Stallion Watch

Make It Rain provided former Darley shuttler Night Of Thunder with his 28th first crop winner

The Simon Crisford-trained Make It Rain (2 f ex Badalona by Cape Cross) provided former Darley shuttler Night Of Thunder (Dubawi) with his 28th first crop winner on Thursday when he won the Racing TV Profits Returned To Racing Maiden Stakes (1m) at Kempton. Night Of Thunder stands at Kildangan Stud in Ireland and has sired seven stakes winners including Group-winning trio Night Colours, Under The Stars and Pocket Square.


New Group / Grade 1 winners

Deep Impact  – Glory Vase (4 h ex Merjiro Tsubone by Swept Overboard) continued Japan’s strong performances on the international stage this year, with the Tomohito Ozeki-trained entire taking out the Hong Kong Vase (Gr 1, 2400m) at Sha Tin on Sunday. He is the 45th individual Group/Grade 1 winner for Japan’s champion sire Deep Impact (Sunday Silence) who died earlier this year. Glory Vase’s biggest win prior to Hong Kong was the Nikkei Shinshun Hai (Gr 2, 2400m) at Kyoto in January. Deep Impact has a number of sire sons shuttling to Australia and New Zealand, with first crop two-year-olds by Arrowfield Stud’s Real Impact hitting the track this season. 


Daiwa Major – Resistencia (2 f ex Malacostumbrada by Lizard Island) has maintained her unbeaten record and provided Japan sire Daiwa Major (Sunday Silence) with his sixth Grade/Group 1 winner after the talented filly took out the Juvenile Fillies (Gr 1, 1600m) at Hanshin on Sunday. Daiwa Major, who is by the same sire as Japan’s late champion stallion Deep Impact, is also the sire of Hong Kong Mile winner Admire Mars and fellow elite level winners Major Emblem, Curren Black Hill, Reine Minoru and Copano Richard. 


Iffraaj – The ever-consistent Wyndspelle (6 h ex Western Star by High Chaparral) provided his sire Iffraaj (Zafonic) with a tenth individual stakes-winner when he took out the Captain Cook Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) at Trentham on Saturday. Iffraaj (Zafonic) shuttles to New Zealand’s Haunui Farm for a fee of NZ$25,000 (plus GST). He is also the sire of Group 1-winning stallions Ribchester, Turn Me Loose, Jon Snow and Jungle Cat.


Playing God – In winning Saturday’s Kingston Town Classic (Gr 1, 1800m), Kay Cee (3 f ex Flirt ‘N’ Hope by McFlirt) provided her sire Playing God (Blackfriars) with his first Group 1 winner in the same race the stallion won on two occasions. Playing God, whose eldest progeny are four-year-olds, has sired three individual stakes winners and stands at Mungrup Stud for a fee of $11,000 (inc GST).


New stakes winners

Deep Impact – Satono Garnet (4 f ex Beatrix Kiddo by Victory Note) came out on top in a tight finish to the Chunichi Shimbun Hai (Gr 3, 1m2f) at Chukyo on Saturday to give her sire Deep Impact (Sunday Silence) his 145th individual stakes winner. Deep Impact, Japan’s champion sire for the last seven years, died in July at the age of 17.


Galileo – A maiden stakes success for the William Haggas-trained Pablo Escobarr ( 3 c ex Bewitched by Dansili) provided super sire Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) his 313th individual stakes winner as the three-year-old was victorious in the Wild Flower Stakes (Listed, 1m4f) on Kempton’s Polytrack on Wednesday night. 


Jet Spur – Brilliantly fast sprinter Spurcraft (6 g ex Carnivale Queen by Starcraft) returned from a long layoff with a decisive first-up win in the Bribie Handicap (Listed, 1050m) on Saturday to provide his sire Jet Spur (Flying Spur) with his ninth individual stakes winner. Jet Spur, who stands at Queensland’s Corella Stud for a fee of $3,850 (inc GST), is also the sire of Group 3 winner Mishani Honcho and Listed winners Biggles, Emmalene and Black Jet, among others.


Not A Single Doubt – Not An Option (2 c ex Chintz by Savabeel) became the 67th individual stakes winner for Not A Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice) when he produced a powerful finishing burst to take out the Wakefield Challenge Stakes (Gr 2, 1100m) at Trentham on Saturday. Not A Single Doubt stands at Arrowfield Stud for a fee of $110,000 (inc GST).


Pioneerof The Nile – The late stallion Pioneerof The Nile (Empire Maker) sired his 29th individual stakes winner when lightly raced filly Thousand Words (2 f ex Pomeroys Pisto by Pomeroy) proved too good in the Los Alamitos Futurity (Gr 2, 8.5f) on Saturday. Pioneerof The Nile also has three Grade 1 winners including US Triple Crown champion American Pharoah whose first crop southern hemisphere yearlings will be offered in 2020. Pioneerof The Nile died, aged 13, in March this year at WinStar Farm. 


Planet Five – American-bred stallion Planet Five (Storm Cat) sired his maiden stakes winner when The Celt (6 g ex Cintrice by Tribu) took out the A J Scahill Stakes (Gr 3, 1400m) at Ascot on Saturday. The Group 2-winning son of Storm Cat (Storm Bird) stood at Touchstone Farm in Western Australia before being retired from stallion duties in 2018. 


Proisir – Race favourite Riodini (3 g ex Giardini by Perfectly Ready) provided his exciting sire Proisir (Choisir) with a first stakes win when he comfortably accounted for his rivals in the Bonecrusher Stakes (Gr 3, 1400m) at Ellerslie on Saturday. Riodini is out of three-time winning mare Giardini (Perfectly Ready) who herself is a half-sister to the Hawke’s Bay Guineas (Gr 2, 1400m) winner Sir Andrew (Sir Percy). Their mother Biennale (Royal Academy) produced a further six winners. Biennale’s dam is the Ladies’ Mile (Gr 3, 1600m) winner Echo Lass (Prince Echo) who produced the All-Aged Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Des’s Dream (Dahar). Poisir stood at Rich Hill Stud for a fee of NZ$7,000 (plus GST) in 2019.


Red Hot Choice – Former Mungrup Stud-based stallion Red Hot Choice (Redoute’s Choice), who died in 2017, yesterday sired his maiden stakes winner on Saturday when promising filly Sanabreanna (3 f ex Sanabresa by Scenic) landed the Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic (Listed, 1400m) at Ascot in Perth. Red Hot Choice had 51 live foals in five seasons at stud and just six in his last crop, which are two-year-olds.


So You Think – The Lindsey Smith-trained Beautiful Mind (5 m ex Small Minds by Canny Lad) became the 23rd individual stakes-winner for Collmore sire So You Think (High Chaparral) as she took out the Jungle Dawn Classic (Listed, 1400m) at Ascot on Saturday. Beautiful Mind was a $250,000 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale purchase by agent Craig Rounsefell and Smith from the Goldin Farms draft and joins the likes of Inference and Nakeeta Jane as stakes winners for her sire. So You Think stood for a fee of $38,500 in 2019. 


Spirit Of Boom – Spirit Of Boom (Sequalo) lifted his tally of stakes winners to 11 after Frangipani Moon (4 m ex Equality by Conatus) took out Inglis Just Now Handicap (Listed, 1350m) at Doomben on Saturday. The David Vandyke-trained mare, who has won three races, joins Boomsara, Spirits Aubeer and Outback Barbie as stakes winners for the Eureka Stud-based stallion who stands for a fee of $44,000 (inc GST).


Tapit – Lake Avenue (2 f ex Seventh Street by Street Cry) has provided Gainesway’s star stallion Tapit (Pulpit) with his 129th individual stakes winner after the filly took out the Demoiselle Stakes (Gr 2, 1-1/8m) at Aqueduct on Saturday. Tapit is the sire of 25 Group/Grade 1 winners including Darley shuttler Frosted whose first southern hemisphere yearlings head to the sales in 2020. 

Time Paradox – Doryu (4 h ex Double Prime by Gold Allure) broke through for his maiden stakes success in the Capella Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) at Nakayama on Sunday, the third individual stakes winner for Time Paradox (Brian’s Time). Japanese sire Time Paradox is also the sire of Listed winners Sorte and Tokei Tiger.

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