Six for Blue Point
Blue Point – Darley shuttler Blue Point (Shamardal) continued his impressive start with his first-crop juveniles as he chalked up a sixth individual winner when On Point (2 c ex Devonshire by Fast Company) won at Newmarket. The Charlie Appleby-trained On Point prevailed in a three-horse race as the 5-6 favourite in the British EBF Maiden Stakes (5f), beating Mashadi (Blue Point) by a head. On Point is the fourth foal out of Group 2 winner and Irish 1,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) third Devonshire (Fast Company), herself a half-sister to Group 3 winner Fairy Cross (Dubawi). Blue Point, who has had 17 starters, will shuttle to Northwood Park in Victoria this spring for a fee of $44,000 (inc GST). He stands the northern hemisphere season for a fee of €35,000 (approx. AU$58,000).
Brave Smash – Yarraman Park’s new recruit Brave Smash (Tosen Phantom) continued his brilliant start to his stallion career as he chalked up his sixth and seventh winners last week, beginning with La Boqueria’s (2 f ex Rambla De Flores by Street Cry) victory over 1010 metres at Coffs Harbour. Having the second start of her career, the Kris Lees-trained filly defeated Regina’s Girl (Caravaggio) by a length and a half, while Queen Of Elegance (Headwater) was a further two and a half lengths further adrift in third. La Boqueria was purchased by Joe O’Neill’s Prime Thoroughbreds for $60,000 at the 2022 edition of the Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sale, from the draft of Kenmore Lodge. Brave Smash extended his primacy as the leading first season sire by winners in Australia when the Corey and Kylie Geran-trained It’smemario (2 g ex Cruz De Vega by Lope De Vega) won on debut by a length and three-quarters ahead of Miss Cantik (Better Than Ready). It’smemario, the first foal out of four-time winner Cruz De Vega, was a $5,000 foal when purchased by Hopetoun Farm, who sold the gelding for $16,000 as a yearling. Having stood his first four seasons at Aquis Farm in Queensland, Brave Smash will cover his first book of mares at Yarraman Park Stud in the Hunter Valley where he will command a fee of $33,000 (inc GST). He has had 21 starters.
Calyx – Coolmore Stud-based first-season sire Calyx (Kingman) chalked up a fine double last week, which saw his individual tally of winners move to four. The first leg of the double was kicked off by Grand Son Of Calyx (2 c ex Asawer by Darshaan), who breezed to victory in a maiden event over 1200 metres at Saint-Cloud. Meanwhile, the stallion’s second winner of the afternoon came courtesy of the Tom Dascombe-trained Nellie Leylax (2 c ex Lovelocks by High Chaparral) after he made a winning debut over five furlongs at Beverley. The colts join Classic Flower and Persian Dreamer as Calyx’s other winners. The son of Kingman (Invincible Spirit) stood at Coolmore’s Australian base in 2020 and 2021, covering 124 mares in total. He now exclusively stands at Coolmore Ireland for a fee of €10,000 (approx. AU$16,580) and has had seven starters.
Justify – Scentify (2 c ex Fine Scent by All Too Hard) became the fourth individual southern hemisphere-bred winner for Coolmore’s returning shuttle stallion Justify (Scat Daddy) when winning the 2YO Open Handicap (1200m) at Warrnambool. In a close finish, the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Scentify defeated Loose On Gin (Turn Me Loose) by a head. The colt was a $125,000 Inglis Classic sale purchase for Pinhook Bloodstock, his trainers and Flying Start Syndications, in whose silks Scentify races. The Andrew Lloyd Webber-bred colt also traded as a weanling when sold for $145,000 at the Inglis Australian Weanling Sale through the Yarraman Park draft. Scentify is the first foal out of Western Australian stakes placegetter Fine Scent (All Too Hard), herself a half-sister to Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winner Polar Success (Success Express) and three further stakes-placed horses. Justify, who has had 120 starters, will return to the Coolmore Australia roster this spring having been rested last year. He will stand for a fee of $77,000 (inc GST).
Magna Grecia – Vento Da Sud (2 c ex Black Silk by Foxwedge) made all in a 1000-metre contest at Chilivani to become the second individual winner for Coolmore’s first-season sire Magna Grecia (Invincible Spirit). The Antonio Cottu-trained colt defeated Night Fox (U S Navy Flag) by two and a quarter lengths with a further one and three-quarter lengths back to the third-placed Gec King (Smooth Daddy). Vento Da Sud is the second foal and first winner out of the unraced Foxwedge (Fastnet Rock) mare Black Silk, herself a half-sister to Group 2-placed winner Cedarberg (Cape Cross). Magna Grecia, who has had six starters, stands for a fee of €15,000 (approx. AU$24,350).
New Group 1 / Grade 1 wins
Deep Impact – The late Shadai Stallion Station resident Deep Impact (Sunday Silence) chalked up his 59th individual elite-level winner when Justin Palace (4 c ex Palace Rumor by Royal Anthem) ran out an impressive winner of the Tenno Sho (Gr 1, 3200m) at Kyoto. The dual Grade 2-winning four-year-old colt added a first top-flight victory to his CV when he defeated Deep Bond (Kizuna) by two and a half lengths. Silver Sonic (Orfevre) was a further length away in third. Purchased by Azabu Shoji for ¥190,000,000 at the JRA Select Yearling and Foal Sale in 2020, Justin Palace is out of Listed winner Palace Rumor (Royal Anthem), making him a half-brother to dual US Grade 1 winner Palace Malice (Curlin). Deep Impact, who has had 1714 starters, died in 2019.
Duramente – The late Duramente (King Kamehameha) sired a fifth individual Grade 1 winner when his son Champagne Color (3 c ex Memorial Life by Reckless Abandon) won the NHK Mile Cup (Gr 1, 1600m) at Tokyo. Trained by Tsuyoshi Tanaka, Champagne Color won by a neck ahead of Umbrail (Lord Kanaloa), with Obamburumai (Discreet Cat) in third, a further length and a quarter in arrears. Champagne Color, now the winner of three races from five starts, overturned his defeat to Umbrail when third in the New Zealand Trophy (Gr 2, 1600m) at Nakayama. Ridden by Hiroyuki Uchida, the colt soared home from the rear to hit the front inside the final 100 metres. Champagne Color is the second foal out of the unraced British-bred mare Memorial Life (Reckless Abandon), herself a half-sister to juvenile Royal Ascot winner Ceiling Kitty (Red Clubs). Duramente, who has had 454 starters, died in September 2021.
Into Mischief – America’s perennial champion stallion Into Mischief (Harlan’s Holiday) sired a first Kentucky Oaks (Gr 1, 10f) winner as part of a Grade 1 double last week to take his tally of individual elite-level winners to 17. Pretty Mischievous (3 f ex Pretty City Dancer by Tapit), previously the winner of a Grade 2 at Fair Grounds, was sent off a 10-1 chance for the Oaks, and won by a neck ahead of the Todd Pletcher-trained Gambling Girl (Dialed In) and 30-1 chance The Alys Look (Connect), who finished just ahead of the 9-5 favourite Wet Paint (Blame). Pretty Mischievous is the second foal out of Grade 1 winner Pretty City Dancer, herself a half-sister to elite-level winner Lear’s Princess (Lear Fan). Into Mischief’s other elite-level winner came when Played Hard (5 m ex Well Lived by Tiznow) upstaged short-priced favourite Secret Oath (Arrogate) to win the La Troienne Stakes (Gr 1, 8.5f). Search Results (Flatter) finished third, with the margins a neck and half a length. Played Hard, who was last seen winning at Grade 3 level in November, is the second foal out of Well Lived, herself a sister to Grade 1 winner Well Armed and a half-sibling to Grade 3 winner Witty (Distorted Humor) and the Grade 1-placed Helsinki (Distorted Humor). Played Hard was a US$280,000 buy for Richard Rigney from the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Into Mischief, who has had 1181 starters, stands for a fee of US$250,000 (approx. AU$369,762) at Spendthrift Farm.
Not This Time – Up To The Mark (4 c ex Belle’s Finale by Ghostzapper) became the fifth individual elite-level winner and 25th individual stakes winner for Not This Time (Giant’s Causeway) when winning the Turf Classic Stakes (Gr 1, 9f) at Churchill Downs. The Todd Pletcher-trained Up To The Mark, who last start finished third in the Maker’s Mark Mile Stakes (Gr 1, 8f), won by three and three-quarter lengths ahead of Hong Kong Harry (Es Que Love) and Spooky Channel (English Channel), who finished five lengths from the winner in third. Up To The Mark takes his record to four wins from nine starts. He is the second foal out of the unraced Belle’s Finale, herself a sister to stakes race winner Zapper Belle. The four-year-old was a US$450,000 buy from the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Not This Time, who has had 211 starters, stands for a fee of US$135,000 (approx. AU$199,671) at Taylor Made Farm.
New stakes winners
Amaron – Valpolicella (4 f ex Very Nice by Dashing Blade) became the fourth individual stakes winner for Gestut Etzean stallion Amaron (Shamardal) when scoring in the Grosser Preis Von Hannover (Listed, 2000m). The Henk Grewe-trained four-year-old defeated Greym (The Grey Gatsby) by three-quarters of a length with a further half-length back to Mythicara (Zelzal) in third place. The fourth foal out of the winning Dashing Blade (Elegant Air) mare Very Nice, Valpolicella is a sister to winner Varon and half-sister to another winner Vernatsch (Jukebox Jury). Amaron, who has had 123 starters, stands for a fee of €4,500 (approx. AU$7,440).
Almanzor – Almanzor (Wootton Bassett) colt Castle Way (3 c ex Beach Frolic by Nayef), a half-brother to multiple Group 1 winner Palace Pier (Kingman), returned for his three-year-old year in promising fashion when claiming the Newmarket Stakes (Listed, 1m 2f). Owned by Godolphin, the Charlie Appleby-trained colt stretched clear to win by a length and three-quarters to hand his sire a ninth individual stakes winner and sixth in the northern hemisphere. Almanzor claimed the quinella, as Castle Way finished ahead of Circle Of Fire, with Victory Dance (Dubawi) in third, a further neck away. Castle Way was a 425,000gns purchase for Godolphin from the Highclere Stud draft at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale. He is sixth foal and fifth winner out of the unraced Beach Frolic (Nayef). Almanzor, who will shuttle to Cambridge Stud this year for an unchanged fee of NZ$50,000 (plus GST), stands in the northern hemisphere season for a fee of €25,000 (approx. AU$40,842) at Haras d’Etreham in France. He has had 211 starters.
Anacheeva – Rolls (6 g ex Explobo by Success Express) provided his sire Anacheeva (Anabaa) with a second individual stakes winner from 154 starters when winning the Warrnambool Cup (Listed, 2350m). A consistent performer this preparation, having won once and been placed on two other occasions this preparation, the Maddie Raymond-trained six-year-old gelding was kept up to his task in the closing stages by rider Harry Grace to beat favourite Not Usual Glorious (Fiorente) by one and a half lengths. The Mike Moroney-trained Swords Drawn (Camelot) finished a further short-head behind in third place. Rolls is the best of three winners from four to race out of the winning Success Express (Hold Your Peace) mare Explobo, who is out of a half-sister to VRC St Leger (Gr 3, 2800m) winner and Adelaide Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) third placegetter Headcutter (Twig Moss). Anacheeva was retired from stud duties last year.
Candy Ride – Candy Ride (Ride The Rails) was handed a 111th individual stakes winner when Heavenly Sunday (3 f ex Alien Giant by Giant’s Causeway) claimed the Edgewood Stakes (Gr 2, 8.5f) at Churchill Downs. Trained by Brad Cox, Heavenly Sunday won by three-quarters of a length ahead of Revaleta (Recoletos) and Mission Of Joy (Kitten’s Joy), who finished a length from the winner in third. Making her third appearance this season, Heavenly Sunday improved upon placed efforts and Grade 3 and Grade 2 level, to produce a career-best effort. The filly is the third foal out of the stakes-placed Alien Giant (Giant’s Causeway). Candy Ride, who has had 1303 starters, stands for a fee of US$75,000 (approx. AU$110,928) at Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky.
Churchill – Coolmore shuttler Churchill (Galileo) sired his tenth individual stakes winner when his son Sprewell (3 c ex Lahaleeb by Redback) produced a taking performance to win the Derby Trial Stakes (Gr 3, 1m 2f) at Leopardstown. Trained by Jessica Harrington, Sprewell won by three lengths ahead of Up And Under (Lope De Vega) with 6-4 favourite Proud And Regal (Galileo) finishing two and a half lengths further back in third. Sprewell, who is one of five winners from six runners out of Canadian Grade 1 winner Lahaleeb, takes his record to two wins from four starts. Churchill, who will shuttle to Coolmore Australia this spring for a fee of $22,000 (inc GST), stands the northern hemisphere season for a fee of €30,000 (approx. AU$49,750). He has had 266 starters.
Cracksman – Cracksman (Frankel) was handed a fourth individual stakes winner when Ace Impact (3 c ex Absolutly Me by Anabaa Blue) claimed the Prix de Suresnes (Listed, 2000m) at Chantilly. Sent off the short-priced favourite, Ace Impact remained unbeaten from three starts in defeating Maniatic (Intello) by a length and three-quarters. Don Diego De Vega (Lope De Vega) finished third, more than three lengths from the winner. Purchased by his trainer Jean-Claude Rouget for €75,000 at Arqana, Ace Impact is one of five winners from as many runners out of his stakes-placed mare Absolutly Me, and is a half-brother to stakes placegetters Apollo Flight (Rock Of Gibraltar) and Alessandro (Australia). Cracksman, who has had 89 starters, stands the 2023 season at Dalham Hall Stud for a fee of £17,500 (approx. AU$32,785).
Dubawi – Final Gesture (4 f ex Secret Gesture by Galileo) became the 253rd individual stakes winner for Darley stalwart Dubawi (Dubai Millennium) as she ran out a ready scorer of the Vintage Tipple Stakes (Listed, 1m 6f) at Gowran Park. Ridden by Billy Lee for trainer Paddy Twomey, the four-year-old always travelled strongly and, after leading with two furlongs to go, eased five lengths clear of runner-up Joupe (Lope De Vega) at the line. The Joseph O’Brien-trained White Caviar (Australia) finished third, beaten seven lengths by the winner. A sister to winner Hidden Thought and half-sister to the Listed-placed winners Silent Wave (War Front) and Dream Of Love (Shamardal), Final Gesture is out of the Group 2 winner and Epsom Oaks (Gr 1, 1m 4f) runner-up Secret Gesture (Galileo), herself a sister to elite-level scorers Japan and Mogul. Dubawi, who has had 1576 starters, stands at Dalham Hall Stud for a fee of £350,000 (approx. AU$659,620).
Ducimus – The Simon Miller-trained Eliteone (2 g ex Many Secrets by Viscount) became the second individual winner from four starters for Rivercrest Park’s first-season sire Ducimus (Snitzel) when scoring on debut in a 1000-metre contest at Ascot. Ridden by Holly Watson, the gelded juvenile beat odds-on favourite Sass Machine (Maschino) by a head, with a further one and three-quarter lengths back to the third-placed Ayumi (Real Steel). Out of the winning Viscount (Quest For Fame) mare Many Secrets, Eliteone is a half-brother to three-time winner War Secrets (War Chant). Ducimus will stand this breeding season for a fee of $4,400 (inc GST).
Excelebration – The Karoly Kerekes-trained Sean (6 h ex Sharin by Areion) scored his first victory at stakes level in the Premio Ambrosiano (Gr 3, 2000m) at the San Siro and in doing so became stakes winner number 15 for Excelebration (Exceed And Excel). The six-year-old beat Tempesti (Albert Dock) by a length and a half with Don Chicco (El Kabier) a further head away in third. Excelebration has had 454 starters.
Flatter – The late Flatter (A.P. Indy) earned a 64th individual stakes winner when Pass The Champagne (5 m ex Champagne Taste by Distorted Humor) stormed to victory in the Ruffian Stakes (Gr 1, 8f) at Belmont. The George Weaver-trained mare won by five and a half lengths ahead of Idiomatic (Curlin) and Gerrymander (Into Mischief), who finished seven lengths from the winner in third. Pass The Champagne, who finished runner-up in the 2021 Ashland Stakes (Gr 1, 8.5f) at Keeneland, took her record to three wins from nine starts. She is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Miss Kentucky (Blame), being the seventh foal out of stakes race winner Champagne Taste. Flatter, who has had 935 starters, died in May last year at the age of 23.
Flying Artie – The Michael Clements-trained Coin Toss (3 g ex Headsup by Thorn Park) provided Blue Gum Farm stallion Flying Artie (Artie Schiller) with a sixth individual stakes winner from 168 starters when he landed the Singapore 3YO Classic (Listed, 1400m) at Kranji. Ridden by Daniel Moor, the three-year-old gelding beat Bestseller (Dream Ahead) by one and a quarter lengths, with a further neck back to Luxury Brand (Charm Spirit) in third. Out of the Listed-placed winning Thorn Park (Spinning World) mare Headsup, Coin Toss is a half-brother to winners Melbourne Born (Testa Rossa) and Shezathinka (So You Think). A half-sister to Coin Toss will go through the ring as Lot 1550 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Yearling Sale at the end of the month. Flying Artie will stand the upcoming breeding season for a fee of $16,500 (inc GST).
Frankel – One For Bobby (4 f ex One Spirit by Invincible Spirit) became the 113th individual stakes winner for Juddmonte Farms stallion Frankel (Galileo) when landing the Nottinghamshire Oaks Stakes (Listed, 1m 2f) at Nottingham. Making her debut for trainer Hughie Morrison, having moved from Irish-based trainer Johnny Murtagh last month, the four-year-old put her previous stakes race experience, including a third-placed finish in last year’s Kilboy Estate Stakes (Gr 2, 1m 1f), to good use as she got the better of runner-up Pink Carnation (Territories) in the closing stages to score by a length. The pair were a further five and a half lengths clear of the third-placed Annerville (Iffraaj). One For Bobby is a half-sister to winner Tough Spirit (Iffraaj) being the fourth foal out of the Listed-winning Invincible Spirit (Green Desert) mare One Spirit, herself a sister to Group-placed scorer Some Spirit. Frankel, who has had 702 starters, stands at Banstead Manor Stud for a fee of £275,000 (approx. AU$514,320).
Full Drago – Enigma Dei Grif (3 c ex Orpen Light by Orpen) provided his sire Full Drago (Pounced) with a first individual stakes winner when landing the Premio Boticelli (Listed, 2100m) at Capannelle. The Stefano Botti-trained three-year-old colt easily beat Budrio (El Kabeir) by many lengths with Sopran Blakey (Gustav Klimt) back in third. Enigma Dei Grif is the only winning foal out of the winning mare Orpen Light (Orpen). Full Drago has had 45 starters.
Galileo – Higher Truth (5 m ex Wannabe Better by Duke Of Marmalade) became the 360th individual stakes winner for the late Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) when winning the Sheepshead Bay Stakes (Gr 2, 11f) at Belmont. Sent off the 5-4 favourite, the Chad Brown-trained mare cruised to victory by a length and three-quarters ahead of Virgina Joy (Soldier Hollow) and Atomic Blonde (The Grey Gatsby), who finished a further length and a half back in third. Higher Truth, who finished third in the 2021 Belmont Oaks (Gr 1, 10f), was a 500,000gns buy for Mike Ryan from the 2019 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale. The five-year-old is one of three winners from four runners out of Irish Group 3 winner Wannabe Better, and a half-sister to Group 3 winner Lady Wannabe (Camelot). Galileo, who has had 2461 starters, died in 2021.
Galiway – Progressive three-year-old Engaliwe (3 f ex Don’t Look Back by Slickly) made it three wins on the bounce and gained a first stakes success in the Prix La Seine (Listed, 2200m) at Longchamp, becoming the 12th individual stakes winner for her sire Galiway (Galileo). Trained by Massimo Cesandri, she was settled to track the leaders by Aurelien Lemaitre, pushed along in the straight and battled gamely to get the better of Iznik (Zarak) by a short head, while there was a further three lengths back to Khahira (Pedro The Great) in third. A dual Arqana graduate, Engaliwe is one of three winners out of Don’t Look Back (Slickly), a daughter of the unraced Orphee (Peintre Celebre), who produced one winner. She is a half-sister to the Listed-placed Oranais (Dalakhani) and they are out of the Listed-placed Odessa (Sadler’s Wells). Galiway stands at Haras de Colleville where his fee this year is €30,000 (approx. AU$49,750). He has had 127 starters.
Gleneagles – Melo Melo (4 f ex You Look So Good by Excellent Art) was the easy winner of the EBF Prix Gold River (Listed, 2800m) at Longchamp for trainer Francis Graffard and she became the 26th individual stakes winner for Coolmore sire Gleneagles (Galileo). Runner-up twice at this level, last year in the Prix Turenne (Listed, 2400m) and in this year’s Prix Lord Seymour (Listed, 2400m), she was decisive this time, scoring by three and a half lengths from Lastotchka (Myboycharlie), while there was another length and a quarter back to Galifa (Frankel) in third. Bred in the UK by The Pocock Family, Melo Melo was a 110,000gns Tattersalls foal purchase by BBA Ireland and she is a half-sister to the Curragh Stakes (Gr 3, 5f) winner Treasuring (Havana Gold), out of the winning Excellent Art (Pivotal) mare You Look So Good, who is a half-sister to the German Group 2 winner Electric Beat (Shinko Forest), the Rockfel Stakes (Gr 2, 7f)-placed Gray Pearl (Excellent Art) and the Listed-placed Blakey’s Boy (Hawk Wing). Gleneagles, who has had 346 starters, stands at Coolmore’s Castlehyde Stud in Ireland for €17,500 (approx. AU$29,000).
I Am Invincible – Yarraman Park stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) moved a step closer to notching up a century of stakes winners when his son Fifteen Rounds (7 g ex Sugar Bay by Syncline) scored in the Australian Turf Club Trophy (Listed, 1200m) at the Sunshine Coast. Taking his sire’s record to 95 individual stakes winners from 1016 starters, the seven-year-old gelding clung on by a nose from the fast-closing runner-up Palaisipan (So You Think), with a further short-head back to the third-placed Ef Troop (Spirit Of Boom). Out of the stakes-winning Syncline (Danzig) mare Sugar Bay, Fifteen Rounds is a brother to winner Invincible Bay and half-brother to fellow scorers Amaryliss (Commands) and Sugar Bay Leonard (Encosta De Lago). I Am Invincible will stand the upcoming breeding season for $302,500 (inc GST).
Iffraaj – Spanish Honey (5 m ex Desert Song by Unbridled’s Song) provided former Haunui Farm shuttler Iffraaj (Zafonic) with a 93rd individual stakes winner when scoring in the Grosser Preis Von Rossmann (Listed, 1600m) at Hannover. The Gianluca Bietolini-trained five-year-old mare beat Cantilena (Dubawi) by a half-length with a further three-quarters of a length back to Task (Mastercraftsman) in third. A half-sister to three winners including Sense Of Worth (Street Sense) and Fade To Black (Street Cry), Spanish Honey is the sixth foal out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Desert Song, herself a half-sister to US champion two-year-old filly Dreaming Of Anna (Rahy) as well as Grade 2 winners Lewis Michael (Rahy) and Justenuffhumor (Distorted Humor). Iffraaj stood in New Zealand for 12 seasons, but did not return in 2020. The stallion, who has had 1828 starters, now stands exclusively at Dalham Hall Stud where his fee is set at £15,000 (approx. AU$28,230).
Iquitos – The Henk Grewe-trained Mr Hollywood (3 c ex Margie’s Music by Hurricane Run) provided his sire Iquitos (Adlerflug) with a first individual stakes winner when he stayed on well to land the Bavarian Classic (Gr 3, 2000m) at Munich. Ridden by Lukas Delozier, the three-year-old colt beat Alpenjager (Nutan) by an eased down two and a half lengths with a further three lengths back to Fantastic Moon (Sea The Moon) in third. Out of the Listed-placed winning Hurricane Run (Montjeu) mare Margie’s Music, Mr Hollywood is a half-brother to the Group 3-placed winner Magical Beat (Lope De Vega). Iquitos has had just two starters.
Mayson – The Joseph O’Brien-trained Honey Girl (4 f ex Fleeting Image by Sir Percy) became the tenth individual stakes winner for Cheveley Park-based stallion Mayson (Invincible Spirit) as she produced a dominant performance to score in the Athasi Stakes (Gr 3, 7f) at the Curragh. Ridden by Dylan Browne McMonagle, the four-year-old travelled well throughout and went clear inside the final furlong when ridden to beat Agartha (Caravaggio) by three and a half lengths with a further one and a quarter lengths back to Small Oasis (Sioux Nation) in third. Honey Girl is a half-sister to winners Fleeting Motion (Sepoy) and Imagine Freedom (Equiano) being the fifth foal out of the winning Sir Percy (Mark Of Esteem) mare Fleeting Image, herself a half-sister to elite-level scorer Rebelline (Robellino) and Group 2 winner Quws (Robellino). Mayson, who has had 400 starters, stands for a fee of £6,000 (approx. AU$11,300).
Merchant Navy – The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Royal Merchant (3 f ex Seventhchic by Seventh Reason) gained a deserved maiden stakes success as he landed the Tobin Bronze Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) at Morphettville, handing his sire Merchant Navy (Fastnet Rock), who was also trained by Maher, with a second individual stakes winner from 88 starters. Ridden by Michael Dee – his fourth win and third stakes-race success on the card – the three-year-old filly reeled in long-time leader and favourite She Dances (Street Boss) to score by a head with a further half-length back to Seven Veils (Shalaa) in third. Royal Merchant is the only foal to race out of the winning Seventh Reason (Sadler’s Wells) mare Seventhchic. Merchant Navy, whose other stakes winner, Steel City, is also trained by Maher and Eustace, will stand at Kooringal Stud for the 2023 breeding season for a fee of $13,200 (inc GST).
Night Of Thunder – Fix You (3 f ex Ifubelieveindreams by Iffraaj) became the 34th individual stakes winner for Night Of Thunder (Dubawi) when winning the Polonia Stakes (Listed, 5.5f) at Cork. Sent off a 10-3 chance, Fix You beat the race favourite Mauiewowie (Night Of Thunder) by a length and a half, with the same margin back to Treasure Trove (Siyouni) in third. Trained by Alice Haynes, the Amo Racing-owned Fix You claimed back-to-back victories as she took her career record to three wins from five starts. The filly was a 50,000gns purchase for Amo Racing and Robson Aguiar from the Tattersalls Sommerville Yearling Sale. She is the first foal out of winning Iffraaj (Zafonic) mare Ifubelieveindreams. Former shuttler Night Of Thunder, who has had 311 starters, stands at Kildangan Stud for a fee of €100,000 (approx. AU$165,820).
No Nay Never – His Majesty (2 c ex Czabo by Sixties Icon) provided his sire No Nay Never (Scat Daddy) with a 46th individual stakes winner when he took out the First Flier Stakes (Listed, 5f) at the Curragh. The juvenile ran green throughout but stayed on well on the far side of his rivals to readily beat Valiant Force (Malibu Moon) by three-quarters of a length with a further length and a half back to the third-placed Unquestionable (Wootton Bassett). The third foal out of the Group 3-winning Sixties Icon (Galileo) mare Czabo, His Majesty is a half-brother to winners Coill Avon (Kingman) and Spanish (Lope De Vega). The Coolmore stallion took his stakes tally to 47 when Caroline Street (3 f ex Harvestfortheworld by So You Think) landed the Blue Wind Stakes (Gr 3, 1m 2f) at Naas. Ridden by Dylan Browne McMonagle for trainer Joseph O’Brien, the three-year-old filly put her previous Group-race experience to good use as she quickened up nicely inside the final furlong and held on well at the finish to beat Lumiere Rock (Saxon Warrior) by a half-length with a further neck back to Red Riding Hood (Justify) in third place. Caroline Street is the first foal out of the Group-placed winning So You Think (High Chaparral) mare Harvestfortheworld, herself a half-sister to Group-placed winner Rutland Bay (Bertolini). No Nay Never, who has had 606 starters, stands at Coolmore Stud in Ireland for a fee of €175,000 (approx. AU$289,690).
Pigeon Catcher – Esti Feny (8 g ex Ejtihaad by Nayef) provided his sire Pigeon Catcher (Dutch Art) with a first individual stakes winner when he landed the Gosford Cup (Listed, 2100m). Ridden by Jay Ford for trainer Matthew Smith, the eight-year-old gelding was sent off at odds of $31 and stayed on best to beat favourite Navajo Peak (Territories) by one and a half lengths, with a further head back to Bois D’Argent (Toronado) in third place, his first win for 1673 days. Out of the unraced Nayef (Gulch) mare Ejtihaad, Esti Feny is a half-brother to winners Esti Kornel (Steady As A Rock), Estike (Saldenzar), Enigma (Steady As A Rock), and Esti Szel (Anabaa Blue). Pigeon Catcher, who has had 28 starters, stands at Bábolna Nemzeti Ménesbirtok in Hungary for a fee of €1,000 (approx. AU$1,660).
Redwood – Solidify (2 c ex The Warrior Woman by Redoute’s Choice) became the 12th individual stakes winner for Westbury Stud resident Redwood (High Chaparral) when he won the Waikato Equine Vet Centre 2YO Stakes (Listed, 1200m) at Te Rapa. The Team Rogerson-trained colt was sent off favourite under Ryan Elliot and was always holding runner-up Glamour Tycoon (Written Tycoon) at the finish to score by three-quarters of a length, with a further one and a half lengths back to Saltcoats (Ardrossan) in third. Rogerson purchased Solidify for $140,000 out of the Westbury Stud draft at last year’s New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale, with stud proprietor Gerry Harvey remaining in the ownership group. Out of the Redoute’s Choice (Danehill) mare The Warrior Woman, who is a sister to outstanding racemare Royal Descent, Solidify is a half-brother to winners Chief Geronimo (More Than Ready) and Shaolin Temple (Lonhro). Redwood, who has had 307 starters, will stand the upcoming breeding season for $10,000 (plus GST).
Reliable Man – Essonne (4 m ex Riviere by Redoute’s Choice) became the 21st individual stakes winner from 671 starters for Westbury Stud stallion Reliable Man (Dalakhani) when winning the Silk Stocking (Listed, 1400m) at the Sunshine Coast. Ridden by Chad Schofield for trainer Richard Litt, the four-year-old mare was scoring for the sixth time in her career as she defeated Renouf (Street Boss) by a half-length. The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Tycoon Evie (Written Tycoon) finished third, beaten a length by the winner. Essonne is the only winner to come out of the three-time winning Redoute’s Choice (Danehill) mare Riviere, herself a half-sister to Group 2 scorers First Command (Commands) and Oneworld (Danehill Dancer). Reliable Man will stand the 2023 breeding season for a fee of $13,500 (plus GST).
Roaring Lion – Running Lion (3 f ex Bella Nouf by Dansili) was an impressive winner of the Pretty Polly Stakes (Listed, 1m2f) at Newmarket for John and Thady Gosden, and became the second stakes winner for the ill-fated former shuttler Roaring Lion (Kitten’s Joy), who is also the sire of Criterium de Saint-Cloud (Gr 1, 2000m) winner Dubai Mile. Running Lion travelled smoothly and won under hands and heels by four and a half lengths from Sumo Sam (Nathaniel), while Trust The Stars (Sea The Stars) was a further three and three-quarter lengths back in third. Fourth on debut last July, Running Lion has won on all four starts since and this was her first attempt in stakes company. She holds an entry in the Epsom Oaks (Gr 1, 1m 4f) next month and the Ribblesdale Stakes (Gr 2, 1m 4f) at Royal Ascot. She is a half-sister to the Sweet Solera Stakes (Gr 3, 7f) winner Majestic Glory (Frankel), out of the dual winner Bella Nouf (Dansili), who is a half-sister to the Listed-winner Nouriya (Danehill Dancer) dam of the Duke of Cambridge Stakes (Gr 2, 1m) winner Aljazzi (Shamardal). Roaring Lion has had 65 starters.
Russian Revolution – Russian Alliance (2 f ex Sea Dweller by High Chaparral) became the eighth individual stakes winner from 143 starters for Newgate Farm stallion Russian Revolution (Snitzel) when landing the Ken Russell Memorial Classic (Gr 3, 1200m) at the Sunshine Coast. Trained by Kevin Kemp, the juvenile filly fought back gamely in the closing stages under Larry Cassidy having been headed to defeat Abounding (Rich Enuff) by a nose at the line. The pair pulled a further two and a quarter lengths clear of Trifling (Better Than Ready) in third. Bred by Chesapeake Thoroughbreds and Grand Lodge Thoroughbreds, Russian Alliance is the second winner from two to race out of the High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells) mare Sea Dweller. Russian Alliance is the fourth juvenile stakes winner this season for Russian Revolution, who has had a fee increase at Newgate and stands at $88,000 (inc GST).
Satono Crown – The Kiyoshi Hagiwara-trained Uvarovite (3 f ex Aigrette by Sunday Silence) broke through at stakes level for the first time when she took out the Sweetpea Stakes (Listed, 1800m) at Tokyo. The three-year-old filly powered to the line to defeat Alice Verite (Kizuna) by a length, while Agraciado (Real Steel) was another head further back in third. The filly was bought by Iketani Seiichi for ¥39,000,000 at the JRA Select Yearling and Foal Sale in 2021. She is out of three-time winning mare Aigrette (Sunday Silence) who is also the dam of Group 2 winner Mitra (Symboli Kris S). Satono Crown, who has had 111 starters, stands at Northern Farm where his fee in 2023 was advertised as ¥1,500,000 (approx. AU$16,465).
Satono Diamond – Satono Glanz (3 c ex Cherry Collect by Oratorio) became the first individual stakes winner for his sire Satono Diamond (Deep Impact) when landing the Kyoto Shimbun Hai (Gr 2, 2200m). Ridden by Yuga Kawada for trainer Yasuo Tomomichi, the three-year-old colt defeated Danon Tornado (Heart’s Cry) by a neck, with the same distance back to Libyan Glass (Kizuna) in third place. Out of the Group 2-winning and Group 1-placed Oratorio (Danehill) mare Cherry Collect, Satono Glanz is a half-brother to stakes winners Wakea (Heart’s Cry) and Diana Bright (Deep Impact) and to the stakes-placed winner Danon Grace (Deep Impact). Satono Diamond, who has had 76 starters, stands at the Shadai Stallion Station for a fee of ¥2,500,000 (approx. AU$27,420).
Saxon Warrior – Greenland (3 c ex Aktoria by Canford Cliffs) provided former Coolmore shuttler Saxon Warrior (Deep Impact) with a fourth individual stakes winner when narrowly landing the Prix Greffulhe (Gr 3, 2100m) at Saint-Cloud. Ridden by Christophe Soumillon for trainer Adian O’Brien, the colt travelled best of all but was forced to pull out all the stops at the finish to score by a nose over Harry Way (Galiway), with a further length and a quarter back to the third-placed Rashford (Zarak). A half-brother to winner Akria, he is out of the Listed-winning Canford Cliffs (Tagula) mare Aktoria, herself a half-sister to Group-placed winner Galaktea (Statue Of Liberty) and Listed-placed winner Now You’re Talking (Zoffany). Having shuttled to Coolmore Australia since 2019, Saxon Warrior will not return to the Hunter Valley later this year. He is standing at Coolmore’s Irish base for a fee of €35,000 (approx. AU$57,970) and has had 91 starters.
Sea The Stars – Calistoga (3 f ex Calipatria by Shamardal) handed her sire Sea The Stars (Cape Cross) a 105th individual stakes winner when landing the Prix des Lilas (Listed, 1600m) at Chantilly. In taking her record to three wins from four starts, the Godolphin-raced filly won by a nose ahead of Paz (Siyouni) and Mqse De Maintenon (Muhaarar), who finished a further head back in third. Calistoga is the first stakes winner from five runners out of German Group 3-winning mare Calipatria, herself a daughter of Group 2 winner and Irish 1,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) runner-up Golden Silca (Inchinor). Sea The Stars, who has had 864 starters, stands the 2023 season at Gilltown Stud for a fee of €180,000 (approx. AU$294,668).
Shalaa – Chilled (2 f ex Sauvignon by Pierro) maintained her record of having never finished out of the placings in her career with victory in the Without Fear Stakes (Listed, 1050m) at Morphettville. Taking her record to two wins, a second and two thirds from five starts, and also providing Woodside Park stallion Shalaa (Invincible Spirit) with a 15th individual stakes winner from 460 starters, the Matt Laurie-trained juvenile filly battled well to get the better of Iphimedia (Exceed And Excel) by a neck in the closing stages, with the pair finishing a further three and a half lengths clear of Down Low (Deep Field) back in third. A $125,000 purchase for Snippets Racing Syndications, Peter Morgan and Matt Laurie Racing, from the Valiant Stud draft at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Chilled is the first foal out of the Pierro (Lonhro) mare Sauvignon. After foaling a colt by Farnan (Not A Single Doubt) last spring, Sauvignon was covered again by Kia Ora Stud’s Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winner. Shalaa will stand the upcoming breeding season for a fee of $22,000 (inc GST).
Shooting To Win – Oakland Park Stud resident Shooting To Win (Northern Meteor) sired his tenth individual stakes winner courtesy of Dom To Shoot’s (5 g ex Princess Rouge by Pins) victory in the Northam Stakes (Gr 3, 1300m). The Sean and Jake Casey-trained five-year-old gelding stayed on well to beat Comfort Me (Playing God) by a quarter of a length, while Red Can Man (Gingerbread Man) was a further half a length away in third. Dom To Shoot is out of the placed Pins (Snippets) mare Princess Rouge and she is herself a sister to Listed winner Pin Rouge. Shooting To Win, who has had 297 starters, will stand for a fee of $9,900 (inc GST) in 2023.
Siyouni – Paddington (3 c ex Modern Eagle by Montjeu) provided Aga Khan stallion Siyouni (Pivotal) with his 69th individual stakes winner when he took the step up to stakes class in his stride in the Tetrarch Stakes (Listed, 1m) at the Curragh. Paddington was ridden by Seamie Heffernan and, having travelled much the best, was merely pushed out to beat his stablemate Drumroll (Deep Impact) by one and a half lengths. The Joseph O’Brien-trained Mister Mister (Sea The Moon) finished third, beaten three and a quarter lengths by the winner. The fourth foal out of the Listed-winning Montjeu (Sadler’s Wells) mare Modern Eagle, Paddington is a half-brother to Listed-placed winner Masterpiece (Mastercraftsman). Siyouni, who has had 858 starters, stands at Haras de Bonneval for a fee of €150,000 (approx. AU$248,180).
Tavistock – Ruthless Dame (3 f ex Ruthless Lady by Keeper) provided her sire Tavistock (Montjeu) with a tenth individual elite-level winner from 724 starters in the Robert Sangster Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) at Morphettville. Having already landed the Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) at Flemington, the three-year-old filly, out of the final crop for the late Cambridge stallion, came with a good run in the closing stages and held on well to deny Another Award (Shamus Award) by three-quarters of a length, with a further head back to the third-placed Zapateo (Brazen Beau). The win secured back-to-back Group 1 success for both jockey John Allen and trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, following Affaire A Suivre’s (Astern) victory in the Australasian Oaks (Gr 1, 2000m). Out of the stakes-placed winning Keeper (Danehill) mare Ruthless Lady, Ruthless Dame is a sister to the two-time winner Tafika and a half-sister to fellow scorer Peerless Warrior (Savabeel).
The Mission – The Tony and Maddysen Sears-trained Yellow Brick (3 g ex Magical Mist by High Chaparral) took his career record to six wins and two placings from eight starts when he landed the Gold Coast Guineas (Gr 3, 1200m) at the Sunshine Coast. Providing Aquis Farm stallion The Mission (Choisir) with his first individual stakes winner from 45 starters, the three-year-old gelding came with an irresistible late run down the centre of the track and stayed on well to beat Lady Laguna (Overshare) by one and a quarter lengths, with a further neck back to the third-placed Soothsayer (Divine Prophet). Purchased by Tony Sears Racing and Paul Moroney Bloodstock for just $20,000 out of the Waylon J Stud draft at the 2021 Magic Millions Gold Coast National Yearling Sale, Yellow Brick has now earned over $1.25 million in prize-money. The fourth winner from four to come out of the High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells) mare Magical Mist, he is a half-brother to Rough Habit Plate (Gr 3, 2200m) scorer Ballistic Boy (Smart Missile) and Premier’s Cup (Gr 3, 2400m) winner Splendiferous (Pride Of Dubai). Purchased for $60,000 by Twin Hills Stud and Group 1 Goldmine at the 2020 National Broodmare Sale, Magical Mist holds an entry for the upcoming National Broodmare Sale as Lot 995, with a September cover by Maurice (Screen Hero). The Mission will stand the upcoming breeding season for a fee of $8,800 (inc GST).
Vancouver – Illicit Dreams (2 f Illicit Romance by Snitzel) provided Woodside Park stallion Vancouver (Medaglia D’Oro) with a tenth individual stakes winner when landing the Champagne Stakes (Listed, 1200m) at Riccarton. The Ken Rae and Krystal Williams-trained filly disputed the pace under Tegan Newman and held on well in the closing stages to beat Penvose Lad (U S Navy Flag) by a nose with a further one and a quarter lengths back to favourite Cu Chulainn (Burgundy) in third. Out of the Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) mare Illicit Romance, Illicit Dreams hails from a family that includes Group 1 winners Bonanova (Star Way), Telesto (Star Way) and Fraternity (Star Way). Vancouver, who has had 351 starters, will stand the 2023 breeding season for a fee of $11,000 (inc GST).
Vadamos – Rich Hill Stud shuttler Vadamos (Monsun) earned a sixth individual stakes winner when Luisa Casati (5 m ex La Marchesa by Duke Of Marmalade) landed a surprise victory in the Daisy Warwick Fillies’ Stakes (Listed, 1m 4f) at Goodwood. Sent off an 11-1 chance, the Tom Ward-trained mare won by a length ahead of 6-5 favourite Time Lock (Frankel) and Ching Shih (Lope De Vega), who finished a further three lengths adrift in third. Luisa Casati, a 30,000gns buy from the Tattersalls December Yearling Sale for Stroud Coleman Bloodstock and Tom Ward, took her record to two wins from nine starts. She is one of three winners from three runners out of the unraced La Marchesa. Vadamos stands the northern hemisphere at Grange Stud for €6,000 (approx. AU$9,800), and will again shuttle to New Zealand where he will stand for NZ$12,500 (plus GST). He has had 261 starters.
War Front – The Richard Mandella-trained Teena Ella (3 f ex Beholder by Henny Hughes) provided Claiborne Farm stallion War Front (Danzig) with a 111th individual stakes winner when scoring by a neck in the Senorita Stakes (Gr 3, 6.5f) at Santa Anita. Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, the three-year-old filly beat Tom’s Regret (Tom’s Tribute) with a further three-quarters of a length back to The Wild Grazer (Gustav Klimt) in third. Teena Ella is the only winning foal out of the Grade 1-winning Henny Hughes (Hennessy) mare Beholder. War Front, who has had 777 starters, stands for a fee of US$100,000 (approx. AU$147,070).
Zoffany – The late Coolmore Stud sire Zoffany (Dansili) earned his 56th stakes winner when his Irish-bred daughter Paris Secret (3 f ex Cite Veron by Tomorrows Cat) took out the Providencia Stakes (Gr 3, 8.5f) at Santa Anita. Trained by Philip D’Amato, the three-year-old filly came out on top of a close finish, beating Pleasant Wave (More Than Ready) by three-quarters of a length and the pair pulled clear of Broadway Girls (Army Mule), who was another four and a quarter lengths away in third. Paris Secret is out of the five-time-winning Tomorrows Cat (Storm Cat) mare Cite Veron, who is also the dam of winner Jack Of Trades (Mastercraftsman). Zoffany, who has had 1125 starters, died in 2021.