Stallion Watch

Five for Merchant Navy

New winners

Merchant Navy (pictured above) – Coolmore’s Merchant Navy (Fastnet Rock) sired his fifth individual winner when the Annabel Neasham-trained Dirty Merchant (2 c ex Onemorezeta by Onemorenomore) broke through for a maiden win at Newcastle in the Yarraman Park Maiden Plate (1400m). Making his third career start, having finished third on debut and fourth behind Owen County (Dundeel) last time out, Dirty Merchant burst clear to record a three-quarter-length victory over stablemate I Am The Empire (Camelot), with four lengths back to the remainder of the field. Dirty Merchant was a $150,000 buy for Neasham and bloodstock consultant Brian McGuire from the Ascot Park draft at last year’s Inglis Classic Yearling Sale. He is the second foal and second winner from the Group 3-winning mare Onemorezeta (Onemorenomore), whose Deep Field (Northern Meteor) yearling colt sold for $500,000 to the Hong Kong Jockey Club at this year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. Royal Ascot winner Merchant Navy will stand for a fee of $27,500 (inc GST) this breeding season.

 

Pariah – Vagrant (2 f ex My Obsession by Lonhro) provided Arrowfield Stud stallion Pariah (Redoute’s Choice) with a fourth individual winner when she made a successful debut in a 1200-metre maiden at Swan Hill. Trained by Mitchell Freedman, the two-year-old filly was ridden by Tahlia Hope and produced a good turn of foot to run out a decisive three-quarter length winner over Angel Of Boom (Spirit Of Boom) with a further neck back to Kaleidoscope Eyes (Your Song) in third. Vagrant was a $130,000 purchase at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale by her trainer out of the Twin Hills Stud draft. The second foal to race out of the winning Lonhro (Octagonal) mare My Obsession, Vagrant is a half-sister to recent winner Black Orlov (Pride Of Dubai). Pariah will stand the upcoming breeding season for $16,500 (inc GST).

 

Russian Revolution – Newgate Farm’s Russian Revolution (Snitzel) closed in on the champion first season sire title as he sired his 11th and 12th individual winners this week. Spicy Hotpot (2 f ex Black Tulip by Lonhro) provided the Newgate Farm stallion with his 11th individual winner when coming home late to take a 1200-metre maiden at Canterbury by one and three-quarter lengths. Having finished third on her debut last month, the Mark Newnham-trained filly showed the benefit of that outing, beating Lucky Variety (Capitalist) with a further neck back to Maritima (Merchant Navy) in third. A $130,000 purchase from the Edinglassie draft for Viribright Racing at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Spicy Hotpot is the fourth winner from as many to race out of the Lonhro (Octagonal) mare Black Tulip and is a half-sister to stakes-winner Niedorp (Not A Single Doubt). Russian Revolution will stand the 2022 breeding season for a fee of $71,500 (inc. GST). The stallion’s 12th individual winner came courtesy of Communist (2 g ex Cappadocia by Northern Meteor) at Hawkesbury. The Michael Freedman-trained gelding produced an authoritative display to break his maiden at the second time of asking, winning the maiden plate over 1400 metres by half a length ahead of Vinnie’s Spirit (I Am Invincible), with the remainder of the field trailing home four and a quarter lengths behind the winner. Communist was a $160,000 buy for Michael and Richard Freedman from the Sledmere Stud draft at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale. He is the second foal out of the stakes-placed mare Cappadocia (Northern Meteor), herself a half-sister to Group 1 winner Zip Zip Aray (Bellotto) and Listed-winning, Group 1 placegetter Zipanese (Bellotto). Russian Revolution is three winners clear in the race to be crowned champion first sire by winners, and holds a lead of $155,080 ahead of Gold Standard (Sebring) by earnings. The stallion will stand for a fee of $71,500 (inc GST) this season. 

 

Sioux Nation – Rosie Rocket (2 f ex Benouville by Siyouni) became the 11th individual winner for first season sire Sioux Nation (Scat Daddy) when she got off the mark at the sixth time of asking in a 1200-metre maiden at Strasbourg. She beat Rosel (Amaron) by two and a half lengths with Darling Jay (The Grey Gatsby) another length behind in third. Sioux Nation, who shuttled to Swettenham Stud for one season, now resides full-time at Castlehyde Stud where he stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season for a fee of €10,000 (approx. AU$14,865).

 

Supido – The Glen Milligan-trained Killzy (2 g ex Think Fast by Lucky Owners) scored a local success for his trainer when breaking his maiden in a two-year-old handicap over 1250 metres at Taree, providing Widden Stud stallion Supido (Sebring) with a second individual winner in the process. Ridden by Andrew Gibbons, the gelding ran out a ready three-quarter length victor over Dolly Bird (Epaulette) with a further head back to Mr Tabasco (Shooting To Win) in third. Killzy was a $25,000 purchase for his trainer out of the Widden Stud consignment at last year’s Highway Session at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale. Out of the unraced Lucky Owners (Danehill) mare Think Fast, Killzy is a half-brother to six winners, including Flick Pass (War Pass) and Sally’s Mustang (Nicconi). Supido will stand the upcoming breeding season for $8,800 (inc GST).

 

Zoustar – Widden Stud stallion Zoustar had a successful week as he sired his first couple of individual winners in the northern hemisphere. Just Janet (2 f ex Coral Sea by Excelebration) provided the stallion with his first northern hemisphere winner when winning a maiden over five and a half furlongs at Wetherby. Trained by David O’Meara, the two-year-old filly made all before keeping on well late on to beat Lola’s Moment (Ardad) by one and a quarter lengths with a further neck back to Galaxy Gazer (Iffraaj) in third. A 55,000gns purchase out of Book 3 at the Tattersalls October Sale, Just Janet is the first foal out of the winning Excelebration (Exceed And Excel) mare Coral Sea, who herself is out of a Group 3 winning half-sister to Group 2 winner Ubettabelieveit (Kodiac), Group 3 winner Harlem Shake (Moss Vale) and Listed winner Shenanigans (Arcano). Zoustar’s second individual first-crop northern hemisphere-bred winner came when Lezoo (2 f ex Roger Sez by Red Clubs) scored impressively in a five-furlong novice fillies race at Bath. The Ralph Beckett-trained juvenile made her debut and won by a comfortable length margin over Cuban Mistress (Havana Grey). She’s A Mirage (Kodiac) finished over five lengths behind the winner in third. Lezoo was pinhooked by Tally Ho stud who paid 77,000gns for her as a yearling before trading the filly for €110,000 at the Arqana May Breeze-Up Sale. She is the fifth named foal out of Group 3 winner Roger Sez (Red Clubs). Zoustar stood the northern hemisphere season at Tweenhills Stud for a fee of £25,000 (approx. AU$43,665) and will stand the upcoming southern hemisphere season for a fee of $198,000 (inc GST). 

 

New Group / Grade 1 winners

Deep Field – Newgate Farm’s Deep Field (Northern Meteor) sired a third elite-level winner when his son Al Muthana (4 g ex El Daana by Redoute’s Choice) won the Gold Challenge (Gr 1, 1600m) at Greyville in South Africa. The Australian-bred four-year-old won by a half-length ahead of Linebacker (Captain Of All), while Jet Dark (Trippi) finished a head further back in third. Victory for Al Muthana took his record to six wins from 13 starts and he has now won four of his last five outings. The Mike de Kock-trained gelding is a homebred for the Shadwell Estate of the late Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum and is out of Redoute’s Choice (Danehill) mare El Daana, a Group 2 winner and the dam of Kewney Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) winner Wawail (Lonhro). Deep Field, who has a Group 1 winner in Australia in Portland Sky and in Hong Kong courtesy of Sky Field, will stand at Newgate for a fee of $88,000 (inc GST) this season. 

 

Gold Standard – Widden’s new stallion recruit Gold Standard (Sebring) earned a first-crop Group 1 winner when Sheeza Belter (2 f ex Saxabelle by Saxon) claimed the JJ Atkins Plate (Gr 1, 1600m) at Eagle Farm. The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained filly settled in midfield under Willie Pike and hit the front at the 250-metre mark, before repelling the late challenge of the running-on Political Debate (So You Think) and Brosnan (Snitzel) to win by a long neck and a head. Sheeza Belter, who was trained by Luke Fernie in WA before her transfer east to the Snowdens, backed up her victory in the BRC Sires’ Produce (Gr 2, 1400m) last time out to stamp herself as one of the season’s leading juveniles. Sheeza Belter takes her record to four wins from seven starts and more than $1.4 million in prize-money, propelling her sire to just $150,000 shy of leading first season sire Russian Revolution (Snitzel). The filly was a $50,000 buy for Justin Warwick out of the Mt Hallowell Stud draft at the Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale. Sheeza Belter is the fifth foal out of winning Saxon (Danehill) mare Saxabelle, herself a half-sister to Special Kiseki (Special Bond), dam of stakes winners Special Reward (Demerit), Showy Chloe (Alfred Noble) and El Riges (Eternity Range). Gold Standard will stand for a fee of $8,800 (inc GST) this season. 

 

Pioneerof The Nile – Godolphin’s Matareya (3 f ex Innovative Idea by Bernardini) secured a first Grade 1 victory in the Acorn Stakes (Gr 1, 8f) at Belmont, but the race endured early drama when hot favourite Echo Zulu (Gun Runner) was scratched at the gates on veterinary advice. Matareya assumed 30-100 favouritism and duly stretched clear of her three rivals to win by six and a quarter lengths ahead of Divine Huntress (Divining Rod), with Dream Lith (Medaglia D’Oro) a further five and a half lengths behind in third. She became the fourth individual elite-level winner for her late sire Pioneerof The Nile (Empire Maker). Matareya, who has won all four of her starts this season, is a homebred for Godolphin being the second foal out of their Grade 3 winner Innovative Idea (Brnardini), herself a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Lucullan (Hard Spun). Winning trainer Brad Cox said Matareya would now be pointed towards the Test Stakes (Gr 1, 7f) in August at Saratoga. Matareya is from the final crop of Pioneerof The Nile, who died in 2019. 

 

Quality Road – Bleecker Street (4 m ex Lemon Liqueur by Exchange Rate) became the 14th individual Grade 1 winner for Quality Road (Elusive Quality) when winning the New York Stakes (Gr 1, 10f) at Belmont. The four-year-old is now unbeaten in seven starts and posted a half-length victory over Family Way (Uncle Mo) to win on her first attempt at the elite level. Flighty Lady (Sir Percy) finished three-quarter lengths from the winner in third. A $400,000 yearling buy, Bleecker Street is the second foal out of Exchange Rate (Danzig) mare Lemon Liqueur.

 

Uncle Mo – Coolmore stallion Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie) sired his 11th individual elite-level winner when Mo Donegal (3 c Callingmissbrown by Pulpit) claimed the Belmont Stakes (Gr 1, 12f) in a quinella for trainer Todd Pletcher. The 13-5 favourite held off stablemate Nest (Curlin) to win the final leg of the Triple Crown by three lengths, with Skippylongstocking (Exaggerator) six and a quarter lengths from the winner in third. The win for Mo Donegal meant the three Triple Crown races have each gone to different winners for the fourth season in a row. Mo Donegal is the second foal and second winner out of the Pulpit (A.P. Indy) mare Callingmissbrown. He was purchased for $250,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale by Donegal Racing, who landed a first Triple Crown success having three times finished third in the Kentucky Derby (Gr 1, 10f). Uncle Mo stood the 2022 season at Ashford Stud for a fee of US$160,000 (approx. AU$226,885).

 

New stakes winners

Acclamation – Rathbarry Stud resident Acclamation (Royal Applause) sired his 63rd individual black-type winner when the lightly raced Benefit (3 f ex Boost by Pivotal) took out the Cathedral Stakes (Listed, 6f) at Salisbury. Trained by Clive Cox and sporting the colours of her breeder Cheveley Park Stud, the filly ran on well to defeat favourite Nahaarr (Dark Angel) by a length. Edraak (E|lzaam) was the same margin away in third. Benefit, who has now won three of her six starts, is the first foal out of the Pivotal (Polar Falcon) mare Boost, herself a daughter of the Group 1 winner Hooray (Invincible Spirit). Acclamation stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season for a fee of €27,500 (approx. AU$40,880).

 

Bated Breath – Could Be King (6 g ex Poyle Dee Dee by Oasis Dream) made a belated breakthrough in stakes company when the six-year-old scored in the Bro Park Varsprint (Listed, 1200m) to provide Juddmonte stallion Bated Breath (Dansili) with his 22nd individual black-type winner. The well-travelled gelding was winning for the seventh time on his 30th start as he beat General De Vega (Lope De Vega) and Brian Ryan (Finjaan). The fifth foal out of the Oasis Dream (Green Desert) mare Poyle Dee Dee, Could Be King is a half-brother to the useful sprinter Poyle Vinnie (Piccolo). Bated Breath stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season for a fee of £15,000 (approx. AU$26,210). 

 

Camelot – Sammarco (3 c ex Saloon Sold by Soldier Hollow) provided Coolmore stallion Camelot (Montjeu) with a 46th individual stakes winner when just coming out best in a ding-dong battle to the line in the Union-Rennen (Gr 2, 2200m) at Cologne. Trained by Peter Schiergen, the three-year-old colt ran out a short-head winner over the tenacious So Moonstruck (Sea The Moon) with the pair pulling a good four lengths clear of Alessio (Teofilo) in third. Sammarco is the first foal out of winning Soldier Hollow (In The Wings) mare Saloon Sold, herself out of a maiden half-sister to three Listed winners. Camelot stands for a fee of €75,000 (approx. AU$111,500).

 

Deep Impact – Sentimental Mambo (4 f ex Stacelita by Monsun) provided the late Deep Impact (Sunday Silence) with a 188th individual stakes winner when coming home a cosy winner of the Grosser Preis Der Hannoverschen Volksbank (Listed, 1600m) at Hannover. Trained by Satoshi Kobayashi, the four-year-old filly came home an eased down three-quarter length victor over Libre (Exceed And Excel) with a further two lengths back to Ma Belle Molly (Helmet) in third. The fifth foal out of the multiple Group 1-winning Monsun (Konigsstuhl) mare Stacelita, Sentimental Mambo is a sister to Group 3 winner Schon Glanz and winner Spangled Star as well as a half-sister to Group 1 winner Soul Stirring (Frankel) and winner Southern Stars (Smart Strike).

 

Dubawi – Valiant Prince (4 g ex Chachamaidee by Footstepsinthesand) provided Darley stallion Dubawi (Dubai Millennium) with a 230th individual stakes winner when scoring an easy success in the Ganton Stakes (Listed, 1m) at York. Trained by Charlie Appleby, the four-year-old gelding took up the lead from his stablemate Art Du Val (No Nay Never) inside the final furlong, beating him by a widening four lengths with a further neck back to Bell Rock (Kingman) in third. Even-money favourite Mohaafeth (Frankel) finished a disappointing last of the six runners. A 220,000gns purchase as a yearling, Valiant Prince is the fourth foal out of the Group 1-winning Footstepsinthesand (Giant’s Causeway) mare Chachamaidee and is a brother to winner Narak and half-brother to Group 3 winner Klassique (Galileo). Dubawi stands at Dalham Hall Stud for £250,000 (approx. AU$437,380).

 

Exceed And Excel – The Francis Graffard-trained Rozgar (3 c ex Roshanara by Sea The Stars) produced a smart performance to win the Prix Marchand d’Or (Listed, 1200m) at Chantilly, providing Darley stallion Exceed And Excel (Danehill) with a 196th individual stakes winner. The three-year-old colt ran out a ready one and a quarter lengths winner over Perfect News (Frankel) with a further length back to Le Cadeau (Dabirism) in third. Rozgar is the second foal out of the Listed-placed winning Sea The Stars (Cape Cross) mare Roshanara, herself a half-sister to Group 1 winner Rosanara (Sinndar) out of a Listed-winning sister to Group 2 winner Rajsaman (Linamix). Exceed And Excel stands at Kelvinside for a fee of $132,000 (inc GST).

 

Fastnet Rock – Stay Alert (3 f ex Starfala by Galileo) provided his sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill) with a 188th individual stakes winner when registering a ready success in the Abingdon Stakes (Listed, 1m 2f) at Newbury. Trained by Hughie Morrison and ridden by Josephine Gordon, the three-year-old had finished behind subsequent Epsom Oaks (Gr 1, 1m 4f) third Nashwa (Frankel) in a Listed race last time out and was travelling well looking for an out approaching the final two furlongs. Once a gap appeared, the filly showed a nice turn of foot and stayed on nicely to beat race favourite Golden Lyra (Lope De Vega) by a length with the pair pulling four lengths clear of Luna Dorada (Golden Horn) in third. The sixth foal out of the winning Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) mare Starfala, Stay Alert is a sister to Listed winner Star Rock and is a half-sister to smart winners Stag Horn (Golden Horn) and Star Rider (Cape Cross). Coolmore stallion Fastnet Rock stands at Jerrys Plains for $165,000 (inc GST) this season.

 

Frankel – Frankel (Galileo) inched ever closer to his century of individual stakes winners when Raclette (3 f ex Emollient by Empire Maker) landed the Prix Melisande (Listed, 2000m) at Longchamp to move his tally onto 97. The Andre Fabre-trained filly bounced back from two disappointing efforts so far this season to defeat Tariyana (Sea The Stars) by a length and a half with Irish raider Viareggio (Caravaggio) another three-quarters of a length away in third. A Juddmonte homebred, Raclette is the fourth foal out of the US Grade 1 winner Emollient (Empire Maker) making her a half-sister to the Group-placed juvenile winner Peace Charter (War Front). Frankel stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season at Banstead Manor for a fee of £200,000 (approx. AU$350,000).

 

Jukebox – The Barry Lockwood-trained Johnny Rocker (2 c ex Margene by Magic Albert) earned his sire Jukebox (Snitzel) a maiden stakes winner from his first crop with victory in the Oxlade Stakes (Listed, 1300m) at Eagle Farm. Sent off a $20 outsider, Johnny Rocker led from start to finish to win by a length and a half ahead of Calgary Stampede (Snitzel) and Thelwell (Bel Esprit), who finished three-quarters of a length further adrift in third. Johnny Rocker, a homebred for Jamie Stumer, is one of four winners and the first stakes winner out of Margene (Magic Albert), a three-time winner and half-sister to the stakes-placed Mastery (Bureaucracy). Jukebox, who has sired three winners from his first crop, will stand for a fee of $6,600 (inc GST) this season. 

 

Juniper Tree – The impeccably bred Juniper Tree (Galileo) sired his first stakes winner when Ascot Brass (5 m ex By The Book by Definite Article) struck in the Bloomers’ Vase (Listed, 1600m) at Bro Park in Sweden. A three-race maiden for the Coolmore partners when trained by Aidan O’Brien, Juniper Tree cost 950,000gns when bought out of Book 1 at Tattersalls in October 2012. He is out of the multiple Group 1 winner Alexander Goldrun (Gold Away) and now stands at stud in Denmark. Ascot Brass is the most successful of Juniper Tree’s 35 individual winners to date and she was winning for the eighth time in her 22 starts as she beat Takeko (Mehmas) and Numeira (Raven’s Pass) at the Swedish track. 

 

Maurice – Arrowfield’s shuttler Maurice (Screen Hero) sired his seventh individual stakes winner when North Bridge (4 c ex Amazing Moon by Admire Moon) made it two wins from as many starts as a four-year-old with a victory in the Epsom Cup (Gr 3, 1800m) at Tokyo. Trained by Takeshi Okumura, North Bridge came out on top in a tight finish, beating Galore Creek (Kinshasa No Kiseki) and Darlington Hall (New Approach) by a neck and the same. The winner is the second foal out of the Admire Moon (End Sweep) mare Amazing Moon, a Group-placed winner who is a half-sister to the Grade 1 winner Laurel Guerreiro (King Halo). Maurice will stand for an increased fee of $82,500 (inc GST) this breeding season.

 

Mikki Isle – Former Japanese shuttler Mikki Isle (Deep Impact) scored a fourth individual stakes winner and first in Australia when his son Dragonstone (3 g ex Quick’s The Word by Shamardal) won the Bob Charley AO Stakes (Listed, 1100m) at Randwick. Having finished second at his last three starts, the Mark Newnham-trained three-year-old stepped up to stakes grade to take a fourth career victory, finishing a length and three-quarters ahead of Prime Candidate (Denman), who was separated by a head from Mamaragan (Wandjina) in third. In 12 starts, Dragonstone has only finished unplaced once, when he finished ninth in the Fireball Stakes (Listed, 1100m) in March. He is the second foal and second winner out of Shamardal (Giant’s Causeway) mare Quick’s The Word, a three-time winner on the track. Her yearling colt by Headwater (Exceed And Excel) was purchased by Newnham for $85,000 from the Valiant Stud draft at this year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. She has a weanling colt by Cosmic Force (Deep Field). Mikki Isle stands at Shadai Stallion Station in Japan for a fee of JPY$1.5 million (approx. AU$15,822).

 

New Approach – The Markus Klug-trained Ankunft (4 f ex Anna Katharina by Kallisto) produced a strong staying performance when winning the Weidenpescher Steher Cup (Listed, 3000m) at Cologne, providing Darley stallion New Approach (Galileo) with a 59th individual stakes winner. The four-year-old filly stayed on well to beat Lubiane (Authorized) by one and a half lengths with a further neck back to Quebueno (Adlerflug) in third. The second foal out of the Group 3-winning Kallisto (Sternkonig) mare Anna Katharina, Ankunft is a half-sister to winner Anselm (Soldier Hollow). New Approach stands at Dalham Hall Stud for a private fee.

 

Profitable – Darley stallion Profitable (Invincible Spirit) landed a fifth individual stakes winner when his three-year-old son Mitbaahy (3 c ex Wrood by Invasor) won the Scurry Stakes (Listed, 5f) at Sandown. The Roger Varian-trained colt won by a length and a half over Live In The Dream (Prince Of Lir) with Caturra (Mehmas) a head further away in third. Mitbaahy was a £50,000 buy for Oliver St Lawrence from the Castlebridge Consignment at the Goffs Orby Sale in 2020. He is a half-brother to Del Mar Oaks (Gr 1, 9f) winner Going Global (Mehmas), and the stakes placed Finans Bay (Kodiac). Profitable stands for a fee of €12,500 (approx. AU$18,581) at Darley’s Kildangan Stud. 

 

Ribchester – Snooze N You Lose (3 f ex Wake Up Call by Noverre) provided Darley shuttler Ribchester (Iffraaj) with a third individual stakes winner when producing a dominant display in the Queen Of Scots Stakes (Listed, 7f) at Musselburgh. Trained by Karl Burke, the three-year-old filly ran out a comfortable two-length winner over Improvised (Raven’s Pass) with a further neck back to Clitheroe (Ribchester) in third. The sixth foal out of the Listed-placed winning Noverre (Rahy) mare Wake Up Call, Snooze N You Lose is a half-sister to Listed winner Zaman (Dutch Art) and useful winners Tadreeb (Oasis Dream) and Stepney Causeway (New Approach). Ribchester stands at Kildangan Stud for €12,500 (approx. AU$18,560).

 

Ruler Of The World – A win for Nerik (3 c ex Nazbanou by High Chaparral) in the German Derby Trial (Listed, 2200m) at Dusseldorf provided his sire, the Epsom Derby (Gr 1, 1m 4f) hero Ruler Of The World (Galileo), with his sixth individual stakes winner. Trained by Peter Schiergen, the colt was winning for the second time in six starts as he beat Lotterbov (Protectionist) and Bukhara (Isfahan). Nerik is the second foal out of the High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells) mare Nazbanou, herself a Listed winner, making him a half-brother to the Listed placed Norge (Dylan Thomas). Ruler Of The World stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season at Allevamenti della Berardenga in Italy for a fee of €5,000 (approx. AU$7,430). 

 

Sea The Moon – Sea The Moon (Sea The Stars) sired his 19th individual stakes winner when his daughter Samahram (3 f ex Djumama by Aussie Rules) edged out Gregarina (De Treville) for a win in the Prix Volterra (Listed, 1600m) at Longchamp. The Francis Graffard-trained filly, who was already placed in Group company, crossed the line a short head in front of her rival with favourite Sun Flare (Exceed And Excel) a length and a quarter away in third. A €160,000 purchase for Al Shaqab at Arqana’s Deauville Select sale, Samahram is closely related to the Listed-placed winner Duchess Of Danzig (Sea The Stars). Sea The Moon stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season at Lanwades Stud for a fee of £25,000 (approx. AU$43,685).

 

Sea The Stars – Rosscarbery (4 f ex Rose Rized by Authorized) provided Aga Khan Stud stallion Sea The Stars (Cape Cross) with a 93rd individual stakes winner as she continued her rapid improvement to win the Munster Oaks Stakes (Gr 3, 1m 4f) at Cork. Trained by Paddy Twomey and ridden by Billy Lee, the four-year-old filly was always prominent throughout and, after making her challenge inside the final furlong, stayed on well to hold the late challenge of Yaxeni (Maxios) by a neck with a further two lengths back to Lily Pond (Galileo) in third. A 130,000gns purchase as a yearling, Rosscarbery is the first foal out of the Listed-winning Authorized (Montjeu) mare Rose Rized, herself closely related to winner and German Derby (Gr 1, 2400m) third Savvy Six (Pour Moi), out of German Oaks (Gr 1, 2200m) winner Rosenreihe (Catcher In The Rye).

 

Shamus Award – Rosemont Stud’s Shamus Award (Snitzel) notched a 19th individual stakes winner when his son Kiss Sum (3 g ex Stolen Kisses by Mossman) ran out a commanding winner of the Gunsynd Classic (Gr 3, 1600m) at Eagle Farm. Success for the three-year-old marked a first Group-race win for Wyong trainer Tracey Bartley since Sniper’s Bullet (Bite The Bullet) claimed a Group 1 double in Western Australia in 2009. Kiss Sum won by two lengths ahead of the Bjorn Baker-trained Battleton (Zoustar) and Loch Eagle (Lonhro), was a neck further back in third. The three-year-old, who won the inaugural running of the $700,000 Four Pillars (1500m) in October, takes his record to four wins from 13 starts. A homebred for Tony McCullogh and partners, Kiss Sum is one of two winners out of five-time winning mare Stolen Kisses (Mossman). Kiss Sum is the sixth stakes winner for Shamus Award this season, who looks set to claim a top five finish in this year’s Sires’ Premiership. Shamus Award will stand for a fee of $88,000 (inc GST) in 2022. 

 

Shooting To Win – The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Ranges (5 g ex I Believe by Octagonal) became the sixth individual stakes winner for Shooting To Win (Northern Meteor) when he won the Mark Hinkler Handicap (Listed, 1200m) at Eagle Farm. The Triple Crown Syndications-raced five-year-old beat Eureka Stud-owned pair Simply Fly (Spirit Of Boom) and Mass Destruction (Spirit Of Boom) by half a length and three-quarters of a length, with Ranch Hand (Fastnet Rock), a recent $600,000 buy off the Inglis Digital platform for new connections, finishing fourth. A $140,000 buy for Triple Crown having been bought as a weanling for $100,000 by PAT Equine, Ranges is a half-brother to Group 2 winner Rain Affair (Commands), being one of eight winners from eight foals out of I Believe (Octagonal), a four-time winner from five starts. Former Darley stallion Shooting To Win was retired from stud duties ahead of this season owing to injury. 

 

So You Think – Coolmore stallion So You Think (High Chaparral) was not to be denied a stakes winner this week as Palaisipan (4 m ex Touch Of Red by Fastnet Rock) won the  Dane Ripper Stakes (Gr 2, 1300m) at Eagle Farm. The Chris Munce-trained mare, sent off an outside $21 chance, took her record to six wins from 11 starts, defeating race favourite Najmaty and Salateen – both mares by sires premiership title rival I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) – by three-quarters of a length and half a length. Palaisipan was a winner of her first four career races in Queensland and last won at Ipswich in December. She became the 42nd individual stakes winner for So You Think, who now sits just $306,548 behind I Am Invincible in the race to be crowned champion sire. Palaisipan was a $40,000 buy for Chris Munce from the Magic Millions-hosted Gooree Stud Reduction Sale in July 2020. She is the one and only foal out of the unraced Touch Of Red (Fastnet Rock), deriving from a deep Gooree family which includes Northern Meteor (Encosta De Lago) and Smart Missile (Fastnet Rock). So You Think will stand for a career-high fee of $93,500 (inc GST) this season. 

 

Zarak – Things have been going well for Zarak (Dubawi) recently and the Haras de Bonneval resident sired his seventh individual stakes winner when his son Haya Zark (3 c ex Haya City by Elusive City) took out the Prix Ridgway (Listed, 2000m) at Longchamp. The Adrien Fouassier-trained three-year-old, who has been racing against tougher company recently, won for the second time in his eight races so far as he beat Russipant Fal (Russian Cross) by three-quarters of a length. Red-hot favourite Epic Poet (Lope De Vega) could only finish third, two and a quarter lengths behind the winner. Haya Zark is the second foal out of Haya City (Elusive City) who herself is the granddaughter of a sister to Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr 1, 2400m) winner Subotica (Pampabird). Zarak stood the 2022 northern hemisphere breeding season for a fee of €25,000 (approx. AU$37,165).