Four for American Pharoah
New first season sire winners
American Pharoah (pictured)
American Pharoah (Pioneerof The Nile) had his fourth individual winner in Australia as a sire when Asteroidea (2 f ex Starfish by Redoute’s Choice) took the McDonalds Gippsland Maiden (1100m) at Sale on Friday. The Michael Moroney-trained filly returned the $2 favourite for her debut under Patrick Moloney, as she saw off runner-up Girasol (Nicconi) by a length, with third-placed Sister Vianney (Ilovethiscity) a length and a quarter behind the winner. Asteroidea was bred by Coolmore and sold to Anthony Panozzo, Matt Laurie and Adam Brandwood for $575,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. She is now part-owned and wears prominent owner Rupert Legh’s colours. The filly is out of the Group 3-placed mare Starfish (Redoute’s Choice), making her a half-sister to Group 2-placed Wolf Cry (Street Cry) and Listed-placed Glenbawn Dame (Shamardal). Her second dam is Group 1 winner Stella Cadente (Centaine), and the family has also produced Newmarket Handicap (Gr 1, 1200m) third Aeronautical (Encosta De Lago) and Hong Kong Group 3 winner Dashing Fellow (Duporth). American Pharoah stands at Coolmore in Kentucky at a 2021 fee of US$100,000 (approx AU$133,848).
First season sires were to the fore in the 1400-metre newcomers event at Chantilly on Wednesday and Dancinginthestreet (2 f ex Miss Cato by Notnowcato) came out on top to give Coolmore shuttler Churchill (Galileo) his eighth individual winner. Ridden by Christophe Soumillon, the Carlos and Yann Lerner-trained filly was an impressive two-length winner over Saving Grace (Almanzor) in second, while Diva Victoria (Recorder) was only a head away in third. Bred by Haras du Cadran and Patrick Klein, Dancinginthestreet is out of the dual Grade 3-placed and American Oaks (Gr 1, 10f) fourth Miss Cato (Notnowcato), while it is the further family of Irish 2,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) winner and sire Desert Prince (Green Desert). Churchill, whose first southern hemisphere yearlings sold for upto $250,000 this year, will stand the upcoming season at Jerrys Plains for $22,000.
Silent Impact (2 g ex Hollow Bullet by Tayasu Tsuyoshi) gave Arrowfield shuttler Maurice (Screen Hero) his seventh Australian winner as a sire when he landed the Goulburn Moulwaree Council Maiden (1000m) on debut at Goulburn on Friday. Winona Costin partnerd the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained gelding to a two-length score ahead of second-placed Suprina (Super One), with a further two and a half-length gap back to Orreza (Exceed And Excel) in third. Dodmark Thoroughbreds purchased Silent Impact out of the Arrowfield Stud draft for $150,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale last year. His dam, Hollow Bullet, won the VRC Oaks (Gr 1, 2500m) and Arrowfield Stud Stakes (Gr 1, 2000m) and has also produced Reloaded (Snitzel), a Group 3 winner and Group 1 placed, among seven winning offspring. Maurice stood the 2021 northern hemisphere season at Shadai, Japan for a fee of ¥8 million (approx. AU$97,310) and will shuttle to Arrowfield for the 2021 southern hemisphere season, following a hiatus, at a fee of $44,000 (inc. GST).
Nurseclaire (2 f ex Nymeria by Soldier Hollow) made a winning start to her racing career at Carlisle on Thursday to provide Haunui Farm shuttler Ribchester (Iffraaj) with his fourth individual first-crop winner. The Richard Fahey-trained filly was sent off a 16-1 chance and defeated Noonie (Almanzor) by three-quarters of a length, with Lady Caroline (Teofilo) a short-head away in third. Four-time Group 1 winner Ribchester will return to Haunui later this year where he will stand for NZ$15,000.
Arrowfield shuttler Shalaa (Invincible Spirit) sired his sixth individual Australian winner on Saturday when Revivalist (2 c ex Rationality by Flying Spur) took out the 1200-metre maiden handicap at Newcastle. The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained colt was making his third start after two fifth-placed finishes and justified favouritism to defeat Whatever I Say (Pierro) by three-quarters of a length, with My Belladonna (Benfica) three and a half lengths further behind in third. Bought by Newgate, China Horse Club and WinsStar for $380,000 from last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Revivalist is the second foal out of Rationality (Flying Spur), who is a sister to three-time Group 1 winner Mentality. Rationality’s first foal is Bartley – Wind Speeder (H.K.) (Written Tycoon), who finished runner-up in the Black Opal Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) before being moved to Hong Kong. Shalaa, the sire of dual Group 3 and Magic Millions 2YO Classic (RL, 1200m) winner Shaquero, will stand at Arrowfield for $44,000 (inc GST) this year.
Galaxy Cat (2 f ex Onecatstoomany by One Cool Cat) got off the mark at the sixth attempt to provide first season sire Star Turn (Star Witness) with his 16th individual Australian winner, and 17th overall. The David Harrison-trained filly followed up a second-placed effort on debut with four consecutive unplaced efforts before rediscovering form in the 1200-metre maiden at Belmont. Ridden by Kyra Yuill, Galaxy Cat defeated fellow Star Turn filly Vranyo by a long neck, with Bigideas (Rommel) another one and a quarter lengths back in third. Purchased for $40,000 from the 2019 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, Galaxy Cat is a half-sister to dual Listed winner Jericho Missile (Smart Missile). The win took Vinery Stud’s Star Turn to within two of Capitalist (Written Tycoon) at the top of the first season sire by winners table. He will stand for an unchanged $16,500 (inc GST) this year.
Placed over course and distance last month, Romantic Time (2 f ex Percy’s Romance by Sir Percy) went one better in the five-furlong restricted novice race at Yarmouth and became the second winner from seven runners from the first crop of Little Avondale shutter Time Test (Dubawi). Trained by William Stone, the juvenile was prominent throughout and she kicked clear in the final furlong to win by a length and a half from the previous winners Eve Lodge (Ardad) and Ye Gud Thing (Mehmas) who were split by a length for the minor placings. Romantic Time is a homebred of Denis Haynes’ Wretham Stud and she is the first foal out of a placed half-sister to the Listed-placed Top Tug (Halling), while the third dam is Listed scorer Top Romance (Entrepreneur). Time Test returns to Little Avondale this season where his fee will be NZ$8,500 (Plus GST).
Newgate Farm’s Winning Rupert had a productive week, siring two new winners to take his tally to 11. Into Champagne (2 f ex Shekinaar by Foxhound) debuted with a win in the Sardos Coffee Maiden Plate (900m) at Scone on Friday to become his tenth winner. Madeline Owen got the Brett Cavanough-trained juvenile home by a short-head from runner-up Miss Kingston (Pride Of Dubai), with Sheer Success (Scissor Kick) a further half-length behind in third. Into Champagne was bred by Murrulla Stud’s Tim and Celie Nolan, who offered her at the Highway Session of the 2020 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale where she was knocked down to Moss Vale Pastoral for $7,000. The filly’s Listed-winning dam Shekinaar (Foxhound) is out of a winning half-sister to Rosden (Akhadan), a Group 2 winner who also placed third in the MRC Futurity Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m). The following day, It’sarayday (2 g ex Wild Soiree by Fusaichi Pegasus) landed the Tabtouch Better Your Bet Plate (1200m) on debut at Belmont. The Simon Miller-trained gelding placed in two trials at Belmont ahead of his debut and justified favouritism to defeat The Front Bear (Sessions) by a comfortable one and three-quarter lengths, with The Velvet Queen (Universal Ruler) another head back in third. Miller bought the gelding for $80,000 from the Newgate Farm draft at last year’s Inglis Classic Yearling Sale. He is the seventh winner from as many to race out of Wild Soiree (Fusaichi Pegasus), herself a half-sister to Group 3 winner Musidora (Rock Of Gibraltar).
Fire King (2 g ex Princess Cinders by Outback Prince) landed the 1300-metre maiden at Townsville on Tuesday to provide Clear Mountain Fairview Stud’s Worthy Cause (Choisir) with his fourth individual first-crop winner from just six to race. The Olivia Cairns-trained gelding followed up four consecutive placings with a neck defeat of Quarter Past (Sidereus). Joint favourite Valiant Knight (Knight Exemplar) was another one and a half lengths back in third. Fire King is one of four winners from as many to race out of Princess Cinders (Outback Prince), herself a five-time winner. Worthy Cause will stand for a fee of $5,500 (inc. GST) this year.
New Group/Grade 1 winners
Santa Barbara (3 f ex Senta’s Dream by Danehill) became the eighth individual elite-level winner for Camelot (Montjeu) when landing the Belmont Oaks (Gr 1, 10f) on Saturday. She ran below expectation when sent off favourite in the Epsom Oaks (Gr 1, 1m4f) last month, but showed a potent turn of foot to surge past Con Lima (Commissioner) near the line. Locked up with nowhere to go on the inner, Ryan Moore switched the filly out approaching the final furlong and she took off impressively to score by half a length. Higher Truth (Galileo) was another nose back in third. The eighth foal out of Senta’s Dream (Danehill), Santa Barbara is a half-sister to top-level scorers Iridessa (Ruler Of The World) and Order Of Australia (Australia). Camelot, who shuttled to Australia for one season in 2014, stands at Coolmore in Ireland for €60,000 (approx. AU$95,193).
Progressive four-year-old Starman (4 c ex Northern Star by Montjeu) came out on top in a thrilling July Cup (Gr 1, 6f) at Newmarket on Saturday to give Dutch Art (Medicean) his fourth Group 1 winner. The Ed Walker-trained colt was making his sixth start, he only made his debut last July, having won his first three including the Garrowby Stakes (Listed, 6f) at York before disappointing in the British Champion Sprint Stakes (Gr 1, 6f) at Ascot in October. He returned to win the Duke Of York Stakes (Gr 2, 6f) back at York before this win. Drifting from favouritism before the start, having been colty in the preliminaries, Starman came up the centre of the course under Tom Marquand as the 19 runners fanned across the track and he charged home to win by a length and a quarter from eventual favourite Dragon Symbol (Cable Bay). Last year’s winner Oxted (Mayson) was just a short head away in third and there was a neck apiece between Art Power (Dark Angel), Creative Force (Dubawi) and Glen Shiel (Pivotal) in fourth, fifth and sixth. Owned and bred by David Ward, Starman is a half-brother to the stakes-placed Sunday Star (Kodiac), out of a winning half-sister to the Tampa Bay Derby (Gr 2, 8.5f) winner and Arkansas Derby (Gr 1, 9f) runner-up King Guillermo (Uncle Mo). Prix Morny (Gr 1, 6f) and Middle Park Stakes (Gr 1, f) winner Dutch Art stands at Cheveley Park Stud in Newmarket and his fee for the last three years has been listed as private.
Bolshoi Ballet (3 c ex Alta Anna by Anabaa) paid a timely tribute to his late sire Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) by winning the Belmont Derby (Gr 1, 10f) on Saturday for Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore. On the day the world’s greatest sire died at the age of 23, Bolshoi Ballet became Galileo’s 92nd individual top-flight winner with a hard-fought victory. Reported to have suffered a cut to his right-hind leg when disappointing as Epsom Derby (Gr 1, 1m4f) favourite last month, Bolshoi Ballet got back on track with a length and a quarter success over Derby Italiano (Gr 2, 2200m) scorer Tokyo Gold (Kendargent). Cellist (Big Blue Kitten) was another neck back in third. One of five winners out of Alta Anna (Anabaa), Bolshoi Ballet is a brother to 2019 Zipping Classic (Gr 2, 2400m) winner Southern France, who was last seen running fifth in the Tattersall’s Cup (Gr 3, 2400m).
Snow Lantern (3 f ex Sky Lantern by Red Clubs) went one better than her dam when landing the Falmouth Stakes (Gr 1, 1m) with a last burst on Newmarket’s July course on Friday, providing Frankel (Galileo) with his tenth individual Group 1 winner. The Richard Hannon-trained Sky Lantern (Red Clubs) won four Group 1s during her career but finished a neck second to Elusive Kate (Elusive Quality) in the 2013 running of this contest after being carried across the track by the winner. Snow Lantern, also trained by Hannon, avenged that defeat with a blistering final furlong under Sean Levey to defeat Mother Earth (Zoffany) by half a length, with favourite and long-time leader Alcohol Free (No Nay Never) another neck back in third. The Rockcliffe Stud-bred-and-owned filly, who finished second in the Coronation Stakes (Gr 1, 1m) at Royal Ascot last start, is one of three to race out of Sky Lantern. Frankel, who also brought up his 65th individual stakes winner with the win, stands at Juddmonte’s Banstead Manor at a fee of £175,000 (approx. AU$324,096).
Laws Of Indices (3 c ex Sampers by Exceed And Excel) narrowly held off Thunder Moon (Zoffany) to cause an upset in a thrilling edition of the Haras d’Etreham Prix Jean Prat (Gr 1, 1400m) at Deauville on Sunday, with the 28-1 shot’s win providing Oaklands Stud stallion Power (Oasis Dream) with his second individual elite-level winner. The Ken Condon-trained colt has finished unplaced in all three starts this season but improved significantly to land the Group 1 by a head, with joint favourite Midtown (Dubawi) another one and a half lengths behind in third. Law Of Indices, whose last win came in the Railway Stakes (Gr 2, 6f) last July, was picked up for just €8,000 as a yearling by Dermot Farrington. He is one of four winners out of Sampers (Exceed And Excel), who won three times on the track. Power, the sire of Group 1 winner Helvic Dream and Wakefield Challenge Stakes (Gr 2, 1100m) winner Gift Of Power, will stand for $13,200 this year.
New stakes winners
Meisho Kazusa (4 c ex Precious Elf by Coronado’s Quest) landed the Procyon Stakes (Gr 3, 1700m) at Kokura on Sunday to provide Casino Drive (Mineshaft) with his fourth individual stakes winner. A winner of four of his previous 15 starts, Meisho Kazusa was making his third consecutive start in stakes company following two unplaced efforts. Ridden by Kohei Matsuyama, the four-year-old made it third-time lucky with a two-and-a-half-length defeat of Top Winner (Bago). Meisho Uzumasa (Lord Kanaloa) was another two lengths back in third. One of seven winners from as many to race out of Precious Elf (Coronado’s Quest), Meisho Kazusa is a half-brother to the stakes-placed Chiaroscuro (Statue Of Liberty). Casino Drive, a Group 2-winning half-brother to Belmont Stakes (Gr 1, 12f) winners Jazil (Seeking The Gold) Rags To Riches (A P Indy), stands at Shadai Stallion Station.
Yibir (3 g ex Rumh by Monsun) got off the mark in black-type company when landing the Bahrain Trophy Stakes (Gr 3, 1m 5f) at Newmarket on Thursday to become the 209th individual stakes winner for Dubawi (Dubai Millennium). The Charlie Appleby-trained gelding was sent off the 6-4 favourite under James Doyle and pulled clear in the closing stages to score by a comfortable two-and-a-half-lengths from Mandoob (Farhh). Dancing King (Free Eagle) was another three lengths back in third. Out of Listed winner Rumh (Monsun), Yibir is a brother to three-time Group 1 winner Wild Illusion. Dubawi stands at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket for a fee of £250,000 (approx. AU$463,243).
The Michael Costa-trained Purrfect Deal (4 m ex Our Kitty by Tale Of The Cat) landed the Grafton Cup (Listed, 2350m) on Thursday to become the 14th individual stakes winner for Arrowfield Stud’s Dundeel (High Chaparral). Sent off the $3.40 favourite under Ben Thompson, the four-year-old mare hit the front shortly after turning for home and battled on well to defeat Laure Me In (Ad Valorem) by a neck, with Parry Sound (Pierro) another head back in third. Purchased for just $16,000 as a yearling, Purrfect Deal is one of seven winners out of Group 3-placed mare Our Kitty (Tale Of The Cat). Dundeel, the sire of five elite-level winners including fellow Arrowfield stallion Castelvecchio, stands for $66,000 (inc. GST) this year.
Exceed And Excel
Choux (2 f ex Puff Pastry by Pivotal) bounced back from two unplaced efforts in stakes company, both on good to firm ground, to land the Prix Yacowlef (Listed, 1000m) on rain affected ground at Deauville on Sunday, providing Darley’s Exceed And Excel (Danehill) with his 186th individual stakes winner. The David Evans-trained juvenile, who finished 12th in the Queen Mary Stakes (Gr 2, 5f) at Royal Ascot, defeated Papa Don’t Preach (Kodiac) by a neck, with Royal Ashirah (Hot Streak) another three lengths back in third. Choux is the first winner out of Puff Pastry (Pivotal), who is a half-sister to 2014 Nassau Stakes (Gr 1, 1m 2f) winner Sultanna (New Approach). Exceed And Excel stands in NSW for a 2021 fee of $132,000 (inc. GST).
Ocean (3 g ex Tevara by Compton Place) brought up a hat-trick of wins when landing the Prix de Ris-Orangis (Gr 3, 1200m) on Sunday, earning Oaklands Stud sire Exosphere (Lonhro) his third individual stakes winner, and first in Europe. The Stephan Cerulis-trained three-year-old was sent off a 25-1 chance against a field full of previous stakes winners, but he stepped up impressively from handicap company to defeat Coeur De Pierre (Zanzibari) by one and a quarter lengths, with Sestilio Jet (French Fifteen) a neck further behind in third. One of three winners out of Tevara (Compton Place), Ocean is a half-brother to Listed scorer Aiming For Rio (Rio De La Plata). Exosphere, the sire of last year’s Edward Manifold Stakes (Gr 2, 1600m) winner Thermosphere and Hawkesbury Guineas (Gr 3, 1400m) winner Exoboom, will stand for a $4,950 (inc GST) fee this year.
Our Flash Drive (3 f ex Dynamotor by Dynaformer) justified favouritism in the Selene Stakes (Gr 3, 8.5f) at Woodbine on Saturday, with her win bringing up individual stakes winner number 86 for Ghostzapper (Awesome Again). The Mark Casse-trained filly defeated Munnyfor Ro (Munnings) by two and a quarter lengths, with Sweet Souper Sweet (First Samurai) the same distance further behind in third. Ghostzapper stands at Hill ‘N Dale Farms in Kentucky for US$85,000 (approx. AU$113,545).
O Trasno (3 c ex Mapiya by Green Tune) landed the Prix Kistena (Listed, 1200m) at Deauville on Sunday to become the third individual stakes winner for his sire Goken (Kendargent). The three-year-old colt was making his first start in stakes company and defeated Millau (Wootton Bassett) by one and a quarter lengths, with Satisfied (Elusive City) another two lengths back in third. Bought for €15,000 as a yearling, O Trasno is the fourth winner out of Mapiya (Green Tune). Goken, the sire of Group 3 winners Go Athletico and Livachope, stands at Haras de Colleville in France for a €15,000 (approx. AU$23,798) fee.
The Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained King Of Hastings (4 g ex Handcut by Danerich) got off the mark in stakes company when landing the Glasshouse Handicap (Listed, 1400m) at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday, providing Ilovethiscity (Magic Albert) with his fifth individual stakes winner. A runner-up in Group 3 company in 2019, King Of Hastings was making his eighth start at stakes level and landed the Listed contest by three-quarters of a length under Taylor Marshall. Charleise (Foxwedge) was second, a neck ahead of $3.60 favourite Desert Lord (High Chaparral) in third. Ilovethiscity, the sire of 2018 Sires’ Produce Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) winner El Dorado Dreaming, stands at Noor Elaine Farm for $8,800 (inc. GST).
Invincible Spirit (Green Desert) had a productive Sunday with two new stakes winners in the space of five minutes, taking his tally to 134. Pearls Galore (4 f ex Pearl Banks by Pivotal) provided the Irish National Stud stallion with his 133rd individual stakes winner when landing the Brownstown Stakes (Gr 3, 7f) at Fairyhouse. The Paddy Twomey-trained filly, who placed in Group 3 company on two of her past three starts, was sent off the 15-8 favourite and defeated Valeria Messalina (Holy Roman Emperor) by two lengths, with Bipartisanship (Bated Breath) another length and a quarter back in third. Pearls Galore is one of four winners from as many to race out of Group 3 winner Pearl Banks (Pivotal), who is also the dam of stakes winners Lucky Lycra (Olympic Glory) and Pearly Steph (Oasis Dream). Shortly after Pearls Galore’s success, Loch Lein (3 f ex Ashley Hall by Maria’s Mon) took out the Prix Amandine (Listed, 1400m) at Deauville. The Jessica Harrington-trained filly was making her first start outside or Ireland scored by a length over Pamouschana (Showcasing), with Cloudy Dawn (Kodiac) another one and a quarter lengths behind in third. Loch Lein is one of six winners, including Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed, 5f) placed Pedestal (Invincible Spirit), out of Ashley Hall (Maria’s Mon), who is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Bandini (Fusaichi Pegasus). Invincible Spirit, the sire of Australian champion stallion I Am Invincible, stands for a fee of €80,000 (approx. AU$126,924).
Loveisthehigherlaw (5 m ex Sweet Stream by Shantou) got off the mark in stakes company when landing the Grosser Metallbau Burckhardt Preis (Listed, 2200m) at Hannover on Sunday, earning Kodiac (Danehill) his 68th individual stakes winner. The Andreas Wöhler-trained mare has previously been placed at both Group 3 and Listed level and got her first black-type win courtesy of a three-quarter-length defeart of Accola (Scalo). Monna (Rock Of Gibraltar) was the same distance further behind in third. A half-sister to the stakes-placed Tidespring (Monsun) and Sweet Dream (Oasis Dream), Loveisthehigherlaw is one of eight foals out of Group 1 winner Sweet Stream (Shantou). Kodiac stands at Tally Ho Stud for a fee of €65,000 (approx. AU$103,126).
Lusail (2 c ex Diaminda by Diamond Green) emulated his sire Mehmas (Acclamation) when landing the July Stakes (Gr 2, 6f) at Newmarket on Thursday. Mehmas took the 2016 running of the contest, defeating Darley shuttler Blue Point (Shamardal), and Lusail’s win provided the Tally-Ho stallion with his 12th individual stakes winner. Ridden by Pat Dobbs, Lusail got the better of Asymmetric (Showcasing) by a head to land the juvenile contest, with 40-1 chance Sam Maximus (Showcasing) the same distance further behind in third. Mehmas, the sire of last year’s Middle Park Stakes (Gr 1, 6f) winner Supremacy, was retired at two and stands for a fee of €25,000 (approx. AU$39,850).
Godolphin colt Native Trail (2 c ex Needleleaf by Observatory) remained unbeaten, after winning his maiden on debut at Goodwood last month, when taking out the Superlative Stakes (Gr 2, 7f) at Newmarket for Charlie Appleby. The juvenile became the 126th individual stakes winner for his sire Oasis Dream (Green Desert). Ridden by William Buick, Native Trail was held up, tracking the pace. He was ridden with two furlongs to run and driven late to get up on the line, seeing off Masekela (El Kabier) in a photo by a short head while the favourite Dhabab (No Nay Never) was a further length and a half back in third. Purchased for 210,000gns at the Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up Sale, Native Trail is the first foal out of an unraced full-sister to Doncaster Sprint Cup (Gr 1, 6f) winner African Rose (Observatory) and to the Group 3-winning dam of Coventry Stakes (Gr 2 6f) winner and Coolmore sire Calyx (Kingman). Oasis Dream stands at Juddmonte’s Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket for a fee of £20,000 (approx. AU$37,150).
Southern Lad (6 g ex Distinctive Lass by Orientate) has hit the placings in 19 of his 32 starts, winning six, and on Wednesday he got off the mark at stakes level with victory in the Ramornie Handicap (Listed, 1200m) at Grafton. The rising seven-year-old was making an eighth appearance at stakes level, having filled the runner’s up berth on four occasions, including on his last start in the Hinkler Handicap (Listed, 1200m) at Eagle Farm. He became the 16th individual stakes winner for Waikato Stud stallion Ocean Park (Thorn Park) when defeating Phobetor (Dream Ahead) by half a length, while Fender (Toronado) finished a further two lengths back in third. He is Ocean Park’s tenth individual stakes winner this season, who has also sired Group 1 winners Kolding, Tofane and Ocean Billy. Bred by Nearco Stud, Southern Legend is the sixth named foal, and fourth stakes winner, out of the stakes-placed mare Distinctive Lass (Orientate). She has also produced NZ One Thousand Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Kahma Lass (Darci Brahma), the Group 1-placed, Listed winner Kuro (Denman) and Singapore stakes winner Distinctive Darci (Darci Brahma). Southern Lad was a $75,000 purchase for Champion Thoroughbreds out of the Bhima Thoroughbreds’ Inglis Easter sale draft of 2016, while the mare was covered again by Darci Brahma (Danehill) last year. Ocean Park will stand this season for a $30,000 (Plus GST) fee.
Pedro The Great
Angelinka (3 f ex Silent Cause by Giant’s Causeway) improved from a second-placed effort in Listed company last month to land the Grosser Preis der Burckhardt (Listed, 1600m) at Hannover on Sunday. The three-year-old filly defeated Mrs. Applebee (Soldier Hollow) by half a length, with Victoria Placa (Wootton Bassett) the same distance further behind in third. The win provided the late Pedro The Great (Henrythenavigator) with his fifth individual stakes winner.
Nerodio (5 g ex Black Carat by Lonhro) landed the Beaufine Stakes (Listed, 1000m) at Belmont on Saturday to provide Playing God (Blackfriars) with his fifth individual stakes winner. Making his 21st career start, and first in stakes company, the Stephanie Bakranich-trained gelding saw off Gemma’s Son (Snippetson) by three-quarters of a length, with Amasenus (Time For War) two lengths behind the winner in third. Nerodio is one of two winners out of Black Carat (Lonhro), who is a half-sister to Listed winner Doyoudare (Langfuhr). Playing God, the sire of 2019 Kingston Town Classic (Gr 1, 1800m) winner Kay Cee, stands at Darling View Thoroughbreds for a 2021 fee of $16,500 (inc GST).
Sea The Stars
Baaeed (3 c ex Aghareed by Kingmambo) impressively took out the Sir Henry Cecil Stakes (Listed, 1m) at Newmarket on Thursday to earn Sea The Stars his 81st individual stakes winner. The William Haggas-trained three-year-old was sent off the 10-11 favourite after comfortably winning his first two starts and he remained unbeaten with a devastating four-length success over Maximal (Galileo). One Ruler (Dubawi) was another one and a quarter lengths back in third. Out of Listed winner Aghareed (Kingmambo), Baaeed is a brother to Group 3 winner and Hardwicke Stakes (Gr 2, 1m 4f) third Hakum. Sea The Stars stands at Gilltown Stud in Ireland for €150,000 (approx. AU$239,100).
Lights On (4 f ex In The Light by Inchinor) blitzed the field in the Pipalong Stakes (Listed, 1m) at Pontefract on Tuesday to take Siyouni (Pivotal) to within one of a half-century of individual stakes winners. Making her first start in black-type company under Ryan Moore, the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Lights On scooted clear up the home straight to win by ten lengths from Agincourt (Declaration Of War), with favourite Waliyak (Le Havre) another length back in third. The Cheveley Park-raced four-year-old, who is a half-sister to Group 1 runner-up Karar (Invincible Spirit) and was bought for 250,000gns as a weanling, was winning for the third time this season after successes at Ascot and Nottingham. Siyouni, the sire of last weekend’s Coral-Eclipse (Gr 1, 1m 2f) winner St Mark’s Basilica, stands at Haras de Bonneval in France for €140,000 (approx. AU$220,600).
Campaigned in Listed company since breaking her maiden at her second start last June, Russian Souffle (4 f ex Russian Samba by Laroche) broke through in the Grosser Bwin Sommerpreis (Listed, 1900m) at Dresden to become the 53rd individual stakes winner for Soldier Hollow (In The Wings). The Andreas Wöhler-trained four-year-old was sent off as second favourite under Eduardo Pedroza and he led them a merry dance and was driven clear in the straight to win easily by three and three-quarter lengths from Wonnemond (Areion) while the favourite Blue Dream (Adlerflug) was a further half length back in third. Russian Souffle is a half-sister to Group 3 winner and Group 1-placed Russian Tango (Tertullian) and two Listed-placed horses, while they are out of Listed scorer Russian Samba (Laroche). The following day, Alaskasonne (3 f ex Alaskakonigin by Sternkoenig) cruised to victory in the Diana Trial (Listed, 2000m) at Mulheim to earn Soldier Hollow his 54th individual stakes winner. The Markus Klug-trained filly defeated Noble Vita (Kendargent) by four and a half lengths, with Colossal (Outstrip) a further neck behind in third. Alaskasonne is one of two winners from as many to race out of Listed winner Alaskakonigin (Sternkoenig), who is a half-sister to fellow stakes winner Alicante (Lando).
Zellie (2 f ex Sarai by Nathaniel) proved too good in the Prix Roland de Chambure (Listed, 1400m) at Deauville on Sunday to provide Coolmore’s Wootton Bassett (Iffraaj), who will shuttle to Australia for the first time this year, with his 19th individual stakes winner. The Andre Fabre-trained filly was sent off at 5-6 after winning her first two starts and justified that price with a three-length defeat of Miss Cleopatra (Toronado). Nirliit (Iffraaj) was another length and a half back in third. Zellie is the sole runner out of Sarai, who is a half-sister to 1000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) winner Speciosa (Danehill Dancer). Wootton Bassett, the sire of four elite-level winners including Cambridge Stud shuttler Almanzor, will stand his first season in Australia for $71,500.