Stallion Watch

Two for Belardo

New first season sire winners

Elysium (2 f ex Sonning Rose by Hawk Wing) sprung a surprise in the Weld Park Stakes (Gr 3, 7f) at the Curragh on Saturday when the Noel Meade-trained juvenile ran out an impressive winner and became the second individual stakes winner for Darley first season sire Belardo (Lope De Vega). Held up at the rear by Billy Lee, she was switched left two furlongs out and came home strongly to win by a length and a half from Jim Bolger’s Aunty Bridy (Camacho) while the Joseph O’Brien-trained Thinking Of You (American Pharoah) was three-quarters of a length third and the favourite No Speak Alexander (Shalaa) was a close fourth. Elysium broke her maiden over five and a half furlongs on her second start at Navan in June and has been placed twice since. She is out of the Chesham Stakes (Listed, 7f) runner-up Sonning Rose (Hawk Wing) and was purchased by her trainer as a yearling for 15,000. Haunui Farm shuttler Belardo is also responsible for dual Group winner Isabella Giles and stands this season for $10,000 (+GST).


Darley’s Exosphere (Lonhro) sired his fifth individual winner and first in the northern hemisphere when Spherical (2 f ex Selfsame by Dansili) got off the mark at the seventh time of asking when landing a Le Mans claimer over 1400 metres on Friday. The Andrew Hollinshead-trained juvenile beat Kiss Pom (Pomellato) and Captain Lougie (Captain Chop) by two lengths and a short head. Spherical is a half sister to Hateya (Footstepsinthesand), a Listed winner in Sweden on Sunday. Exosphere stands for a fee of $16,500 (inc GST) at Kelvinside in 2020.

Pride Of Dubai

Pride Of Dubai (Street Cry) sired his 28th individual winner when Dubai Honour (2 c ex Mondelice by Montjeu) kept on strongly to get off the mark at the third time of asking in a mile novice contest at Haydock on Saturday. The William Haggas-trained colt beat Oman (Australia) by two and a half lengths, with Military Mission (Mastercraftsman) another length and a quarter away in third. A 110,000gns purchase at Tattersalls last year, Dubai Honour is the first foal out of the unraced Monelice (Montjeu), who herself is a half sister to the Group 3 winner Last Kingdom (Frankel). Pride Of Dubai stands for $38,500 at Coolmore Australia in 2020.

Darley stallions enjoyed more success in France on Friday when Numero Dix (2 c ex Timely Words by Galileo) provided Territories (Invincible Spirit) with his 13th individual winner. The Andre Fabre-trained newcomer made a winning debut when taking out a Chantilly maiden over 1200 metres by four lengths. Lozen (Showcasing) finished second, with Make Gold (Mayson) another length and a half back in third. Territories stands at Kelvinside for a fee of $11,000 in 2020. 

Rich Hill Stud shuttler Vadamos (Monsun) brought up winner number ten on Tuesday when Desert Empire (2 c ex Got To Dance by Selkirk) narrowly landed the Maiden Auction Stakes, Division II (1m) at Lingfield. The Ralph Beckett-trained gelding was making his debut under Tom Marquand and defeated Vino Victrix (Sir Percy) by half a length, with Hemsworth (New Approach) a further length behind in third. Vadamos will have his first southern hemisphere two-year-olds in the coming weeks; he stands for NZ$15,000 (plus GST) at Rich Hill Stud this season.

New Group/Grade 1 winners
Dialed In

Get Her Number (2 c ex Fancier by Bernstein) provided his sire Dialed In (Mineshaft) with a first Grade 1 winner after claiming the American Pharoah Stakes (Gr 1, 8.5f) at Santa Anita on Saturday. The switch to dirt proved key after two efforts on turf, with Get Her Number now given an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Gr 1, 8.5f) in November. Get Her Number defeated Rombauer by three-quarters of a length, with favourite Spielberg four and three-quarter lengths adrift in third. Dialed In, the sire of Breeders Cup Classic runner-up Gunnevera, stands at Darby Dan Farm in Kentucky, where he stood for a fee of US$20,000 (approx. AUD$28,500). 


Europe’s leading first season sire Mehmas (Acclamation) broke new ground on Saturday when Supremacy (2 c ex Triggers Broom by Arcano) provided him with a first elite level winner courtesy of a battling performance in the Middle Park Stakes (Gr 1, 6f) at Newmarket. Having his first shot at the highest level after landing the Richmond Stakes (Gr 2, 6f) at Goodwood in July, the Clive Cox-trained colt made all to see off the sustained challenge of 5-2 favourite Lucky Vega (Lope De Vega) by half a length, with another of Mehmas’ progeny, Minzaal, another two and a quarter lengths away back in third. A £65,000 purchase from Goffs last summer, Supremacy is the third foal out of Triggers Broom (Arcano), who herself is a half sister to Hong Kong Group 1 winner Xtension (Xaar). Mehmas, who also won the Richmond during his eight-race career, could only finish third in the Middle Park in the final race of his career before retiring to stud in 2016. He stood at Tally Ho Stud in Ireland for a fee of €7,500 (approx. AUD$12,400) in 2020. Bookmakers were impressed with Supremacy’s performance and cut him to 8-1 for next year’s Commonwealth Cup (Gr 1, 6f).

Mucho Macho Man

After twice placing in Grade 1 company, Mucho Unusual (4 m ex Not Unusual by Unusual Heat) struck at the elite level for the first time after victory in the Rodeo Drive Stakes (Gr 1, 10f) at Santa Anita on Saturday evening, providing her sire Mucho Macho Man (Macho Uno) with a second Group/Grade 1 winner. Mucho Unusual defeated Maxim Rate (Exchange Rate) by one and a quarter lengths with Lady Prancelot (Sir Prancelot) third. With victory, the George Krikorian homebred secured her place in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare in November. Mucho Macho Man, also the sire of three-time Grade 1 winner Mucho Gusto, stands at Adena Springs for US$10,000 (approx. AU$14,250).

No Nay Never

Former shuttler No Nay Never (Scat Daddy) sired his third individual elite level winner when Alcohol Free (2 f ex Plying by Hard Spun) came out on top in a thrilling edition of the Cheveley Park Stakes (Gr 1, 6f) at Newmarket on Saturday. Having just her third start, the Andrew Balding-trained filly saw off the persistent challenge of Miss Amulet (Sir Prancealot) and the fast finishing Umm Kulthum (Kodiac) to win by half a length and a head. A winner at Newbury on her debut, Alcohol Free was a well backed 7-2 chance lining up off the back of a second in the Dick Poole Stakes (Gr 3, 6f) at Sailsbury. Bred by Churchtown House Stud, Alcohol Free was a €40,000 purchase at Goffs in November 2018. She is the fourth foal out of the Hard Spun (Danzig) mare Plying, who has also produced the Listed winner Alexander James (Camelot). Plying herself is a half sister to the Group-placed winner Kissing Lights (Machiavellian). No Nay Never, who shuttled to Australia for four seasons, stood at Coolmore’s base in Ireland for a fee of €175,000 (approx. AUD$290,000) in 2020. The bookmakers introduced Alcohol Free as a 16-1 chance for next year’s 1,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m).

Written Tycoon

Arrowfield Stud and Woodside Park Stud’s Written Tycoon (Iglesia) brought up an interstate Group 1 double within 24 hours on Saturday when blueblood Ole Kirk (3 c ex Naturale by Bel Esprit) took out the Golden Rose Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m), following in the footsteps of Pippie’s victory in the A. J. Moir Stakes (Gr 1, 1000m) on Friday night. Ole Kirk became Written Tycoon’s tenth individual Group 1 winner after his narrow victory over North Pacific (Brazen Beau), giving trainers Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes a quinella in the $1 million feature. Written Tycoon stands at Arrowfield Stud for $77,000 (inc GST) in 2020.

New stakes winners
Cape Cross

The late Cape Cross (Green Desert) sired his 120th individual stakes winner when Walton Street (6 g ex Brom Felinity ex Encosta De Lago) got his head in front for the first time since February 2018 when landing Friday’s Godolphin Stakes (Listed, 1m 4f) at a blustery Newmarket. The Charlie Appleby-trained six-year, who was posting a fourth win in 14 starts, beat Aloe Vera (Invincible Spirit ) by a length and a half, with Laafy (Noble Mission) a further five and a half lengths adrift in third. A Darley homebred, Walton Street is the fifth foal out of Matriarch Stakes (Gr 2, 2000m) winner Brom Felinity (Encosta De Lago) who herself is  sister to Australian Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Delago Brom, out of the Group 2 winner Brompton Cross (El Qahira).

Deep Impact

Tomokazu Takano-trained five-year-old Centelleo (5 h ex Admire Kirameki by End Sweep) landed the Sankei Sho All Comers (Gr 2, 2200m) at Nakayama on Saturday and became the 160th individual stakes winner for his late sire Deep Impact (Sunday Silence). The entire got up by a nose from Curren Bouquetd’or (Deep Impact) while there was a further length and a quarter back to Stay Foolish (Stay Gold) in third. Centelleo was recording his fifth win from 16 starts, while he also ran fourth in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (Gr 1, 2200m) at Kyoto last November and ran second in the Mermaid Stakes (Gr 2, 2000m) at Hanshin on his last outing. 

Distorted Humor

Painting (4 m ex Hand Painted by AP Indy) became the 18th individual Group/Graded winner for her sire Distorted Humor (Forty Niner), after winning the Ontario Fashion Stakes (Gr 3, 6f) at Woodbine on Saturday evening. Painting defeated by a neck the former Lindsay Park-trained mare Victory Kingdom (Animal Kingdom), who was second in the Kewney Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) at Flemington in 2019, while Sav (Big Screen) was a distant third. Now a 27-year-old, Distorted Humor stands for US$50,000 (approx. AUD$70,000) at WinStar Farm. 


Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) winner Dunaden (Nicobar) sired his first stakes winner when Ranch Hand (4 g ex Victoria Montoya by High Chaparral) registered a surprise success in Thursday’s Rose Bowl Stakes (Listed, 2m) at Newmarket. Sent off the 15-2 outsider in the four-runner field, the Andrew Balding-trained four-year-old kept on well to defeat Withhold (Champs Elysees) by half a length. Ghostwatch (Dubawi) was another length and three-quarters away in third, while favourite Mildenberger (Teofilo) trailed in last. Thursday’s victory was a fourth in 12 starts for the homebred Ranch Hand, whose dam Victoria Montoya (High Chaparral) is a Listed-placed winning half sister to Group 2 winner Passing Glance (Polar Falcon) and Hidden Meadow (Selkirk), a winner at Group 3 level. Dunaden, who took out the Melbourne Cup in 2011 and also landed the following year’s Caulfield Cup (Gr 1, 2400m), died last year at the age of 13 due to complications following a paddock accident at his home at Overbury Stud. He has so far sired a total of nine individual winners from 30 runners.

Dutch Art

Cheveley Park Stud resident Dutch Art (Medicean) sired his 41st individual stakes winner when Bowerman (6 g ex Jamboretta by Danehill) continued his fine run of form on the all-weather with a victory in the Diamond Stakes (Gr 3, 1m 2.5f) at Dundalk on Friday night. The Adrian McGuiness-trained six-year-old beat Sky Seven (Helmet) by half a length, with Gold Maze (Golden Horn) a further two and a quarter lengths away in third. Formerly trained by Roger Varian, Bowerman has now won eight of his 18 starts, with a six from nine record on artificial surfaces. Dutch Art stood for a private fee in 2020.    

Exceed And Excel

The James Cummings-trained Coruscate (6 g ex Dazzler by More Than Ready) comfortably landed the Testa Rossa Stakes (Listed, 1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday to bring up the 176th individual stakes winner for 2012-13 champion sire Exceed And Excel’s (Danehill). Ridden by Damien Oliver, the gelding comfortably saw off eight-year-old Runson (Delzao) by two and a quarter lengths under, with favourite Order Of Command (Squamosa) a nose away third. Exceed and Excel stands at Darley NSW for $132,000. 

Fastnet Rock

Coolmore Stud’s Fastnet Rock (Danehill) brought up his 160th stakes winner on Friday night when Glenfiddich (3 c ex Nothin But A Dream by First Defence) broke through for his first black-type victory in the Bill Stutt Stakes (Gr 2, 1600m) at Moonee Valley. Ridden on the speed by Luke Nolen, the Peter Moody-trained Glenfiddich – who had 15 ratings points on his rivals, having twice been placed at Group 1 level – raced clear to score by two lengths over the strong-finishing Cherry Tortoni (Night Of Thunder) with a further head to Holyfield (I Am Invincible) in third. Fastnet Rock stands for $165,000 (inc GST) at Coolmore Australia this year.


Irish-bred I Am Superman (5 h ex Fastnet Lady by Fastnet Rock) earned Footstepsinthesand (Giant’s Causeway) his 65th individual stakes winner when landing Saturday’s Shannon Stakes (Gr 2, 1500m) at Rosehill. The Paul and Peter Snowden-trained I Am Superman, who had his first run for the stable earlier this year having moved from Michael O’Callaghan’s yard in Ireland, defeated Riodini (Proisir) by one and a quarter lengths, with Looks Like Elvis (All American) close behind in third. Footstepsinthesand, who won the 2,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) in 2005, stood at Coolmore in Ireland for a $15,000 (approx AUSD$24,825) fee in 2020. 


The great Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) sired his 329th individual stakes winner when the Aidan O’Brien-trained Dawn Patrol (3 c ex Gwynn by Darshaan) claimed a first stakes victory in the Loughbrown Stakes (Gr 3, 2m) at the Curragh on Saturday. He ran second to Tiger Moth in a Leopardstown maiden on his second start and was third to Santiago in the Irish Derby (Gr 1, 1m4f) before breaking his maiden at Naas in July. He then finished third in the Vinnie Roe (Listed, 1m6f) stakes and ran down the field in the St Leger (Gr 1, 1m6.5f) on his last start. He was held up on Saturday by Seamie Heffernan, got a gap down the rail entering the final furlong and broke through to lead before seeing off Barrington Court (Mastercraftsman) by three quarters of a length. Galileo also achieved his 328th individual stakes winner when his son High Definition (2 c ex Palace by Fastnet Rock) put in a barnstorming finish to take out Saturday’s Beresford Stakes (Gr 2, 1m) at the Curragh and in the process rocket to the head of the betting for next year’s Epsom Derby (Gr 1, 1m 4f). The Aidan O’Brien-trained juvenile appeared to have little chance of following up his debut win over the course and distance last month when sat last of the 13 runners straightening up, but he galloped strongly to the line under Seamie Heffernan, catching Monaasib (Bobby’s Kitten) late on to post the most unlikely of victories. Sent off the 9-5 favourite High Definition needed every yard of the mile trip to register his three-quarters of a length victory, with Snapraeterea (Buratino) a further three lengths away in third. The winner is the third foal out of the Fastnext Rock (Danehill) mare Palace, and follows his year older brother Innisfree in adding his name to the star-studded Beresford roll of honour. Galileo once again stood at Coolmore in Ireland for a private fee in 2020.


Gerardino Jet (3 c ex Ardena by Dalakhani) earned Henrythenavigator (Kingmambo) his 24th individual stakes winner when landing the Premio D’Estate (Listed, 1600m) at Milan on Saturday. The Mario Marcialis-trained colt saw off Cool And Dry (Sakhee’s Secret), with Only Time (Requinto) finishing third. 

Into Mischief

Spendthrift Farm’s Into Mischief (Harlan’s Holiday) sired his 79th individual stakes winner when Into Chocolate (4 f ex Candy Drawer by Candy Ride) got up late on to take out the Chillingworth Stakes (Gr 3, 6.5f) at Santa Anita on Friday night. The Clifford Sise Jnr-trained four-year-old was winning for the fourth time in 11 starts when beating favourite Qahira (Cairo Prince) by three-quarters of a length, that one edging out Amuse (Medaglia d’Oro) by a neck in their battle for second. Into Chocolate is the second foal out of Candy Drawer (Candy Ride), a half sister to the Grade 1 winner Harmonious (Dynaformer). Into Mischief stood at Spendthrift Farm’s Kentucky base for a fee of $175,000 (approx. AUD$249,000) in 2020.

Invincible Spirit

1,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) runner-up Cloak Of Spirits (3 f ex Pivotique by Pivotal) registered the first win of her three-year-old career and in the process provided Invincible Spirit (Green Desert) with his 129th individual stakes winner when taking out the Rosemary Stakes (Listed, 1m) at a blustery Newmarket on Friday. The Richard Hannon-trained filly benefitted from the drop in grade as she beat market leader Bounce The Blues (Excelebration) by half a length as a well backed 4-1 chance. Tomorrow’s Dream (Oasis Dream) was a further three lengths away in third. Now the winner of two of her nine starts, the homebred Cloak Of Spirits is the first foal out of the Pivotal (Polar Falcon) mare Pivotique, who herself is out of the winner Suba (Seeking The Gold) who is closely related to the great Dubawi (Dubai Millennium). Invincible Spirit stood at the Irish National Stud for a fee of €100,000 (approx. AUD$165,500) in 2020.  

Jimmy Choux 

Supreme Heights (5 m ex Summer Heights by Stark South) brought up Jimmy Choux’s (Thorn Park) fourth stakes success when winning the NZB Ready Sale Trainers Series (Gr 3, 1400m) at New Plymouth on Saturday. The Mark Broznan-trained five-year-old finished one and a half lengths in front of second placed London Express (Shamexpress), with Ladies First (Dylan Thomas) a further two and a half lengths back in third. Jimmy Choux, a five-time Group 1 winner, stands at Rosalee Park, WA.

Joshua Tree

Top Max (Joshua Tree) justified favouritism and gained a first stakes success in Sunday’s Grand Prix de la Region (Listed, 2100m) at Strasbourg. The Henri-Alex Pantall-trained four-year-old had been knocking on the door with placings in stakes races on his last three starts and became the first stakes winner for his sire Joshua Tree (Montjeu). Top Max took the honours by two and a half lengths from Gourmet (Dunkerque) while there was half a length back to Dato (Mount Nelson) in third. Royal Lodge (Gr 2, 1m) and three-time Canadian International (Gr 1, 1m4f) winner Joshua Tree started his stud career in 2015 at Haras du Grand Courgeon and has stood at Kilbarry Lodge Stud in Ireland since 2019 where his fee this year was €3,000 (approx. AUD$5,000).

Lope De Vega

Ballylinch Stud’s Lope de Vega (Shamardal) sired his 75th individual stakes winner when La Barrosa (2 c ex Bikini Babe by Montjeu) retained his unbeaten record with a victory in Thursday’s Somerville Tattersall Stakes (Gr 3, 7f) at Newmarket. Trained by Charlie Appleby for Godolphin, the juvenile followed up his debut success at Ascot earlier in the month with a length win over Dark Lion (Dark Angel) as the 4-7 favourite. Qaader (Night Of Thunder) was a further three-quarters of a length away in third. La Barrosa is a graduate of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, having been purchased at Park Paddocks last year for 750,000gns. Lope de Vega stood for €100,000 (approx. AUD$165,725) in 2020. 

Lord Of England

Placed in all previous starts, Peaches (2 f ex Peace Of Glory by Sholokov) broke her maiden on her fourth start in the Winterkonigin Trial (Listed, 1500m) at Cologne on Sunday, when stepping up to stakes company for the first time, and became the 18th individual black type winner for her sire Lord Of England (Dashing Blade). The Andreas Suborics-trained two-year-old charged up the rail in the closing stages to beat Amazing Grace (Protectionist) while Kaliyah (Charm Spirit) stayed on for third. Lord Of England stands at Gestut Etzean where his 2020 fee was €6,500.


Former Westbury Stud shuttle stallion Makfi (Dubawi) brought up his 33rd individual stakes winner on Saturday when French import Attorney (6 g ex Tia Kia by Montjeu) broke through for a first black-type win in the Colin Stephen Quality (Gr 3, 2400m) at Rosehill. The northern hemisphere-bred Attorney, trained by Matthew Smith, produced a strong staying effort to score by a length and a quarter over last year’s German St Leger (Gr 3, 2800m) runner-up Djukon (Jukebox Jury), with a nose to the winner’s stablemate Grey Lion (Galileo) in third. Makfi stands at Shizunai Stallion Station in Japan, where he has been based since 2017.

Ocean Park

New Zealand stallion Ocean Park (Thorn Park) sired his tenth individual stakes winner when the improving mare High Emocean (4 m ex High Joy by High Chaparral) took out Sunday’s R M Ansett Classic (Listed, 2415m) at Mornington. The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained High Emociean won the $140,000 Listed race by four and a half lengths over Tavirun (Tavistock) while Eureka Street (Street Cry) was a neck away in third. A winner of four of her past five starts, High Emocean was an NZ$80,000 purchase from the Wentwood Grange draft by Darren Weir and agent John Foote. “That was fantastic, she’s an amazing little filly, she’s very brave,” Eustace said post-race. “It was the plan to come here and win a stakes race with her being a mare. She’s a genuine stayer, so a Sandown Cup would have to be a consideration for her, or a staying race over the carnival at Flemington.” Ocean Park stands at Waikato Stud for a fee of NZ$20,000 (plus GST).

Pastoral Pursuits 

Ventura Rebel (3 c ex Finalize by Firebreak) earned Pastoral Pursuits (Bahamian Bounty) his 13th individual stakes winner when landing Saturday’s Renaissance Stakes (Gr 3, 6f) at the Curragh under Declan McDonogh. The Richard Fahey-trained colt, who had only run into a place once in his previous five starts this season and was winless since May 2019, produced a gritty performance to defeat Forever In Dreams (Dream Ahead) by half a length, with Stewards’ Cup (6f) winner Summerghand (Lope De Vega) finishing two lengths behind the winner in third. Ventura Rebel, bred by Crossfields Bloodstock, was bought for £28,000

at Tattersalls in 2018. He won his first two starts at Thirsk and Ascot last year, but this was his first victory since, with a third place in this year’s Commonwealth Cup (Gr 1, 6f) his best effort prior to Saturday. Pastoral Pursuits stood at Norton Grove Stud in Yorkshire for £2,000 (approx. AUD$3,600) in 2020. 


Road To Arc (3 c ex First Choice by Exit to Nowhere) won the Premio Conte Felice Scheibler (Listed, 2000m) at Rome on Sunday and became the fourth individual stakes winner for his sire Planteur (Danehill Dancer). Aldrodovar (Lord Chaparral) finished second with Presidential Sweet (Golden Horn) in third. Planteur, who scored his Group 1 in the Prix Ganay (Gr 1, 2100m), stands at Haras du Grand Courgeon for a fee of €2,500 (approx. AUD$4,000). 

Rip Van Winkle

The late Irish-bred stallion Rip Van Winkle (Galileo) produced his 32nd individual stakes winner on Saturday when Subpoenaed (4 m ex Notice Received by O’Reilly) landed the Golden Pendant (Gr 2, 1400m) at Rosehill Gardens. Subpoenaed, trained by Chris Waller, took the $392,000 race in convincing fashion, defeating Emeralds (Sebring) by one and a quarter lengths, with Sharaco Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) runner-up Jen Rules (Redoute’s Choice) back in third. Subpoenaed’s well-fancied stable companion Haut Brion Her (Zoustar), who won the Sharaco, finished back in seventh. Rip Van Winkle, who was standing at Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand, died in August aged 14.


The Lindsay Hatch-trained Jadentom (7 m ex Like The Wind by Deputy Governor) provided Rothesay (Fastnet Rock) with his seventh individual stakes winner when landing the Weetwood Handicap (Listed, 1200m) at Toowoomba on Saturday. Ridden by Andrew Mallyon, the mare defeated Red Chase (Red Element) by three quarters of a length, with Fiery Price (Hidden Dragon) running into third at a big price. Rothesay, who also sired Group 1 winner Rothfire, stands at Lyndhurst Stud Farm for $4,950 (inc GST). 


The late Shamardal (Giant’s Causeway) sired his 150th individual stakes winner when Algiers (3 c ex Antara by Platini) took out the Prix Turenne (Listed, 2400m) at Saint-Cloud on Wednesday. The Andre Fabre-trained three-year-old was registering his second win in six starts when beating Zeyrek (Sea The Stars) and Dick Whittington (War Command) by a length and three-quarters and a length and a quarter. The Godolphin homebred is the fourth foal out of the Platini (Surumu) mare Antara, whose trio of Group 3 wins included back to back victories in Epsom’s Princess Elizabeth Stakes (Gr 3, 1m).  

Shamus Award

Swats That (3 f ex Is It A Mosquito by Bel Esprit), an ANZ Bloodstock News Maiden of the Week after her debut win at Bendigo in March, became the eighth stakes winner for Rosemont Stud’s Shamus Award (Snitzel) when she took out Friday’s Scarborough Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) at Moonee Valley. Stuck wide throughout under John Allen, the Leon and Troy Corstens-prepared Swats That raced clear on the home bend and maintained that advantage to the line, defeating Highly Discreet (Street Boss) by two lengths with Dirty Thoughts (So You Think) a further nose away third. Shamus Award stands for $19,800 (inc GST) at Rosemont Stud this season.


Haras de Bonneval resident Siyouni (Pivotal) sired his 38th individual stakes winner when Darkness (2 c ex Kerila by Makfi) came out on top in a tight finish to Thursday’s Criterium de Lyon (Listed, 1600m) at Lyon Parilly. The Jean-Claude Rouget-trained juvenile was winning for the third time in five starts when beating Euphoria (Sepoy) and Colosseo (Street Boss) by a short neck and a neck. Siyouni stood for a fee of €100,000 (approx. AUD$165,750) in 2020.


Three-time North American champion sire Tapit (Pulpit) brought up his 136th individual stakes winner, but his first in Australia on Saturday when Love Tap (3 g ex Smokey’s Love by Forestry) took out the Gloaming Stakes (Gr 3, 1800m) at Rosehill. Sent out an odds-on favourite after wins at Nowra and Goulburn to begin his career, the Richard and Michael Freedman-prepared Love Tap led all the way under a well-judged Nash Rawiller ride to defeat Street Dancer (Pride Of Dubai) by a length and three-quarters with a nose to the regally-bred Bucharest (Deep Impact) in third. Love Tap, the year-younger half-brother to American Grade 1 winner Fighting Mad (New Year’s Day), was purchased by Dynamic Syndications for $110,000 at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. Tapit stood at Gainesway Farm in Kentucky for $200,000 (approx. AUD$284,500) in 2020.

Written Tycoon

Not only did Written Tycoon produce Saturday’s Golden Rose victor, but he also brought up his 36th individual stakes winner later in the afternoon when Stageman (6 g ex Best Feature by Secret Savings) took out the Black Heart Bart Stakes (Listed, 1200m) at Belmont at his first start since December. It was the first time the race, registered as the Birthday Stakes, had been named in honour of Perth star Black Heart Bart (Blackfriars), who twice won the Underwood Stakes (Gr 1, 1800m) at Caulfield on this day. Ridden by Clint Johnston-Porter, the Adam Durrant-trained Stageman – who finished second in the race last year – swept up well in the straight, hanging in but holding a long head advantage over Cup Night (Maschino) at the line, with Dance Music (War Chant) another length and a half away in third. Purchased for $310,000 out of the 2016 Inglis Ready2Race Sale, the Bob Peters-owned Stageman traces back to Group 1 winner Miss Margaret (Marscay), who was also bought by Peters as a yearling.


Zoffany (Dansili) registered his 37th individual stakes winner when import Al Galayel (7 g ex Glympse by Spectrum) continued his good run of form by adding Friday’s JRA Cup (Gr 3, 2040m) to his record. Sent out as favourite off the back of his defeat of Naturalism Stakes (Gr 3, 2000m) winner Orderofthegarter (Galileo), the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Al Galayel looped the field and raced away to score by two and a quarter lengths; Plein Ciel (Mamool) filled second, with the same margin back to 2018 ATC Australian Derby (Gr 1, 2400m) hero Levendi (Pierro) in third. Zoffany, who shuttled to Australia for four seasons from 2012 to 2015, stood at Coolmore’s Irish base for €22,500 (approx. AUD$37,150) this year.