22 for Caravaggio
Caravaggio (pictured) – Former Coolmore shuttler Caravaggio (Scat Daddy) sired his 22nd individual winner when his son Inuit (2 c ex Prairie Blossom by Dalakhani) got off the mark in a conditions race over 1800 metres at Lyon La Soie. Sent off as favourite after finishing second on his debut last month, Inuit beat Bojak (Sea The Moon) by three lengths with Gemmyo (Shalaa) another neck away in third. He is the first foal out of Prairie Blossom (Dalakhani) who herself is a half-sister to the Group winners Prairie Star (Peintre Celebre) and Pacific Rim (Singspiel). Caravaggio, who shuttled to Australia for one season in 2018, now stands at Ashford Stud in Kentucky where his 2022 fee was this week announced as rising to $35,000 (approx. AU$46,900).
Heroic Valour – Raheen Stud’s Heroic Valour (Fastnet Rock) sired his third first crop winner when Heroic Angel (2 f ex Sonador Angel by Captain Sonador) won the Pallarenda Stakes QTIS 2YO Fillies Maiden Plate (1000m) at Townsville. The Kevin Hansen-trained filly soared to a one-and-three-quarter-length victory over Tycoon Cindy (Tycoon Ruler) with Blondie’s Secret (Dissident) coming home in third. Bred by Raheen Stud, Heroic Angel was a $70,000 buy for Kenneth and Michelle Walker at the Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sale. She is the first foal out of Sonador Angel, a half-sister to Listed winner Sweet Dolly (Real Saga). The mare due to foal again to Heroic Valour this year. Heroic Valour is standing for a fee of $7,700.
Ribchester – The William Haggas-trained Canterbury Bell (2 f ex Lavender Lane by Shamardal) crossed the line in second in a novice stakes over seven furlongs at Newmarket, but was awarded the victory in the stewards’ room and as a result became the 14th first-crop winner for Haunui Farm shuttler Ribchester (Iffraaj). After mounting her challenge inside the final furlong, Canterbury Bell was carried dramatically left by Silver Kitten (Bobby’s Kitten), who crossed the line a head in front, before being demoted to second. More Diamonds (Zoffany) came home another neck in third. Bred and raced by Jon and Julia Aisbitt, Canterbury Bell is out of winning mare Lavender Lane (Shamardal), making her a half-sister to Listed winner Lilac Road (Mastercraftsman). Ribchester stands in New Zealand at a fee of NZ$15,000 (plus GST).
Time Test – Little Avondale Stud shuttler Time Test (Dubawi) sired his 11th individual winner on Friday night when Love Interest (2 f ex Wild Mimosa by Dynaformer) made a winning debut in the EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes (7f) at Newcastle. Trained by David O’Meara, the two-year-old filly travelled well inside the final couple of furlongs before being asked for an effort, leading inside the final furlong and staying on well to the line to down Picual (Lope De Vega) by a length and a half with Paradise Of Love (Iffraaj) a further four lengths back in third. Bred by Overbury Stud, Love Interest was a 72,000 guineas purchase by Joe Foley for Clipper Logistics at Book 1 of last year’s Tattersalls October Yearling Sale. Time Test has made an extraordinary start to his career, with 11 winners from 36 starters and they are headed by four stakes winners. Time Test is standing in New Zealand for a fee of NZ$8,500 (plus GST).
New Group / Grade 1 winners
Camelot – Former Coolmore Stud shuttler Camelot (Montjeu) was handed his ninth elite level winner when the Aidan O’Brien-trained Luxembourg (2 c ex Attire by Danehill Dancer) kept his unbeaten record intact in the Vertem Futurity (Gr 1, 1m) at Doncaster. The colt was sent off the odds-on favourite after an impressive win in the Beresford Stakes (Gr 2, 1m) and he struggled to find cover on the outside of the pack but still quickened up well inside the final two furlongs to hold off Sissoko (Australia) by a length and a three-quarters with Bayside Boy (New Bay) a further short-head back in third. Bred by B V Sangster, Luxembourg was purchased by M V Magnier for 150,000 guineas at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in 2020. Luxembourg is one of four winners out of Attire (Danehill Dancer), making him a half-brother to Group 1 winner Leo De Fury (Australia). Camelot stood at Coolmore Stud for a fee of €60,000 (approx. AU$93,500) in 2021 and his top-flight winners include Australian Group 1-winning duo Russian Camelot and the ill-fated Sir Dragonet.
Duramente – A stunning wire-to-wire victory for Titleholder (3 c ex Mowen by Motivator) in the Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger) (Gr 1, 3000m) provided the late Duramente (King Kamehameha) with his first elite-level winner as a stallion. Setting a furious pace before kicking clear in the straight, Titleholder, a Grade 2 winner and runner-up in the Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2,000 Guineas) (Gr 1, 2000m), defeated Orthoclase (Epiphaneia) by five lengths, with Divine Love (Epiphaneia) a head third as the field packed up behind. Duramente was a dual Grade 1 winner in Japan, winning the Satsuki Sho and Tokyo Yushun (Gr 1, 2400m), before he died earlier this year having covered just four books of mares. Titleholder, who is out of British-bred mare Mowen and from the family of 1,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) winner On The House (Be My Guest), is one of two stakes winners for Duramente.
Kodiac – The James Ferguson-trained El Bodegon (2 c ex Al Andalyya by Kingmambo) won the Criterium de Saint-Cloud (Gr 1, 2000m) at Saint-Cloud and handed the Tally-Ho Stud-based sire Kodiac (Danehill) with his sixth elite-level winner. A winner of the Prix De Conde (Gr 3, 1800m) on his previous start, the two-year-old made another successful raid, finishing a length and a half ahead of Stone Age (Galileo) with Goldspur (Dubawi) a further length and a quarter back in third. The colt is out of Al Andalyya (Kingmamabo) making him a brother to multiple Group 1 winner Best Solution, whose three elite level wins includes a victory in 2018 edition of the Caulfield Cup (Gr 1, 2400m). Kodiac stood at Tally Ho Stud in 2021 for a fee of €65,000 (approx. AU$101,300). Kodiac’s six top-flight winners also include Hello Youmzain, who shuttles to Cambridge Stud in New Zealand.
Nathaniel – Galileo’s (Sadler’s Wells) son Nathaniel sired his fifth individual elite-level winner when Mutamakina (5 m ex Joshua’s Princess by Danehill) kept on will to take out the E P Taylor Stakes (Gr 1, 10f) at Woodbine. Lining up off the back of a win in Grade 2 company, the Christophe Clement-trained five-year-old beat stablemate La Dragoneta (Lope De Vega) by a neck with the same margin back to Kalifornia Queen (Lope De Vega) in third. Bred in Britain by Widgham Stud, Mutamakina is out of the Danehill (Danzig) mare Joshua’s Princess, who has produced seven winners from as many starters and delivered a Camelot (Montjeu) colt this year. Mutamakina’s third dam is European Horse of the Year Ridgewood Pearl (Indian Ridge). Shawn Dugan purchased Mutamakina for 100,000 guineas (approx. AU$194,300) from New England Stud’s consignment at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in 2017.
Spirit Of Boom – First-crop stakes winner Jonker (6 h ex Hearts And Arrows by Kempinsky) became Spirit Of Boom’s (Sequalo) first Group 1 winner when taking the Manikato Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) on Friday evening. He is one of 14 stakes winners for Eureka Stud stallion Spirit Of Boom, and was conceived off just an $11,000 service fee. Spirit Of Boom now stands for $55,000 (inc GST) at the Queensland stud in 2021.
Teofilo – British raider Scope (3 c Teofilo – Look So by Efisio) continued his progression as he stayed on well to take the Prix Royal-Oak (Gr 1, 3100m) at Longchamp for Ralph Beckett and give sire Teofilo (Galileo) his 22nd elite-level winner. A wide-margin winner of the Noel Murless Stakes (Listed, 1m 6f) on his previous outing at Ascot, the three-year-old was never far off the pace under Rob Hornby and made good progress when asked for an effort two furlongs from home. After a sustained battle with the eventual second Skazino (Kendargent), the colt edged ahead inside the final 50 yards to win going away by a length. Glycon (Le Havre) was a further three and a half lengths back in third as the front two pulled clear. The sixth foal out of winning mare Look So (Efisio), who herself is a half-sister to the Oaks (Gr 1, 1m 4f) winner Look Here (Hernando), Scope is a half-brother to Listed winners Regardez (Champs Elysees) and Glance (Dansili), while also useful winners Compton (Compton Place) and Sightline (Rock Of Gibraltar). Teofilo stood at Kildangan Stud in 2021 for a fee of €30,000 (approx. AU$46,800).
New stakes winners
Adaay – Whitsbury Manor resident Adaay (Kodiac) sired his second stakes winner when Honey Sweet (2 f ex Sweet Sienna by Harbour Watch) led home a one-two for the British raiders in Deauville’s Prix Zeddaan (Listed, 1200m). The highly tried filly was winning for the second time in seven starts as she defeated Hellomydarlin (Galileo Gold) by a length and a quarter. Feel Your Power (Captain Marvelous) fared best of the home contingent, another two lengths behind in third. A 50,000 guineas purchase out of Book 2 at Tattersalls last October, Honey Sweet is the first foal out of Sweet Sienna (Harbour Watch), who herself is a half-sister to the Listed winner Keep Busy (Night Of Thunder) and the Listed-placed Looks A Million (Kyllachy). Dual Group 2 winner Adaay stood for a fee of £5,000 (approx. AU$9,250) in 2021.
Adelaide – The 2014 Cox Plate (Gr 1, 2040m) winner Adelaide (Galileo) sired his second individual stakes winner on Cox Plate day as Torrens (5 h ex A Little Knowledge by Dangerous) took out the City Tattersalls Cup (Listed, 2400m) at Randwick. The Lauri Parker-trained entire saluted as a $20 chance, defeating Savvy Valentino (Savabeel) by three-quarters of a length, with Zeyrek (Sea The Stars) four lengths behind the winner in third. Retained to race by his breeders, Torrens is the fifth of six foals out of Queensland winner A Little Knowledge (Dangerous). The five-year-old joins Group 1 winner Funstar Adelaide’s other stakes winner. The stallion stands at Coolmore for a fee of $5,500 (Inc GST).
Adlerflug – Walkaway (3 f ex Walzerprinzessin by Monsun) came home a ready winner of the Herbst Stuten Preis (Gr 3, 2200m) at Hannover and gave sire Adlerflug (In The Wings) his 21st individual stakes winner. Trained by Markus Klug and ridden by Andrasch Starke, the three-year-old filly was a one-and-a-quarter-length winner over Waldbiene (Intello) with a further one and a half lengths back to Whizzair (Adlerflug) in third. Bred by Stall Ullmann and now owned by Gestut Schlenderhan, Walkaway is the third foal out of winning mare Walzerprinzessin and is a half-sister to French winner Waugh. Her dam is a half-sister to German Group 1 winner Wiener Walzer (Dynaformer), Group 2 winners Walzertakt (Montjeu) and Port Douglas (Galileo), and also Group 3 winner Walzertraum (Rahy).
Australia – The Aldiuno Botti-trained Arrival (2 c ex Alta Fedelta by Oasis Dream) put up a determined performance to win the Premio Campobello (Listed, 1800m) at Rome and provide Australia (Galileo) with his 22nd individual stakes winner. Ridden by Dario Vargiu, the two-year-old colt was made to battle hard in the closing stages of the race but managed to get the better of Wonka Willy (Estidhkaar) by half a length with a further length and a half back to Wings Of War (Free Eagle) in third. The son of Australia is owned and raced by Diego Romeo Di Incolinx, with his sire standing at Coolmore Stud in Ireland for the 2021 season for a fee of €25,000 (approx. AU$39,000).
Awesome Rock – The David Harrison-trained Searchin’ Roc’s (3 f ex Still Searchin’ by Trade Fair) continued her winning sequence and secured his first winner at stakes level when she landed the Belgravia Stakes (Listed, 1200m) at Ascot, handing Gold Front Thoroughbred Breeding and Racing-based stallion Awesome Rock (Fastnet Rock) with his first stakes winner. The three-year-old filly was winning her fourth consecutive race when she beat It’sarayday (Winning Rupert) by a length and a quarter with Flying Missile (Cable Bay) another length away in third. The filly is out of Still Seachin’ (Trade Fair) and she becomes the first stakes winner in four generations of her family. The stallion is standing for a fee of $5,000 (inc GST).
Bated Breath – Agiato (4 c ex Rose Del Dubai by Dubai Destination) gave his sire Bated Breath (Dansili) a 19th individual stakes winner when he claimed victory in the Premio Omenoni (Listed, 1000m) at Rome. Trained by Grizzetti Galoppo and ridden by Frankie Dettori, the four-year-old produced a strong late run when asked for an effort and went on to win by a length going away over The Conqueror (Excelebration) with Venere Rokeby (Mehmas) a further length and a half away in third. Bred by Azienda Agricola Francesca Srl, the colt was a €72,000 (approx. AU$112,300) purchase for his trainer in September 2018. A seventh foal out of Group 3-winning mare Rose Del Dubai (Dubai Destination), Agiato is a half-brother to four winners including the Group 2 winner Folega (Oasis Dream), and Listed winner Fa Ul Sciur (Farhh). Bated Breath stood at Juddmonte Farms in 2021 for a fee of £12,500 (approx. AU$23,000).
Dandy Man – The Andy Oliver-trained The Highway Rat (3 c ex Suzette de Bavay by Whipper) handed his sire Dandy Man (Mozart) his 21st individual stakes winner when he won the Pat Smullen Mercury Stakes (Gr 3, 5f) at Dundalk. The three-year-old beat May Sonic (Mayson) by a length and a quarter with Strong Johnson (Le Cadre Noir) a further two and a quarter lengths back in third. Bred and raced by the trainer himself, The Highway Rat is the fourth foal out of mile-winning mare Suzette de Bavay (Whipper). Dandy Man stood at Ballyhane Stud in 2021 for a fee of €15,000 (approx. AU$23,400).
Dariyan – Haras de Bonneval’s second season sire Dariyan (Shamardal) gained his first stakes winner as Mister Saint Paul (2 c ex Elusive Kay by Elusive City) broke his maiden in the Priz Isonomy (Listed, 1600m) at Deauville. Having his fifth career start, the two-year-old defeated Saving Grace (Almanzor) by a length and a quarter with Chancellery (Medaglia d’Oro) a further length away in third. The colt is out of three-time winner Elusive Kay (Elusive City), making him a half-brother to two winners and he becomes the first stakes winner in two generations of his family. Mister Saint Paul’s second dam Lunashkaya (Muhtathir) is herself a half-sister to Group 3 winner Celtic Rock (Rock Of Gibraltar) and stakes scorer Fresles (Royal Applause). The two-year-old is one of 28 winners in total for Dariyan, who stood for a fee of €8,000 (approx. AU$12,425) in 2021.
Demerit – Kaptain Kaos (4 g ex Velvet Strike by Commands) won the Northam Cup (Listed, 1600m) to become the fifth individual stakes winner for the deceased former Rangeview Stud and Taunton Vale stallion Demerit (Lonhro). Kaptain Kaos defeated Luke’s Gold (Fath) by a length with Tellem We’re Comin (Blackfriars) a length and a half behind the winner in third.
Fast Company – It was a 19th individual stakes winner for the late Darley sire Fast Company (Danehill Dancer) as his son Light Infantry (2 c ex Lights On Me by Kyllachy) won the Horris Hill Stakes (Gr 3, 7f) at Newbury on only his second career start. In the rear of the field for the first half of the race, the David Simcock-trained two-year-old was pushed along for an effort entering the final three furlongs and made good ground as longtime leader and race-favourite Noble Truth (Kingman) faltered, grabbing the lead inside the final half furlong to beat Cresta (New Bay) by a length and a half. Tacarib Bay (Night Of Thunder) ran a promising race to finish a further half-length behind in third. Bred by Barbara Moser, the colt was an £82,000 purchase for Blandford Bloodstock at the Goffs UK Breeze-Ups Sale in April earlier this year.
Gleneagles – The Coolmore Stud-based stallion Gleneagles (Galileo) brought up his 17th individual stakes winner when Jumbly (2 f ex Thistle Bird by Selkirk) produced an impressive performance to win the Radley Stakes (Listed, 7f) at Newbury. Trained by Roger Charlton, the two-year-old filly never looked in trouble, eventually sauntering to a four and three-quarter length victory over Breeze Easy (Bated Breath). Siamsa (Starspangledbanner) was a further three and a quarter lengths back in third. Bred and raced by Emily Rothschild, Jumbly is one of four winners and first stakes victor out of Group 1 winner Thistle Bird (Selkirk). Gleneagles stood at Coolmore Stud in 2021 for a fee of €25,000 (approx. AU$39,000) and his progeny are headed by Group 1 winner Loving Dream.
Goken – The Frederic Rossi-trained Miss Louna (3 f ex Pearlred by Redback) gave her sire Goken (Kendargent) his fourth individual stakes winner when she won the Prix De Saint-Cyr (Listed, 1400m) at Longchamp. Ridden by Olivier Peslier, the three-year-old filly managed to hold on by a short-neck from Almeida Girl (Temple City) with the same distance further back to the third placed Wooturn (Wootton Bassett). Bred by Xavier Richard and owned by Guy Pariente, Miss Louna is the first foal out of winning mare Pearlred (Redback). Goken stood at Haras De Colleville in 2021 for a fee of €15,000 (approx. AU$23,400).
Highland Reel – Highland Reel (Galileo) sired his first individual stakes winner as Atamisque (2 f ex Aury Touch by Pounced) won the Premio Dormello (Gr 2, 1600m) at Rome. Trained by Alduino Botti and ridden by Mario Sanna, the two-year-old filly came through the pack to take the lead inside the final furlong and career away to an ever-widening four length victory over Jacinda (Aclaim) with Terra Del Sole (Footstepsinthesand) a further length behind in third. The win made it two wins from two starts for the filly after she made a great start to her career when winning at Rome on October 3. First season sire shuttler Highland Reel is currently standing at Swettenham Stud in association with Coolmore for a fee of $15,000 (inc. GST).
Kingman – Juddmonte stallion Kingman (Invincible Spirit) was represented by his 42nd stakes winner when the Ger Lyons-trained Masen (3 g ex Continental Drift by Smart Strike) took out the Knockaire Stakes (Listed, 7f) at Leopardstown. The three-year-old gelding was bringing up his third career when he defeated Njord (Roderic O’Connor) by two and a quarter lengths with San Andreas (Dark Angel) a further length and a quarter away in third. Bred and raced by Juddmonte, the gelding is out of winning Smart Strike (Mr Prospector) mare Continental Drift and she is herself a daughter of dual Grade 1 winner Intercontinental (Danehill). Intercontinental is one of four Group 1 winners out of famous Juddmonte blue hen Hasili (Kahyasi) – the dam of Group 1 winners Banks Hill (Danehill), Champs Elysees (Danehill) and Heat Haze (Green Desert). Kingman stood at Banstead Manor in Newmarket in 2021 for a fee of £150,000 (approx. AU$276,414).
Le Havre – Montfort et Preaux-based stallion Le Havre (Noverre) was handed his 50th individual stakes winner when the Mikel Delzangles-trained Darzan (3 g ex Darkazinia by Arch) took out the Prix Vulcan (Listed, 2500m) in Deauville. The three-year-old gelding came into the race having finished last of five runners in the Prix De Lutece (Gr 3, 3000m), but he clearly appreciated the drop in trip, when beating Pouvoir Royal (Mayson) by a length and three-quarters. The OTI Racing-owned Timour (Gleneagles) came home another head away in third. Bred and raced by Princess Zahra Aga Khan, Darzan is the only winner out of the unraced mare Darkazinia (Arch) and she is herself a half-sister to Darkova (Maria’s Mon) – the dam of multiple Group 1 winner and now Cambridge Stud shuttler Almanzor (Wootton Bassett), while her other half-sister is Dardiza – the dam of US Grade 3 scorer Guildsman (Wootton Bassett). Le Havre stood for a fee of €40,000 (approx. AU$62,172) in 2021.
Lope De Vega – Ballylinch Stud-based sire Lope De Vega (Shamardal) was represented by his 88th stakes winner courtesy of Duke De Sessa’s (2 c ex Dark Crusader by Cape Cross) win in the Eyrefield Stakes (Gr 3, 1m 1f) at Leopardstown. The Dermot Weld-trained two-year-old was last seen running sixth in the National Stakes (Gr 1, 7f) and he clearly appreciated the step in trip when he defeated Piz Badile (Ulysses) by half a length with Anchorage (Galileo) was another length and a quarter back in third. The colt is one of two winners out of the winning Cape Cross (Green Desert) mare Dark Crusader, who is herself a half-sister to Group 3 winner Naughty Or Nice (Fastnet Rock). Lope De Vega stood at Ballylinch Stud in Ireland for a fee of €125,000 (approx AU$194,996).
Magnus – Young trainer Josh Julius registered the biggest win of his career when Just Folk (5 g ex Fast Ruby by Desert Sun) delivered an upset in the Crystal Mile (Gr 2, 1600m) at Moonee Valley and in doing so handed Widden Stud Victoria-based stallion Magnus (Flying Spur) his 24th individual stakes winner. Just Folk produced a sustained run to hold off Begood Toya Mother (Myboycharlie) by a half-length with favourite Elephant (Shocking) third, three-quarters of a length from the winner. The five-year-old gelding is out of the unraced mare Fast Ruby (Desert Sun), who is herself a half-sister to Group 1 winner and Crystal Mile placegetter Tears I Cry (Lacryma Crysti) Magnus stands for a fee of $15,400 (inc GST).
Maurice – The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Mazu (3 c ex Chatelaine by Flying Spur) became the first Australian stakes winner and fourth overall Arrowfield Stud stallion Maurice (Screen Hero) when he took out the Brian Crowley Stakes (Listed, 1200m) at Randwick. Mazu ran out a length-and-a-quarter winner over Battleton (Zoustar), with Able Willie (Written Tycoon) a neck away in third. A $180,000 buy for Triple Crown Syndications from the Parsons Creek Pastoral draft at the Inglis Classic Sale, Mazu is one of 13 individual three-year-old winners for Maurice in Australia this season, a tally behind only Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) and I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit). Out of the stakes-placed Flying Spur (Danehill) mare Chatelaine, Maurice is a half-brother to 2009 Coolmore Stud Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winner Headway (Charge Forward). Having missed in 2018 and 2019, Chatelaine was covered by Toronado (High Chaparral) a year ago. Maurice shuttles to Arrowfield Stud where he stands for a fee of $44,000 (inc GST).
Ocean Park – Ocean Park (Thorn Park) saw his total stakes-winning tally rise to 17 when his son Southern Ocean (5 g ex Viana by Volksraad) landed the Sothys Spring Classic (Listed, 2000m) at Riccarton. The five-year-old gelding stayed on strongly to beat El Gladiador (Ghibellines) by a neck, while Dee And Gee (Darci Brahma) finished another nose away in third. The five-year-old gelding is out of Listed winner Viana (Volksraad) making the gelding a half-brother to two other winners. Ocean Park’s stakes-winning tally is headed by Group 1-winning trio; Kolding, Tofrane and Ocean Billy and the stallion stands at Waikato Stud for a fee of NZ$30,000 (plus GST).
Profitable – Darley’s Profitable (Invincible Spirit) sired his third individual stakes winner when Mr Professor (2 g ex Law Of The Range by Alhaarth) left his previous form behind to get the better of his more fancied rivals in the Silver Tankard Stakes (Listed, 1m) at Pontefract. The winner of two races earlier in the year, the juvenile was sent off a 16-1 chance after trailing in last on his sole previous try in stakes company but went on to beat odds-on favourite Westover (Frankel) by a neck with the first two pulling four lengths clear of the third home, Approachability (New Approach), in a well stretched out field. A 105,000 guineas (approx. AU$204,000) purchase out of last year’s October Book 2 yearling sale at Tattersalls, Mr Professor is the third foal out of the Listed winner Law Of The Range (Alhaarth). Profitable, who sired Royal Ascot’s Queen Mary Stakes (Gr 2, 5f) winner Quick Suzy, stood at Kildangan Stud in 2021, where his fee was listed as €10,000 (approx. AU$15,685).
Redoute’s Choice – The late breed-shaping Arrowfield Stud-based stallion Redoute’s Choice (Danehill) was represented by his 179th individual stakes winner courtesy of the Clarry Conners-trained Mokulua’s (3 f ex Dear Demi by Dehere) victory in the Moonee Valley Fillies’ Classic (Gr 2, 1600m). The Clarry Conners-trained filly relished the step back to 1600 metres, powering away for a facile two and three-quarter length victory over Whatafox (Foxwedge) with Maracana (Shamexpress) making ground very late for third, a further neck away. Mokulua is the second foal to race out of 2012 VRC Oaks (Gr 1, 2500m) winner Dear Demi. The mare produced a colt by unbeaten Champion Frankel (Galileo) last year and a filly by Coolmore Stud resident Pierro (Lonhro) this year. Redoute’s Choice, a three-time Australian champion stallion, died in 2019.
Ribchester – Flaming Rib (2 c ex Suddenly by Excelebration) gave his sire Ribchester (Iffraaj) a first individual stakes winner when he won the Doncaster Stakes (Listed, 6f). Chasing a fourth straight success after gaining three wins in handicap company, the Tom Dascombe-trained two-year-old led from pillar-to-post and stuck on well to the line in testing conditions to beat Deodar (Bated Breath) by a length with Mohi (Acclamation) a further nose distance back in third. “He’s been straightforward and has improved as the year has gone on. He’s rated 108 now and it takes a fair bit to get a two-year-old to that rating … He puts his head down and battles it out as well,” Dascombe said. Bred by Kildaragh Stud, the colt was a 35,000 guineas (approx. AU$ 64,500) purchase at the Tattersalls October Book 2 Sale in 2020. Flaming Rib is a first foal out of unraced mare Suddenly (Excelebration), who is a half-sister to Group 2 winner and German Derby (Gr 1, 2400m) second Savoir Vivre (Adlerflug) and also Listed winner Sussudio (Nayef). First season sire Ribchester currently stands at Haunui Farm in New Zealand for a fee of NZ$15,000 (Plus GST).
Savabeel – Waikato Stud’s star stallion Savabeel (Zabeel) had a good week, siring his 117th and 118th individual stakes winners. The first of those came courtesy of Noverre’s (3 c ex Magic Dancer by Rip Van Winkle) victory in the War Decree Stakes (Gr 3, 1600m) at Riccarton. The Jamie Richards-trained three-year-old beat Field Of Gold (Starspangledbanner) by a length and a quarter with Mackenzie Lad (Vespa) coming home another three and a half lengths adrift in third. Purchased by Te Akau supremo David Ellis for NZ$800,000 at Book 1 of the New Zealand Karaka Sale from the draft of Waikato Stud. The three-year-old colt is out of Group 3 winner Magic Dancer (Rip Van Winkle), who is herself out of Listed winner Dazzling Belle (Desert Sun). Savabeel is standing for a fee of NZ$100,000 (plus GST). Number 118 came when Cheaperthandivorce (4 m ex Boundless by Van Nistelrooy) won the Thompson Handicap (Gr 3 , 1600m) at Trentham. Cheaperthandivorce, a homebred for the Taylor family’s Trelawney Stud, defeated Justaskme (No Excuse Needed) by a length and three-quarters), with Crowning Star (Hallowed Crown) three lengths behind the winner in third. Cheaperthandivorce becomes the second stakes winner out of Group 1 winner Boundless. Boundless has a yearling filly by Charm Spirit (Invincible Spirit) and was covered by Almanzor (Wootton Bassett) last year.
Shamardal – Romantic Song (3 f ex Tearless by Street Cry) provided her sire Shamardal (Giant’s Causeway) with his 158th individual stakes winner when she won the Grosser Preis Des Gestuts Etzean (Listed, 1400m) at Hannover. The Henri-Alex Pantall-trained three-year-old went on to score a comfortable three length victory over Good Eye (Eishin Dunkirk) for Julien Guillochon with Anno Mio (Exceed And Excel) a further three-quarters of a length back in third. A Godolphin homebred, Romantic Song is the third foal out of Listed-winning mare Tearless (Street Cry) and is a half-sister to winner Nonchalance (Dubawi). Her dam is a half-sister to US Grade 2 winner Giants Play (Giant’s Causeway) and US Grade 3 winner Anjaz (Street Cry).
Shalaa – Arrowfield Stud shuttler Shalaa (Invincible Spirit) produced his fourth stakes winner when Semillion (2 c ex Sistonic by Bel Esprit) took out the Inglis Banner (RL, 1000m) at Moonee Valley. Ridden by Jye McNeil, the Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes-prepared Semillion was quick to begin and took up the early running. While he was challenged multiple times throughout, he kicked strongly upon straightening to come away from Lady Harlem (Sebring) by two lengths with Nobel (Exceed And Excel) a further length away in third. Offered by Blue Gum Farm at this year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, Semillion – out of Sistonic, a stakes-performed three-quarter sister to Black Caviar (Bel Esprit) – was purchased for $300,000 by Mark Player’s International Thoroughbred Solutions. Shalaa is standing at a fee of $44,000 (inc GST).
Snitzel – Arrowfield Stud-based sire Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) chalked up his 115th individual stakes winner when the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Generation (3 c ex Fontiton by Turffontein) added a first stakes success to his record in the Red Anchor Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) at Moonee Valley. The colt defeated Scissor Step (Toronado) by half a length, while they pulled three lengths clear of Sudoku (Rubick) who finished third. Generation is the final foal out of the deceased mare Fontiton (Turffontein), who landed the Blue Diamond Preview (Gr 3, 1000m) and Prelude (Gr 2, 1100m). Maher purchased the Generation in conjunction with Dermot Farrington for $575,000 from the Newgate Farm draft at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. Four-time Champion sire Snitzel stands at Arrowfield Stud for a fee of $165,000 (Inc GST).
Soldier Hollow – Soldier Hollow (In The Wings) sired his 55th individual stakes winner when his daughter Rosacea (2 f ex Relizane by Zamindar) registered her third successive win by taking out the Prix des Reservoirs (Gr 3, 1600m) at Deauville. The filly again showed her liking for testing ground as she beat Queen Trezy (Almanzor) by a length and a quarter on a track described as heavy. Batz (Bated Breath) was a further half a length away in third. The Haras De La Perelle homebred is the third foal out of Relizane (Zamindar) who herself is a half-sister to Canadian Group 1 winner Reggane (Red Ransom). Soldier Hollow, the sire of Ranvet Stakes (Gr 1, 2000m) and Doomben Cup (Gr 1, 2000m) winner Ivanhowe, stands at Gestut Auenquelle in Germany for an undisclosed fee.
Super Easy – Former New Zealand filly Dream Queen (2 f ex Hampton’s Gold by Gold Mine) scored her first victory in Australia when she took out the William Crockett Stakes (Listed, 1200m) at Moonee Valley and in the process handed her sire Super Easy (Darci Brahma) a seventh stakes winner. The Ben and JD Hayes-trained filly came with a sweeping run before just holding off the late surge of Our Heidi (Needs Further) by a nose with a further head back to New York Baby (Written Tycoon) in third. Originally offered through Gavelhouse in mid-2019 by Hallmark Stud, she was purchased for just NZ$1,500 by Kenny Rae. A winner of two of her four starts in New Zealand, she was then sold privately to Lindsay Park clients and was having just her second start in Australia. Super Easy stands for NZ$6,000 plus GST at Hallmark Stud in 2021.
Tavistock – Tavistock (Montjeu) continued his rich vein of form as he sired a new stakes winner in the shape of Flying Mascot (4 m ex Lucky Mascot by Zabeel), who won the Tesio Stakes (Gr 3, 1600m) at Moonee Valley. The Tom Dabernig-trained Flying Mascot stormed to victory by four and a half lengths over Starelle (More Than Ready), with Annavisto (Reliable Man) five and a half lengths behind the winner in third. Bred by Finemore Thoroughbreds, Flying Mascot was a $25,000 buy for Flying Start Syndications and Pinhook Bloodstock from the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale. A half-sister to Listed winner Koala Bear (Exceed And Excel), Flying Mascot is out of Zabeel (Sir Tristram) mare Lucky Mascot, continuing the exceptional Tavistock – Zabeel nick which has produced five of the late Tavistock’s six Group 1 winners, and 14 of his now 33 stakes winners.
Toronado – The Anthony Chibnall-trained Rainbiel (4 m ex Isles Of Wonder by Manhattan Rain) provided Swettenham Stud shuttler Toronado (High Chaparral) his 19th individual stakes winner – and eighth in Australia – when she won the Black Pearl Stakes (Listed, 1200m) at Geelong. Moving up well from her outside draw, the four-year-old mare settled comfortably in the lead and managed to break clear before turning for home, eventually beating Night Raid (Vancouver) by a length and a quarter with the same distance further back to the third-placed How Womantic (The Wow Signal). A shrewd $10,000 purchase for part-owner Leon McDonald at the 2019 Inglis Melbourne Gold Yearling Sale, Rainbiel now has four wins from 13 starts and has amassed over $280,000 in prize-money. A second foal out of placed-mare Isles Of Wonder (Manhattan Rain), Rainbiel is a sister to placed filly Isles Of Avalon. Toronado is covering his seventh book of mares at Swettenham Stud for an increased fee of $49,500 (inc GST), having been priced at $27,500 (inc GST).
Union Rags – Caramel Swirl (3 f ex Caramel Snap by Smart Strike) provided her sire Union Rags (Dixie Union) with his 21st individual stakes winner when she won the Raven Run Stakes (Gr 2, 7f) at Keeneland. Trained by William Mott and ridden by Junior Alvarado, the three-year-old filly was kept in the second half of the field before being asked to make headway two furlongs from home, coming with a strong run inside the final furlong and battling well to get the better of Joy’s Rocket (Anthony’s Cross) by a head. Cilla (California Chrome) was a further two lengths back in third. “This was a tough field and credit to Junior as well, he gave a great ride, and to the filly’s credit, (she) never gave up, showed a lot of grit and determination, and got the bob at the right time,” said Jimmy Bell, president and racing manager for Godolphin USA. A Godolphin homebred, Caramel Swirl is a third foal out of unraced mare Caramel Snap (Smart Strike), who is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Frosted (Tapit) and Grade 3 winner Indulgent (Bernardini). Union Rags stood at Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky in 2021 for a fee of US$30,0000 (approx. AU$40,000).
Wootton Bassett – The William Haggas-trained Ilaraab (4 c ex Belova by Soviet Star) got his breakthrough stakes victory when he won the St Simon Stakes (Gr 3, 1m 4f) at Newbury, providing Coolmore Stud shuttler Wootton Bassett (Iffraaj) with his 26th individual stakes winner. Finishing third in a pair of Group 3’s on his previous two starts, the four-year-old made good progress inside the final two furlongs of the race, looking the winner a long way out. When asked to win his race approaching the final furlong, the colt struck the front and stuck on well to beat Max Vega (Lope De Vega) by a length with Morando (Kendargent) a further length and three-quarters back in third. Bred by Mrs Maria Marron, Ilaraab was a 200,000 guineas purchase for Shadwell Estate Company at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in 2018. Wootton Bassett is covering his first book of mares at Coolmore’s Australian base and he is standing for a fee of $71,500 (inc GST).
Written Tycoon – Milton Park (4 g ex Gawne by Flying Spur) gave his sire Written Tycoon (Iglesia) his 44th individual stakes winner while also securing the biggest win of jockey Jarrod Fry’s career to date, as he rode the four-year-old to a pillar-to-post victory in the Sale Cup (Listed, 1600m). The John Moloney-trained gelding defeated Barbie’s Fox (Foxwedge) by two lengths with a further head back to Good And Proper (Shooting To Win) in third. The win was Fry’s first ever Victorian stakes race win and only second-ever stakes win overall, with his previous success coming way back in 2009 in the Hill Smith Stakes (Listed, 1800m). Milton Park is yet another winner to come out of the Seymour Cup (Listed, 1600m) that was held at Ballarat just a fortnight ago. Written Tycoon stands at Yulong Stud for a fee of $165,000 (inc. GST).
Zarak – Parnac (2 f ex Passing Burg by Sageburg) gave her sire Zarak (Dubawi) his second individual stakes winner when she won the Grosser Preis Der Mehl-Mulhens-Stiftung (Listed, 1400m) at Hannover. Trained by Andreas Wohler, the two-year-old filly ran out a length winner over Run For Me (Buratino) with the same distance further back to Goldana (Galileo Gold) in third. Bred and raced by Jean-Pierre Dubois, Parnac is the third foal out of Group-placed mare Passing Burg (Sageburg). Zarak stood at Haras de Bonneval in 2021 for a fee of €12,000 (approx. AU$18,700).