Stallion Watch

Third for Brave Smash

New winners
Brave Smash (pictured above) – Brave Smash’s (Tosen Phantom) good start in the breeding barn continued apace when his daughter Brave Strike (2 f ex Taste Of Money by Not A Single Doubt) became the stallion’s third individual winner when she broke her maiden at the first time of asking in the Amelia Park 2YO Plate (1100m) at Ascot. The filly came out on top in a blanket finish to beat Bonny Rock (Awesome Rock) by a nose, while Khutos (Santos) was a further three and a quarter lengths adrift in third. A $6,000 Inglis Digital weanling, Brave Strike was traded again two months later when fetching $25,000 from the bid of Simon Miller at the Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale. Brave Strike joins Brave Halo and Szabo as the stallion’s other winners. Brave Smash, who has now had 14 individual starters, stood at Aquis for a fee of $22,000 (inc GST) in 2022. 

Mendelssohn – Former Coolmore Stud shuttler Mendelssohn (Scat Daddy) sired his first juvenile winner in Australia in the shape of Felix The Scat (2 c ex Miss Pocket Rocket by Smart Missile), who broke his maiden at Doomben on his third start. Having finished fifth on debut and third on his second start, the colt scooted away to beat Crimson Warning (Defcon) by an emphatic four and a quarter lengths, while Mishani Mustique (Kobayashi) was another half a length away in third. Felix The Scat is from the first and only southern hemisphere crop of Mendelssohn, who stood at Coolmore Australia’s base for one season in 2019 where he covered 71 mares at a fee of $17,600 (inc GST). Globally, Mendelssohn is the sire of 38 individual winners from 108 starters and they are headed by Grade 2 scorer Delight. 

Performer – Para Park Chance (2 g ex First Plan, by Henrythenavigator) became the second winner for Aquis Farm’s first-season sire Performer (Exceed And Excel) from nine runners when the gelding made a successful debut in a maiden handicap over 1100 metres at Rockhampton. Trained by John Wigginton, Para Park Chance, who had twice finished second in trials at Rockhampton, narrowly defeated Leibert Lass (Encryption), the front two pulling almost four lengths clear of the remainder who were led home by Mistrey Emperor (Kobayashi). Para Park Chance became one of two winners from three foals to race out of the Henrythenavigator (Kingmambo) mare First Plan. Mishani Maverick became the sire’s first winner when breaking his maiden back in October for Les Ross, also in Queensland.

Trapeze Artist – Widden Stud’s first season sire Trapeze Artist (Snitzel) earned his third individual winner courtesy of Introducing (2 c ex Smokin’ Alice by Smoke Glacken), who made an impressive start to his racing career when winning a two-year-old maiden over 1000 metres at Warwick Farm. The James Harron Bloodstock Colts-owned juvenile held off Capital Heart (Capitalist) to win by a long neck under Brett Prebble as the $2.45 favourite. A half-brother to three-time Magic Millions raceday winner Eleven Eleven (Fastnet Rock), Introducing was purchased by Harron from the Edinburgh Park draft at last year’s Inglis Easter sale for $380,000. Smokin’ Alice died last year with Introducing her final foal. Trapeze Artist, who has now had 12 starters, stood the 2022 breeding season for a fee of $55,000 (inc GST). 

U S Navy Flag – Chantilly Lace (2 f ex On The Move by More Than Ready) became the first southern hemisphere-bred winner from 12 runners for The Oaks resident stallion U S Navy Flag (War Front). The Chrissy Bambry-trained filly broke her maiden at her fourth start, winning a 1200-metre two-year-old contest at Wanganui by two and a half lengths. Chantilly Lace was bought by Bambry for $66,000 in conjunction with Paul Moroney from the Valachi Downs Unreserved Young & Racing Stock Dispersal on Gavelhouse Plus last year. Out of the More Than Ready (Southern Halo) mare On The Move, she is a granddaughter of Group 1 winner Russeting (Commands).

 

New Group / Grade 1 winners
Cable Bay – Former Woodside Park shuttler Cable Bay (Invincible Spirit) was handed his first elite-level winner as a stallion when his son Uncommon James (4 g ex  Pickabee by Jet Spur) showed a brilliant turn of foot to land the Oakleigh Plate (Gr 1, 1100m) at Sandown. Trained by Steve O’Dea and Matt Hoysted, the four-year-old gelding proved too strong for his rivals, beating Lofty Strike (Snitzel) by three-quarters of a length, while Asfoora (Flying Artie) was another long-neck away in third. Uncommon James is  a homebred for Lavin Park Racing and Breeding. Cable Bay shuttled to Australia for four seasons where he covered 403 mares. He has sired eight individual stakes winners, with Uncommon James and Western Australian Listed-winning filly Flying Missile his two stakes winners in Australia. Cable Bay has had 264 individual starters.

Invader – Aquis Farm stallion Invader (Snitzel) recorded his first stakes and Group 1 winner as a stallion in Randwick’s Surround Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m), thanks to his filly Sunshine In Paris (3 f ex Zenaida by Zabeel). The filly won by a nose ahead of Ruthless Dame (Tavistock) and Coolmore Stud Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winner In Secret (I Am Invincible), who finished a head from the winner in third. Invader has sired 21 individual winners from 59 runners in his short career at stud, having just stood his fourth season for a fee of $22,000 (inc GST). 

Per Incanto – Little Avondale Stud resident Per Incanto (Street Cry) sired his sixth individual Group 1 winner courtesy of the Lindsay Park-trained Little Brose’s (2 c Mohegan Sky by Straight Man) victory in the Blue Diamond Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) at Sandown. The colt defeated Don Corelone (Extreme Choice) by a length, while the winner’s stablemate Arkansaw Kid (Harry Angel) finished another neck away in third. Little Brose is Per Incanto’s  second Group 1 winner in Australia, joining Newmarket Handicap (Gr 1, 1200m) winner Roch ‘N ‘Horse. Per Incanto, who has had 502 starters, stands at Little Avondale for a fee of $50,000 (plus GST). 

Twice Over – See It Again (3 c ex Supreme Vision by Visionaire) left his previous form firmly in the past when running out a shock winner of the Cape Derby (Gr 1, 2000m) at Kenilworth. Lining up off the back of an unplaced finish in handicap company, the Michael Roberts-trained colt belied his odds of 40-1 as he beat the warm favourite Charles Dickens (Trippi) by a length and a quarter to become the fourth individual elite-level winner for Twice Over (Observatory). Without Question (The United States) was another to run a huge race, finishing a further length and a quarter away in third. Twice Over, who has now had 404 starters, stands at Klawervlei Stud for a fee of R10,000 (approx. AU$805). 

 

New stakes winners
Candy Ride – Lane’s End Farm resident Candy Ride (Ride The Rails) sired his 110th individual stakes winner when Confidence Game (3 c ex Eblouissante by Bernardini) took out the Rebel Stakes (Gr 2, 8.5f) at Oaklawn Park. The Keith Desormeaux-trained colt beat Red Route Run (Gun Runner) by a length, with Reincarnate (Good Magic) another length-and-a-half away in third. Confidence Game is out of the winning Bernardini (A. P. Indy) mare Eblouissante, herself a half-sister to Hall of Famer Zenyatta (Street Cry). Confidence Game is her first black-type winner from seven foals, three of which have raced, with two victorious. Desormeaux purchased the colt at the 2021 Keeneland September Yearling Sale from the Lane’s End consignment for just US$25,000. Candy Ride, who has now had 1,228 starters, stands for a fee of US$75,000 (approx. AU$111,500).

Capitalist – Newgate Farm stallion Capitalist (Written Tycoon) was provided with his 11th individual stakes winner when the Chris Waller-trained Lazzago (Capitalist) ran out an impressive scorer of the Sweet Embrace (Gr 2, 1200m) at Randwick. The two-year-old was a stylish winner of her maiden at Randwick in December and headed into Saturday’s contest having finished fourth behind Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) favourite Learning To Fly (Justify) in the Inglis Millennium (RL, 1100m). She showed her class, bouncing back to winning form when defeating Facile (Trapeze Artist) by head and Blanc De Blanc (I Am Invincible), who ran another gallant race to finish a further neck away in third. Capitalist’s (Written Tycoon) stakes winners are headed by Group 1 winner-turned-Kia Ora Stud-based sire Capitvant. The sire, who has had 270 runners, stood for a fee of $99,000 (inc GST) in 2022. 

Caravaggio – Caravaggio (Scat Daddy) sired his ninth individual stakes winner, and first in Japan, when the progressive Aguri (3 c ex Old Time Waltz by War Front) took his record to five wins in nine starts with a victory in the Hankyu Hai (Gr 3, 1400m) at Hanshin. Trained by Takayuki Yasuda, the colt beat Daddy’s Vivid (Kizuna) by a neck with a gap of two and a half lengths back to Ho O Amazon (King Kamehameha) in third. Aguri is the first foal out of the winning War Front (Danzig) mare Old Time Waltz, who herself is out of the US Grade 1 winner Together (Galileo). Former Coolmore stallion Caravaggio, who has now had 224 starters, now stands at Shizunai Stallion Station for a fee of ¥3,000,000 (approx. AU$32,570).

Commissioner – The now Saudi-based stallion Commissioner (A. P. Indy) sired his tenth individual stakes winner from 219 starters when his son Commissioner King (3 c ex Ek Haseena by Songandaprayer) struck for the locals in the Saudi Derby (Gr 3, 1600m) at Riyadh. Now the winner of three of his four starts, Commissioner King beat the well-fancied US challenger Havnameltdon (Uncpatured) by a head. Derma Sotogake (Mind Your Biscuits) finished two lengths behind the winner in third. 

Dynasty – Saartjie (3 f ex Shaama by Redoute’s Choice) became the 83rd individual stakes winner for Dynasty (Fort Wood) when she made it three wins from six starts with a victory in the Cape Oaks (Listed, 2000m) at Kenilworth. Trained by Andre Nel, the filly beat Hold My Hand (Gold Standard) by a length with Broadway Girl (Master Of My Fate) another head away in third. A two-time winner in South Africa, Shaama (Redoute’s Choice) is out of the Brisbane Group 1 winner Absolut Glam (Snowland). Multiple South African champion stallion Dynasty, who has now had 704 starters, died in 2019 at the age of 19. 

Fastnet Rock – Coolmore Stud’s stalwart stallion Fastnet Rock (Danehill) moved closer to the magical 200 stakes winners mark when he chalked up his 192nd individual stakes winner when Corniche (2 c ex Montsegur by New Approach) broke his maiden in the Skyline Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) at Randwick. A Godolphin homebred and trained by James Cummings, the two-year-old colt was stakes-placed in his previous two starts but entered the Group 2 feature still winless from three outings. However, he defeated Shinzo (Snitzel) by one and a half lengths and Bases Loaded (Deep Field), who was another neck away in third, to secure his place in the Golden Slipper. Fastnet Rock, who has now had 2,096 starters, stood for a fee of $165,000 (inc GST) in 2022. 

Gimmethegreenlight – Varsfontein Stud resident Gimmethegreenlight (More Than Ready) sired his 51st individual stakes winner courtesy of a victory by Live My Life (4 f ex Muamba by Pure Prize) in the Prix Du Cap (Gr 3, 1400m) at Kenilworth. The Dennis Drier-trained four-year-old moved her own tally on to four wins in 11 starts as she beat red-hot favourite Captain’s Ransom (Captain Al) by a length and a half. Gimme’s Lassie (Gimmethegreenlight) was a further length and three-quarters behind in third. Champion sire Gimmethegreenlight, who has now had 572 starters, stands for a fee of R160,000 (approx. AU$12,880).

I Am Invincible – Three-year-old filly Shuffle Dancer (3 f ex Palace Talk by Street Cry) showed her strength to take out the Angus Armanasco Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) and provide I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) with a 91st individual stakes winner. Shuffle Dancer won by a head in defeating Royal Merchant (Merchant Navy) while Call Di (Frankel) finished two lengths from the winner in third. Trained by Peter Moody, Shuffle Dancer took her career earnings to over $300,000 after just six starts, and will look to add to that tally in next month’s Kewney Stakes (Gr 2, 1600m) at Flemington. I Am Invincible, who has had 992 starters, stood the 2022 season for a fee of $247,500 (inc GST).

Profitable – Darley’s Profitable (Invincible Spirit) sired his seventh individual stakes winner when Kimngrace (4 f ex Estonia by Exceed And Excel) overcame a wide draw to take out the Hever Sprint Stakes (Listed, 5f) at Lingfield. Making her first start since October, the Richard Hughes-trained filly won for the fourth time on her 14th outing as she beat favourite Tone The Barone (Lope De Vega) by half a length. Miss Nay Never (No Nay Never) was the same margin away in third. Kimngrace is the best of four winners out of the Exceed And Excel (Danehill) mare Estonia. Profitable, who has now had 183 starters, stands at Kildangan Stud for a fee of €9,000 (approx. AU$14,160).

Shalaa – Arrowfield Stud stallion Shalaa (Invincible Spirit) sired his 11th individual stakes winner, and fifth in Australia, when the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained Recommendation (3 g ex Adviso by Street Cry) landed the Zeditave Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) at Sandown. The three-year-old gelding stayed on all the way to the line to beat Wee Nessy (Snitzel) by a head, while Rich Fortune (Ruff Enuff) was another three-quarters of a length back in third. Recommendation is out of the unraced Street Cry (Machiavellian) mare Adviso, making him a half-brother to winning duo Mon Amore (Sebring) and King Adviso (Animal Kingdom). Adviso, herself a half-sister to Listed winner Sailing Solo (Smart Strike), is out of multiple Grade 1 winner Proviso (Dansili). Shalaa’s stakes winners are headed by European Group 1 scorer Speak No Alexander, while his southern hemisphere crop is led by Group 2 scorer Seven Veils. Shalaa, who has had 423 runners, stands for a fee of $33,000 (inc GST). 

So You Think – Coolmore Stud sire So You Think (High Chaparral) earned a stakes-winning double, with the first of his black type winners Right You Are (6 g ex Leica Ding by Redding) providing the sire with a 48th individual stakes winner. Right You Are landed his first stakes victory in the Victoria Gold Cup (Listed, 2100m) at Sandown, winning as the $1.55 favourite by a length and a quarter, defeating Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) winner Vow And Declare (Declaration Of War) and Amade (Casamento), who finished a length and a half further back in third. So You Think’s second black-type win of the afternoon, and 49th individual stakes winner, came in the shape of Think About It (4 g ex Tiare by Flying Spur), who won the Liverpool City Cup (Gr 3, 1300m) at Randwick. So You Think, who has had 781 runners, stood the 2022 breeding season for a fee of $93,500 (inc GST).  

Street Boss – Pericles (3 g ex Accessories by Singspiel) became the 62 individual stakes winner for Street Boss (Street Cry) when running out a comprehensive winner of the Autumn Classic (Gr 2, 1800m) at Sandown. The James Cummings-trained gelding notched his first stakes success in dominant fashion, winning by two and three-quarter lengths ahead of Mr Maestro (Savabeel) and Ausbred Rising Sun (Maurice), who finished a further head back in third. Street Boss, who has had 1,191 runners, stands at Kelvinside for a fee of $77,000 (inc GST). 

Trippi – The highly tried Pacaya (4 c ex Ash Cloud by Black Minnaloushe) became the 90th individual stakes winner for Trippi (End Sweep) when he landed the Jet Master Stakes (Listed, 1600m) at Kenilworth. Trained by Justin Snaith, the Grade 1 performer notched his fourth win in 11 starts as he beat Quasiforsure (Quasillo) by a head. Zapatillas (Master Of My Fate) finished third, a length from the winner. US Grade 1 winner Trippi, who has now had 1,019 starters, stands at Drakenstein Stud for a private fee.

What A Winter – What A Winter (Western Winter) took his tally of individual stakes winners to 22 courtesy of a success for Winter Cloud (2 f ex Montelissima by Montjeu) in the Cape Of Good Hope Nursery (Gr 3, 1200m) at Kenilworth. Trained by Candice Bass-Robinson, Winter Cloud has now won two of her three starts after defeating Distant Winter (What A Winter) by a length and a quarter. Golden Tatjana (Erupt) finished third, another three-quarters of a length away. What A Winter, who has now had 464 starters, stands at Drakenstein Stud for a fee of R70,000 (approx. AU$5,650).

Your Song – Gooree Park Stud resident Your Song (Fastnet Rock) earned his sixth individual stakes winner when Jaja Chaboogie (6 m ex Jaja by Dehere) won the Vamos Stakes (Gr 3, 1400m) at Launceston. The Julie Richards-trained six-year-old won by a neck ahead of Sirene Stryker (Stryker) and In Her Stride (Stratum Star), who finished a head further back in third. Formerly trained by Kris Lees, Jaja Chaboogie, who was passed in as a yearling, is the first stakes winner out of the unraced Jaja (Dehere). Your Song, who has now had 335 starters, stood the 2022 breeding season for a fee of $5,500 (inc GST). 

Zoustar – Zoustar (Northern Meteor) filly Zourion (2 f ex Irion by Danroad) remained unbeaten from two starts when winning the Breeders’ Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) at Matamata. The filly earned her sire a 34th individual stakes winner as she held off Lowe Flying (Tivaci) to score by a length and a quarter, while there was a further five and three-quarter lengths back to Pignan (Staphanos) in third. Two-year-old Zourion was purchased by David Ellis for $475,000 from the 2022 New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Premier Yearling Sale, and is raced in the Cambridge Stud silks. Zoustar, who stood for $198,000 (inc GST) in 2022 at Widden Stud, has had 621 runners.