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11 for Headwater

New winners

Headwater – Vinery Stud’s Headwater (Exceed And Excel) sired his 11th winner when Stormborn (2 f ex Quick’s The Word by Shamardal) scored at start four at Pakenham on Friday. Stormborn, twice city-placed from her first three starts, started favourite and was ridden as though she was the best horse by Daniel Stackhouse. She proved superior, too, defeating Kick It Baby (Shamus Award) by three-quarters of a length with Licciardi (Street Boss) a further length and a quarter away in third. Headwater will stand at Vinery Stud for $13,750 (inc GST) this year. 

Nostradamus – Rosemont Stud resident Nostradamus (Medaglia d’Oro) landed his maiden first-crop winner when Clairvoyance (2 f ex Dance On Air by Perugino) took out the Perth Racing Peninsula Dining Room 2YO Plate (1000m) at Belmont on Saturday. The Darren Mcauliffe-trained filly defeated All Day Session (Sessions) by half a length with Mischievous Diva (Showcasing) coming home a further two and a half lengths away in third. Clairvoyance is one of three winners from five to race out of Dance On Air (Perugino), who herself is a half-sister to Listed victor Caprizzi Strip (Distorted Humor). Multiple Group 2 winner Nostradamus stands at Rosemont for a fee of $5,500 (inc. GST) in 2020. 

Shalaa – Stepping up in trip from her debut last month, the Jessica Harrington-trained No Speak Alexander (2 f ex Rapacity Alexander by Dandy Man) was a decisive winner of the EBF fillies’ maiden (7.5f) at Roscommon on Tuesday, and thus became the third individual winner for Arrowfield Stud shuttler Shalaa (Invincible Spirit). Tracking the pace, she made her move with over a furlong to run and drew clear with ease to beat the favourite Divinely (Galileo), the sister to multiple Group 1 winner Found, by six and a half lengths, while there was a further six lengths back to Dress Kode (Kodiac) in third. No Speak Alexander is the only foal out of Listed-winning sprinter Rapacity Alexander (Dandy Man), who herself is a sister to Hong Kong Sprint (Gr 1, 1200m) victor Peniaphobia. Shalaa stands at Arrowfield for a fee of $33,000 (inc. GST) in 2020 while his other winners include Shalaalaa, who ran fourth in the Marble Hill Stakes (Gr 3, 6f).

Territories – Darley shuttler Territories (Invincible Spirit) sired his fifth first-crop winner when Teresa Mendoza (2 f ex Ceoldrama by Mr Greeley) took out the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden (6f) at the Curragh on Friday. The filly defeated Monaasib (Bobby’s Kitten) by one and three-quarter lengths with Irish Chief (War Front) coming home a further two and three-quarter lengths away in third. Teresa Mendoza is the only foal to race out Ceoldrama (Mr Greeley) who is a half-sister to Make Fast (Makfi), the dam of Thursday’s July Stakes (Gr 2, 6f) victor Tactical (Toronado). Group 1 winner Territories stands at Darley’s Kelvinside property in the Hunter Valley for a fee of $11,000 (inc GST) in 2020.

Vancouver – Coolmore Stud’s first season sire Vancouver (Medaglia d’Oro) brought up his eighth Australian winner and his tenth overall when Zacouver (2 f ex Fair Isle by Fastnet Rock) broke through in a 1200-metre handicap for two-year-old fillies at Sandown on Wednesday. The Leon and Troy Corstens-trained filly scored by a long head to Zesty Belle (Denman) with three-quarters of a length back to Sensationalisation (Written Tycoon) in third. Zacouver was purchased by Malua Racing and Flemington Bloodstock for NZ$50,000 at the NZB Premier Yearling Sale. She is the granddaughter of VRC Oaks (Gr 1, 2500m) runner-up Miss Scarlatti and hails from the family of multiple stakes victor Abidewithme (Redoute’s Choice). In addition to his Australian winners, Vancouver is also responsible for South African Grade 2 winner Mount Pleasant and Nicky Two Shoes, a maiden scorer in the United States. He stands at Coolmore for a fee of $30,250 (inc GST) in 2020.

 

New Group / Grade 1 winners

Adlerflug – French raider In Swoop (3 c ex Iota by Tiger Hill) showed an impressive turn of foot in the closing stages, having been held up by Ronan Thomas, to take the honours in Sunday’s Deutsches Derby (Gr 1, 2400m) at Hamburg for Francis-Henri Graffard. He became the 14th stakes and fourth elite-level winner for Adlerflug (In The Wings), who completed a 1-2 in the Classic with Torquator Tasso (Adlerflug) three quarters of a length second. Grocer Jack (Oasis Dream) was the same distance back in third. In Swoop won on debut at Lyon Parilly on May 15 and ran third over course and distance on his only other start in the Prix Greffulhe (Gr 3, 2200m) last month. Adlerflug, also the sire of top level winners Ito, Iquitos and Lacazar, stands at Gestut Schlenderhan and his 2020 fee was €10,000.

Invincible Spirit – Irish National Stud stalwart Invincible Spirit (Green Desert) sired his 19th individual Group 1 winner when Nazeef (4 m ex Handassa by Dubawi) took out Friday’s Falmouth Stakes (Gr 1, 1m) at Newmarket. The John Gosden-trained and Shadwell Stud-raced mare defeated Billesdon Brook (Champs Elysees) by a neck with the same margin back to Terebellum (Sea The Stars) in third. Nazeef is out of Listed-winning mare Handassa (Dubawi), who herself is a half-sister to Group scorers Desert Stone (Fastnet Rock) and Euginio (Fastnet Rock). In his 20th season at Irish National Stud, Invincible Spirit stood for a fee of €100,000. 

Mayson – Cheveley Park Stud resident Mayson (Invincible Spirit) sired his maiden Group 1 winner when Oxted (4 g ex Charlotte Rosina by Choisir) took out Saturday’s July Cup (Gr 1, 6f) at Newmarket. Given a perfect ride by Cieren Fallon, the gelding defeated Sceptical (Exceed And Excel) by a length and a quarter with Golden Horde (Lethal Force) a neck away in third. Bred by Homecroft Wealth Racing, Oxted is one of two winners from two to race out of the Choisir (Danehill Dancer) mare Charlotte Rosina, and is related to Italian Group 2 scorer Captain Horatius (Taufan). Mayson, himself a July Cup winner, stands at Cheveley Park Stud in Newmarket for a fee of £5,000 and joins I Am Invincible, Kingman and Lawman as sons of Invincible Spirit (Green Desert) to sire a Group 1 victor. 

Mr Speaker – Belmont Derby (Gr 1, 10f) winner Mr Speaker (Pulpit) registered his first Grade 1 winner, and just his second stakes winner overall, from his first crop of runners when Speech (3 f ex Scribbling Sarah by Freud) took out the Ashland Stakes (Gr 1, 8.5f) at Keeneland on Saturday. The Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners-owned Speech, trained by Michael McCarthy, entered Saturday’s race off runner-up finishes in the Santa Anita Oaks (Gr 2, 8.5f) and the Santa Ysabel Stakes (Gr 3, 8.5f), both in California. Sent off at 4-1, she pressed odds-on favourite Venetian Harbor (Munnings) throughout before racing past her, putting three lengths up at the line; Envoutante (Uncle Mo) was a further three and three-quarter lengths away in third. Mr Speaker stood for US$10,000 at Lane’s End Farms in 2020.

 

New stakes winners

American Pharoah – Coolmore shuttler American Pharoah (Pioneerof The Nile) sired his eighth individual stakes winner when Danon Pharaoh (3 c ex Crisp by El Corredor) took out Wednesday’s Japan Dirt Derby (Listed, 2000m). The colt is the only winner from three to race out of Santa Anita Oaks scorer Crisp (El Corredor) who herself is a half-sister to Listed victor Deer Valley (Speightstown). Further back, this is the family of Grade 1 winner Whywhywhy (Mr. Greeley) and Grade 2 scorer Spellbinder (Tale Of The Cat). Danon Pharaoh joins the likes of Four Wheel Drive and Sweet Melania as a stakes winner for American Pharoah, who will stand at Coolmore Australia for a fee of $55,000 (inc GST) in 2020. 

Australia – Coolmore resident Australia (Galileo) sired his 13th individual stakes winner when Patrick Sarsfield (4 g ex Ultra Appeal by Lawman) continued his fine run of form with a victory in Saturday’s Meld Stakes (Gr 3, 1m 1f) at Leopardstown. The Joseph O’Brien-trained four-year-old was stepping up into stakes company for the first time having won each of his last three starts, and he had little difficulty getting the better of his seven rivals, beating Ancient Spirit (Invincible Spirit) by two lengths with Fort Myers (War Front) another three-quarters of a length away in third. Australia, the sire of Group 2 winners Beyond Reason and Leo De Fury, stands at Coolmore in Ireland for a fee of €27,500.

Bernardini – Darley stallion Bernardini (A P Indy) brought up his 75th individual stakes winner when Art Collector (3 c ex Distorted Legacy by Distorted Humor) handsomely took out the Blue Grass Stakes (Gr 2, 9f) at Keeneland on Saturday. The Thomas Drury Jr-trained Art Collector, who was entering off two allowance wins at Churchill Downs, was sent off as the marginal second-favourite. Having raced handy throughout, though, he quickly dispatched favourite Swiss Skydiver (Daredevil), racing away to win by three and a half lengths over the filly, with Rushie (Liam’s Map) a further four and a quarter lengths away in third. It was a first graded stakes winner for Drury, who now looks to have a legitimate Kentucky Derby (Gr 1, 10f) contender. Bernardini stood for US$40,000 in 2020.

Bon Hoffa – Bowness Stud stallion Bon Hoffa (Belong To Me) sired his fourth individual stakes winner when Noble Boy (5 g ex Dignity Lady by Manner Hill) took out Saturday’s Winter Stakes (Listed, 1400m) at Rosehill. The Clare Cunningham-trained gelding defeated Taikomochi (Snitzel) by a neck with Order Again (Iffraaj) the same margin away in third. Noble Boy joins the likes of Bon Aurum and Bons Away as a stakes winner for Bon Hoffa, who stands at Bowness Stud in Victoria for a fee of $5,500 (inc GST) in 2020.

Dark Angel – Yeomanstown Stud resident Dark Angel (Acclamation) sired his 64th individual stakes winner when British raider Althiqa (3 f ex Mistrusting by Shamardal) took out the Prix Amandine (Listed, 1400m) at Deauville on Sunday. The Charlie Appleby-trained filly, who was winning for the third time from four starts, raced prominently throughout under William Buick and did just enough to beat My Love’s Passion (Elvstroem) by a short neck. Digression (Gleneagles) finished well for third spot, another half a length away. Althiqa is the first foal out of the Listed-winning Shamardal (Giant’s Causeway) mare Mistrusting, who herself is out of Cherry Hinton Stakes (Gr 2, 6f) winner Misheer (Oasis Dream). Dark Angel, the sire of seven individual Group 1 winners including Battaash and Harry Angel, stands for a fee of €85,000. 

Double for Dubawi – Darley stalwart Dubawi (Dubai Millennium) sired his 184th stakes winner when Al Suhail (3 c ex Shirocco Star by Shirocco) took out Thursday’s Sir Henry Cecil Stakes (Listed, 1m) at Newmarket. The Charlie Appleby-trained colt, who has twice placed at Group level, defeated Mystery Power (No Nay Never) by a comfortable margin of six lengths with Ropey Guest (Cable Bay) three-quarters of a length away in third. He was purchased by Godolphin for 1,100,000gns at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale and is one of three winners from three to race out of Epsom Oaks (Gr 1, 1m 4f) and Irish Oaks (Gr 1, 1m 4f) runner-up Shirocco Star (Shirocco). Shirocco Star is also responsible for dual Group winner Telecaster (New Approach) and hails from the family of Irish 2,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) placegetter France (Desert Prince). Dubawi then landed his 185th individual stakes winner when Master Of The Seas (2 c ex Firth Of Lorne by Danehill) took out Saturday’s Superlative Stakes (Gr 2, 7f) at Newmarket. Bred and raced by Godolphin, the colt won by an impressive margin of three lengths with Devious Company (Fast Company) in second and a further length back to Seventh Kingdom (Frankel) in third. Master Of The Seas is out of Group 1 runner-up Firth Of Lorne (Danehill) making him a half-brother to Group 3 winner Fall Of Lora (Street Cry), who is also the dam of Doncaster Prelude (Gr 3, 1500m) winner Cascadian (New Approach), and St James’s Palace Stakes (Gr 1, 1m) second Latharnach (Iffraaj). Further back, this is the family of 1,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) placegetter Kerrera (Diesis), Group 1 performer Dupont (Zafonic) and stakes winner Pacino (Zafonic). Dubawi stood at Darley’s Dalham Hall Stud for a fee of £250,000 in 2020 and is set to be represented in Australia this season by his champion son Too Darn Hot, who will stand at Kelvinside Farm for a fee of $44,000 (inc GST). 

Double for Galileo – The remarkable Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) made it 320 individual stakes winners when Nobel Prize (3 c ex Hveger by Danehill) took the Ballysax Stakes (Gr 3, 1m 2f) and Tuscan Gaze (3 c ex Crystal Gaze by Rainbow Quest) swept to victory in the Derby Italiano (Gr 2, 2200m) in the space of an hour on Sunday night. The Aidan O’Brien-trained Nobel Prize earned Kentucky Derby qualifying points in the Dundalk feature with his defeat of Indicative Vote (Elzaam) and Dalvey (Dansili), while the Luciano Bietolini-prepared Tuscan Gaze remained unbeaten in holding off King’s Caper (New Approach) by a nose with Masterwin (Mastercraftsman) third. Galileo stood for a private fee at Coolmore Stud in 2020.

Gingerbread Man – Yarradale Stud resident Gingerbread Man (Shamardal) sired his fifth individual stakes winner when Essential Spice (4 m ex Falls County by Soldier’s Tale) took out Saturday’s Beaufine Stakes (Listed, 1000m) at Belmont. The Pearce Racing-trained four-year-old came from well back in the field under William Pike to beat Saracino (Per Incanto) by three-quarters of a length with Mervyn (Henny Hughes) another head away in third. A $20,000 yearling purchase at the 2017 Yarradale Stud dispersal sale, Essential Spice has now won six of his 18 starts. Gingerbread Man stands for a fee of $5,500 inc GST.

Gutaifan – Yeomanstown Stud resident Gutaifan (Dark Angel) sired his maiden stakes winner when Sardinia Sunset (2 f ex Rush by Compton Place) took out Thursday’s EBF Marygate Fillies’ Stakes (Listed, 5f) at York. The Roger Varian-trained filly kicked clear in the final stages of the race to defeat Furlong Factor (Adaay) by a length with Country Carnival (Mayson) a nose away in third. Purchased for £95,000 at the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale, Sardinia Street is one of two winners from three to race out of the placed mare Rush (Compton Place), who herself is a half-sister to Cheveley Park Stakes (Gr 1, 6f) runner-up Rimth (Oasis Dream). Further back, this is the family of 2002 King’s Stand Stakes (Gr 2, 5f) scorer Dominica (Alhaarth). Runner up to Shalaa in the Prix Morny (Gr 1, 1200m), Gutaifan stood for a fee of €6,000 in 2020. 

Holy Roman Emperor – The ever-reliable Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill) brought up his 88th individual stakes winner when Valeria Messalina (3 f ex Arty Crafty by Arch) took out Sunday’s Brownstown Stakes (Gr 3, 7f) at Cork. Dropping back from the Irish 1,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m), Valeria Messalina raced handy before challenging strongly inside the final furlong. The Jessica Harrington-trained filly defeated Unforgetable (Muhaarar) by a half-length with Soul Search (Zoffany) a short head away in third. Holy Roman Emperor, who has not returned to Australia since completing his eighth season down under in 2018, stood at Coolmore’s Castlehyde Stud for €15,000 in 2020.

Love Conquers All – Clear Mountain Fairview resident Love Conquers All (Mossman) sired his fifth individual stakes winner when Wapiti (3 g ex Lucky Dubai by Dubai Destination) took out Saturday’s Winx Guineas (Gr 3, 1600m) at the Sunshine Coast. The former Sun Stud resident stands at the Queensland farm for a fee of $5,500 (inc. GST) in 2020. 

Maxios – Coolmore’s Maxios (Monsun) sired his fifth individual stakes winner when German raider Walderbe (4 c ex Waldfee by Dai Jin) landed the Premio Carlo d’Alessio (Gr 3, 2400m) in Rome on Sunday. The Ralf Rohne-trained four-year-old, who was a short head second in the Premio Ambrosiano (Gr 3, 2000m) last month, was winning his fourth race in 20 starts when getting the better of Time Shanakill (Lord Shanakill) and Pretending (Librettist). Dual Group 1 winner Maxios, sire of last year’s Preis der Diana (Gr 1, 2200m) winner Diamanta, stands at Castlehyde Stud for a fee of €6,000.

Pivotal – Cheveley Park Stud stalwart Pivotal (Polar Falcon) sired his 151st individual stakes winner when Romola (4 f ex Dianora by New Approach) took out Tuesday’s Pipalong Stakes (Listed, 1m) at Pontefract. The Sir Michael Stoute-trained mare defeated Iconic Choice (Sixties Icon) by a length with Salayel (Bated Breath) the same margin back in third. Bred and raced by Cheveley Park Stud, Romola is the only foal out of Dianora (New Approach) who herself is the daughter of dual Group 1 winner Nannina (Medicean). Further back, this is the family of 1990 Adelaide Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) victor Water Boatman (Main Reef) and Willow Glen Stud resident Pure Champion (Footstepsinthesand). Pivotal stood at Cheveley Park in Newmarket for a private fee in 2020. 

Sea The Moon – The Lloyd Williams-owned Pondus (4 g ex Diablerette by Green Desert) brought up his first black-type victory when winning the Lenebane Stakes (Listed, 1m 4f) at Roscommon on Tuesday, and in the process provided Lanwades Stud resident Sea The Moon (Sea The Stars) with his ninth individual stakes winner. The Joseph O’Brien-trained gelding defeated Camphor (Camelot) by two and a quarter lengths with Helvic Dream (Power) coming home a further length and three-quarters away in third. Purchased by Stroud Coleman Bloodstock for 80,000gns at Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Pondus is half-brother to the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Lord Belvedere (Archipenko). His dam, Diablerette (Green Desert) is a three-quarter sister to German Group 1 winner Lady Jane Digby (Oasis Dream). Sea The Moon stood at Lanwades for a fee of £15,000 in 2020. 

Sea The Stars –  Backing up an impressive last start win, the William Haggas-trained Al Aasy (3 c ex Kitcara by Shamardal) took out Thursday’s Bahrain Trophy Stakes (Gr 3, 1m 5f) at Newmarket, and in the process provided Gilltown Stud resident Sea The Stars (Cape Cross) with his 65th individual stakes winner. Owned by Shadwell Stud, Al Aasy defeated the Aidan O’Brien-trained Dawn Rising (Galileo) by a length and three-quarters with Al Dabaran (Dubawi) coming home the same margin away in third. He was a 300,000gns purchase by Shadwell at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale and is the only foal to race out of winning mare Kitcara (Shamardal) who herself is a half-sister to Winter Cup (Listed, 2400m) scorer Kapour (Toylsome). Further back, this is the family of champion sire Pentire (Be My Guest). Sea The Stars, the half-brother to champion sire Galileo (Sadler’s Wells), stood at Gilltown Stud in Ireland for a fee of €150,000 in 2020. 

Shamardal – The Charlie Appleby-trained runner Royal Crusade (3 c ex Zibelina by Dansili) justified favouritism in Sunday’s Prix de Ris-Orangis (Gr 3, 1200m) to cap a memorable day at Deauville for the trainer and his retained rider William Buick. The Godolphin runner scored by a length and a quarter from the Archie Watson-trained Glen Shiel (Pivotal) with Dubai Station (Brazen Beau) a head back in third to make it a British-trained 1-2-3. Royal Crusade became the 148th stakes winner for his sire Shamardal, who sadly died in April this year aged 18. The colt won his maiden on debut at Newmarket last August and has been knocking on the door since with placings in the Champagne Stakes (Gr 2, 7f) and Prix Thomas Bryon (Gr 3, 7f) on his only other starts last year, before returning with a sixth place effort in the Commonwealth Cup (Gr 1, 6f) at Royal Ascot last month. 

Soldier Hollow – Germany’s leading sire Soldier Hollow (In The Wings) registered his 43rd individual stakes winner courtesy of a success for Virginia Joy (3 f ex Virginia Sun by Doyen) in Sunday’s Hamburger Stutenpreis (Gr 3, 2200m) at Hamburg. The Marcel Weiss-trained three-year-old, who had finished fourth in Group 2 company on her most recent outing, was winning for the second time in four starts when she beat Zamrud (Samum) by a head with For Pleasure (Jukebox Jury) another four lengths back in third. Soldier Hollow stands at Gestut Auenquelle for a fee of €30,000.

Starspangledbanner – Rosemont Stud resident Starspangledbanner (Choisir) siried his 13th individual stakes winner when Dickiedooda (2 f ex So Dandy by Oratorio) made it two wins from three starts with a victory in Sunday’s Coolmore Caravaggio Tipperary Stakes (Listed, 5f) at Cork. Successful on debut at the Curragh last month, the Jessica Harrington-trained filly got back to winning ways following her unplaced effort in Royal Ascot’s Queen Mary Stakes (Gr 2, 5f) as she beat favourite Grammata (Twilight Son) by a length and three quarters. Chief Little Hawk (Air Force Blue) was a further half a length away in third. Dickiedooda is the fourth foal out of the winning Oratorio (Danehill) mare So Dandy, a half-sister to the Listed winners La Sylvia (Oasis Dream) and Power Elite (Linamix). Further back this is the family of Al Bahathri (Blushing Groom). Starspangledbanner, who has tasted notable success in both hemispheres, both on the track and as a sire, will stand for a fee of $19,800 inc GST.

Street Sense – Former Darley shuttler Street Sense (Street Cry) recorded his 70th individual stakes winner when Shared Sense (3 c ex Collective by Bernardini) took out Wednesday’s Indiana Derby (Gr 3, 9f) at Indiana Grand. Raced by Godolphin and prepared by Brad Cox, Shared Sense was sent out as favourite after finishing second in a Churchill Downs allowance at his previous start. Settling near the rear, he saved ground near the rail, making steady headway all the while. At the line, Shared Sense held a three-length margin over Major Fed (Ghostzapper) with Necker Island (Hard Spun) a further half-length away in third. Street Sense, who served five years in Australia, stood at Darley’s Jonabell Farm in Kentucky for US$75,000 this season.

Uncle Mo – Coolmore’s Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie) brought up his 58th individual stakes winner with the victory of Enola Gay (3 f ex Dakota Queen by War Front) in the Appalachian Stakes (Gr 2, 1m) at Keeneland on Saturday. The Shug McGaughey-trained Enola Gay came with a barnstorming run to grab Walk In Marrakesh (Siyouni) by a nose with favourite Alms (City Zip) a neck away in third. Uncle Mo stood at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud for US$125,000 this season.