Stallion Watch

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New winners

Caravaggio – Powderfinger (2 f ex Count Your Fingers by General Nediym) provided Caravaggio (Scat Daddy) with a first Australian winner at Kembla Grange when she landed the Bailey Interiors Maiden Handicap (1200m). Trained by Gary Portelli, the two-year-old filly ran out a half-length victor over Latin Lyric (Wandjina) with a further head back to Topple (Bullet Train) in third. A $100,000 purchase at last year’s Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, Powderfinger is a half-sister to winners Criminal (Pride Of Dubai), Glamouring (Pride Of Dubai) and Irish Vega (Lope De Vega). Powderfinger is out of the Group 3-placed winning General Nediym (Nediym) mare Count Your Fingers, herself a half-sister to the Group 3 winner and Group 1-placed gelding Kutchinsky (Anabaa). Coolmore shuttler Caravaggio stands at Ashford Stud for US$35,000 (approx. AU$49,450).

 

Ribchester – Haunui Farm shuttler Ribchester (Iffraaj) sired his second individual winner from his first southern hemisphere crop, with the Darley-bred Portray (2 f ex Alucinari by Street Cry) adding her name to the stakes win of Plymstock for the stallion. Portray ran out a three-quarter-length winner of the two-year-old Fillies Maiden Plate (1200m) at Cranbourne, defeating the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Desiah (Pariah), while Far From Discreet (Frosted) finished the same margin away in third. The filly, who finished seventh in her only other start behind subsequent Percy Sykes Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) winner Paris Dior (Pierro), is the second foal out of the Listed-winning mare Alucinari. Ribchester earlier this week had his fee set at an unchanged NZ$15,000 (plus GST) for this coming breeding season.

 

Russian Revolution – Tsarina Sophia (2 f ex Precious Sophia by Cecconi) provided Newgate Farm stallion Russian Revolution (Snitzel) with a ninth individual winner when she scored a narrow success in the Theresa Bateup Maiden Plate (1000m) at Kembla Grange. The Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou-trained filly was ridden by Tom Sherry to a head success over Vinnie’s Spirit (I Am Invincible) with a further three-quarters of a length back to Penitent (Caravaggio) in third. The fourth foal to race out of the Listed-placed winning Cecconi (Encosta De Lago) mare Precious Sophia, the Bill and Di Outston-bred and raced Tsarina Sophia is a half-sister to winners Ziedrich (Snitzel) and Sophistical (Hinchinbrook). Russian Revolution will stand for $71,500 (inc GST) for the 2022 breeding season.

 

Sebring Sun – Acappella Sun (2 f ex In Unison by Encosta De Lago) brought up a third individual first crop winner for Glenthorne Park stallion Sebring Sun (Sebring) when the Bjorn Baker-trained filly won the 2YO Handicap (1100m) at Mudgee by a dominant three lengths. The filly, making her third career start having finished second at Kembla Grange last time out and fifth at Canberra on debut, defeated stablemate Covalent (I Am Invincible) with the Kris Lees-trained Kamitori (Divine Prophet) in third. Acappella Sun is the first foal out of the Encosta De Lago (Fairy King) mare In Unison, who has a yearling sister to Acappella Sun and a weanling colt by Sebring Sun. The stallion stood last season for a fee of $3,300 (inc GST).

 

Spieth – Victory Moments (2 g ex Tris by Street Boss) broke his maiden in emphatic style at Ipswich, providing Aquis Farm stallion Spieth (Thorn Park) with a third individual winner. Sent off as the odds-on favourite, the Kacy Fogden-trained two-year-old ran out a four and a half length victor over Dark Harmony (Mikki Isle) with a further three-quarters of a length back to Fire Kirin (Russian Revolution) in third. Victory Moments is the first foal to race out of the Group 3-winning Street Boss (Street Cry) mare Tris.

 

The Mission – Aquis Farm stallion The Mission sired his ninth individual winner when Yellow Brick (2 g ex Magical Mist by High Chaparral) narrowly prevailed in a maiden over 1100 metres at Ipswich. Trained by Tony and Maddysen Sears, the two-year-old gelding, a $20,000 purchase for Tony Sears Racing and Paul Moroney Bloodstock at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast National Yearling Sale, beat the Natalie McCall-trained Invinovich (I Am Invincible) by a neck with a further two lengths back to Spooky Spirit (Spirit Of Boom). Out of the winning High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells) mare Magical Mist, Yellow Brick is a half-brother to 2020 Rough Habit Plate (Gr 3, 2200m) winner Ballistic Boy (Smart Missile) and to recent Port Adelaide Cup (Listed, 2500m) winner Splendiferous (Pride Of Dubai). A half-sister to Yellow Brick by Manhattan Rain will be sold as Lot 1189 at the upcoming Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale.

 

New Group / Grade 1 winners

Arrogate – Secret Oath (3 f ex Absinthe Minded by Quiet American) provided her Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song) with a first individual Grade 1 winner as she scored in taking fashion in the Kentucky Oaks (Gr 1, 9f) at Churchill Downs. Trained by D Wayne Lukas, the filly travelled smoothly throughout before being asked for an effort inside the final two furlongs, staying on well at the finish to come away readily and beat Nest (Curlin) by two lengths with a further half-length back to Desert Dawn (Cupid) in third. Secret Oath is the fourth foal out of the stakes winning Quiet American (Fappiano) mare Absinthe Minded and is half-sister to two winners in the US.

 

Choisir – Snapdancer (5 m ex Snapdragon by Galileo) provided the late Choisir (Danehill Dancer) with a 12th individual Group 1 winner when she came out on top in the Robert Sangster Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) at Morphettville. Leading home what was an impressive quinella for the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace stable, the five-year-old mare stayed on well inside the final furlong to beat Away Game (Snitzel) by a length and a half under Ethan Brown, his first Group 1 success, with a further one and a quarter lengths back to September Run (Exceed And Excel) in  third. Out of the Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) mare Snapdragon, Snapdancer is a half-sister to multiple winners including the Group 3-placed winner Drago (Danehill Dancer). A half-sister to the mare by The Mission (Choisir) will be sold as Lot 524 at the upcoming Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale. Choisir died in December last year.

 

Curlin – Already a multiple stakes winner, Obligatory (4 m ex Uno Duo by Macho Uno) added a first elite-level victory to her CV when she came form last to first to take out the Derby City Distaff Stakes (Gr 1, 7f) at Churchill Downs. In beating Four Graces (Majesticperfection) by three-quarters of a length, the Bill Mott-trained filly became the 18th individual elite-level winner for Curlin (Smart Strike). Favourite Just One Time (Not This Time) filled the places, finishing three and a quarter lengths behind the winner. A Kentucky homebred for Juddmonte, Obligatory is out of the stakes-winning Macho Uno (Holy Bull) mare Uno Duo. Curlin stands at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms for US$175,000 (approx. AU$247,245).

 

Distorted Humor – The application of blinkers for the first time helped Santin (4 c ex Sentiero Italia by Medaglia D’Oro) come out on top in a tussle for the Turf Classic (Gr 1, 9f) at Churchill Downs and in the process become the 19th individual elite-level winner for the pensioned Distorted Humor (Forty Niner). A Godolphin homebred out of the Medaglia D’Oro (El Prado) mare Sentiero Italia, Santin was winning for the third time in six starts, and first in stakes company, as she beat Mira Mission (Noble Mission) by a neck. There was a gap of six lengths back to Adhamo (Intello) in third. 

 

Keen Ice – Rich Strike (3 c ex Gold Strike by Smart Strike) became the first elite-level winner and just the second stakes winner overall for Calumet Farm resident Keen Ice (Curlin) when running out a shock winner of the Kentucky Derby (Gr 1, 10f) at Churchill Downs. Sent off the 80-1 outsider of the 20-runner field, the Eric Reed-trained colt turned the form book on its head when Sonny Leon, having his only ride on the card, brought him home three-quarters of a length clear of favourite Epicenter (Not This Time). Zandon (Upstart) finished a length and a half behind the winner in one of the biggest shocks in the race’s history. Rich Strike is one of eight foals out of the Graded stakes-winning Smart Strike (Mr. Prospector) mare Gold Strike, champion three-year-old filly in Canada in 2005. She has produced four winners, including Llanarmon (Sky Mesa), who landed the Natalma Stakes (Gr 2, 8f) at Woodbine on turf in 2013. Rich Strike is her most recent foal. Travers Stakes (Gr 1, 10f) winner Keen Ice stands for a fee of US$7,500 (approx. AU$10,600).

 

Lord Kanaloa – Danon Scorpion (3 c ex Lexie Lou by Sligo Bay) broke through at the elite level in the NHK Mile Cup (Gr 1, 1600m) at Tokyo to become the seventh individual Grade 1 winner for his sire Lord Kanaloa (King Kamehameha). Trained by Takayuki Yasuda and ridden by Yuga Kawada, he got the better of Matenro Orion (Daiwa Major) to win by a neck, while there was the same distance to Kawakita Reverie (Drefong) in third and the favourite Serifos (Daiwa Major) was fourth. Unbeaten on his first two starts at two, including the Hagi Stakes (Listed 1800m), Danon Scorpion ran third in the Asahi Hai Futurity (Gr 1, 1600m) in December. He was down the field on his return in February in the Tokinominoru Kinen (Gr 3, 1800m) but bounced back when dropped to a mile to take the Arlington Cup (Gr 3, 1600m) last month. He is out of the dual Graded Stakes winner and Hollywood Derby (Gr 1, 9f) runner-up Lexie Lou (Sligo Bay) and his sire, former Japanese Horse of the Year, Lord Kanaloa stands at Shadai Stallion Station for ¥15,000,000 (approx. AU$163,000).

 

Tapit – The Steve Asmussen-trained Pauline’s Pearl (4 f ex Hot Dixie Chick by Dixie Union) showed her battling qualities as she won the La Troienne Stakes (Gr 1, 8.5f) at Churchill Downs. Sent off as the 19-10 second favourite, Pauline’s Pearl tracked the pace in fourth throughout before being driven to get on top in the final 100 yards and beat odds-on favourite Shedaresthedevil (Daredevil) by half a length with a further two and three-quarter lengths back to Ava’s Grace (Laoban) in third. The fifth foal out of the Grade 1-winning Dixie Union (Dixieland Band) mare Hot Dixie Chick, herself a sister to Kentucky Derby (Gr 1, 10f) winner Always Dreaming (Bodemeister) and to Grade 2 winner Positive Spirit (Pioneerof The Nile), Pauline’s Pearl is a half-sister to two winners, notably the stakes winner Union Jackson (Curlin). The win provided Gainesway Farm stallion Tapit (Pulpit) with a 29th individual Grade 1 winner. He stands for a fee of US$185,000 (approx. AU$261,370).

 

New stakes winners

Australia – Tranquil Lady (3 f ex Repose by Quiet American) provided Australia (Galileo) with a 25th individual stakes winner when she posted an impressive success in the Blue Wind Stakes (Gr 3, 1m 2f) at Naas. Trained by Joseph O’Brien and ridden by Dylan Browne McMonagle, the three-year-old filly beat Lily Pond (Galileo) by four lengths with a further five and a half lengths back to Tosen Lydia (The Gurkha) in third. The third foal out of the unraced Quiet American (Fappiano) mare Repose, Tranquil Lady is a half-sister to the Cox Plate (Gr 1, 2040m) winner State Of Rest (Starspangledbanner). Australia stands at Coolmore for a fee of €35,000 (approx. AU$52,250).

 

Bodemeister – A return to turf saw Stolen Base (3 c ex Running Wild by Indian Charlie) get back to winning ways when the Mike Maker-trained colt took out the American Turf Stakes (Gr 2, 8.5f) at Churchill to make the breakthrough in stakes company after a number of near misses. The three-year-old beat Balnikhov (Adaay) by a length and a quarter to become the 25th individual stakes winner for Bodemeister (Empire Maker), with favourite Sy Dog (Slumber) another length away in third. Stolen Base is the fourth foal out of the winning Indian Charlie (In Excess) mare Running Wild, herself a daughter of Grade 3 winner Race Artist (Mr. Prospector) and a half- sister to the stakes winners Cherokee Artist (Cherokee Run) and Cherokee Girl (Cherokee Run). Running Wild has an unraced two-year-old filly named Racing and a yearling colt named Mad Dash, both by Candy Ride (Ride The Rails). Bodemeister stands at stud in Turkey for €12,500 (approx. AU$18,660).

 

Curlin  – Curlin edged closer to his century of individual stakes winner when Cody’s Wish (4 c ex Dance Card by Tapit) ran out an easy winner of the Westchester Stakes (Gr 3, 8f) at Belmont Park. The Bill Mott-trained four-year-old justified his position at the head of the market by beating Sound Money (Flatter) by five lengths to become stakes winner number 89 for Curlin. Zoomer (Curlin) was another six and a half lengths adrift in a well stretched out field. Cody’s Wish is the fourth foal and first stakes winner out of the Tapit (Pulpit) mare Dance Card, herself a winner of the 2012 Gazelle Stakes (Gr 1, 9f). She is also the dam of multiple Graded stakes-placed colt Endorsed (Medaglia D’Oro). Her latest foal is a yearling colt by Into Mischief (Harlan’s Holiday).

 

Dissident – The Lisa Latta-trained Diss Is Dramatic (2 f ex Our Drahma Queen by Darci Brahma) scored a career-best victory at Riccarton when winning the Berkley Stud Champagne Stakes (Listed, 1200m). Ridden by Tina Comignaghi, the two-year-old filly managed to get the better of a good duel with the runner-up Redmond (Ghibellines) to win by three-quarters of a length with a further neck back to Cheveux (Belardo) in third. “Diss Is Dramatic had been a little unlucky last time as she got squeezed out of a gap when she was starting to make her run,” Latta said. “Tina rode her perfectly as she kept her in the clear and when she asked her to extend, she really showed some fight to get away on them near the finish.” Out of the winning Darci Brahma (Danehill) mare Our Drahma Queen, Diss Is Dramatic is a half-sister to Randwick winner Cap Estel (Zoustar). The win provided Riverdene Stud stallion Dissident with a third individual stakes winner. The Group 1-winning son of Sebring (More Than Ready) will stand the 2022 breeding season for $6,600 (inc. GST).

 

Dubawi – Rogue Millennium (3 f ex Hawaafez by Nayef) caused a minor upset in the Oaks Trial Fillies’ Stakes (Listed, 1m 3.5f) at Lingfield when she provided Darley stallion Dubawi (Dubai Millenium) with a 228th individual stakes winner. Trained by Tom Clover, the three-year-old filly stayed on strongly to just get up on the line, beating Mystic Wells (Kitten’s Joy) by a head with a further two lengths back to Makinmedoit (Golden Horn) in third. The fifth foal out of the Group 3-winning Nayef (Gulch) mare Hawaafez, Rogue Millennium is a sister to useful winner Khatm. Dubawi stands at Dalham Hall Stud for a fee of £250,000 (approx. AU$435,840).

 

Frankel – Stepped up in trip, Onesto (3 f ex Onshore by Sea The Stars) claimed her first Group success and became the 93rd individual stakes winner for her sire Frankel (Galileo) when taking out the Prix Greffulhe (Gr 2, 2100m) at Saint-Cloud. The Fabrice Chappet-trained three-year-old was an impressive two-and-a-half-length winner, beating Juddmonte’s previous Group winner Agave (Dubawi), while the British raider Sir Bob Parker (Siyouni) was a close third. Stepped up in trip, Onesto was a debut winner last September over 1600 metres at Chantilly and was second on her only other start as a juvenile, leaving her with a record of two wins from four starts. She was bred in Ireland by Diamond Creek Farm and was a 185,000gns Tattersalls Book 1 yearling and US$535,000 Ocala breezer to Hubert Guy. She is out of the unraced Onshore (Sea The Stars) and is therefore inbred three by three to the great Urban Sea (Miswaki). Onshore is a three-part sister to Group 3 winner and Caulfield Cup (Gr 1, 2400m) fourth Jet Away (Cape Cross), while her second dam is a sister to Hasili (Kahyasi). World Champion Frankel stands at Banstead Manor Stud for a fee of £200,000 (approx. AU$350,000).

 

Galileo – Nearly a year has passed since Galileo’s (Sadler’s Wells) death but – as in life – Coolmore’s sire phenomenon is still breaking records. That trend came to fruition yet again when he surpassed the great Danehill’s (Danzig) 347 individual stakes winners this week by siring six individual stakes winners. Thoughts Of June (3 f ex Discreet Marq by Discreet Cat) provided him with his 348th individual stakes winner when she held on well in the Cheshire Oaks (Listed, 1m 3.5f) at Chester. Trained by Aidan O’Brien, who was winning the race for a record seventh time, and ridden by Ryan Moore, the grey Galileo filly is the third foal out of the Grade 1-winning Discreet Cat (Forestry) mare Discreet Marq, Thoughts Of June, who carries the colours of her breeders Moyglare Stud, is a sister to the winner Florence Camille. Changingoftheguard (3 c ex Lady Lara by Excellent Art) gave the sire his 349th winner when he ran out an impressive winner of the Chester Vase Stakes (Gr 3, 1m 4.5f). The colt is the third foal out of the Grade 2-winning Excellent Art (Pivotal) mare Lady Lara, who herself is out of a winning sister to the Listed winner Edinburgh Knight (Selkirk) and half-sister to Listed winner Nightbird (Night Shift). Aidan O’Brien, Ryan Moore and Galileo combined once again for the sires’ 350th stakes winner as Star Of India (3 c ex Shermeen by Desert Style) won the Dee Stakes (Listed, 1m 2.5f) in good style. The eighth foal out of stakes-winning Desert Style (Green Desert) mare Shermeen, Star Of India is a brother to the Group-placed winner Roman Empire and a half-brother to four winners including Group 1 scorer Sudirman (Henrythenavigator) and useful winner Mount Fuji (Dark Angel). United Nations (3 c ex Christmas Kid by Lemon Drop Kid) brought up winner number 351 when he won the Lingfield Derby Trial (Listed, 1m 3.5f). Bred by Coolmore, United Nations is the seventh foal out of the US Grade 1 winner Christmas Kid (Lemon Drop Kid) making him a brother to the Listed winners Christmas and Black Sea.

Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore teamed up once again to take out the Cornelscourt Stakes (Listed, 1m) at Leopardstown with History (3 f ex Prize Exhibit by Showcasing), providing Galileo with his 352nd individual stakes winner. Bred by Barronstown Stud, she was purchased by Coolmore at Tattersalls Book 1 for 2,800,000gns. She is out of Group 2 winner Prize Exhibit (Showcasing), who was third in the Del Mar Oaks (Gr 1, 9f) and is a sister to the Champion Miler and sire Mohaather. Stone Age (3 c Galileo – Bonanza Creek by Anabaa) confirmed his good form from the end of last season when he was second in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud (Gr 1, 2000m) and his nine-length maiden win at Navan in March with his first stakes victory in the Derby Trial Stakes (Gr 3, 1m 2f) at Leopardstown and is set on a path to the Epsom Derby. He quickly became the 353rd individual stakes winner for his sire Galileo. Trained by Aidan O’Brien, and ridden by Ryan Moore, Stone Age is out of the winning Anabaa (Danzig) mare Bonanza Creek, who is a sister to Group winner Board Meeting and a half-sister to French Champion three-year-old Bright Sky (Wolf Hound).

 

Ghibellines – Live Drama (5 m ex Sheeza Drama by Pure Theatre) provided White Robe Lodge stallion Ghibellines (Shamardal) with a sixth individual stakes winner when scoring in the Great Easter Handicap (Listed, 1400m) at Riccarton. In what was a 1-2 for local trainer Lance Robinson, the five-year-old mare was ridden by Kavish Chowdhoory and beat stablemate Khimar War (Sweet Orange) by a length and three-quarters with a further neck back to Scarfi (Makfi) in third. “I really thought both horses were very big chances although I did lean a little towards Live Drama as I think she may just have a touch more class than Khimar War,” Robinson said. “In the end she really showed her class after a top ride by Kavish. He took the initiative to track up along the fence when they were all going wide and when she got to the front, she ran away. I was trying to watch them both but ended up on Khimar War to see if he could get second as I knew she had it won with 200 metres to run. It is just a fantastic result for us and very satisfying.” Out of the Pure Theatre (Nureyev) mare Sheeza Drama, Live Drama is a sister to debut Riccarton winner No Drama and half-sister to winner Says Me (Rothesay). Ghibellines will stand the upcoming breeding season for $5,000 (plus GST).

 

Guiliani – German Group 1 winner Guiliani (Tertullian) doubled his tally of stakes winners when his daughter Mountaha (3 f ex Montfleur by Sadler’s Wells) struck in the Schwarzgold-Rennen (Gr 3, 1600m) at Cologne. The Markus Klug-trained three-year-old was winning for the second time in her three starts to date as she beat Chaussons Roses (New Approach) and La Estrellita (Churchill).

 

Headwater – Aitch Two Oh (2 f ex Very Dogmatic by Swiss Ace) provided Headwater (Exceed And Excel) with a fifth individual stakes winner when scoring a narrow success in the Without Fear Stakes (Listed, 1050m) at Morphettville. The Richard and Chantelle Jolly-trained two-year-old filly battled bravely to hold off the late challenge of Winning Revolution (Winning Rupert) and score by a head with a further length back to Prairie Flower (Star Turn) in third. The victory took her record to three wins from four starts, with the only blemish on her record coming when a solid second to stablemate See You in Haven (Divine Prophet) in the Dequetteville Stakes (Listed, 1050m) on her previous outing. “It’s great to win these races with fillies; it puts value on them,” Richard Jolly said. “That was her race today. She didn’t know how to put that filly inside of her away. She got the better of her, but it was a nail biter.” Bred by Gerry Harvey, Aitch Two Oh was a $65,000 purchase by her trainers from the Baramul Stud draft at last year’s Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale. She is the first runner for the winning Swiss Ace (Secret Savings) mare Very Dogmatic, a sister to the Group 3 winner Mywayorthehighway. Vinery Stud stallion Headwater will stand the 2022 breeding season for $16,500 (inc. GST).

 

Holy Roman Emperor – L’Imperator (5 g ex La Joie by Montjeu) relished the testing conditions on the Belmont turf on to strike in the Fort Marcy Stakes (Gr 2, 9f) and in the process become the 94th individual stakes winner for Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill). Trained by Chad Brown, the five-year-old beat stablemate Scared Life (Siyouni) by three and a quarter lengths, Glynn County (Kitten’s Joy) finishing another half a length away in third. L’Imperator is the fifth of seven foals out of the Montjeu (Sadler’s Wells) mare La Joie and her first Graded stakes winner. Her most recent foal is a two-year-old filly by Al Wukair (Dream Ahead). Former shuttler Holy Roman Emperor now resides permanently at Coolmore’s Castlehyde Stud in Ireland for a fee of €10,000 (approx. AU$14,930). 

 

I Am Invincible – Yarraman Park Stud stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) scored a feature-race double to take his tally of individual stakes winners to 77. Nettuno (2 c ex Saint Minerva by Galileo) improved his record to three wins from three starts as he held on well in the Ken Russell Memorial Classic (Gr 3, 1200m) at the Gold Coast. Trained by Tony Gollan and ridden by Ryan Moloney, the two-year-old colt went off the 5-4 favourite for the contest and scored by a head over Midnight In Tokyo (Kobayashi) with a further length back to Sheeza Belter (Gold Standard) in third. Later on in the day, the stallion brought up the double when Blondeau (4 g ex Bit Of Cheek by More Than Ready) won the Takeover Target Stakes (Listed, 1200m) at Gosford for champion trainer Chris Waller. The four-year-old gelding was another narrow winner, scoring by a head over Gospodin (Proisir) with a further one and three-quarter lengths back to Majestic Shot (Shooting To Win) in third. A $360,000 purchase at the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Blondeau is a half-brother to recent Nowra scorer Mr Cheeky (Medaglia D’Oro). Blondeau is out of the winning More Than Ready (Southern Halo) mare Bit Of Cheek, a sister to the multiple winning gelding Roguish. I Am Invincible will stand for $247,500 (inc. GST) for the upcoming breeding season. 

 

I’ll Have Another – Win Marvel (3 c ex Cosmo Marvelous by Fuji Kiseki) claimed his first black type success for Masashi Fukayama when taking out the Tachibana Stakes (Listed, 1400m) and became the fourth individual stakes winner for his sire I’ll Have Another (Flower Alley). Ridden by Ryuji Wada, he was a decisive length-and-three-quarter winner of the contest over Jasper Krone (Frosted) and Lithos (Silver State) was a further three-quarters of a length back in third with the favourite Keiai Omega (Big Arthur) finishing in a disappointing seventh of the ten runners. Win Marvel won two of his eight starts as a juvenile and was placed four times. He returned to run down the field in the Chunichi Sports Sho Falcon Stakes (Gr 3, 1400m) last month and this was his second outing in stakes company. He is a brother to Grade 3-placed Win Gerbera, out of the multiple stakes winner Cosmo Marvelous (Fuji Kiseki). His Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes-winning sire I’ll Have Another stands at Ocean Breeze Ranch where his fee is US$10,000 (approx. AU$14,300).

 

Kizuna – Ask Wild More (3 c ex La Seleccion by Zeno Rob Roy) provided Kizuna (Deep Impact) with a 17th individual stakes winner when notching a first stakes success in the Kyoto Shimbun Hai (Gr 2, 2200m) at Chukyo. Trained by Hideaki Fujiwara, the three-year-old colt ran out a half-length winner over Verona City (Epiphaneia) with a further one and a quarter lengths back to Boldog Hos (Screen Hero) in third. Ask Wild More is the first foal out of Zeno Rob Roy (Sunday Silence) mare La Seleccion, a sister to Group 2 winner Pelusa. Kizuna stands at Shadai Stallion Station for a fee of ¥12,000,000 (approx. AU$130,100).

 

Kitten’s Joy – New Year’s Eve (3 f ex Awesome Rafaela by Elusive Quality) provided Kitten’s Joy (El Prado) with a 110th individual stakes winner when she scored in the Edgewood Stakes (Gr 2, 8.5f) at Churchill Downs. Trained by Brendan Walsh and ridden by Luis Saez, New Year’s Eve ran out a comfortable two and three-quarter lengths winner over Mckulick (Frankel) with a further four and a half lengths back to Dolce Zel (Zelzal) in third. The third foal out of the winning Elusive Quality (Gone West) mare Awesome Rafaela, herself a half-sister to Brazilian Oaks (Gr 1, 2200m) winner Viva Rafaela (Know Heights), New Year’s Eve is a half-sister to a winner in Brazil. Kitten’s Joy stands at Hill ‘N Dale Farms for US$50,000 (approx. AU$70,600). 

 

Kodiac – The Jerome Reynier-trained Pennine Hills (3 f ex Milana by Mark Of Esteem) made a winning stable debut when she landed the Prix des Lilas (Listed, 1600m) at Chantilly, providing Tally Ho Stud stallion Kodiac (Danehill) with a 78th individual stakes success. Making her first start since transferring from Joseph O’Brien’s stable, the three-year-old filly held on by half a length from Ataared (Muhaarar), with Anterselva (Fast Company) a further short-head back in third place. The eighth foal out of the winning Mark Of Esteem (Darshaan) mare Milana, Pennine Hills is a sister to Group 3 winner Grizzel and a half-sister to three winners including Beautiful Destiny (Haatef) and Trovatore (Fulbright). Kodiac stands for €65,000 (approx. AU$96,400).

 

Maxios – Yaxeni (5 m ex Kithonia by Sadler’s Wells) provided her sire Maxios (Monsun) with an 11th individual stakes winner when she stayed on well to win the Vintage Tipple Stakes (Listed, 1m 6f) at Gowran Park. Trained by Ger Lyons and ridden by Irish Champion jockey Colin Keane, the five-year-old mare made all to score a length and a quarter victory over Pita Pinta (Sir Percy) with a further length and three-quarters back to Mighty Blue (Authorized) in third. The fourth foal out of the winning Sadler’s Wells (Northern Dancer) mare Kithonia, herself out of a winning half-sister to Prix Du Jockey Club (Gr 1, 2400m) winner Hernando (Niniski) and Group 1 winner Johann Quatz (Sadler’s Wells), Yaxeni is a half-sister to winner Embrace The Moment (Le Havre).

 

Myboycharlie – Witchachar Star (6 g ex Witchuponastar by Galileo) provided former Vinery Stud and Bowness Stud stallion Myboycharlie (Danetime) with a 27th individual stakes winner when he scored in the Warrnambool Cup (Listed, 2350m). Trained by Chris Hyland and ridden by Beau Mertens, the six-year-old gelding stayed on well over the 2350-metre distance on the Heavy 10-rated track to beat Nerve Not Verve (Shocking) by one and a quarter lengths with a further six lengths back to Constantinople (Galileo) in third. “He has just kept improving. We aimed low to get his confidence up, but he has exceeded our expectations,” Hyland said. “His first win at Sandown, he smoked up too early like that, but he was travelling much better than anything. When that horse (Nerve Not Verve) came at him in the straight, I was a bit worried, but I think when you watch the replay, he had them covered, and I was worried about nothing. I leave it to Beau every time, and he has done a fantastic job.” Witchachar Star is the best of two winners from as many to race out of the Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) mare Witchuponastar, who herself is a half-sister to Listed winner Spinnawitch (Country Reel). Myboycharlie now stands at TJK Karacabey Boarding Stud in Turkey.

 

Night Of Thunder – The David Loughnane-trained Lola Showgirl (5 m ex Exempt by Exceed And Excel) put in a determined performance to win the Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes (Gr 3, 7f) at Lingfield. Ridden by Tom Marquand, the five-year-old mare made virtually all against the rail and stuck on gamely to repel the challenge of Pearl Glory (Cotai Glory) by three-quarters of a length with a further two and a half lengths back to Thunder Beauty (Night Of Thunder) in third. The third foal out of the Exceed And Excel mare Exempt, Lola Showgirl is a half-sister to winners Guvenor’s Choice (Intikhab) and Call Him Al (Alhebayeb). The win also provided Darley stallion Night Of Thunder (Dubawi) with a 28th individual stakes winner. He stands at Kildangan Stud for a fee of €75,000 (approx. AU$112,000).

 

Pierro – Lord Cosmos (2 g ex Cosmic Powers by Not A Single Doubt) provided Coolmore stallion Pierro (Lonhro) with a 29th individual stakes winner when successful in the Waikato Equine Veterinary Centre Stakes (Listed, 1200m) at Te Rapa. Trained by Mark Walker for Te Akau Racing, the two-year-old gelding ran out a half-length winner over Mazzolino (Savabeel) with a further two and a quarter lengths back to Westwood (Charm Spirit) in third. “He is a horse we have a lot of time for and he has just needed a little time to mature,” Walker said. “I thought the Te Rapa track was superbly presented today as it was fair for all horses and he was able to run his race from the back and be too good over the closing stages. He is a horse who is going to keep getting better with age as he is a real athlete and just needs to strengthen even further.” Lord Cosmos is the only foal out of the winning Not A Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice) mare Cosmic Powers. Pierro will stand for a fee of $99,000 (inc. GST) for the upcoming breeding season. 

 

Pride Of Dubai – The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Splendiferous (4 m ex Magical Mist by High Chaparral) ran out an easy winner of the Port Adelaide Cup (Listed, 2500m) at Morphettville, providing Pride Of Dubai (Street Cry) with a 14th individual stakes winner. Ridden by Craig Williams, the first of a stakes-race double for the jockey, the four-year-old mare kicked clear at the top of the straight, winning by just short of five lengths over Designs (Vancouver) with a further three lengths back to Does It (Pins) in third. A $100,000 purchase at the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Splendiferous is out of the winning High Chaparral mare Magical Mist and is a half-sister to Group 3 winner Ballistic Boy. Coolmore stallion Pride Of Dubai will stand the upcoming breeding season at a fee of $16,500 (inc. GST).

 

Rocker – Soxagon (6 g ex Strike On Goal by Van Nistelrooy) provided Rocker (Fastnet Rock) with a first stakes winner when he scored a decisive success in the Australian Turf Club Trophy (Listed, 1200m) at the Gold Coast. Trained by Mark Currie, the six-year-old gelding beat Last Chance (Last Tycoon) by three lengths with a further three and three-quarter lengths back to Salateen (I Am Invincible) in third. Out of the winning Van Nistelrooy (Storm Cat) mare Strike On Goal, Soxagon is a brother to Toowoomba winner Danniwillbreezonby and half-brother to winner Towel Token (Raheeb).

 

Scissor Kick – The Gary Duncan-trained Dzsenifer (4 m ex Phaedra by Hussonet) scored a first stakes success in the Silk Stocking (Listed, 1400m) at the Gold Coast, providing Scissor Kick (Redoute’s Choice) with a first individual stakes winner. The four-year-old mare ran out a half-length victor over the Chris Waller-trained April Rain (Pierro) with just a short-head further back to Cafe Royal (Snitzel) in third. A $32,000 purchase for her trainer out of Book 2 at the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Dzsenifer is out of the Hussonet (Mr Prospector) mare Phaedra and is a half-sister to Hong Kong winner Invincible Missile (Smart Missile) and Wyong maiden winner Spartan (Olympic Glory). Scissor Kick stood the 2021 breeding season at Haras D’Etreham for €5,000 (approx. AU$7,460).

 

Sebring – Dynasties (3 f ex Empress Rock by Fastnet Rock) provided Sebring (More Than Ready) with a 75th individual stakes winner when she landed the Gold Coast Bracelet (Listed, 1800m). The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained filly was ridden by James McDonald, the first of a stakes race double for the jockey, and beat the well-fancied favourite Gypsy Goddess (Tarzino) by half a length, with the pair pulling a further length clear of the third-placed Smirk (Preferment). A homebred for John Camilleri’s Fairway Thoroughbreds, Dynasties is the second winner from as many to race out of the Kewney Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) and Moonee Valley Classic (Gr 2, 1600m) winner Empress Rock (Fastnet Rock).

 

Siyouni – Al Hakeem (3 c ex Jadhaba by Galileo) provided Siyouni (Pivotal) with his 61st individual stakes winner when he ran out an easy winner of the Prix de Suresnes (Listed, 2000m) at Chantilly. Trained by Jean-Claude Rouget, the three-year-old colt beat Yoozuna (Kizuna) by four lengths with a further half-length back to Mirsky (Siyouni) in third. The second foal out of the Group-placed winning Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) mare Jadhaba, Al Hakeem is a half-brother to the useful winner Dahiya (Invincible Spirit). Aga Khan stallion Siyouni stands at Haras De Bonneval for €140,000 (approx. AU$207,640). Siyouni (Pivotal) also sired his 62nd individual stakes winner when his daughter Coeur Macen (5 m ex Decision by Kentucky Dynamite) justified her position at the head of the market for the Prix Bedel (Listed, 2400m) at Lyon Parilly. The Jean-Paul Gauvin-trained five-year-old was winning for the sixth time in 22 starts as she beat Opasan (French Navy) by half a length. Narcos (Anodin) was another head away in third. Siyouni stands at Haras de Bonneval for a fee of €140,000 (approx. AU$209,0000). 

 

Territories – Aldaary (4 g ex Broughtons Revival by Pivotal) made a successful step up to stakes company when coming home a comfortable winner of the Spring Trophy Stakes (Listed, 7f) at Haydock. Trained by William Haggas and ridden by Shadwell’s first jockey Jim Crowley, the four-year-old gelding tracked the pace before being asked for an effort two furlongs from home, leading inside the final furlong and needing to be merely pushed out to beat Bounce The Blues (Excelebration) by three and a half lengths with a further length and a quarter back to Misty Grey (Dark Angel) in third. The seventh foal out of the winning Pivotal (Polar Falcon) mare Broughtons Revival, Aldaary is a half-brother to five winners including Group 3 winner Easy Road (Compton Place), useful winner Walk With An Angel (Myboycharlie) and Show Me Again (Showcasing). The win provided Territories (Invincible Spirit) with a third individual stakes winner. He stands at Dalham Hall Stud for £10,000 (approx. AU$17,430).

 

Your Song – Frankie Pinot (5 g ex My Last Fling by Sebring) provided Your Song with his fifth individual stakes winner when he coped well with muddy conditions to score in the Wangoom Handicap at Warrnambool. The Tony and Calvin McEvoy-trained five-year-old stayed on well inside the final 100 metres to hold off Inn Keeper (Host) by half a length with a further neck back to Showmanship (Showcasing) in third, in the process providing apprentice Madison Lloyd with a first stakes winner. “I honestly can’t believe it. I can’t thank the connections and Tony and Calvin enough,” Lloyd told Racing.com. “This horse means a lot to me. I’ve had three wins and two seconds on him now. He’s a special horse for me. I could hear the crowd roaring halfway down the straight. It was great.” Frankie Pinot is the first foal out of winning Sebring (More Than Ready) mare My Last Fling, who has a yearling Written By (Written Tycoon) filly and a weanling All Too Hard (Casino Prince) colt. She was covered by Doubtland (Not A Single Doubt) last spring.