained juvenile followed up her comfortable Rockfel Stakes (Gr 2, 7f) win last time out but was made to work hard to defeat the Karl Burke-trained Novakai (Lope De Vega), getting on top of that rival in the final 150 yards to win by a length. Bright Diamond (El Kabeir), also trained by Burke, was a further four and three-quarter lengths back in third position. Commissioning is the second foal out of the twice-raced winning Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) mare Sovereign Parade, herself a sister to Irish Derby (Gr 1, 1m 4f) and St Leger (Gr 1, 1m 6.5f) winner Capri, Group 3 winner Cypress Creek and Group 3 winner Passion. Juddmonte Farms stallion Kingman, who has had 454 starters, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season for £150,000 (approx. AU$260,455).
Vadamos – La Crique (4 m ex Destiny Cove by Dubai Destination) provided Vadamos (Monsun) with a first elite-level winner from 216 starters when coming home a comfortable winner of the Arrowfield Stud Plate (Gr 1, 1600m) at Matamata. Trained by Simon and Katrina Alexander, the four-year-old mare travelled well throughout and dominated from the 600-metre pole under Craig Grylls to beat Mustang Valley (Vanbrugh) with a further short-head back to Prise De Fer (Savabeel) in third. Out of the winning Dubai Destination (Kingmambo) mare Destiny Cove, La Crique is a half-sister to winner Bari (Proisir). La Crique stands at Rich Hill for a fee of $15,000 (+ GST) for the 2022 breeding season.
New stakes winners
American Pharoah – American Apple (2 f ex Miss Mary Apples by Clever Trick) sprung a surprise in the Matron Stakes (Gr 3, 6f) at Belmont At The Big A as she ran out a 48-1 winner, providing Coolmore stallion American Pharoah (Pioneerof The Nile) with a 31st individual stakes winner. Trained by Daniel Leitch and ridden by Eric Cancel, the juvenile filly scored by a neck over Redifined (More Than Ready) with race favourite Danse Macabre (Army Mule) a further one and a half lengths behind in third. Out of the Graded stakes-placed Clever Trick (Icecapade) mare Miss Mary Apples, American Apple is a half-sister to Grade 3-winner Lady Apple (Curlin) and stakes winners Dr Diamonds Prize (Pure Prize) and Miss Red Delicious (Empire Maker). American Pharoah, who has had 502 starters, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season at Ashford Stud for US$80,000 (approx. AU$125,600).
Choisir – Cardinal Gem (4 g ex Eloquent Ruby by Turffontein) provided late sire Choisir (Danehill Dancer) with a 103rd individual stakes winner from 1,928 starters when grabbing victory in the Weekend Hussler Stakes (Listed, 1400m) at Caulfield. The Grahame Begg-trained four-year-old was ridden by Jordan Childs and overcame a wide draw to swoop halfway down the home straight, running on well to beat long-time leader Morvada (Mossman) by three-quarters of a length. The Patrick Payne-trained Jimmy The Bear (Jimmy Creed) finished a further half-length behind in third position. Cardinal Gem is the first foal out of the Turffontein (Johannesburg) mare Eloquent Ruby, herself a sister to Edward Manifold Stakes (Gr 2, 1600m) winner Fontein Ruby and a half-sister to Group 3-winner The Mitigator (Master Of Design) and stakes-placed winner Palumbo (Sebring). Choisir died in December last year.
Cotai Glory – Alpha Capture (2 g ex York Express by Vale Of York) provided Tally Ho Stud stallion Cotai Glory (Exceed And Excel) with a sixth individual stakes winner when narrowly prevailing in the Rockingham Stakes (Listed, 6f) at York. The William Haggas-trained gelding ran on strongly to lead in the final stride under Tom Marquand, beating Kyeema (Siyouni) by a neck with a further three lengths back to Felix Natalis (Harry Angel) in third. The fourth foal out of the Vale Of York (Invincible Spirit) mare York Express, Alpha Capture is a half-brother to Listed winner Acklam Express (Mehmas), stakes winner Maglev (Galileo Gold) and winner Camayork (Camacho). Cotai Glory, who has had 151 starters, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season for €8,500 (approx. AU$13,020).
Curlin – The Bill Mott-trained Elite Power (4 c ex Broadway’s Alibi by Vindication) built upon the abundance of promise shown in his nine-length maiden win at Churchill Downs last time out to easily score in the Vosburgh Stakes (Gr 2, 7f) at Belmont At The Big A. Providing Hill ‘N Dale Farms stallion Curlin (Smart Strike) with a 91st individual stakes winner, the four-year-old entire was sent off the odds-on favourite and careered away from his rivals under Jose Lezcano, beating Eastern Bay (E Dubai) by five and three-quarter lengths. The David Duggan-trained Drafted (Field Commission) finished a further five lengths behind in third place. A US$900,000 (approx. AU$1.41 million) yearling purchase for his owners Juddmonte Farms, Elite Power is the fourth foal out of the Grade 2-winning Vindication (Seattle Slew) mare Browadway’s Alibi, herself a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Golden Lad (Medaglia D’Oro) and stakes winner R Gypsy Gold (Bernardini). Curlin, who has had 848 starters, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season for US$175,000 (approx. AU$274,800).
Darci Brahma – Darci La Bella (5 m ex Bellaroof by Maroof) provided The Oaks Stud stallion Darci Brahma with a 57th individual stakes winner from 731 starters when taking out the Taranaki Breeders Stakes (Gr 3, 1400m) at Hawera. Sent off as the $2.10 favourite for trainer Allan Sharrock, the five-year-old mare came home a comfortable two and three-quarter lengths winner under Lisa Allpress, beating Secret Amour (Niagara) with a further length back to Victorem (Shooting To Win) in third. Out of the winning Maroof (Danzig) mare Bellaroof, Darci La Bella is a sister to winner Darci Mac and a half-sister to Group 2 winner Tavi Mac (Tavistock) and winner Sharmack (O’Reilly). Darci Brahma stands for a fee of $15,000 (+ GST).
Dark Angel – Charyn (2 c ex Futoon by Kodiac) provided Yeomanstown Stud stallion Dark Angel (Acclamation) with a 94th individual stakes winner when enjoying a successful raid in the Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte (Gr 2, 1200m) at Chantilly. Trained by UK-based Roger Varian, the juvenile colt wore down long-time leader and fellow British raider Eddie’s Boy (Havana Grey) to win by a short-neck at the line. The pair drew three and a half lengths clear of Ocean Vision (US Navy Flag) in third. The second foal out of the Listed-placed winning Kodiac (Danehill) mare Futoon, Charyn is a brother to Group 3-winner Wings Of War. Dark Angel, who has had 1,296 starters, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season for €60,000 (approx. AU$91,930).
Deep Field – Newgate Farm stallion Deep Field (Northern Meteor) sired a stakes double last week, taking his tally to 19 from 425 starters. Providing the sire with stakes number 18 was the Tony and Calvin McEvoy-trained English Riviera (3 f ex Second Time Lucky by Any Suggestion), who ran out a narrow winner of the Thoroughbred Club Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) at Caulfield. Ridden by Blake Shinn, the three-year-old filly held on well from the fast-finishing Mumbai Jewel (I Am Invincible) to win by a short head with La Danseuse Rouge a further neck away in third. Out of the Listed-winning Any Suggestion mare Second Time Lucky, English Riviera is a half-sister to winners Career Change (Star Turn) and Sancta (So You Think). The stallion’s 19th stakes winner came when Sky Command (4 m ex Love Commands by Commands) won The Nivison (Gr 3, 1200m) at Randwick. The Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou-trained four-year-old mare was always handy and appreciated the underfoot conditions to beat Never Talk (No Nay Never) by one and three-quarter lengths under Regan Bayliss. The James Cummings-trained Heresy (Street Boss) finished third, beaten just under two lengths by the winner. Sky Command is the first winner out of the Commands (Danehill) mare Love Commands, herself a winning daughter of Group 3-winner Sky Love (Octagonal). Deep Field stands for a fee of $88,000 (inc GST).
Dubawi – Eternal Dance (2 f ex Yellow Band by Dalakhani) provided Dalham Hall Stud stallion Dubawi (Dubai Millennium) with a 244th individual stakes winner when coming home a ready winner of the Prix Saraca (Listed, 1400m) at Chantilly. The Francis Graffard-trained juvenile filly was sent off a 29-1 chance in the market, but beat Moon Ray (Saxon Warrior) by two and a half lengths with a further half-length back to Lady Mia (Outstrip) in third. The second foal out of the unraced Dalakhani (Darshaan) mare Yellow Band, herself a sister to German Group 1 winner Second Step (Dalakhani), Eternal Dance is a half-sister to winner Golden Sheen (Frankel). Dubawi, who has had 1,536 starters, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season for £250,000 (approx. AU$435,820).
El Kabeir – Yeomanstown Stud stallion El Kabeir (Scat Daddy) sired his third individual stakes winner when Azure Blue (3 f ex Sea Of Dreams by Oasis Dream) won the Boadicea Stakes (Listed, 6f) at Newmarket. The Michael Dods-trained filly won by a length and a half ahead of Makarova (Acclamation) with Pink Crystal (Shamardal) a half-length further back in third. A winner of four from 11 starts, Azure Blue is out of the unraced Sea Of Dreams (Oasis Dream), herself a half-sister to Group 3 winners Valeria Messalina (Holy Roman Emperor) and Pincheck (Invincible Spirit). El Kabeir, who has had 105 starters, stands for a fee of €6,000 (approx. AU$9,192).
Flamingo Fantasy – Petit Marin (3 g ex Pongal by Ransom O’War) provided Flamingo Fantasy (Fantastic Light) with a first individual stakes winner when scoring in the Preis der Deutschen Einheit (Gr 3, 2000m) at Hoppegarten. Trained by Marcel Weiss, the three-year-old gelding beat India (Adlerflug) by half a length with Best Of Lips (The Gurkha) finishing third, another two and a half lengths away. The fourth foal out of the winning Ransom O’War (Red Ransom) mare Pongal, herself a half-sister to Group 2 winner Pas de Deux (Saddex) and Group 3 winner Parol (Pastorius), Petit Marin is a half-brother to winners Partita (Wiesenpfad) and Parda (Kalatos). Flamingo Fantasy has had 36 starters.
Havana Grey – Rumstar (2 c ex Stellarta by Sakhee’s Secret) posted a breakthrough stakes success at the fourth time of asking when coming home strongly to win the Cornwallis Stakes (Gr 3, 5f) at Newmarket. Trained by Jonathan Portman, the colt led towards the finish to beat Queen Mary Stakes (Gr 2, 5f) runner-up Maylandsea by three-quarters of a length in a one-two for Whitsbury Manor Stud’s first season sire Havana Grey (Havana Gold). Favourite and Listed winner Prince Of Pillo (Prince Of Lir) finished a further half-length back in third. Rumstar is the second foal out of the multiple winning Sakhee’s Secret (Sakhee) mare Stellarta, herself out of Group 2 winner Torgau (Zieten). Havana Grey has now sired five individual stakes winners and stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season for £6,000 (approx. AU$10,440). He has had 75 starters.
I Am Invincible – Juvenile colt King’s Gambit (2 c ex Sultry Feeling by Encosta De Lago) made a hugely impressive winning debut in the Debutant Stakes (Listed, 1000m) at Caulfield, running out a five-length winner of the Listed contest. Trained by Peter and Paul Snowden and ridden by Blake Shinn, the son of Yarraman Park stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) was sent off the $2.90 favourite and scored effortlessly, beating Pure Paradise (Capitalist) with Godolphin’s Heuristic (Street Boss) a further long-neck back in third. King’s Gambit is out of the dual Group 3-winning Encosta De Lago (Fairy King) mare Sultry Feeling, who was also placed in the Tatt’s Tiara (Gr 1, 1400m) on her final start, and is a half-brother to two-time winner Wholesome Delight (Exceed And Excel). The victory provided I Am Invincible with his 83rd individual stakes winner from 949 starters. He stands for a fee of $247,500 (inc GST).
Kendargent – Are We Dreaming (3 f ex Sweety Dream by Dream Ahead) produced an upset in the Brigid’s Pastures Stakes (Listed, 6f) at the Curragh, providing Kendargent (Kendor) with a 37th individual stakes winner. Trained by Willie McCreery and ridden by Billy Lee, the three-year-old filly was sent off a 20-1 chance in the market, but went clear of her rivals towards the finish, beating My Eyes Adore You (Profitable) by two and a quarter lengths with Emilie Gray (Dubawi) a further half-length back in third. Are We Dreaming is the first foal out of the Group 3-winning Dream Ahead (Diktat) mare Sweety Dream, herself a sister to Listed-placed winner Roccia Nera and a half-sister to Listed-placed winner Easter (Exosphere). Kendargent, who has had 652 starters, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season at Haras de Colleville for €17,000 (approx. AU$26,050).
Mendelssohn – The Jonathan Thomas-trained Delight (2 f ex Honey Trap by Medaglia D’Oro) ran out an easy winner of the Jessamine Stakes (Gr 2, 8.5f) at Keeneland, providing his sire Medelssohn (Scat Daddy) with a first individual stakes winner. Ridden by Luis Saez, the juvenile filly ran on strongly to beat Knockyoursocksoff (Kitten’s Joy) by five lengths with a further neck back to Bling (American Pharoah) in third. Delight is the first foal out of the unraced Medaglia D’Oro (El Prado) mare Honey Trap, herself a half-sister to Listed-winner Now Spun (Hard Spun) and US stakes winner Little Nick V (Colonel John). Mendelssohn, who has had 57 starters, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season at Ashford Stud for a fee of US$35,000 (approx. AU$54,950).
Muhaarar – Pusjkin (4 g ex Propaganda by Sadler’s Wells) provided Haras des Faunes stallion Muhaarar (Oasis Dream) with a 17th individual stakes winner when taking out the Peas & Carrots Mile (Listed, 1600m) at Jagersro in Sweden. The Castro Francisco-trained four-year-old gelding beat Plantstepsdream (Planteur) and Thunderey (Night Of Thunder). The tenth foal out of the winning Sadler’s Wells (Northern Dancer) mare Propaganda, Pusjkin is a half-brother to Group-placed winner Shagah (Invincible Spirit) and winners Porth Swtan (Invincible Spirit), Swnymor (Dylan Thomas) and Scealai Aonair (Fastnet Rock). Muhaarar, who has had 304 starters, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere season for €5,000 (approx. AU$7,680).
No Nay Never – The Richard Fahey-trained Midnight Mile (2 f ex Ruby Tuesday by Galileo) provided Coolmore stallion No Nay Never (Scat Daddy) with a 43rd individual stakes winner when overcoming trouble in running to take out the Oh So Sharp Stakes (Gr 3, 7f) at Newmarket. The filly was extending her unbeaten record to two, following up a promising debut success at Doncaster in July, as she ran down Lose Yourself (Lope De Vega) in the dying strides to win by a head at the line. The Irish raider Small Oasis (Sioux Nation) finished third, beaten a length by the winner. Midnight Mile is the third foal out of the Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) mare Ruby Tuesday, herself a sister to Group-placed winner Betterbetterbetter and closely related to Irish 1,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) winner Yesterday (Sadler’s Wells) and Moyglare Stud Stakes (Gr 1, 7f) winner Quarter Moon (Sadler’s Wells) as well as Group-placed winner All My Loving (Sadler’s Wells). Former shuttler No Nay Never, who has had 539 starters, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season for €125,000 (approx. AU$190,870).
Lea – The Graham Motion-trained Nagirroc (2 c ex Emma Spencer by Zamindar) was another to earn a ticket to next month’s Breeders’ Cup meeting last week, gaining a “Win and You’re In” entry into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (Gr 1, 5.5f) by winning the 132nd running of the Futurity Stakes (Gr 3, 6f). Ridden by Manuel Franco, the juvenile colt held off the challenge of Gaslight Dancer (City Of Light) by a neck with a further head back to Vacation Dance (The Lieutenant) in third. The fourth foal out of the winning Zamindar (Gone West) mare Emma Spencer, Nagirroc is a half-brother to Listed-placed winner De Guiza (Verrazano) and winner Pie Killer (Tourist). The victory provided stallion Lea (First Samurai), who has had 167 starters, with a tenth individual stakes winner. He stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season at Claiborne Farm for US$5,000 (approx. AU$7,930).
Le Havre – Winema (3 f ex McCool by Giant’s Causeway) became the 52nd individual stakes winner for Le Havre (Noverre) when she took out the Prix Panacee – Fonds Europeen de l’Elevage (Listed, 2400m) at Toulouse. The filly was winning for the third time in nine starts as she beat favourite Final Gesture (Dubawi) by half a length. Thunder Drum (Dubawi) finished another length and a quarter away in third. Bred by the China Horse Club, Winema is the first foal out of the unraced Giant’s Causeway (Storm Cat) mare McCool, who herself is a half-sister to, among others, Aquileo (Gleneagles), twice a winner in Queensland for Kris Lees. Le Havre, who has had 757 starters, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season at Montfort et Preaux for a fee of €40,000 (approx. AU$61,255).
Oscar Performance – Andthewinneris (2 c ex Run Like The Boss by Scat Daddy) provided Mill Ridge Farm stallion Oscar Performance (Kitten’s Joy) with a first individual stakes winner when coming home a ready victor of the Castle & Key Bourbon Stakes (Gr 2, 8.5f) at Keeneland. Trained by Wayne Catalano and ridden by Flavien Prat, the juvenile colt quickened well to lead inside the final furlong and ran on well to beat Deer District by two and three-quarter lengths in a one-two for the stallion. The Michael Maker-trained Really Good (Hard Spun) finished a further three-quarter lengths back in third. Andthewinneris is the third foal out of the winning Scat Daddy (Johannesburg) mare Run Like The Boss, herself out of a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Grand Hombre (Grand Slam). The victory earned Andthewinneris an automatic berth to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (Gr 1, 8.5f) next month. Oscar Performance, who has had 30 starters, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season for US$12,500 (approx. AU$19,820).
Proisir – The Darryn and Briar Weatherley-trained Pier (3 g ex La Vitesse by Darci Brahma) produced a smart performance to win the Hawke’s Bay Guineas (Gr 2, 1400m) at Matamata, providing Rich Hill Stud stallion Proisir (Choisir) with an eighth individual stakes winner from 201 starters. Ridden by Michael McNab, the three-year-old gelding was making just his third career start and came home two and a quarter lengths in front of Mr Mojo Risin’ (Deep Field). The Graham Richardson and Roger Norvall-trained Channel Surfer (Derryn) finished a further three-quarters of a length behind in third. Out of the winning Darci Brahma (Danehill) mare La Vitesse, Pier is a brother to winner La Velocita and a half-brother to winner Maria Farina (Contributer). Proisir stands for a fee of $17,500 (Plus GST).
Reward For Effort – Reward For Effort (Exceed And Excel) sired his 11th individual stakes winner from 603 starters when More Reward (3 f ex Ashwaq by Galileo) landed the Hill Smith Stakes (Listed, 1800m) at Morphettville. Trained by Dan Clarken and Oopy Macgillivray, the three-year-old filly was also breaking her maiden at the sixth attempt when coming home a five-length victor of the Listed contest under Barend Vorster, beating Big Story (What’s The Story) with a further short-head back to Prince Tikea (Sir Prancealot) in third. Out of the unraced Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) mare Ashwaq, More Reward is a half-sister to winners Marcks Maha (Al Maher), Shawqeeny (Eavesdropper) and Zeroed (Harbour Watch). Reward For Effort died last year.
Rulership – Dolce More (2 c ex Ayusan by Deep Impact) provided Rulership (King Kamehameha) with a 25th individual stakes winner when taking out the Saudi Arabia Royal Cup (Gr 3, 1600m) at Tokyo. The Naosuke Sugai-trained juvenile colt ran on well to beat Granite (Danon Ballade) by one and a quarter lengths with Silver Duke (Silver State) a further two and a half lengths back in third. The fifth foal out of the Group 1-winning Deep Impact (Sunday Silence) mare Ayusan, Dolce More is a brother to winner Engidaruma and half-brother to winner Up Stream (King Kamehameha). Rulership, who has had 843 starters, stands at Shadai Stallion Station for JPY¥3,000,000 (approx. AU$32,320).
Saxon Warrior – The Joseph O’Brien-trained Lumiere Rock (2 f ex Last Gold by Gold Away) provided Coolmore’s first-season sire Saxon Warrior (Deep Impact) with a second individual stakes winner and a 15th individual winner when breaking her maiden in the Staffordstown Stud Stakes (Gr 3, 1m) at the Curragh. Ridden by Mikey Sheehy, the filly kept on well inside the final furlong to beat Gozen (Kuroshio) by one and a half lengths, with a further length back to Speirling Beag (Mastercraftsman) in third. The third foal out of the Gold Away (Goldneyev) mare Last Gold, Lumiere Rock is a half-sister to winner Mackelly (Ivawood). Saxon Warrior, who shuttled to Coolmore Australia last season, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season for €20,000 (approx. AU$30,640). He has had 48 starters.
Sea The Moon – Lanwades Stud stallion Sea The Moon (Sea The Stars) sired a stakes double last week to take his tally to 25. Sea The Lady (2 f ex Blumenfee by Soldier Hollow) provided stakes winner number 24 when she went one better than when a last-start second in the Criterium de l’Ouest (Listed, 1600m) by winning the Grand Criterium de Bordeaux (Listed, 1600m). The Yann Barberot-trained filly ran on well in the closing stages to beat Precious Sea (Sea The Stars) by one and a quarter lengths with a further half-length back to Showay (Galiway) in third. The third foal out of the winning Soldier Hollow (In The Wings) mare Blumenfee, Sea The Lady is a sister to winners Bojak and Banksy. Sea The Moon’s 25th winner came when the Frau Steinberg-trained Fantastic Moon (2 c ex Frangipani by Jukebox Jury) held on well to win the Preis des Winterfavoriten (Gr 3, 1600m) at Cologne. Ridden by last year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr 1, 2400m)-winning rider Rene Piechulek, the juvenile colt beat the fast-finishing See Paris (Counterattack) by half a length, with a further two and three-quarter lengths back to race favourite Arcandi (Zarak) in third. Fantastic Moon is the second foal out of the winning Jukebox Jury (Montjeu) mare Frangipani, herself a half-sister to Group 3 winner Fearless Hunter (Alhaarth). Sea The Moon stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season for £25,000 (approx. AU$43,520).
Sea The Stars – The Andre Fabre-trained Babala (3 f ex Viva Rafaela by Know Heights) provided Gilltown Stud stallion Sea The Stars (Cape Cross) with a 101st individual stakes winner when winning the Prix Charles Laffitte (Listed, 2000m) at Compiegne. Going one better than when a neck second in a Listed contest at La Teste de Buch last time out, the three-year-old beat Abhayaa (Australia) by three-quarters of a length with a further neck back to Greym (The Grey Gatsby) in third. The fourth foal out of the Brazilian Oaks (Gr 1, 2000m) winner Viva Rafaela (Know Heights), Babala is a half-sister to winners Stanzo (Speightstown), Rafiot (Elusive Quality) and Galifa (Frankel). Sea The Stars, who has had 808 starters, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season for €150,000 (approx. AU$229,500).
Sebring – Godolphin five-year-old Gravina (5 g ex Metastasio by Street Cry) broke through for his maiden stakes success in the Village Stakes (Listed, 1200m) at Caulfield, providing former Widden Stud stallion Sebring (More Than Ready) with a 79th individual stakes winner from 1,136 starters. Ridden for trainer James Cummings by Blake Shinn, the final leg of a stakes-race treble for the former Hong Kong-based jockey, the gelding found a narrow gap in the closing stages to burst through and come home a decisive length winner over Nicolini Vito (Nicconi). Stablemate and race favourite Zethus (Exceed And Excel) finished a further long neck behind in third place under Jamie Kah. A rare Godolphin homebred son of Sebring, Gravina is the best of two winners from four to race out of the Chairman’s Stakes (Listed, 1000m) winner Metastasio (Street Cry), whose half-sister Librettista (Elusive Quality) is the dam of Listed-winner and Grade 1-placed Frenzied (Yeats).
Sommerabend – The resurgence of Tudo Bem (6 g ex Boulba D’Alben by Dark Angel) showed no sign of letting up when the six-year-old made a belated breakthrough in stakes company to take out the Prix de Bonneval (Listed, 1100m) at Chantilly. Now the winner of three of his last four starts, the Mathieu Boutin-trained gelding provided Sommerabend (Shamardal) with a first stakes winner as he beat favourite Loubeisien (Kheleyf) by a length. Third went to Le Cadeau (Dabirsim), who finished another neck away. Multiple stakes winner Sommerabend, who has had 111 starters, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season at Haras de Saint Arnoult for a fee of €3,500 (approx. AU$5,360).
The Grey Gatsby – Atomic Blonde (3 f ex Alwina by Areion) provided The Grey Gatsby (Mastercraftsman) with a fourth individual stakes winner when scoring in the Premio Verziere (Gr 3, 2000m) at Milan. The Henk Grewe-trained three-year-old filly beat Sopran Basilea (Night Of Thunder) by one and three-quarter lengths with a further neck back to Lyrical (Poet’s Voice) in third. Atomic Blonde is the first foal out of the Listed-winning Areion (Big Shuffle) mare Alwina, herself out of a half-sister to Listed winner Alte Kunst (Royal Academy). The Grey Gatsby, who has had 57 starters, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season at Haras du Petit Tellier for €8,000 (approx. AU$12,300).
War Front – Annapolis (3 c ex My Miss Sophia by Unbridled’s Song) provided Claiborne Farm stallion War Front (Danzig) with a 24th elite-level winner when running out a ready winner of the Coolmore Turf Mile Stakes (Gr 1, 8f) at Keeneland. The Todd Pletcher-trained three-year-old colt was always close to the pace and asserted his dominance over the field in the closing stages, drawing away to beat Ivar (Agnes Gold) by one and a half lengths, with a further nose back to Irish raider Order Of Australia (Australia) in third. The second foal out of the Grade 2-winning Unbridled’s Song (Unbridled) mare My Miss Sophia, herself a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Materiality (Afleet Alex), Annapolis is a brother to Listed-placed winner Nevisian Sunrise. War Front, who has had 748 starters, stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season for US$100,000 (approx. AU$157,000).
Written Tycoon – Literary Magnate (4 m ex Family Crest by Fastnet Rock) provided Yulong stallion Written Tycoon (Iglesia) with a 52nd individual stakes winner from 998 starters when scoring in the Plume Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) at Caulfield. Trained by Matthew Williams and ridden by Dean Yendall, the four-year-old mare ran on well to beat Written Beauty (Written Tycoon) by a long-neck, with a further head back to Decent Raine (Dissident) in third. Out of the Fastnet Rock (Danehill) mare Family Crest, Literary Magnate is a half-sister to winners Doves Cry (Street Cry), Invincible Pride (I Am Invincible) and Spinosaurus (Zoustar). Written Tycoon stands for a fee of $165,000 (inc GST).