Stallion Watch

Third for Harry Angel

New winners

Harry Angel (pictured above) – Tom Kitten (2 c ex Transfers by Street Cry) became the third southern hemisphere foaled winner for Darley shuttler Harry Angel (Dark Angel), when the James Cummings-trained colt pounced to land a 1300-metre maiden at Warwick Farm. Ridden by Nash Rawiller, Tom Kitten built on the promise of last month’s debut fourth to beat Make A Call (Extreme Choice) by a long-neck. A half-brother to the Canberra Guineas (Listed, 1400m) winner Promotions (Exceed And Excel), Tom Kitten is the fourth winner from as many to race from the Street Cry (Machiavellian) mare Transfers. Harry Angel stood last breeding season at Kelvinside for a fee of $16,500 (inc GST).

The Autumn Sun – Tulsi (2 f ex Talimena by Lonhro) provided Arrowfield Stud’s first season sire The Autumn Sun (Redoute’s Choice) with a first winner from three runners when scoring in a 1000-metre maiden at Tauherenikau. Ridden by Michael McNab for trainers Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard, the filly was sent off the $2.10 favourite and came home strongly in the closing stages to grab No Rain Ever (No Nay Never) by a head at the line, with the pair pulling two-and-a-quarter-lengths clear of Chantilly Lace (US Navy Flag) in third. Tulsi was the most expensive lot sold at last year’s Inglis Classic Yearling Sale when she was purchased by Glenn Burrows Bloodstock to the tune of $550,000. She is the first winner to come out of the winning Lonhro (Octagonal) mare Talimena, a half-sister to Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winner Kiamichi (Sidestep) and stakes scorer Cossetot (Epaulette). The Autumn Sun stands for a fee of $66,000 (inc GST).

Trapeze Artist – Allaboutella (2 f ex Zelady’s Night Out by Myboycharlie) provided Widden Stud’s first-season sire Trapeze Artist (Snitzel) with his second individual winner from ten starters when she made a winning debut at Newcastle. Ridden by Keagan Latham for Michael Freedman, the filly showed plenty of determination and ability to narrowly have her head down at the right moment late in the 900-metre contest, denying Full Revolution (Russian Revolution) by a short-head with a head further back to Legolas (Capitalist) in third place. A $430,000 purchase for Suman Hedge Bloodstock from the Vinery Stud draft at last year’s Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, Allaboutella was the most expensive yearling by her sire sold at the sale. Bred by Phoenix Thoroughbreds, she runs for Iskander Racing and Breeding in partnership with Hedge. Allaboutella is the first foal out of the BJ McLachlan Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) winner Zelady’s Night Out (Myboycharlie), herself a half-sister to four-time stakes winner Excites Zelady (Excites). Champion three-year-old Trapeze Artist stands for a fee of $55,000 (inc GST).

New stakes winners

Blame – Litigate (3 c ex Salsa Diavola by Mineshaft) became the 44th individual stakes winner for Claiborne Farm’s Blame (Arch) when he marked himself out as a potential Kentucky Derby (Gr 1, 10f) hope with a victory in the Sam F Davis Stakes (Gr 3, 8.5f) at Tampa Bay Downs. The Todd Pletcher-trained colt made it two wins in three starts as he beat Groveland (Street Sense) by a length and a quarter with a further length and a half back to Classic Car Wash (Noble Bird) in third. A US$370,000 purchase from Nursery Place’s consignment to the 2021 September Yearling Sale at Keeneland, Litigate is the sole winner of five foals out of Salsa Diavola (Mineshaft). Litigate’s second dam, Miss Salsa (Unbridled), a half-sister to Mutakddim (Seeking The Gold), produced Graded stakes winner Pacific Ocean (Bodemeister). Blame, who has now had 524 individual starters, stands for a fee of US$25,000 (approx. AU$36,150). 

Brazen Beau – Belsielle (5 m ex Catherine Louise by Lonhro) provided Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible) with a 21st individual stakes when landing the Bow Mistress Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) at Hobart. Sent off a $17 chance under Craig Newitt, the David and Coral Feek-trained five-year-old mare came with a late effort from well back in the field to beat Embeller (Super One) by one and a quarter lengths, with a further head back to Sirene Stryker (Stryker) in third. Belsielle is the lone winner from two to race out of the Caulfield winner Catherine Louise (Lonhro), who had not been covered in three years before being one of eight mares to visit the Redoute’s Choice (Danehill) stallion Great Choice in 2021. James Cummings took a big step towards training his first ever Blue Diamond Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winner when Exploring (2 f ex Cristobal by Exceed And Excel) landed the Blue Diamond Prelude (F) (Gr 2, 1100m) at Sandown. Sent off a $15 chance under Craig Williams, Exploring made all in the Group 2 contest and found plenty under just hands and heels riding to score impressively, beating Party For Two (Sidestep) by a length to provide Brazen Beau with his 22nd individual stakes winner from 433 starters. The front two finished a further three-quarters of a length ahead of Extreme Threat (Extreme Choice) in third. The first foal out of the Group 3-placed winning mare Cristobal (Exceed And Excel), Exploring is a sixth-generation descendent of the Golden Slipper Stakes winner Fairy Walk (Minor Portion). Cristobal has a yearling colt and colt foal by Street Boss (Street Cry), while she was covered by Spirit Of Boom (Sequalo) on October 8. Darley stallion Brazen Beau stands at Northwood Park for a fee of $44,000 (inc GST).

Candy Ride – Lane’s End Farm resident Candy Ride (Ride The Rails) sired his 109th individual stakes winner when Hit Show (3 c ex Actress by Tapit) proved to be a cut above his six rivals by posting a five and a half length romp in the rearranged Withers Stakes (Gr 3, 9f) at Aqueduct. Trained by Brad Cox, the colt justified his position as favourite as he finished in front of leading market rival Arctic Arrogance (Frosted), who himself pulled six and a quarter lengths clear of the third home, General Banker (Central Banker). Owned and bred by Gary and Mary West, Hit Show is a son of Grade 2-winning Tapit (Pulpit) mare Actress. Candy Ride, who has now had 1287 individual starters, stands for a fee of US$75,000 (approx. AU$108,425).

Exceed And Excel – Darley’s Exceed And Excel (Danehill) sired a pair of big-race winners on Saturrday’s Sandown card, taking his stakes winner tally to 208 individual scorers from 2,431 starters. Barber (2 c ex Trim by Lonhro) took his unbeaten record to three and enhanced his already stark Blue Diamond Stakes credentials when proving too smart for his rivals in the Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) (Gr 3, 1100m). Ridden by Jamie Kah, the James Cummings-trained colt travelled well throughout the contest and dug deep in the closing stages to hold off the late rally of Little Brose (Per Incanto) by a neck with a further three-quarters of a length back to Corniche (Fastnet Rock) in third. Barber is the third winner and fifth and final foal to race out of the Research Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) winner Trim (Lonhro), making him a brother to the How Now Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) winner Manicure. Trim died in 2020. Five races later, Pounding (4 g ex Silent Entrance by Beat Hollow) secured his sire’s stakes-race double when landing the Carlyon Cup (Gr 3, 1600m) for Peter Moody. With Jamie Kah again in the saddle, the four-year-old gelding came with an irresistible late run down the outside of his rivals to win by two lengths going away, beating So Si Bon (So You Think) with Sunshine Rising (Myboycharlie) a short-head back in third. Bred by Rosemont Stud, Pounding is owned by Dalziel Racing and is the best of two winners from four to race out of the Beat Hollow (Sadler’s Wells) mare Silent Entrance. A half-sister to Pretty Polly Stakes (Gr 1, 1m 2f) winner Promising Lead (Danehill) and the Group 3 winner and multiple Group 1-placed Visit (Oasis Dream), Silent Entrance has a filly foal by Blue Point (Shamardal) and was covered by Extreme Warrior (Extreme Choice) last spring. Exceed And Excel stands at Kelvinside for a fee of $132,000 (inc GST).

Frankel – Farooq (7 g ex Rostova by Testa Rossa) provided Juddmonte Farms stallion Frankel (Galileo) with a 107th individual stakes winner from 677 starters when he scored in the Premier’s Plate (Listed, 2019m) at Morphettville. Ridden by Jacob Opperman for Sue Murphy, the seven-year-old gelding stayed on in resolute fashion to beat Riverina Cyclone (Frosted) by three-quarters of a length with a further long-neck back to Clever Man (Dundeel) in third place. Out of the Robert Sangster Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m)-winning mare Rostova (Testa Rossa), Farooq is a half-brother to four-time Group scorer Anaheed (Fastnet Rock), among other winners. Frankel stands at Banstead Manor Stud for £275,000 (approx. AU$479,600).

Harbinger – Phantom Thief (3 c ex Lupin by Medaglia D’Oro) provided Harbinger (Dansili) with a 24th individual stakes winner when striking in the Tokinominoru Kinen (Gr 3, 1800m) at Tokyo. Dropping back in grade after his fourth in the Hopeful Stakes (Gr 1, 2000m), the Masayuki Nishimura-trained colt made it three wins in four starts as he beat Touchwood (Duramente) by a length and a quarter. Favourite Danon The Tiger (Heart’s Cry) was another neck away in third. Harbinger, who has now had 973 individual starters, stands at Shadai Stallion Station for a fee of  ¥3,500,000 (approx. AU$38,500).

 Heart’s Cry – Harper (3 f ex Seresta by Jump Start) provided Heart’s Cry (Sunday Silence) with a 62nd individual stakes winner when she scored a narrow success in the Queen Cup (Gr 3, 1600m) at Tokyo. Trained by Yasuo Tomomichi, the three-year-old filly proved very game in fending off Doe Eyes (Rulership) and Moryana (Epiphaneia) by a neck and a nose respectively, driving her head down when needed. Out of the Group 1-winning Jump Start (A.P. Indy) mare Seresta, Harper is a half-sister to Listed winner Valle De La Luna (Duramente). Japanese champion sire Heart’s Cry, who has now had 1414 individual starters,  was pensioned from stallion duty in 2021, having stood at the Shadai Stallion Station.

Invincible Spirit – Danyah (6 g ex Cuis Ghaire by Galileo) provided Irish National Stud stallion Invincible Spirit (Green Desert) with a 146th individual stakes winner when he readily landed the Business Bay Challenge (Listed, 1400m) at Meydan. The Musabbeh Al Mheiri-trained six-year-old gelding tracked the leaders before being ridden to lead inside the final furlong, running on strongly to beat Modern News (Shamardal) by two and a quarter lengths with a further three-quarters of a length back to Shining Blue (Exceed And Excel) in third place. The sixth foal out of the Albany Stakes (Gr 3, 6f) winner and English 1,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) runner-up Cuis Ghaire (Galileo), Danyah is a brother to winner Ghathanfar, closely related to winner Almohtaseb (Oasis Dream) and a half-brother to winner Alquffaal (Dansili). Invincible Spirit, who has now had 1823 individual starters, stands for a private fee.

Lookin At Lucky – Tall Boy (3 c ex Madame Mayra by Scat Daddy) provided Lookin At Lucky (Smart Strike) with a 72nd individual stakes winner when scoring a game success in the UAE 2,000 Guineas (Gr 3, 1600m). Ridden by William Buick for trainer Doug O’Neill, the three-year-old colt dropped back in grade after finishing fourth in the Los Alamitos Futurity (Gr 2, 8.5f) on his previous start and was always handy chasing the leader and favourite Shirl’s Bee (Bee Jersey), staying on well in the closing stages to deny that rival by a length. Mr Raj (Bolt D’Oro) finished a further one and a half lengths back in third. Out of the unraced Scat Daddy (Johannesburg) mare Madame Mayra, Tall Boy is a half-brother to winner Pitufina (Midshipman). Lookin At Lucky, who has now had 912 individual starters, stands at Ashford Stud in Kentucky for US$10,000 (approx. AU$14,460).

Lope De Vega – Resurgent seven-year-old Hooking (7 g ex Quanzhou by Dubawi) registered his third successive win when bagging the Grand Prix de la Riviera Cote d’Azur (Listed, 2000m) at Cagnes-Sur-Mer to become the 105th individual stakes winner for Lope De Vega (Shamardal). Trained by Philippe Decouz, the favourite beat Glaer (Siyouni) by a length and a quarter with Fantastic Spirit (Charm Spirit) the same margin away in third. Hooking is the third foal out of the Listed winner Quanzhou (Dubawi), who herself is a half-sister to the Group 1 winner Mille Et Mille (Muhtathir). Lope De Vega, who has now had 1110 individual starters, stands at Ballylinch Stud for a fee of €125,000 (approx. AU$193,320). 

Mastercraftsman – Military Mission (5 g ex Atlantic Isle by Tamayuz) became the 93rd individual stakes winner for the late Mastercraftsman (Danehill Dancer) when winning the Hobart Cup (Gr 3, 2400m). Trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, the five-year-old won by two and a quarter lengths ahead of Travelling Gigolo (Globetrotter) and Spirit Ridge (Nathaniel) who finished three lengths from the winner in third. Military Mission was a £170,000 buy for Johnny McKeever and trainers Waterhouse and Bott from the 2021 Goffs London Sale. The gelding now boasts a career record of five wins from 20 starts. He is the second foal out of winning German mare Atlantic Isle (Tamayuz), herself a half-sister to the stakes-placed Atlantic High (Nashwan). Mastercraftsman, who has now had 1442 individual starters, died in August 2021.

Oasis Dream – Miqyaas (8 g ex Fawaayed by Singspiel) provided Juddmonte Farms stallion Oasis Dream (Green Desert) with a 134th individual stakes winner when causing a shock in the Blue Point Sprint (Gr 2, 1000m) at Meydan. Sent off a 66-1 chance on the back of a comfortable win in handicap company, the Rashed Bouresly-trained eight-year-old gelding battled well in the closing stages when pressed on either side to narrowly edge out Ladies Church (Churchill) by a short-head, with the same distance further back to Logo Hunter (Brazen Beau) in third place. A £1,500 purchase for his trainer at the 2018 Goffs August Horses-in-Training Sale, Miqyaas is a brother to winner Fikhaar being the second foal out of the unraced Singspiel (In The Wings) mare Fawaayed, herself a half-sister to Queen Mary Stakes (Gr 2, 5f) winner and English 1,000 Guineas third Maqaasid (Green Desert). Oasis Dream, who has now had 1453 individual starters, stands at Banstead Manor Stud for a fee of £20,000 (approx. AU$34,900).

Playing God – Feels Playful (3 f ex Feels Like Spring by Dr Johnson) provided Darling View Thoroughbreds stallion Playing God (Blackfriars) with an 11th individual stakes winner from 122 starters when she scored a half-length success in the Challenge Stakes (Listed, 1500m) at Ascot. The Mitchell Pateman-trained three-year-old filly battled well in the closing stages of the contest to fend off Admiration Express (My Admiration) with a further one and a half lengths back to the third-placed Saintorio (Oratorio). Out of the unraced Dr Johnson (Woodman) mare Feels Like Spring, Feels Playful is a half-sister to WA Oaks (Gr 3, 2400m)-placed winner Feels Danish (Danehill Express). Playing God stands for a fee of $27,500 (inc GST).

Redoute’s Choice – The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Soul Choice (3 f ex Thislilsoulofmine by Perfect Soul) landed her first stakes success at the second time of asking in the Strutt Stakes (Listed, 2100m) at Hobart, providing her late sire Redoute’s Choice (Danehill) with his 180th individual stakes winner from 1552 starters. Sent off a long odds-on favourite, the three-year-old filly made all in the 2100-metre contest and easily held off Just A Needs (Needs Further) by two and a half lengths, with a further length back to Cloudy Nights (Outreach) in third. A homebred for prominent North American industrialist and breeder Charles Fipke, Soul Choice is from the final crop of Redoute’s Choice and is the third winner from four to race out of the stakes-placed Perfect Soul (Sadler’s Wells) mare Thislilsoulofmine. A descendent of the hugely influential Best In Show (Traffic Judge), Thislilsoulofmine has a two-year-old colt by Real Steel (Deep Impact) and a yearling colt by I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit). She was repatriated to the United States in December 2021.

Rich Enuff – Rich Fortune (3 f ex Nkwazi’s Daughter by Bel Esprit) provided Rich Enuff (Written Tycoon) with a fourth individual stakes winner from 159 starters when scoring in the Kevin Hayes Stakes (Gr 3, 1100m) at Sandown. The least experienced of the 13 fillies lining up with only two previous starts to her name, Jerome Hunter’s three-year-old was sent off a $12 chance but belied her inexperience to narrowly deny Queen Of The Ball (I Am Invincible) by a short-head under Craig Williams with a further long-neck back to Cythera (I Am Invincible) in third place. A homebred for Graeme Gathercole, Rich Fortune is the first winner from three to race out of the winning Bel Esprit (Royal Academy) mare Nkwazi’s Daughter, herself a sister to Kensington Stakes (Listed, 1000m) winner Belwazi. Nkwazi’s Daughter has an unraced two-year-old filly by Reward for Effort (Exceed And Excel) named Reward’s Daughter and a yearling filly by Magnus (Flying Spur), while she visited Redente (Redoute’s Choice) last spring after missing in 2021. Rich Enuff stands at Woodside Park Stud for a fee of $8,800 (inc GST).

Rubick – Glint Of Silver (3 g ex Blue Ruby by Lonhro) became the eighth individual stakes winner from 365 starters for Swettenham Stud stallion Rubick (Encosta De Lago) when scoring in the Autumn Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) at Sandown. The David Pfieffer-trained gelding proved too tough for his rivals in the closing stages, finding plenty to beat Amenable (Lonhro) by a long-neck with a further neck back to The Fortune Teller (Caravaggio) in third place. Glint Of Silver was bought by agent Olly Koolman in partnership with Pfeiffer for $130,000 from the 2021 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale. He is the best of a trio of winners to come out of the metro-winning Lonhro mare Blue Ruby, herself a half-sister to the dam of Tristarc Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) winner Chain Of Lightning (Fighting Sun), out of the Group 2-winning mare Mardi’s Magic (Kenny’s Best Pal). Blue Ruby has a yearling filly by Wandjina (Snitzel) and was covered again by Rubick last spring. Rubick stands for a fee of $20,000 (inc GST).

Savabeel – Po Kare Kare (4 m ex Suadela by Encosta De Lago) became the 131st individual stakes winner from 1199 starters for Waikato Stud stallion Savabeel (Zabeel) when she won the Triscay Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) at Randwick. The Bryce Heys-trained four-year-old mare came home a comfortable one-and-a-quarter-length winner over Jump The Broom (Sebring) despite her starting odds of $21. Swats That (Shamus Award), due to be sold at the Inglis Chairman’s Sale in May, finished third, beaten one and a half lengths. Po Kare Kare was purchased out of Curraghmore’s 2020 New Zealand Bloodstock Book 1 Yearling Sale draft by Heys for $100,000 under his Ellerslie Lodge banner. Out of the winning Encosta De Lago (Fairy King) mare Suadela, she hails from the same family as Autumn Stakes winner Glint of Silver. Savabeel stands for a private fee.

Sioux Nation – Brave Emperor (3 g ex Roman Gal by Holy Roman Emperor) became the fourth individual stakes winner for Coolmore’s Sioux Nation (Scat Daddy) when completing a successful cross Channel raid to take out the Prix de la Californie (Listed, 1600m) at Cagnes-Sur-Mer. The Archie Watson-trained three-year-old was winning for the fourth time in six starts as he beat Bolivie (Exceed And Excel) by a length and three-quarters. Showay (Galiway) finished two lengths behind the winner in third. Sioux Nation, who has now had 102 individual starters, stands for a fee €17,500 (approx. AU$27,000).