Stallion Watch

Second for Harry Angel

New winners

Harry Angel (pictured above) – Angelique (2 f ex Tinjirarni by Exceed And Excel) provided Darley shuttler Harry Angel (Dark Angel) with a second individual southern hemisphere winner as she ran out a ready victor of a 1050-metre contest at Morphettville. Ridden by Lachlan Neindorf for Shane Nichols, the juvenile filly appreciated the drop back in class following her debut tenth-placed effort in the Ottawa Stakes (Gr 3, 1000m) at Flemington last month and beat Te Pani (Better Than Ready) by two and three-quarter lengths. Kalasec (Brave Smash) finished third, beaten four and a half lengths by the winner. Out of the winning Exceed And Excel (Danehill) mare Tinjirarni, Angelique is a half-sister to winners Stock Broker (Onemorenomore) and Two Hearts (Big Brown). Harry Angel, who among his four southern hemisphere-bred runners to date counts Inglis Banner (RL, 1000m) winner Arkansaw Kid, shuttled to Kelvinside this season for a fee of $16,500 (inc GST).

 

Sioux Nation – Coolmore’s first season sire Sioux Nation (Scat Daddy) sired a double last week, taking his tally of individual winners to 45. Elusive Tune (2 f ex Flavia Tatiana by Holy Roman Emperor) got off to a flying start as he ran out a determined victor of a seven-furlong maiden at Dundalk. Trained by Joseph O’Brien, the juvenile filly showed the benefit of her debut sixth-placed finish at the track last month to beat Blue News (Air Force Blue) by two lengths, with a further one and a quarter lengths back to favourite Skip James (Expert Eye) in third. The seventh foal out of the winning Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill) mare Flavia Tatiana, Elusive Tune is a sister to winners Swift One and Yes Always and a half-sister to winners Damselfly (Power) and Cosmic Horizon (Excelebration). Just ten minutes later and Sioux Nation had doubled up, with Sopran Magritta (2 f Icebreaking by Elusive City) coming home a comfortable winner of a 1950-metre maiden at Varese. Trained by Grizzetti Galoppo, the filly scored by four lengths over Emperor Jade (Holy Roman Emperor), with a further 12 lengths back to Faysol (Faydhan) in third. Out of the Group 3-placed winning Elusive City (Elusive Quality) mare Icebreaking, Sopran Magritta is a half-sister to three winners including the Group 3-placed scorer Foot Of King (Footstepsinthesand). Sioux Nation, who has now had 94 starters, will stand the upcoming northern hemisphere breeding season for €17,500 (approx. AU$27,440).

 

Written By – The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained The Novelist (2 c ex Sunlit by Snitzel) provided Widden Stud’s first-season sire Written By (Written Tycoon) with a breakthrough winner as he made an impressive debut in a 1000-metre maiden handicap at Kembla Grange. Having looked one to follow when winning an 898-metre trial at Canterbury last month, the colt stormed home to a five-length success over Runwiththetide (Headwater) under James Innes Jnr. Relatives (Lonhro) finished a further head back in third. A $110,000 purchase for his trainers and Tricolours Racing at this year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, The Novelist is the first foal to race out of the winning Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) mare Sunlit. Written By, who has had five runners to date, stands for a fee of $27,500 (inc GST).

 

Zoustar – Secretary (2 f ex Zakhrafa by Shamardal) provided Tweenhills shuttler Zoustar (Northern Meteor) with his 19th individual winner from his first northern hemisphere crop when she made a successful handicap debut over seven furlongs at Chelmsford. The Henry Spiller-trained filly belied her 66-1 odds to score by a neck over Skyblue Expert (Expert Eye), keeping on in the closing stages having raced wide throughout. Attrazione (Holy Roman Emperor) finished third, beaten half-a-length by the winner, as the 9-4 favourite. A half-sister to winner Water Of Leith (Kodiac), Secretary is the third foal out of the winning Shamardal (Giant’s Causeway) mare Zakhrafa, herself a sister to the Listed-placed winner Jamaayel out of a Group 3-winning sister to Group 2 winner Haatef (Danzig) and Listed scorer Ulfah (Danzig). Zoustar, who stands at Widden Stud for $198,000 (inc GST), will return to Tweenhills for the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season and will stand at an increased fee of £30,000 (approx. AU$54,200). He has had 583 starters.

 

New Group / Grade 1 winners

Duramente – The late Duramente (King Kamehameha) sired his third individual elite-level winner when Liberty Island (2 f ex Yankee Rose by All American) proved to be in a different class to her rivals when running out a comfortable winner of the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (Gr 1, 1600m). The Mitsumasa Nakauchida-trained juvenile justified her place at the head of the market as she came home two-and-a half-lengths in front of her nearest pursuer, Shinryokuka (Satono Diamond), who in turn was a neck ahead of Doe Eyes (Rulership). Liberty Island is the second foal out of Yankee Rose (All American), whose two Group 1 wins for David Vandyke included the 2016 running of the Sires’ Produce Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) at Randwick. The second foal out of Yankee Rose, Liberty Island is a half-sister to Romneya (Deep Impact) who also won over 1600 metres as a juvenile. Duramente has had 411 starters.

 

Girvin – Faiza (2 f ex Sweet Pistol by Smart Strike) did just enough to get the better of Pride Of The Nile (Pioneerof The Nile) in a protracted duel to take out the Starlet Stakes (Gr 1, 8.5f) at Los Alamitos and in the process became the first elite-level winner for Girvin (Tale Of Ekati). Connections of the Bob Baffert-trained juvenile had a nervous wait after she crossed the line a head in front of the runner-up, with the stewards subsequently taking a look at the race after the first two home appeared to bump pace-setter Doinitthehardway (Street Sense) at the top of the straight. However, the result remained unchanged with Uncontrollable (Upstart) filling third spot, almost six lengths behind the second home. Faiza was a US$725,000 purchase in May by agent Donato Lanni from Paul Sharp’s consignment to the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale. A year before, she had been a US$90,000 yearling acquisition by Bet Racing from her breeder’s consignment to the July Sale at Fasig-Tipton. She is the first stakes winner out of Sweet Pistol (Smart Strike) from five foals, two of whom have raced. Faiza’s second dam is multiple graded-winning sprinter Pomeroy’s Pistol (Pomeroy), who produced Thousand Words (Pioneerof The Nile), winner of the 2019 Los Alamitos Futurity (Gr 2, 8.5f) for Baffert. Former Ocala Stud resident Girvin has been moved to Airdrie Stud where he will stand the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season for a fee of US$25,000 (Approx. AU$36,785). He has had 49 starters.

 

Screen Hero – Win Marilyn (5 m ex Cosmo Cielo by Fusaichi Pegasus) kept on strongly to win the Hong Kong Vase (Gr 1, 2400m) and in the process became the third individual elite-level winner for Screen Hero (Grass Wonder). The Takahisa Tezuka-trained mare beat runner-up Botanik (Golden Horn) by a length and a half, with Glory Vase (Deep Impact) another neck away in third. Win Marilyn is the sixth foal out of Cosmo Cielo (Fusaichi Pegasus) making her a half-sister to, among others, Group 3 winner Win Malerei (Matsurida Gogh). Screen Hero, who has had 532 starters, stands at Lex Stud for a fee of ¥800,000 (approx. AU$8,600). 

 

Starspangledbanner – Coolmore’s Starspangledbanner (Choisir) sired his fifth individual elite-level winner when California Spangle (4 g ex Pearlitas Passion by High Chaparral) kept on well to claim the notable scalp of Golden Sixty (Medaglia D’Oro) in the Hong Kong Mile (Gr 1, 1600m) at Sha Tin. A neck separated the pair crossing the line, with Aussie raider Law Of Indices (Power) another length and a quarter away in third. California Spangle is the seventh foal out of the High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells) mare Pearlitas Passion, making him a half-brother to four winners. Pearlitas Passion is herself a half-sister to the Group 2 winner Shakespearean (Shamardal).  Starspangledbanner, who has had 501 starters, will stand the 2023 northern hemisphere breeding season for a fee of €50,000 (approx. AU$77,515). 

 

New stakes winners

Better Than Ready – Better Get Set (5 m Better Than Ready – Ridolfi by Fastnet Rock) became the seventh individual stakes winner for Better Than Ready (More Than Ready) when scoring in the Just Now Stakes (Listed, 1300m) at Eagle Farm. Better Get Set defeated Juan Diva (Snitzel) by three-quarters of a length with California Surreal (I Am Invincible) a further length away in third. It was the third consecutive win for the five-year-old mare, who now has six wins from 23 starts with earnings of $374,075. Better Get Set was a $85,000 purchase for Proven Thoroughbreds and Steven O’Dea Racing from the Lyndhurst Stud Farm draft at the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sale. She is the best of three winners from as many to race for Ridolfi (Fastnet Rock), who foaled a sister to Better Get Set on September 9. Better Than Ready, who has had 341 starters, stands for a fee of $24,300 (inc GST) at Lyndhurst Stud in Queensland. He has 24 lots catalogued for the Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale and two at the Inglis Classic. 

 

I Am Invincible – Godfather (2 c I Am Invincible – Meliora by Ad Valorem) became the 87th individual stakes winner for I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) when scoring a debut success in the Phelan Ready Stakes (Listed, 1000m) at Eagle Farm. A $1.1 million purchase by James Harron at January’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, the brother to juvenile Group 3 winner I Am Immortal is trained at Randwick by Peter and Paul Snowden and beat Cifrado (Encryption) by two and a quarter lengths. Capital Chase (Capitalist) finished close up behind in third. Godfather is the fifth foal for Angus Armanasco Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) winner Meliora (Al Maher), who has foaled fillies in each of the last two years by I Am Invincible. The champion sire, who has had 967 starters, stands at Yarraman Park Stud in New South Wales for a fee of $247,500 (inc GST) this season.

 

Lani – Remake (3 c ex Sariel by King Kamehameha) became the first stakes winner for UAE Derby (Gr 2, 1900m) winner Lani (Tapit) when running out a clear winner of the Capella Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) at Nakayama. Trained by Koichi Shintani, the three-year-old colt was winning for the fifth time in nine starts as he beat favourite Ryuno Yukina (Vermilion) by four lengths. Justin (Orfevre) was another head away in third. Lani, who has had 124 starters, stands at Arrow Stud for a fee of ¥500,000 (approx. AU$5,380). 

 

Per Incanto – Faithful Feat (5 m ex On Yer Feet by Snitzel) provided Little Avondale Stud stallion Per Incanto (Street Cry) with a 27th individual stakes winner from 485 starters, when battling well to score in the J Swap Sprint (Gr 3, 1400m) at Te Rapa. Ridden by Sam Spratt for trainer Peter Lock, the five-year-old mare overcame barrier 16 and held on well in the closing stages to deny the late-closing Puntura (Vespa) by a head, with the pair a further one-and-a-half-lengths clear of Gino Severini (Fastnet Rock) back in third. Bred and raced by Ian MacDonald and Peter Hart, Faithful Feat is out of the Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) mare On Yer Feet, a half-sister to Lock’s multiple Group 3 winner Hiflyer (Tavistock), who was also Group 1-placed on two occasions, including when third to Stolen Dance (Alamosa) in the 2018 Thorndon Mile (Gr 1, 1600m). Per Incanto stands for a fee of $50,000 (plus GST).

 

Spirit Of Boom – The Matthew Dale-trained Malaboom (2 f ex Malasun by Red Ransom) provided Spirit Of Boom (Sequalo) with a 19th individual stakes winner when scoring in the Calaway Gal Stakes (Listed, 1000m) at Eagle Farm. Malaboom debuted in Ballarat’s version of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1000m) on November 19, where she finished sixth behind Sunsource (Zoustar) and made the most of barrier two this time to score narrowly over the favourite Empress Of Wonder (Choisir). Exceed D’Or (Exceed And Excel) finished half-a-length further back in third. Malaboom sold for $80,000 as a Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling and is one of five winners out of the Blue Diamond Preview Fillies (Listed, 1000m) winner Malasun (Red Ransom). Group 1 winner Spirit Of Boom, who has had 440 starters, stands for a fee of $33,000 (inc GST) at Eureka Stud in Queensland.

 

Star Turn – Saltaire (2 f ex Testa Sarah by Testa Rossa) became the sixth individual stakes winner from 112 starters for Star Turn (Star Witness) when winning the $500,000 Inglis Nursery (RL, 1000m) at Randwick. The juvenile filly edged out Facile (Trapeze Artist) by half a head with Blanc De Blanc (I Am Invincible) three-quarters of a length away in third. Saltaire sold for $140,000 as an Inglis Classic yearling from the draft of Kitchwin Hills and is a sister to Brisbane winner Avolonte. Her grandam, Port Isabel (Encosta De Lago), won in Melbourne and is a half-sister to the Group 3-placed winner Calming Influence (Commands). Saltaire’s third dam Calming (Zeditave) won eight races, including the Liz Davenport Classic (Listed, 1100m) at Morphettville. Star Turn stands for a fee of $27,500 (inc GST) at Vinery Stud in New South Wales.

 

Tavistock – The Casey Lock-trained Viktor Vegas (9 g ex Purnima by Dubai Destination) produced a barnstorming performance to run out a five-length winner of the Waikato Cup (Gr 3, 2400m) at Te Rapa. Providing Tavistock (Montjeu) with an 83rd individual stakes winner from 697 starters, the veteran gelding struck early in the home straight under Kozzi Asano and stayed on well to beat Dionysus (Ocean Park) with a further one and a quarter lengths back to Aromatic (Sacred Falls) in third. Bred by Bob Emery and now raced by Lock, Viktor Vegas won twice for Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman before moving to Lock’s father Peter’s stables, where he won a further three races, before being taken over by Casey Lock with whom he has now recorded two wins from seven starts. Out of the unraced Dubai Destination (Kingmambo) mare Purnima, Viktor Vegas is a brother to three-time stakes winner Tomelilla. A half-sister to Viktor Vegas by Super Seth (Dundeel) will be offered as Lot 444 from the Woburn Farm draft during the Book 1 Sale at Karaka that kicks off on January 29.