12 for Caravaggio
New first season sire winners
Aswan (2 c ex Spring Garden by Fastnet Rock) found plenty late in the day to take the Goodwood Racecourse Patrons Nursery Handicap (7f) on Thursday. The Simon and Ed Crisford-trained first foal by Fastnet Rock (Danehill) mare Spring Garden travelled well into the race on the outside of the main pack, moving into the lead just before the final furlong pole before quickening nicely against the rail to assure the race was his. A late charge on the outside from Blue Collar Lad (Ardad) and Bastogne (Holy Roman Emperor) was not enough to deny victory for the James Doyle-ridden colt and he dug in to take the contest by half a length. The win marked a 12th individual winner for two-time Group 1 scorer Caravaggio (Scat Daddy), who shuttled to Australia for one season in 2018. Aswan is owned by Shaikh Duaij Al Khalifa and bred by Barronstown Stud. The colt was sold to Stroud Coleman Bloodstock for £100,000 at the Goffs Orby Yearlings Sale. On Sunday, Caravaggio sired his 13th first-crop winner when Silver Lining (2 f ex Full Of Beauty by Motivator) got off the mark in the Prix Etalon Birchwood at Clairefontaine.Caravaggio stood at Ashford Stud, Kentucky for a fee of US$25,000 (approx. AU$33,000) in 2021.
Coolmore’s Churchill (Galileo) has streaked his way to a double-figure number of winners from his first crop, adding a tenth courtesy of the Aga Khan-bred and raced filly Vadeni (2 c ex Vaderana by Monsun) who won the 1400-metre maiden race at La Teste De Buche last Monday. A half-brother to the stakes-placed Vadiyann (Footstepsinthesand) and Vadsena (Makfi), the colt is the fifth winner out of Vaderana (Monsun), a half-sister to stakes winners Vadamar (Dalakhani), The Pentagon (Galileo) and Vedouma (Dalakhani). Churchill returns to Jerrys Plains this season where he will stand for a fee of $22,000.
Dynamic Jewel (2 f ex Anniversary Jewel by Danroad) took her sire Sooboog (Snitzel) into double figures of winners for his first crop when the John Zielke-trained filly won the 850-metre two-year-old maiden at Wondai on Saturday. The Kitchwin Hills-based Group 3 winner is one of six stallions to reach ten or more winners from their first crop and he will stand for a fee of $13,200.
Star Turn (Star Witness) ended an outstanding season with his first crop with another winner, taking his tally to 20 for the season, 19 in Australia, and to within one of Capitalist (Written Tycoon) after Turning (2 g ex Miskish by Fastnet Rock) claimed a first victory in the 2YO Maiden Handicap (1000m) at Muswellbrook on Saturday. The Kim Waugh-trained juvenile, who was a $70,000 purchase for his trainer from the Fairview Park Stud draft from the 2020 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, defeated Nadaraja (Redoute’s Choice) by two and a quarter lengths on his second career start, in what was a well strung-out field. He is the fifth foal, all winners, out of Fastnet Rock (Danehill) mare Miskish, who has a Written By (Written Tycoon) yearling filly having not been served in 2019, while she missed last year. Star Turn stands for $16,500 (inc GST) at Vinery Stud this covering season.
Newgate’s Winning Rupert (Written Tycoon) recorded his 12th first-crop winner when Oblivion (2 g ex Mossbeat by Mossman) bolted in by two and three-quarter lengths in the opening two-and three-year-old Maiden Handicap (1000m) at Taree on Tuesday. The John Sprague-trained juvenile was sent off the $1.70 favourite after a runner-up effort over the same course and distance last start. He defeated Belleofthehunter (Denman), with Robarge (Highly Recommended) a length further back in third, in what was a strung-out field. Oblivion was a $280,000 purchase as a yearling, but recently sold through the Inglis Digital platform in March, selling to Sprague for $22,000. Winning Rupert will stand at Newgate this year for a fee of $11,000 (inc GST).
Clear Mountain View Stud stallion Worthy Cause (Choisir) sired a flurry of late-season first crop winners, with Star Twinkle (2 f ex Green Poles by Jade Robbery) bringing up a fifth individual winner at Toowoomba on Saturday. Having sired his first winner in November, Worthy Cause added a second through Hinged in January, however since June he has sired three further winners to take his tally to five after the Michael Nolan-trained filly won the 1210-metre maiden. Hinged has since added four further victories to take her record to five wins from seven starts, while she carries the same colours as Saturday’s scorer, having been bred and owned by Dr Kim McCasker. Worthy Cause, who produced 34 first-crop foals, covered 28 mares last year at a fee of $5,500 (inc GST), a figure at which he remains for 2021.
New Group/Grade 1 winners
Duke Of Marmalade
Duke Of Marmalade sired a seventh individual elite-level winner when his daughter Rain In Holland (2 f ex Imvula by Aqlaam) won the Thekwini Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) at Greyville on Saturday. Beaten only once, when second on debut, in five previous starts, Rain Holland justified favouritism to beat Kailene (Jackson) by a nose, with Supreme Quest (Querari) third, a head further back. Duke Of Marmalade stands a Drakenstein Stud for a fee of ZAR$100,000 (approx AUR$9,350).
Lady Bowthorpe (5 m ex Maglietta Fina by Verglas) earned a well-deserved first top-flight victory in the Nassau Stakes (Gr 1, 1m 1f 197y) at Goodwood on Thursday, providing Nathaniel (Galileo) with his fourth individual Group 1 winner. The William Jarvis-trained five-year-old, who rose through the handicap ranks at three, had little go her way last time when fourth in the Falmouth Stakes (Gr 1, 1m) but enjoyed a clear run on this occasion as she quickened past the front rank and extended a length and a half clear of runner-up Zeyaadah (Tamayuz), with Prix de Diane (Gr 1, 2100m) heroine Joan Of Arc (Galileo) a further half-length behind in third. It was also the first Group 1 win for jockey Kieran Shoemark. “She’s a really special filly and I feel lucky to be a part of her,” the rider said. “The question mark was the ten furlongs but in all her previous races her last furlong has been her best furlong. The last day or so I’d been imagining crossing the line in front but I suppose it’ll sink in later.” James Toller purchased the mare for 82,000gns out of Book 2 at the 2017 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, when offered by John Troy as agent. Lady Bowthorpe is out of Maglietta Fina (Verglas) – a winner in Britain and Italy and a half-sister to the Group 2 winner and Group 1-placed Tullius (Le Vie Dei Colori) – making her a half-sister to the Group 2 winner Speak In Colours (Excelebration). Nathaniel stands at Newsells Park Stud at a 2021 fee of £15,000 (approx. AU$28,300).
Pearl Of Asia (4 g ex Asiatic Pearl by Tiger Ridge) landed a shock 40-1 success in the Mercury Sprint (Gr 1, 1200m) at Greyville on Saturday to record a second individual Grade 1 winner for Pathfork (Distorted Humor). The four-year-old defeated Al Sakeet (Var) by a neck with Mk’s Pride (Willow Magic) third. Sixth in the Post Merchants Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) and tenth in the Golden Horse Sprint (Gr 1, 1200m) this year, Pearl Of Asia recorded a first stakes success, becoming the 11th stakes winner for Pathfork, who stands at Ridgemont Highlands in South Africa.
Trueshan (5 g ex Shao Line by General Holme) provided his sire Planteur (Danehill Dancer) with his first ever Group 1 winner as a stallion on Tuesday when he stormed away with the Goodwood Cup (Gr 1, 2m). With the late withdrawals of both his main rivals Stradivarius (Sea The Stars) and Spanish Mission (Noble Mission), it looked pre-race that it was Trueshan’s to lose. Despite pulling hard in the early stages, Alan King’s charge settled going into the second half of the race and duly took it up with just over two furlongs to go, pulling clear inside the final furlong to stamp his claims as a new force in the staying division. Just under four lengths back in second was Away He Goes (Farhh) and then an extra length-and-a-half back to Sir Ron Priestley (Australia). Although Planteur had plenty of Group success in his own racing career, winning the Prix Ganay (Gr 1, 2500m), Trueshan represents his first ever Group winner as a sire when he easily took the Long Distance Cup (Gr 2, 2m) at Ascot in October last year and he has gone on to improve ever since. The gelding was bred by Didier Blot and was first sold to buyer Pegasus for €8,000 at the Osarus September Yearlings sale, before then going on to be re-sold to Highflyer Bloodstock and Alan King for €31,000 at the Tattersall’s Guineas Breeze-Up Sale. Planteur stood for a fee of €3,000 (approx. AU$4,800) at Chapel Stud in 2021.
Lexitonian (5 h ex Riviera Romper by Tapit) provided Speightstown (Gone West) with his 22nd individual elite-level winner as a sire when taking the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (Gr 1, 6f) on Saturday. A slightly surprising winner at odds of 34-1, the Jack Sisterson-trained entire was hustled away from the stalls to show early speed and lead in the opening quarter-mile, before being headed by the eventual runner-up Special Reserve (Midshipman) and rallying to take the race by half a length, with a further length-and-a-quarter back to Whitmore (Pleasantly Perfect) in third. Jockey Joel Lezcano said of his mount: “This horse is a very good horse. He tries hard all the time. He’s the type of horse that needs to be involved, and sometimes he doesn’t break all that well and has to stay in the back. He broke well today. Joel tried to get away from me, but when I dropped my hands, he took off again and won the race.” A first foal out of Riviera Romper (Tapit), Lexitonian was bred and is owned by Calumet Farm. Speightstown stood at WinStar Farm, Kentucky for US$90,000 (approx. AU$122,000) in 2021.
Good Traveller (2 g ex Skylar Lane by Western Winter) struck for success in the Premiers Champion Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) at Greyville on Saturday. The juvenile winner of the Godolphin Barb Stakes (Gr 3, 1100 metres) in May, stepped up to a mile to defeat Honokalani (Vercingetorix) by a length and a quarter, with William Robertson (Rafeef) third, a further nose in arrears. The result brought up a second elite-level winner for US Grade 1 winner Visionaire (Grand Slam), who stands at Summerhill Stud in South Africa.
New stakes winners
The John Servis-trained Leader Of The Band (3 f ex Catsuit by Sir Cat) made it three individual stakes winners for sire Bandbox (Tapit) when he took the Monmouth Oaks (Gr 3, 8.5f) at Monmouth Park on Saturday. The three-year-old filly staged a prolonged rally from mid-pack, coming home strong to beat the short-priced favourite Edie Meeny Mino Mo (Upstart) by two lengths with Midnight Obsession (Overanalyze) a further length-and-a-half back in third. Jockey Frankie Pennington rode the horse to victory and said: “Today she made a great run late. When the pace was up ahead of me, she felt pretty good and I was sitting there and every time I nudged her she was giving me something so I felt pretty comfortable coming out of the three-eighths turn. She clipped heels a little bit after the break and I was a little further back than I wanted to be but she is such a nice horse, she kept chugging and she got the job done.” The third foal out of Catsuit (Sir Cat), Leader Of The Band was bred and is owned by SMD Ltd. Bandbox stood at Northview Stallion Station, Maryland for US$2,500 (approx. AU$3,500) in 2021.
The Godolphin home-bred Passion And Glory (5 g ex Potent Embrace by Street Cry) took out his first ever stakes race at Goodwood on Friday when he won the Glorious Stakes (Gr 3, 1m4f) in determined fashion. A first foal of Potent Embrace (Street Cry), Passion And Glory took advantage of the early slow gallop to lead in the early stages. Jockey Oisin Murphy settled his mount and set moderate fractions for the most part before quickening with two furlongs to go. A late charge on the outside from the eventual runner-up Euchen Glen (Authorized) was not enough to stop the gelding claiming the victory, and successfully taking the step up from handicap company, with the Sea The Stars (Cape Cross) gelding Fox Tal arguably a little unlucky back in third. “When I spoke to Oisin before the race he filled me with confidence that he was going to run well. He’s a big strong horse and handles the ground well. Now we’ll take him to Germany for a Group 1 at Baden Baden and go from there. From now on we will look for Group 1 races, I’ll speak to Sheikh Mohammed but the horse is good enough to run in those races. He likes easy ground,” trainer Saeed Bin Suroor said of his mount. His win marked the 122nd individual stakes winner for the late sire Cape Cross (Green Desert). Passion And Glory is owned and bred by Godolphin.
Angel Bleu (2 c ex Cercle De La Vie by Galileo), a nephew to Swettenham Stud shuttler Highland Reel (Galileo), dug in deep to give Dark Angel (Galileo) a 74th individual black-type winner in the Vintage Stakes (Gr 2, 7f) at Goodwood on Tuesday. A well-backed horse throughout the day, Angel Blue quickened smartly to lead before the furlong pole and dug deep to fend off the late challenge from Berkshire Shadow (Dark Angel), with Austrian Theory (Awtaad) back in third. His career record now stands at three wins from six starts having backed up three days after finishing second in the Pat Eddery Stakes (Listed, 7f) at Ascot. The winner was trained by Ralph Beckett and ridden by Frankie Dettori for owner Marc Chan. The colt was bred by Pan Sutong Racing Bloodstock and purchased privately at the Arqana Deauville Select Yearling sale for €100,000. Dark Angel stood for a fee of €60,000 (Approx. AU$96,000) at Yeomanstown Stud in 2021.
Declaration Of War
Caprice Des Dieux (3 g ex Neko by Dansili) gave Declaration Of War (War Front) a 35th individual black-type winner on Tuesday when he scored easily by five lengths in the Prix Pelleas (Listed, 2000m). Going into the race as the odds-on favourite with the bookmakers, Caprice Des Dieux was expected to make his class evident and he duly obliged, taking it up a furlong out and streaking clear to win eased down. Back in second was the Group 2-placed Alastor (Helmet) and a further length-and-a-quarter back in third was the Frankel (Galileo) colt Media Stream, who had previously placed third in the Prix Francois Mathet (Listed, 2100m). The winner was trained by Nicolas Clement and owned by Jean De Ganay and Christian Bernard-Baillet. He was bred by Ecurie De Castillon Bloodstock and was purchased by Tina Rau Bloodstock and Nicolas Clement at the Arqana Deauville August Yearling sale for €75,000. Former shuttler Declaration Of War stood for a fee of US$25,000 (Approx. AU$34,000) at Ashford Stud in Kentucky 2021.
Westbury Stud stallion El Roca (Fastnet Rock) added a second individual stakes winner on Saturday, and a first juvenile stakes winner, as Ima Roca Bee (2 f ex Shelly Bee by Pentire) landed the Ryder Stakes (Listed, 1200m) on the final day of the season at Otaki. The Karyn McQuade-trained filly, who had finished second in the Castletown Stakes (Listed, 1200m) last start, also claimed her maiden victory here, as she defeated Yeaboi by one and a quarter lengths. El Roca’s Flash Mary became the sixth of his progeny to claim black type when finishing third, three lengths behind the winner. A homebred for her trainer, Ima Roca Bee is the first stakes winner from five runners out of Shelly Bee (Pentire), who finished second in eight of her 20 starts without winning. She has a now-two-year-old colt by Complacent (Authorized) and is due to foal to the stallion this year. El Roca stands at Westbury Stud for a fee of NZ$8,000 (plus GST) this year.
Excelebration (Exceed And Excel) had his 11th individual stakes winner as a sire when Ottoman Emperor (ex Ibiza Empress by Tertullian) took the Gordon Stakes (Gr 3, 1m4f) at Goodwood on Thursday in the colours of OTI Racing. The Johnny Murtagh-trained three-year-old could be headed to the St Leger (Gr 1, 1m6 ½f) at Doncaster after winning for the fourth time from five starts, but connections have seemingly ruled out a bid for the Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) this year. Ben Coen drove his mount to lead two furlongs out and was soon two lengths clear but had to dig in late on to hold the deep closing runner-up Sir Lucan (Camelot) by a half-length with third-placed Third Realm (Sea The Stars) a further length and a quarter behind. Bred by Castletown and Minch Bloodstock, Ottoman Emperor sold to Leamore Horses for €7,500 at the 2019 Goffs February Sale and OTI Racing purchased him after impressing in a jumpout last September. The colt is the first foal out of Ibiza Empress (Tertullian), a mile winner in Germany, from the family of the Hong Kong Group 2 winner Irian (Tertullian), who was champion miler in Germany before his export to Asia. “He’s very genuine, he’s very tough and I think he stayed the distance well. I’ll speak to OTI and the team but I’d love to give him a shot at the English St Leger next,” Murtagh said. Excelebration stands at Coolmore Stud in Ireland at a 2021 fee of €8,000 (approx. AU$12,850).
A win in the Grand Prix de Clairefontaine (Listed, 2400m) for the Andre Fabre-trained Joie De Soir (3 f ex Highest Ever by Galileo) gave super-sire Fastnet Rock his 176th individual stakes winner on Sunday. The third foal by Highest Ever (Galileo), she sat in third position early on under jockey Augustin Madamet before being shaken up to lead with two furlongs to go, stretching three lengths clear of the second-placed Timour (Gleneagles) with Qaiser (Charm Spirit) a further length-and-a-half back in third. The winner is a homebred for Coolmore, whose stallion Fastnet Rock earned 19 individual stakes winners in Australasia last season and will stand at Jerrys Plains for a fee of $165,000 in 2021.
Oriental Mystique (4 f ex Madame Chiang by Archipenko) got up in the dying strides to take the Prix Luth Enchantee (Listed, 2400m) at Clairefontaine on Sunday for trainer David Simcock. The filly, a first foal out of Madame Chiang (Archipenko), went off the 21-10 favourite and made stealthy progress from the rear of the field to collar the eventual runner-up Tres Valentine (Fastnet Rock) with Sea Watch (Siyouni) comfortably beaten back in third, justifying her trainer’s decision to send her over. The win marked the 38th individual stakes winner for her sire Kingman. Earlier in the week, Kingman brought up his 37th individual stakes winner when Save A Forest (3 f ex Bark by Galileo) took the Chalice Stakes (Listed, 1m 4f) at Newmarket on Saturday. The Roger Varian-trained Save A Forest defeated Sayyida (Dubawi), who was previously undefeated in two starts this year, by half a length, and The Queen’s Portfolio (Deep Impact). Save A Forest is a sister to the stakes-placed Father Of Jazz, and out of the unraced Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) mare Bark, whose stakes-winning dam Baraka (Danehill) is a half-sister to Pilsudski (Polish Precedent), an elite-level winner in the US, Japan, Germany, Britain and Ireland, while this is also the family of dual Group 1 winner Youmzain (Sinndar). Kingman stands at Banstead Manor Stud for a fee of £150,000 (approx. AU$284,000).
Asymmetric (2 c ex Swirral Edge by Hellvelyn) became Showcasing’s (Oasis Dream) 53rd individual stakes winner as a sire when he landed the Richmond Stakes (Gr 2, 6f) at Goodwood on Thursday. The Alan King-trained colt made it three wins from four starts, having failed by a head when second in the July Stakes (Gr 2, 6f) last time. Martin Harley settled the keen-going Asymmetric three–back on the fence before shifting out for a run. The youngster had the pace to shoulder through a gap at the furlong pole and quickened to secure a half-length success over Khunan (Twilight Son) with Gubbass (Mehmas) a further nose behind in third. Harley was involved in the purchase of Asymmetric when he sold at this year’s Craven Breeze-up to Stephen Hillen Bloodstock for 150,000gns. The colt had previously sold for 65,000gns at Tattersalls in December when offered by his breeder, Redpender Stud. His dam Swirral Edge is a half-sister to the five-furlong Listed winner Fashion Queen (Aqlaam), from the family of the speedy Group 2-winning juvenile Wunders Dream (Averti), as well as the Hong Kong champion Industrialist (Rudimentary) and his half-brother Firebolt (Flying Spur), runner-up in the Hong Kong Sprint (Gr 1, 1200m). Whitsbury Manor Stud’s Showcasing stood the 2021 season at a fee of £45,000 (approx. AU$85,000), having previously shuttled to Haunui Farm in New Zealand.
One Timer (2 g ex Spanish Star by Blame) made it 11 individual stakes winners for Trappe Shot (Tapit) when he took the Victoria Stakes (Listed, 5.5f) at Woodbine on Saturday. The Larry Rivelli-trained gelding made it two wins from two starts as he romped to victory with Twenty Four Mamba (Classic Empire) three and three-quarter lengths back in second and Concealed Carry (Competitive Edge) a further four-and-a-half lengths back in third. One Timer was ridden by jockey E T Baird and bred by St Simon Place Llc. The Spanish Star (Blame) first foal is owned by Richard Ravin and Patricia’s Hope LLC and was sold for US$21,000 to Vincent J. Foglia at the F-Tipton Kentucky Sales in October last year.