Stallion Watch

Second for Invader

New winners

Invader (pictured above) – Invader (Snitzel) sired his second individual winner when Celtic Vader (2 f ex Celtic Sea by Fastnet Rock) was a comfortable winner of Saturday’s Aramis Two-Year-Old Plate (1050m) at Morphettville. Showing the benefit of a previous outing over the course and distance on November 27, the Richard and Chantelle Jolly-trained filly beat the debutant Sandpiper (Rebel Raider) by just under three-quarters of a length. The Gordon Richards and Damien Moyle-trained Monseagle (Free Eagle) was a further quarter-length back in third. A $75,000 purchase by the training partnership, the filly is a half-sister to winners Arctic Star (The Factor) and Celtic Rebel (Dissident). Invader stands at Aquis Farm for a fee of $22,000 (inc. GST).


Russian Revolution – The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott team look to have another nice colt on their hands as Rise Of The Masses (2 c ex Ruud Awakening by Bernardini) put good trial experience to use when he won over 1000 metres on his debut at Kembla Grange on Saturday. The two-year-old had already finished first and second in two Randwick trials respectively coming into the contest and had clearly benefited from those outings as he beat more experienced rival Matisse’s Comet (Your Song) by a long neck under Winona Costin. The pair pulled a length and a quarter clear of the third Fun Sunday (Sebring). A homebred for Go Bloodstock, Rise Of The Masses is a second individual winner for Newgate Farm stallion Russian Revolution (Snitzel), who stands for a fee of $44,000 (inc. GST).


Sebring Sun – Sebring Sun (Sebring) had his first winner as a sire when his daughter Coriander (2 f ex Patient Way by Hemingway) won a 1050-metre maiden at Mackay on Thursday. Racing for the fourth time, Corainder beat her stablemate Thinkicangiddyupgo (Sidestep) by half a length with Highway Diamond (Sidestep) close up behind in third. The two-year-old filly races out of the Tom Smith stable, having been purchased for $15,000 by Burleigh Estates from the Burwood Stud draft at this year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast March yearling Sale. Sebring Sun, a Group 1-placed son of the Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winner and champion sire Sebring (More Than Ready), stands at Glenthorpe Park at a fee of $3,300 and sired a small first crop of only 19 foals.


Supido – Stupendo (2 ex Bisutti by Northern Meteor) ran out an impressive debut winner in the Greg Miles Trophy over 1100 metres at Flemington on Saturday to give his Widden Stud sire Supido (Sebring) a first winner. The two-year-old scored a neck victory over the James Cummings-trained Godolphin pair Kin (Impending) and Va Via (Astern), with one and a half lengths splitting the second and third. The colt was a $120,000 purchase for the trainer out of the Widden Stud draft at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale earlier this year and may now head for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (RL, 1200m) next month back on the Gold Coast. Widden Stud stallion Supido stands for a fee of $8,800 (inc. GST).


New Group/Grade 1 winners

Deep Field – Sky Field (5 g ex Laravissante by O’Reilly) gave Deep Field (Northern Meteor) a second elite-level success as a sire when he won an eventful Hong Kong Sprint (Gr 1, 1200m) at Sha Tin on Sunday. The Caspar Fownes-trained five-year-old stayed on well at the finish to beat Resistencia (Daiwa Major) by three-quarters of a length with the same distance further back to Courier Wonder (Sacred Falls) in third. The sixth foal out of O’Reilly (Last Tycoon) mare Laravissante, Sky Field is a half-brother to winners Brienz Bella (Real Saga) and The Hipster (Rothesay). Deep Field stands at Newgate Farm where his fee this season was €88,000 (inc. GST).


Epiphaneia – Circle Of Life (2 f ex Sea Breeze Life by Admire Japan) followed up her Artemis Stakes (Gr 3, 1600m) win on October 30 to grab a first Group 1 success in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (Gr 1, 1600m) on Sunday. A rapid improver, this being just her fourth career start, the Sakae Kunieda-trained two-year-old filly broke well and sat midfield before delivering a strong late run to lead inside the final 50 metres to beat Lovely Your Eyes (Logotype) by half a length with Water Navillera (Silver State) the same distance further back in third. The filly’s win marked the third elite-level success for her sire Epiphaneia (Symboli Kris S). Circle Of Life is the fourth foal out of the useful winning mare Sea Breeze Life (Admire Japan). Epiphaneia stands at Shadai Stallion Station where his fee for 2022 will be JPY$18,000,000 (approx. AU$221,340).


Jimmy Choux – Rosalee Park Stud-based sire Jimmy Choux (Thorn Park) was handed his second Group 1 winner when his daughter Two Illicit (5 m ex Gemini by Tale Of The Cat) landed the Captain Cook Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) at Te Rapa on Saturday. The Roger James and Robert Wellwood-trained five-year-old mare finished strongly to post a length and a quarter victory over Prise De Fer (Savabeel), while Tiptronic (O’Reilly) was a further length away in third. Having stood his first seven seasons at Rich Hill Stud in New Zealand, Jimmy Choux was relocated to the Western Australian-based Rosalee Park Stud in 2019 and Two Illicit joins The Bostonian as the stallion’s other top-flight winner. 


New stakes winners

Burgundy – In winning Saturday’s Eulogy Stakes (Gr 3, 1600m), the Jamie Richards-trained Belle En Rouge (3 f ex Cavendish Belle by Thorn Park) became the seventh stakes winner for the late Cambridge Stud-based Burgundy (Redoute’s Choice). The three-year-old filly came out on top of a close finish to beat Achieve (Pierro) by a neck with Unusual Culture (Unusual Suspect) a further three-quarters of a length further adrift in third. Belle En Rouge is one of two winners out of the unraced mare Cavendish Belle (Thorn Park), who is herself a half-sister to Listed winner and Group 1-placed Filante Etoile (Soviet Star) and the dam of Group 2 winner Valbuena (Darci Brahma) and further back this is the same family as dual Group 1 winner Star Dancer (Star Watch). Burgundy died in 2019, after succumbing to acute laminitis. 


Charm Spirit – Charmmebaby (5 m ex Lithe by Zabeel) landed the Brisbane Handicap (Listed, 1640m) at Doomben on Saturday to become the 12th individual stakes winner for her sire Charm Spirit (Invincible Spirit). The mare, ridden by Taylor Marshall, finished quarter of a length ahead of the runner-up Niccanova (Nicconi) with Kubrick (Shooting To WIn) two lengths behind the winner in third. An $18,000 yearling buy out of Book 3 at Karaka, Charmmebaby was purchased most recently for $14,000 out of the Inglis May Online Sale, when offered by Vigouroux Racing. Saturday’s race was Charmmebaby’s first start for her current trainer Lawrie Mayfield-Smith, with the mare having won two of five starts in the spring, including the Taree Cup (2000m), for her previous trainer Bob Milligan in whose family’s colours she races. Charmmebaby is a half-sister to the 2011 New Zealand St Leger (Listed, 2500m) winner Vikja King (Viking Ruler) from the family of the Group 1-winning New Zealand champion two-year-old Lycra (Tights). Charm Spirit stands at Haras du Logis St Germain at a fee 2022 of €5,000 (approx. AU$7,880). 


Exosphere – Exo Lady (2 f ex Sheza Falvelon by Falvelon) ran out a ready winner of the Calaway Gal (Listed, 1000m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday to give her sire Exosphere (Lonhro) a fourth individual stakes winner. Trained by Desleigh Forster, the two-year-old filly was a $50,000 purchase by Rita Giltrow at the Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sale earlier this year. Exosphere stands at Oaklands Stud for a fee of $4,950 (inc. GST).


I Am Invincible – There was a stakes double for the Steven O’Dea and Matthew Hoysted team when Totally Charmed (7 g ex The Look Of Love by Danehill Dancer) won the Bribie Handicap (Listed, 1000m) at Eagle Farm on Satuday. Ridden by Ben Thompson, the seven-year-old gelding carried 55 kilograms to victory as he beat Simply Fly by three-quarters of a length with Niedorp a further two lengths back in third. The success marked the 69th individual stakes winner for sire I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit). Now a winner of eight of his 22 career starts, Totally Charmed was a $42,500 purchase for the trainers in partnership with Proven Thoroughbreds. I Am Invincible stands at Yarraman Park Stud for $220,000 (inc GST). 


King’s Best – Shonan Bardi (6 h ex Banovina by Redoute’s Choice) put in a career best performance to score in the Chunichi Shimbun Hai (Gr 3, 2000m) at Chukyo on Saturday and provide his sire King’s Best (Kingmambo) with his 67th individual stakes winner. Trained by Takeshi Matsushita and ridden by Yasunari Iwata, the six-year-old entire finished a half-length in front of African Gold (Stay Gold) with Shigeru Pink Dia (Daiwa Major) a further neck back in third. The fifth foal out of unraced dam Banovina, Shonan Bardi is a half-brother to Australian winner Istria (Reset).

Nyquist –
Slow Down Andy (2 c ex Edwina E by Square Eddie) provided his sire Nyquist (Uncle Mo) with a seventh individual stakes winner as he won the Los Alamitos Futurity (Gr 2, 8.5f) on Saturday. Trained by Doug O’Neill and ridden by Mario Gutierrez, the two-year-old colt battled well to get the better of odds-on favourite Messier (Empire Maker) by a length with the pair pulling nine lengths clear of the third-placed Barossa (Into Mischief). “Down the stretch it looked like we had it, and then we didn’t, and then we did, so it was very exciting,” said O’Neill. The third foal out of twice-raced mare Edwina E (Square Eddie), Slow Down Andy is a brother to the stakes-winning Team Merchants. Nyquist, who was also trained by Doug O’Neill, currently stands at Jonabell Farm where his 2022 fee will be US$55,000 (approx. AU$76,600).


Savabeel – Mightybeel (4 g ex Superpower by Alamosa) provided his sire Savabeel (Zabeel) with a 122nd individual stakes winner when the four-year-old won the Christmas Cup (Listed, 2400m) at Randwick on Saturday. Trained by champion trainer Chris Waller and ridden by Hugh Bowman, the gelding was ridden quietly by the jockey before being produced to lead inside the final furlong to go on to a comfortable one-and-a-quarter-length win over Herman Hesse (Frankel). The pair were a further six lengths clear of the third-placed Cryptogram (So You Think). Mightybeel was a $200,000 purchase for Albert Bosma’s Go Racing at the 2019 New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sale from the Book 1 draft of Little Avondale Stud. Savabeel stands at Waikato Stud for a fee of NZ$100,000 (Plus GST).


Shamus Award – Brutality (5 g ex Star Salute by General Nediym) provided his sire Shamus Award with a 17th individual stakes winner as he won the Villiers Stakes (Gr 2, 1600m) at Randwick on Saturday for Joe Pride and Regan Bayliss. The five-year-old gelding was a $40,000 purchase for Bhima Thoroughbreds at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale in 2018. Shamus Award stands at Rosemont Stud for a fee of $33,000 (inc. GST).


Spirit Of Boom – The Steven O’Dea and Matthew Hoysted-trained Palazzo Spirit (2 c ex Palazzo Pubblico by Conatus) handed Spirit Of Boom (Sequalo) his 16th individual stakes winner as the juvenile scored in Saturday’s Phelan Ready Stakes (Listed, 1000m) at Eagle Farm. An $80,000 purchase by the trainers in partnership with Proven Thoroughbreds, the two-year-old colt is the third and only foal to race out of the Conatus (Conatus) mare Palazzo Pubblico. Spirit Of Boom stands at Eureka Stud for a fee of $33,000 (inc. GST).


Street Boss – The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained El Padrino (2 c ex Misty Rock by Fastnet Rock) won the Inglis Nursery (RL, 1000m) at Randwick on Saturday to give his sire Street Boss (Street Cry) a 59th individual stakes winner. After a promising debut second at Cranbourne, the Jason Collett-ridden two-year-old colt put that experience to good use, jumping well from gate ten and running on strongly down the straight to defeat Calgary Stampede (Snitzel) by a short neck with Athletica (Exceed And Excel) a further three quarters of a length away in third. El Padrino was a $210,000 purchase for Ciaron Maher Bloodstock from Three Bridges Thoroughbreds at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale this year. Street Boss stands at Godolphin’s Kelvinside Stud for a fee of $55,000 (inc. GST).

Swiss Ace –
East Asia (5 m ex China Choice by Encosta De Lago) battled well to win the Just Now Stakes (Listed, 1300m) at Eagle Farm on  Saturday for trainer Robert Heathcote. The five-year-old mare beat Eloquently (Poet’s Voice) by a head under Ron Stewart with Tycoon Evie (Written Tycoon) a further neck back in third. The win was East Asia’s fifth from 15 starts and marked the 14th individual winner for sire Swiss Ace (Secret Savings). A homebred, East Asia is a half-sister to Group 3 winner Mulanchi (Makfi) and winner Amazing Feeling (Iffraaj). Swiss Ace stands at Westbury Stud for a fee of $7,500 (plus GST).


Tivaci – Waikato Stud’s exciting young stallion Tivaci (High Chaparral) chalked up his second stakes winner as the Roydon Bergerson-trained Wolverine (2 f ex Knew It by O’Reilly) proved too strong for her rivals in the Wakefield Challenge (Gr 2, 1100m) at Te Rapa on Saturday. Having broken her maiden on debut at Otaki on November 4, the two-year-old filly took this enormous step up in class in her stride when she defeated Taviarma (Tavistock) by a length and a quarter with Andalus (Almanzor) a further half a length further afield in third. Purchased by her trainer for $50,000 at Book 1 of the New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Yearling Sale earlier in the year, the filly is one of two winners out of the winning O’Reilly (Last Tycoon) mare Knew It. Tivaci’s stakes winners are headed by the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Flight Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Never Been Kissed. 

Trade Fair –
Black Shadow (7 g ex Black Vision by Blackfriars) backed up his comfortable win last time out when he once again proved a ready winner of the G.S. Towton Cup (Listed, 2200m) at Ascot on Saturday and in the process handed Trade Fair (Zafonic) his 16th stakes winner. Trained by Jim Taylor, the seven-year-old has been a grand servant for connections with ten wins from 46 career starts including a further 11 placings. The gelding beat Bella’s Idol (Vital Equine) by one and three-quarter lengths with just a head further back to Stafford’s Lad (Demerit) in third. The win gave sire Trade Fair (Gold Carat) a 16th individual stakes winner.