Nine for Belardo
New first season sire winners
Hale Bopp (2 c ex Emperors Pearl by Holy Roman Emperor) brought up Belardo’s (Lope De Vega) ninth individual winner when landing the Irish EBF Median Sires Series (C & G) Maiden (7f) at Dundalk on Friday night. The Ger Lyons-trained two-year-old was making his second start after finishing fourth of five in a maiden at Naas in June won by Military Style (War Front), who subsequently took out the Tyros Stakes (Gr 3, 7f). Sent off at 3-1 on Friday, Hale Bopp saw off the Joseph O’Brien-trained Charmed (Charm Spirit) by half a length, with Bears Hug (Kodi Bear) a further neck behind in third. First season sire Belardo stood at Darley’s Kildangan Stud in Ireland for €10,000 (approx AUD$16,350) in 2020 and has three stakes winners to his name so far.
Jouska (3 f ex Quiet Protest by Kingmambo) provided Woodside Park shuttle stallion Cable Bay (Invincible Spirit) with his second individual stakes winner when causing an upset in the Boadicea Stakes (Listed, 6f) at Newmarket on Saturday. The Henry Candy-trained filly was sent off at 18-1 following one win in her previous eight outings but cosily saw off 14-1 shot Sunday Star (Kodiac) by half a length, with Jovial (Dubawi) a further length behind in third. Leading fancies Millisle (Starspangledbanner) and Maid In India (Bated Breath) failed to make an impact in the finish. Cable Bay, who shuttles from Highclere Stud in the UK, stands this season at Woodside Park for a fee of $9,900 (inc GST).
Darley’s Exosphere (Lonhro) sired his eighth individual winner and third in the northern hemisphere from just eight starters when Total Knockout (2 c ex Bahama Mama by Invincible Spirit) got off the mark at the second time of asking with victory in a 1200-metre claimer at Fontainebleau on Monday. The Frederic Rossi-trained colt beat Pic Sylver (Penny’s Picnic) by half a length, with Lockdown (Charm Spirit) another length and three quarters away in third. Exosphere stands for a fee of $16,500 (inc GST) at Kelvinside in 2020.
Pride Of Dubai
Newcomer Just Beautiful (2 f ex Astrelle by Makfi) emphatically overturned favourite Daphne May (Mayson) in the fillies’ novice auction division two (7f) at Kempton, scooting to a five-length victory for trainer Ivan Furtado to become the 22nd individual first crop winner for Pride Of Dubai (Street Cry). She’s A Lion (The Last Lion) was a further half-length away in third. Just Beautiful is the tenth northern hemisphere first crop winner for former reverse shuttler Pride Of Dubai who stands at Coolmore Australia for a fee of $38,500 (inc GST).
Pockley (2 c ex Wanting by Acclamation) got off the mark on Wednesday evening at Newcastle at the sixth attempt and became the 15th individual winner from the first crop of Shalaa (Invincible Spirit). The Roger Fell-trained juvenile took out the six-furlong nursery under Jason Hart, showing a good attitude by rallying back when headed close home to get up by a short head from Navajo Spring (Charm Spirit), while the pair were three and a half lengths clear of Camerily Joe (Helmet) and the rest of the field. Al Shaqab shuttler Shalaa stands this season at Arrowfield Stud for a fee of $33,000 (inc GST).
New Group or Grade 1 winners
An American Triple Crown winner was the sire of a Group or Grade 1 winner for the first time in 13 years on Saturday as Harvey’s Lil Goil (3 f ex Gloria S by Tapit) took out the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (Gr 1, 9f) at Keeneland, bringing up a first top-level winner for American Pharoah (Pioneerof The Nile). Already a Grade 1 placegetter, having finished third to Preakness Stakes (Gr 1, 9f) winner Swiss Skydiver (Daredevil) in the Alabama Stakes (Gr 1, 10f), the Bill Mott-trained Harvey’s Lil Goil defeated her last-start conqueror Micheline (Bernardini) by three-quarters of a length with Magic Attitude (Galileo) a further half-length away in third. “She’s a little superstar,” assistant trainer Kenny McCarthy said of Harvey’s Lil Goil. “She pretty much goes on any surface for us. At least in my mind, I think the turf probably is a little bit easier for her to handle.” The last Triple Crown victor to have a winner at the highest level was Affirmed (Exclusive Nature), whose remarkable son The Tin Man scored the last of four Grade 1 wins in the Shoemaker Mile (Gr 1, 1m) at Hollywood Park in 2007. American Pharoah, who will have his first Australian two-year-olds this season, stands at Coolmore Australia for $55,000 (inc GST) in 2020.
Reigning leading North American sire Into Mischief (Harlan’s Holiday) brought up his eighth Grade 1 winner on Saturday when Dayoutoftheoffice (2 f ex Gottahaveadream by Indian Charlie) took the Frizette Stakes (Gr 1, 1m) at Belmont. The Timothy Hamm-trained filly, who won the Schuylerville Stakes (Gr 3, 6f) at Saratoga in July, defeated the highly-regarded Vequist (Nyquist) by two lengths with more than ten lengths back to Cilla (California Chrome) in third. She is now likely to head to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ (Gr 1, 8.5f) at Keeneland next month. “She’s a big, scopey filly, and I wanted to have some horse for the end of the year. The plan was to have a fresh horse for this time of the year,” said Hamm, who notched his first Grade 1 victory. “When you put a plan together that works – the team of Siena Farm and myself and all our assistants – you feel vindicated. We all thought this filly was special when she won at four and a half furlongs because we knew she would be able to get longer than that.” Into Mischief, who is on track to win his second sires title, stood for USD$175,000 (approx. AUD$241,600) in 2020.
Pretty Gorgeous (2 f ex Lady Gorgeous by Compton Place) brought up a sixth individual elite-level winner for Lawman (Invincible Spirit) when taking out the Fillies’ Mile (Gr 1, 1m) at Newmarket on Friday. The Joseph O’Brien-trained filly was due to run in France last weekend before the O’Brien’s were forced to pull out all their runners due to contaminated feed, but nothing was stopping the 5-2 favourite from winning this contest. Ridden by Shane Crosse, Pretty Gorgeous saw off Indigo Girl (Dubawi) by half a length. Lawman stood at Haras de Grandcamp in France for €10,000 (approx AUD$16,300) in 2020.
A rollercoaster week ended in delight for Aidan O’Brien after St Mark’s Basilica (2 c ex Cabaret by Galileo) led home Wembley (Galileo) to earn a one-two for the trainer in the Dewhurst Stakes (Gr 1, 7f) at Newmarket on Saturday, bringing up a fifth individual elite-level winner for Siyouni (Pivotal). A race that has exerted much influence on the southern hemisphere stallion ranks, with five of the last six winners having shuttled to Australia or New Zealand, including the Darley pair Too Darn Hot (Dubawi) and Belardo (Shamardal) and Coolmore trio US Navy Flag (War Front), Churchill (Galileo) and Air Force Blue (War Front), St Mark’s Basilica threw his credentials into the ring with victory in the time-honoured juvenile showpiece. Ridden by Frankie Dettori, who landed his first Group 1 contest for O’Brien, and the pair defeated many of the leading contenders for next year’s 2,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m), with St Mark’s Basilica being cut from 33-1 to 12-1 for the race in May 2021. Wembley, who finished three quarters of a length behind his stablemate under Ryan Moore, was made a 20-1 shot for Newmarket’s Classic. The O’Brien family completed the top three with the Joseph O’Brien-trained 11-4 favourite Thunder Moon (Zoffany) finishing a further one and three quarter lengths behind in third. Victory earned Siyouni his 39th individual stakes winner, with St Mark’s Basilica recording only one maiden success prior to this. Siyouni stood at Aga Khan Studs’ Haras de Bonneval base for a fee of €100,000 (approx AU$163,500) in 2020.
Kentucky Derby (Gr 1, 10f) winner Super Saver (Maria’s Mon) registered his fourth individual Group or Grade 1 winner on Saturday when Happy Saver (3 c ex Happy Week by Distorted Humor) took out the Jockey Club Gold Cup (Gr 1, 10f) at just his fourth start. The Wertheimer Et Frere homebred was given a perfect rails-hugging ride by Irad Ortiz Jr, squeezing through to defeat fellow three-year-old Mystic Guide (Ghostzapper) by three-quarters of a length with a length and a quarter to odds-on favourite Tacitus (Tapit) in third. “I was very proud of the horse and his performance,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “I’m happy for the connections. The Wertheimers have been loyal supporters for many years, and I’m appreciative of that. It’s great to get a Grade 1 win for them. He’s by a Derby winner we trained, so it’s fun all the way around.” Super Saver is the latest stallion to have produced a Group or Grade 1 winner this season having been sold to stand in Turkey, along with Authorized (Montjeu) and Daredevil (More Than Ready). He stood his first season at the Jockey Club of Turkey’s Izmit station, 100 kilometres east of Istanbul, for a fee of 25,000 lira (approx. AUD$4,400) in 2020.
Claiborne Farm’s War Front (Danzig) made it 23 individual Group or Grade 1 winners on Saturday when Civil Union (5 m ex Photograph by Unbridled’s Song) scored a first win at the highest level in the Flower Bowl Stakes (Gr 1, 10f) at Belmont Park. The Shug McGaughey-prepared Civil Union, who has made her way through the grades this season, is likely to be given her chance at the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (Gr 1, 9.5f) after taking the Flower Bowl by a head over My Sister Nat (Acclamation), the half-sister to last weekend’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr 1, 2400m) hero Sottsass (Siyouni). “It was probably a hard race on her, but she’s a big and strong mare,” he said. “I’ll see what Mr Allen (owner Joseph Allen) wants to do. If she was doing as well as she’s done all summer, it’s probably worth giving it a whirl. But I’ll just have to wait and see.” Civil Union is a sister to Prix du Jockey Club (Gr 1, 2100m) placegetter War Dispatch, who has raced in Hong Kong and New Zealand since as Green Dispatch. War Front stood for US$250,000 (approx. AUD$345,150) in 2020.
On a standout day for Woodside Park Stud’s Written Tycoon (Iglesia), Odeum (3 f ex Movie by Red Ransom) gave the stallion his 11th individual Group 1 winner with her victory in Saturday’s Thousand Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m). Woodside Park Stud’s Written Tycoon (Iglesia) became the first horse in almost half a century to produce the winners of both the Caulfield Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) and Thousand Guineas in the same year, something not achieved since Sovereign Edition’s (Sovereign Path) top fillies Surround and Savoir took the Caulfield Guineas and Thousand Guineas respectively in 1976. Odeum produced a dominant performance to take the Classic, defeating Personal (Fastnet Rock) by a length and three-quarters with a long head to Instant Celebrity (Not A Single Doubt) in third. Written Tycoon is standing his first season at Arrowfield Stud in 2020 at a fee of $77,000 (inc GST).
New stakes winners
Harper (2 c ex Fuschia by Averti) won on debut at Saint-Cloud in July and stepped straight up to stakes company at Bordeaux Le Bouscat on Thursday where he remained unbeaten in the Grand Criterium de Bordeaux (Listed ,1600m), becoming the fourth individual stakes winner for his sire Al Kazeem (Dubawi). Trained by Andrea Marcialis, Harper was a convincing winner, taking over with over 300 metres to go, he beat Reina Madre (Kingman) by a length and three quarters, while Guerre D’Amour (Camelot) was a further half length away in third. Harper is out of the winning Fuschia (Averti) however there is no black type on his page till his Listed-winning third dam Pink Valley (Never Bend) and her progeny, three of which won stakes races. He was sold by Oakgrove Stud for just 800gns as a foal and made 26,000gns as a yearling when selling to Marco Bozzi Bloodstock. Al Kazeem started his stud career at The Royal Studs in 2014, but following early fertility issues he moved to his breeders’ Oakgrove Stud for the 2016 season with a fee of £12,000 which remained the same until this year when it was listed as private.
Euchen Glen (7 g ex Jabbara by Kingmambo) won his first stakes race on his 32nd career start to bring up a 34th individual stakes winner for Authorized (Montjeu) when upsetting Logician (Frankel) to take out the Cumberland Lodge Stakes (Gr 3, 1m4f) at York on Friday. The John Gosden-trained Logician, who was unbeaten in six starts heading into this contest, was sent off the 1-3 favourite but tired in the closing stages and finished last of four. 18-1 chance Euchen Glen, who has had a double figure starting price on every start this season, battled hard to defeat Desert Encounter (Halling) by half a length, with Highland Chief (Gleneagles) well beaten in third. Authorized, who won the 2007 Epsom Derby (Gr 1, 1m4f), now stands in Turkey.
Stella Veloce (2 c ex Oh My Baby by Deep Impact) brought up an 11th individual stakes winner for Bago (Nashwan) when landing the Saudi Arabia Royal Cup (Gr 3, 1600m) at Tokyo on Saturday. The two-year-old defeated the favourite Infinite (Maurice), who was the only filly in the field of ten, by three lengths, with Seiun Deimos (Lohengrin) a further two and a half lengths back in third. Bago, who won five Group 1s during his race career including the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr 1, 2400m) in 2004, stands in Japan and is the sire to two Group 1 winners, Big Week and Chrono Genesis.
Blueblood Bullet Train (Sadler’s Wells), a three-quarter brother to Frankel (Galileo), produced his second individual stakes winner on the flat on Saturday when Chapada (5 g ex Diamantina Dior by Oasis Dream) took out the Herbert Power Stakes (Gr 2, 2400m) at Caulfield. Trained by Mike Moroney, the Group 1-placed Chapada has been an infrequent winner throughout his career but was the subject of plenty of support on Saturday, starting at $4.60 second favourite. The Daniel Stackhouse-ridden Chapada came with a strong run from beyond midfield, pulling out to the centre of the track on straightening and coming home solidly to score by a length and a quarter. Zebrowski (Savabeel) stayed on well for second, with Platinum Invador (Redwood) making good ground for third. Purchased for just $32,500 by Paul Moroney Bloodstock from the 2017 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, Chapada is the third of four foals to race out of his dam Diamantina Dior (Oasis Dream) and hails from a family that includes top stayers Capri (Galileo) and Bauer (Halling). Bullet Train shuttled to Australia for five seasons from 2013 to 2017, standing at Bowness Stud. He now stands as a dual-purpose sire at Woodfield Farm Stud in County Waterford, Ireland.
The late Cape Cross (Green Desert) continues to produce new stakes winners more than three years after his death, with Future Score (6 g ex Theola by Kalanisi) giving the former Darley stallion his 121st individual stakes winner with his victory in Sunday’s Cranbourne Cup (Listed, 2025m). The Matt Cumani-trained Future Score was sent out at $15 and defeated Odeon (Zacinto) by a length and three-quarters, with defending champion Dr Drill (Dansili) third. Cape Cross died in 2017, having been retired a year earlier due to fertility issues.
Fantasy Lady (2 f ex Warshah by Shamardal) battled hard to hold off Sense Of Style (Zoffany) by a short head in the Staffordstown Stud Stakes (Listed, 1m) at the Curragh on Sunday, earning Dark Angel (Acclamation) his 66th individual stakes winner. The Paddy Twomey-trained Fantasy Lady was yet to break her maiden prior to this race, with her best effort coming when runner-up over seven furlongs on the all-weather at Dundalk last month. Fantasy Lady and Sense Of Style pulled comfortably clear of the rest, with the Aidan O’Brien-trained La Joconde (Frankel) finishing two and a half lengths behind in third. Dark Angel stood at Yeomanstown Stud in Ireland for a €85,000 (approx AUD$139,000) fee in 2020.
Godolphin’s One Ruler (2 c ex Fintry by Shamardal) took out the Autumn Stakes (Gr 3, 1m) at Newmarket to earn Dubawi (Dubai Millennium) his 190th individual stakes winner. The Charlie Appleby-trained One Ruler, who finished third in the Flying Scotsman Stakes (Listed, 7f) at Doncaster last time out, saw off Aidan O’Brien’s Van Gogh (American Pharoah) in relatively comfortable fashion, with one and three quarter lengths between the pair. Godolphin and Charlie Appleby also took third place with Dhahabi (Frankel) finishing a further one and half lengths back. Dubawi stood at Darley’s Dalham Hall Stud for a fee of £250,000 (approx AUD$450,500) in 2020.
Arrowfield Stud’s Dundeel (High Chaparral) registered his 11th individual stakes winner on Saturday when Ain’tnodeeldun (3 c ex Ain’tnofallenstar by Starcraft) took out the Hill Smith Stakes (Listed, 1800m) at Morphettville on Saturday. The Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained Ain’tnodeeldun, a runaway maiden winner at Sale at his most recent start, was sent out as the odds-on favourite and justified that support, defeating filly Victoria Quay (Dundeel) by three-quarters of a length to lead home a one-two for Dundeel with outsider Passing Phase (Spill The Beans) grabbing third. Ain’tnodeeldun, a $240,000 purchase at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 from Bhima Thoroughbreds, is the sixth foal of dual Listed winner Ain’tnofallenstar (Starcraft), who herself is a daughter of the Group 1-placed Ain’t Seen Nothin’ (Nothin’ Leica Dane). Dundeel stands for $66,000 (inc GST) at Arrowfield Stud in 2020.
Lone Eagle (2 c ex Modernstone by Duke Of Marmalade), who is co-owned by Aquis Farm along with Ballylinch Stud, brought up Galileo’s 331st individual stakes winner when battling hard to land the Zetland Stakes (Gr 3, 1m2f) at Newmarket. Lone Eagle was purchased by Aquis Farm for 500,000gns at the Tattersalls Book 1 Yearling Sales last October and may well grace Australian turf later on in his career. He was prominent throughout under the in-form Silvestre de Sousa and had to work hard to fight off the challenge of Recovery Run (Nathaniel) who stayed on well under Oisin Murphy to finish one and three quarter lengths behind the winner. Mystery Angel (Kodi Bear) finished a further seven lengths behind in third.
A Case Of You (2 c ex Karjera by Key Of Luck) impressively took out the Anglesey Stakes (Gr 3, 6.5f) at the Curragh on Sunday to bring up Hot Streak’s (Iffraaj) second individual stakes winner and his first success at Group level. A Case Of You, trained and owned by John McConnell, followed up his maiden victory over 7f at Down Royal to strike convincingly under Gary Carroll. The Aidan O’Brien-trained Lipizzaner (Uncle Mo) finished a length and a quarter behind in second, with the eye-catching Giuliana (Muhaarar) powering home up the inside rail to grab third. Hot Streak’s only other progeny to strike at stakes level is Flaming Princess, who landed the Prix Cavalassur (Listed, 1000m) at Deaville last year. Hot Streak stood at Tweenhills Farm & Stud in England for a fee of £5,000 (approx AUD$9,000) in 2020.
I Am Invincible
Yarraman Park Stud’s I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) brought up his 57th individual stakes winner on Saturday when Fake Love (2 f ex Anatina by Fastnet Rock) took out the Debutant Stakes (Listed, 1000m) at Caulfield. Backed into $5 equal favouritism, the filly bounced out to lead from the inside gate under Mark Zahra. In a professional performance, she scooted away early in the straight before holding off the late-surging Extreme Warrior (Extreme Choice) by a length and a quarter with a long head to Naples (Street Boss) in third. Bred by Segenhoe Thoroughbreds, the July-born filly was sold for $380,000 at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale last year before she was passed in for $425,000 with a reserve of $450,000 at this year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. She is the second foal to race – and the first winner – out of dual Listed winner Anatina (Fastnet Rock), who produced a Hellbent (I Am Invincible) colt last year before missing to both So You Think (High Chaparral) and Deep Field (Northern Meteor) in 2019. I Am Invincible stands at Yarraman Park Stud for $209,000 (inc GST) in 2020.
Crestwood Farm resident Jack Milton (War Front) sired his second stakes winner when his son Second Of July (2 c ex Wichita by Curlin) struck in the Futurity Stakes (Gr 3, 6f) on the Belmont Park turf on Sunday. The Philip Gleaves-trained juvenile was having his second start when beating After Five (The Factor) and Momos (Distorted Humor) by half a length and the same. Jack Milton stood in Kentucky for a fee of $6,500 (approx. AUD$9,000) in 2020.
Lope De Vega
Lope De Vega (Shamardal) brought up stakes winner 76 after his two-year-old daughter Aunt Pearl (2 f ex Matauri Pearl by Hurricane Run) won the Jessamine Stakes (Gr 2, 8.5f) at Keeneland on Wednesday evening by two and a half lengths from Spanish Loveaffair (Karakontie) with Ingrassia (Medaglia D’Oro) a further two and three-quarter lengths back in third. Lope De Vega stands at Ballylinch Stud in Ireland for a fee of €100,000 (approx. AU$163,300).
Coolmore’s Maxios (Monsun) sired his seventh individual stakes winner when Euclidia (3 f ex Mathematicienne by Galileo) ran out a clear winner of the Prix Panacee (Listed, 2400m) at Toulouse on Monday. The Christophe Ferland-trained three-year-old was winning for the second time in six starts when beating Deia (Soldier Hollow) by three and a half lengths. Phoceene (Olympic Glory) was another length away in third. Out of the winning Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) mare Mathematicienne, a sister to Listed winner Galipad, Euclida is a half-sister to three winners, including the Group 3 victor Soustraction (Lope De Vega) and the Listed-winning Prix Marcel Boussac (Gr 1, 1600m) runner-up Matematica (Rock Of Gibraltar). Maxios stood at Castlehyde Stud for a fee of €6,000 (approx. AUD$9,900) in 2020.
Godolphin juvenile Erasmo (2 c ex Sant Elena by Efisio) followed up his maiden success last time out with victory in the Prix Saraca (Listed, 1400m) at Chantilly to earn Oasis Dream (Green Desert) his 122nd individual stakes success. The Andre Fabre-trained colt stayed on strongly under Mickael Barzalona to defeat Saqr (Dutch Art) by one and a quarter lengths, with Ludo (Penny’s Picnic) a further length behind in third. Oasis Dream stood at Juddmonte’s Banstead Manor Stud for a fee of £25,000 (approx AUD$45,000) in 2020.
Last Empire (4 f ex Final Dynasty by Komaite) brought up Pivotal’s (Polar Falcon) 152nd individual stakes winner when taking out the Prix de Bonneval (Listed, 1100m) at Chantilly on Saturday. The Kevin Ryan-trained filly arrived in France following two consecutive second-placed finishes in Listed contests at Beverley and Ayr but went one better in this, defeating Bavaria Baby (Dabirsim) by half a length, with Silent Wave (War Front) in third. Pivotal stood at Cheveley Park Stud for a private fee in 2020.
Helvic Dream (3 g ex Rachevie by Danehill Dancer) pulverised the International Stakes (Gr 3, 1m2f) field at the Curragh on Sunday to earn Power (Oasis Dream) his 14th individual stakes winner. The Noel Meade-trained gelding has endured a frustrating season with three third-placed finishes and one second in five runs, but his consistency finally paid off when trouncing 2-1 favourite Up Helly Aa (Galileo) by seven and a half lengths. The Joseph O’Brien-trained Raise You (Lope De Vega) finished 12 lengths behind the winner in third. Power, who won the Irish 2,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) in 2012, stood at Coolmore in Ireland until he was sold to Cambridge Stud in New Zealand, where he was the leading first-season sire during the 2016-17 season. In 2019, he was relocated to Oaklands Stud in Australia where he currently stands.
The late Redoute’s Choice (Danehill) registered his 174th individual stakes winner on Saturday when Windstorm (4 g ex Storm Alert by Metal Storm) swept home to take out the Weekend Hussler Stakes (Listed, 1400m) at Caulfield. Racing in Bob Peters’ cerise and white colours, the Grant and Alana Williams-trained Windstorm came from a long way off the pace to defeat Phaistos (Helmet) by three-quarters of a length with Archedemus (Lope De Vega) a length and a half away in third. Windstorm is the second stakes winner out of Group 1 placegetter Storm Alert (Metal Storm), who won the Cockram Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) at Caulfield in 2006; he joins 2017 Pinjarra Cup (Listed, 2300m) victor Dark Alert (Testa Rossa). Windstorm took his record to seven wins from 10 starts, with earnings of $440,690. Redoute’s Choice died at Arrowfield Stud in March last year.
The late Sebring (More Than Ready) registered his 62nd individual stakes winner on Saturday when Emeralds (4 m ex Doulmera by Mr Greeley) arrived just in time to take the Angst Stakes (Gr 3, 1600m) at Randwick. Emeralds, trained by John Sargent, was sent out as the $8 equal second favourite in a wide-open market. Sprinting through along the inside under Jason Collett, she was able to catch the gallant Greysful Glamour (Stratum) in the final bound with a length and a half to Nimalee (So You Think) in third. Passed in at the 2018 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Emeralds hails from an Aga Khan family, with her dam Doulmera (Mr Greeley) a half-sister to Group 1 winner Dalkala (Giant’s Causeway), with her second dam Daltaya (Anabaa) a three-quarter sister to Dalghar (Anabaa). She is the only one of Doulmera’s foals to race, with a two-year-old half-sister to Emeralds – Four Moves Ahead (Snitzel) – also in training with Sargent. Doulmera has also produced a Pierro (Lonhro) colt, while she slipped to Dundeel (High Chaparral) last year. Widden Stud’s Sebring died in February last year.
25-1 shot Nastase (2 c ex Rough Courte by Clodovil) sprung a surprise by taking out the Rockingham Stakes (Listed, 6f) at York, bringing up Sixties Icon’s (Galileo) 15th individual stakes winner. Natase, trained, owned and bred by Mick Channon, fought hard to see off The Queen’s horse Light Refrain (Frankel) by a neck, with the Richard Fahey-trained Internationaldream (Acclamation) two lengths off the winner in third. Sixties Icon stood at Norman Court Stud in England for a fee of £6,000 (approx AUD$10,800) in 2020.
It was a successful week for Siyouni as Prix Charles Laffitte (Listed, 2000m) winner Zaykava (3 f ex Zarkava by Zamindar) and Prix le Fabuleux (Listed, 1800m) victor Rajani (3 g ex Ramora by Monsun) took Siyouni to 40 individual stakes winners, in addition to St Mark’s Basilica’s Dewhurst Stakes (Gr 1, 7f) success. Zaykava, the fourth foal to race out of Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr 1, 2400m) heroine Zarkava (Zamindar), took out the Prix Charles Laffitte at just her second start on Friday, scoring comfortably. A day later, Rajano made it three wins from four outings when defeating Ecrivain (Lope De Vega) under Pierre-Charles Boudot, with the recently-gelded Now We Know (Kendargent) back in third. Siyouni, who is responsible for four Group 1 winners including last weekend’s Arc hero Sottsass, stands at Haras de Bonneval where his fee for 2020 was €100,000 (approx AUD$163,300).
So You Think
Coolmore Stud’s So You Think (High Chaparral) brought up individual stakes winner number 27 on Saturday when Peltzer (3 c ex Miss Otto by Elusive Quality) added his name to the high-class honour roll that belongs to the Stan Fox Stakes (Gr 2, 1500m). Stepping back in grade after finishing fifth to Caulfield Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Ole Kirk (Written Tycoon) in the Golden Rose (Gr 1, 1400m), Peltzer led all the way under Tim Clark to defeat Prime Star (Starspangledbanner) by a half-length with a nose back to Jet Propulsion (Rubick) in third. Purchased by Gerald Ryan and David Raphael for $260,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale last year, Peltzer is the fourth foal to race out of Miss Otto (Elusive Quality) and remains her only winner to date. She produced a Street Boss (Street Cry) colt in 2018, a sister to Peltzer in 2019 and she is back in foal to So You Think once again. So You Think stands for $38,500 (inc GST) in 2020.
The well-fancied Tavi Mac (5 g ex Bellaroof by Maroof) brought up the late Tavistock’s (Montjeu) 22nd individual stakes winner when taking out the Team Wealleans Matamata Cup (Listed, 1400m) in impressive fashion on Saturday. The gelding, who finished runner-up behind Avantage (Fastnet Rock) in the Foxbridge Plate (Gr 2, 1200m) last month, was sent off the $2.10 favourite under Opie Bosson and left the field for dead as they entered the straight, extending the lead all the way to the line to defeat runner-up Hay Tiger (Tiger Prawn) by three and a quarter lengths, with fast-finishing second-favourite Burgundy Belle (Burgundy) coming home in third. Tavistock stood at Cambridge Stud before he died aged 14 last year.
Best Of Lips (2 c ex Beata by Silver Frost) provided first season sire The Gurkha (Galileo) with his first stakes winner when landing the Preis Des Winterfavoriten (Gr 3, 1600m) at Cologne on Sunday. The Andreas Suborics-trained Best Of Lips followed up his maiden win over 1800 metres last time out with a convincing three-and-a-half-length success under Franny Norton. The colt pulled well clear of Sea Of Sands (Sea The Stars) in the final furlong, with Mythico (Adlerflug) a further four lengths back in third. The Gurkha, best known for his 2016 Sussex Stakes (Gr 1, 1m) success, has had nine individual winners from his first crop. The Gurkha stood at Coolmore in Ireland for €12,500 (approx AUD$20,500) in 2020.
WinStar Farm’s Tiznow (Cee’s Tizzy) sired his 81st individual stakes winner courtesy of a victory for favourite Royal Approval (2 f ex Touch The Moon by Malibu Moon) in Sunday’s Matron Stakes (Gr 3, 6f) at Belmont. The Wesley Ward-trained two-year-old, who contested the Queen Mary Stakes (Gr 2, 5f) at Royal Ascot, was winning for the second time in four starts when beating Union Gables (Speightstown) by three-quarters of a length. Magisterium (Elzaam) was the same distance away in third. Tiznow stood at WinStar’s Kentucky base for a fee of $40,000 (approx. AUD$55.500) in 2020.
To Honor And Serve
Salute With Honor (6 h ex Snow Cone by Cryptoclearance) made a breakthrough win in stakes company by taking out Sunday’s Durham Cup (Grade 3 8.5f) at Woodbine. Trained by Mark Casse, the six-year-old was winning for the seventh time in 19 starts as he provided his sire To Honor And Serve (Bernadini) with his ninth individual stakes winner. Skywire (Afleet Alex) finished a length away in second, with a gap of a further three lengths back to Timeskip (Court Vision) in third. To Honor And Serve has stood in South Korea since 2018.