Three for Caravaggio
Caravaggio (pictured above) – One-season Coolmore shuttler Caravaggio (Scat Daddy) earned his third individual southern hemisphere-bred winner when Merisi (2 c ex Count The Dots by Cape Blanco) narrowly defeated his elders to win a maiden plate at Newcastle over 1200 metres. The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained colt prevailed by a nose over Nation Pride (Shalaa). The Darby Racing-owned colt was a $60,000 buy for the syndicators and Will Johnson Bloodstock from the Arrowfield Stud draft at last year’s Inglis Classic Yearling Sale. The grey is the second foal out of the unplaced New Zealand-bred mare Count The Dots (Cape Blanco), who is half-sister to the Group 3-placed Aotearower (Shamardal). Count The Dots was purchased for $900 from the Inglis Digital April (Late) Sale earlier this year by Bennet Racing. Caravaggio stands at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Kentucky, where he commands a fee of US$35,000 (Approx. AU$48,563).
Harry Angel – Darley stallion Harry Angel (Dark Angel) was provided with his third individual winner when Redemption Time (2 c ex Red Box by Exceed And Excel) came out a comfortable winner of a Bath novice contest. Trained by Clive Cox and ridden by Adam Kirby, the two-year-old colt built upon his previous third placings at Ascot and Newbury respectively to lead from pillar-to-post in the five furlong contest, beating Stunt Game (Dandy Man) by one and a quarter lengths with the same distance further back to Razzam (Showcasing) in third. The third foal out of the Listed-winning Exceed And Excel (Danehill) mare Red Box, Redemption Time is a half-brother to winner Secret Box (Le Havre). Harry Angel stood the 2022 breeding season at Dalham Hall Stud for £12,500 (approx. AU$21,650) and shuttles to Australia where he stands for a fee of $16,500 (Inc GST).
Sioux Nation – Sydneyarms Chelsea (2 f ex Wedding Dress by Tamayuz) became the ninth individual winner for first season sire Sioux Nation (Scat Daddy) when she made a winning debut in a maiden over six and a half furlongs at Newbury. The Charlie Hills-trained filly beat John Chard VC (Ardad) by three-quarters of a length with the favourite Bresson (Dubawi) another length away in third. Bought for just £9,000 as a yearling from the Tattersalls Ireland September sale, Sydneyarms Chelsea is the second foal out of Wedding Dress (Tamayuz), who herself was a juvenile winner as well as being a half-sister to the Listed-placed Delhi (High Chaparral). Sioux Nation, who shuttled to Swettenham Stud for one season, now resides full-time at Castlehyde Stud for a fee of €10,000 (approx. AU$14,930).
New Group / Grade 1 winners
Australia – British import Ocean Road (4 f ex Love And Laughter by Theatrical) provided Coolmore’s Australia (Galileo) with his fifth individual elite-level winner when she ran on strongly to land the Gamely Stakes (Gr 1, 9f) at Santa Anita. Now in the care of Brendan Walsh, Ocean Road, who finished sixth in last season’s Epsom Oaks (Gr 1, 1m 4f) pre-export, was winning for the third time in her eight starts as she made her breakthrough in stakes company. Going To Vegas (Goldencents) finished half a length behind in second with favourite and Irish Import Going Global (Mehmas) another length away in third. Sold for 140,000gns as a foal before fetching 10,000gns more when going through the ring in Book 1 at Tattersalls Yearling Sale, Ocean Road is a half-sister to five winners, including dual Canadian Grade 1 winner Wigmore Hall (High Chaparral). Epsom Derby winner Australia stands for a fee of €35,000 (approx. AU$52,255).
Churchill – A winner of four Group 1 races in an illustrious race career during which he completed the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) double, Churchill (Galileo) became a Group 1-winning sire when his son Vadeni (3 c ex Vaderana by Monsun) showed a spectacular turn of foot to slam his rivals in the Prix du Jockey Club (Gr 1, 2100m) at Chantilly. The Jean-Claude Rouget-trained colt went into the French Derby off the back of a win in a Group 3 race over 1800 metres at the same track last time out, but he left all his previous form way behind when scooting to a five-ength win under a clearly delighted Christophe Soumillon. British raiders filled the places with El Bodegan (Kodiac) giving Desert Crown’s (Nathaniel) Dante Stakes (Gr 2, 1m 2.5f) form another boost by finishing second, while Modern Games (Dubawi), sent off favourite to follow up his win in the French 2,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) last time out, was a neck behind the runner-up in third. A homebred for HH Aga Khan, Vadeni is the sixth foal out of the winning Monsun (Konigsstuhl) mare Vaderan who herself is a half-sister to Group 2 winner Vadamar (Dalakhani) and Group 3 winner The Pentagon (Galileo) out of the Group 1 winner Vadawina (Unfuwain). Churchill stands at Coolmore in Ireland for a fee of €25,000 (approx. AU$37,175) and will shuttle to Coolmore Australia for a fee of $22,000 (inc GST) this year.
Galileo – The Aidan O’Brien-trained Tuesday (3 f ex Lillie Langtry by Danehill Dancer) followed in the footsteps of her full-sister Minding to land the Oaks (Gr 1, 1m 4f) at Epsom on what was actually the day that she turned three, being her actual foaling date, and she became the 94th individual elite-level winner for the late great Galileo (Sadler’s Wells). The tough and consistent filly only ran once last year and broke her maiden on her second start at Naas in March this year. She has since been placed in two Classics, coming third in the 1,000 Guineas (Gr.1, 1m) at Newmarket and second in the Irish equivalent, but this was the first time she had been stepped up to a mile and a half. Having missed the start a little, but not as badly as the favourite Emily Upjohn (Sea The Stars), Tuesday was held up towards the rear. She was ridden three furlongs from home and came up the centre of the track. Challenged by Emily Upjohn in the final furlong, she stayed on gamely to win by a short head. There was three and a quarter lengths back to Nashwa (Frankel) in third and Concert Hall (Dubawi) was a further length and a quarter away in fourth. Tuesday is the third Classic winner out of the dual Group 1-winning miler Lillie Langtry (Danehill Dancer), who has also produced the Irish 1,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) winner Empress Josephine (Galileo).
Kizuna – Songline (4 f ex Luminous Parade by Symboli Kris S) returned to winning ways when running out a gritty winner of the Yasuda Kinen (Gr 1, 1600m) at Tokyo, becoming the second elite-level scorer for Shadai Station’s Kizuna (Deep Impact). Bred by Northern Farm, the Sunday Racing-owned four-year-old beat Schnell Meister (Kingman) by a neck with Salios (Heart’s Cry) another head away in a thrilling finish. The winner of four of her nine starts, Songline is out of Luminous Parade, a Symboli Kris S (Kris S) half-sister to Grade 2 winner Jeune Ecole (Kurofune). Japanese Derby (Gr 1, 2400m) and Prix Niel (Gr 2, 2400m) winner Kizuna stands for a fee of ¥12,000,000 (approx. AU$127,225).
Nathaniel – Newsells Park stud resident Nathaniel (Galileo) added another star to his progeny list when the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Desert Crown (3 c ex Desert Berry by Green Desert) ran out a commanding winner of the Epsom Derby (Gr 1, 1m 4f). The colt, who is now unbeaten in three starts, became the sixth individual Group 1 winner for his sire as he won by two and a half lengths ahead of outsider Hoo Ya Mal (Territories), with Westover (Frankel) in third. Desert Crown, a 280,000gns buy for Blandford Bloodstock from the Strawberry Fields draft out of Book 2 at the Tattersalls October Yearling sale, is one of two stakes winners out of Green Desert (Danzig) mare Desert Berry. Nathaniel, the sire of 11-time Group 1 winner Enable, stands for a fee of £15,000 (approx. AU$25,992).
Rafeef – Thunderstruck (2 c ex Varikate by Var) provided trainer Sean Tarry and jockey Calvin Habib with a quickfire Grade 1 double when he scored in the Gold Medallion (Gr 1, 1200m) at Scottsville. Also providing Ridgemont Highlands stallion Rafeef (Redoute’s Choice) with a third individual elite-level winner, the two-year-old colt beat Now I Got You (Admiral Kitten) by three lengths with a further half-length back to Ocean Time (Time Thief) in third. Out of the Grade 2-winning Var (Forest Wildcat) mare Varikate, Thunderstruck is a half-brother to winners Before The Dawn (Oratorio) and Patronage (Philanthropist). Rafeef stands for R30,000 (approx. AU$2,670).
Sea The Stars – He may still be living in the shadows of his year younger brother Baaeed (Sea The Stars), but Hukum (5 h ex Aghareed by Kingmambo) had his own deserved moment in the spotlight when pulling clear of his rivals for a breakthrough elite-level win in the Coronation Cup (Gr 1, 1m 4f) at Epsom. The Owen Burrows-trained five-year-old added to his tally of six stakes wins with the minimum of fuss, defeating reigning champion Pyledriver (Harbour Watch) by four-and-a-quarter lengths to become the 17th individual elite-level winner for Sea The Stars (Cape Cross). High Definition (Galileo) was another half a length away in third. A Shadwell homebred, Hukum is the fourth foal out of the Listed-winning Kingmambo (Mr. Prospector) mare Aghareed, whose son Baaeed is undefeated in seven starts, a haul which includes three Group 1 wins. Epsom Derby (Gr 1, 1m 4f) winner Sea The Stars stands at Gilltown Stud in Ireland for a fee of €150,000 (approx. AU$222,62).
Trippi – The Sean Tarry-trained Sweet Pepper (2 f ex Green Pepper by Gimmethegreenlight) came out best in a tight finish to the Allan Robertson Championship (Gr 1, 1200m) at Scottsville, providing sire Trippi (End Sweep) with a tenth individual elite-level winner. Ridden by Calvin Habib, the two-year-old filly beat Glittering Girl (Rafeef) by a neck with the pair pulling a length and a half clear of River Queraress (Querari) in third. Bred and raced by Drakenstein Stud, Sweet Pepper is the only foal out of the Grade 3-winning and Grade 2-placed mare Green Pepper (Gimmethegreenlight). Trippi stands at Drakenstein Stud for a private fee.
Vercingetorix – Alesian Chief (3 c ex All In The Mind by Var) provided his sire Vercingetorix (Silvano) with a sixth individual elite-level winner when scoring a first Grade 1 victory in the Golden Horse Sprint (Gr 1, 1200m) at Scottsville. Trained by Corrie Lensley and ridden by Muzi Yeni, the three-year-old colt beat Bartholdi (Act Of War) by half a length, with a further length and a quarter back to Smorgasbord (Twice Over) in third. Alesian Chief is the best of two winners to race out of the winning Var (Forest Wildcat) mare All In The Mind and is a half-brother to winner Mind Master (Master Of My Fate). Vercingetorix stands at Maine Chance Farms.
Will Take Charge – There Goes Harvard (4 c ex Soul Crusader by Fusaichi Pegasus) joined his sire Will Take Charge (Unbridled’s Song) as an elite-level winner when scoring a landmark success for the Three Chimneys resident in the Hollywood Gold Cup (Gr 1, 10f) at Santa Anita. Trained by Mike McCarthy, There Goes Harvard became the first Grade 1 winner for the 2013 Travers Stakes (G1, 10f) hero as he beat Defunded (Dialed In) by a length. There was a gap of three and a quarter lengths back to the favourite Royal Ship (Midshipman) in third. There Goes Harvard has now won four times, with the victory his first in stakes company. He is the third foal out of the Fusaichi Pegasus (Mr. Prospector) mare Soul Crusader, who herself is a half-sister to US turf stakes winner Let’s Go Cheyenne (Tiznow). Will Take Charge stands for a fee of US$5,000 (approx. AU$6,955).
New stakes winners
Adlerflug – Wagnis (3 f ex Weltmacht by Mount Nelson) became the 24th individual stakes winner for the late Adlerflug (In The Wings) when running out a clear cut winner of the Diana Trial (Gr 3, 2000m) at Berlin-Hoppegarten. The Andreas Starke-trained favourite came home five lengths clear of runner-up Nastaria (Outstrip), with Toskana Belle (Shamalgan) a further three-quarters of a length away in third. Wagnis is the second foal out of the German Listed winner Weltmacht (Mount Nelson) who herself is a half-sister to the Group 2 winner Wild Coco (Shirocco).
Dandy Man – Ballyhane Stud resident Dandy Man (Mozart) sired his 22nd individual stakes winner when his daughter Royal Lea (2 f ex Luvmedo by One Cool Cat) landed the Premio Vittorio Crespi (Listed, 1200m) in Milan. The two-year-old filly, who is trained by Sebastiano Guerrieri, was winning for the second time in three starts as she defeated Edith Dei Grif (Sakhee’s Secret) and Little Wise Girl (Dragon Pulse). A 42,000gns purchase out of Book 2 at the Tattersalls October sale, Royal Lea is out of Luvmedo (One Cool Cat), making her a sister to Italian Group 3 winner My Lea. Dandy Man stands for a fee of €15,000 (approx. AU$22,300).
Dalghar – The Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard-trained Amusez Moi (5 g ex Next by In The Wings) ran out a comfortable winner of the Training Stakes (Listed, 1650m) at Waverley, providing his sire Dalghar (Anabaa) with a third individual stakes success. Ridden by Lisa Allpress, the second leg of a stakes-race double for the jockey, the five-year-old gelding beat Justaskme (No Excuse Needed) by two and a quarter lengths with a further two and a half lengths back to Secret Amour (Niagara) in third. Out of the winning In The Wings (Sadler’s Wells) mare Next, Amusez Moi is a half-brother to stakes-placed winner Montre Moi (Showcasing) and the stakes-placed Bond Street Beau (Turn Me Loose). Dalghar stands at Brighthill Farm.
Derryn – Sophmaze (2 f ex Miss Isle by Bachelor Duke) provided her sire Derryn (Hinchinbrook) with a first individual stakes winner when she scored in the Castletown Stakes (Listed, 1200m) at Waverley. Trained by Allan Sharrock and ridden by Lisa Allpress, the two-year-old filly came home a comfortable two-and-a-quarter-length winner over Miss Nico Belle (Nicconi) with a further one and three-quarter lengths back to Channel Surfer (Derryn) in third. Sophmaze is the only foal to race out of the winning Bachelor Duke (Miswaki) mare Miss Isle. Derryn will stand the 2022 breeding season at Grangewilliam Stud for $5,000 (Plus GST).
Exceed And Excel – Darley stallion Exceed And Excel (Danehill) sired his 195th and 196th individual stakes winners last week. The consistent Athelric (3 g ex Ida by Lonhro) provided the first leg of the double as he gained a well deserved maiden stakes victory when winning the Queensland Day Stakes (Listed, 1200m). The James Cummings-trained three-year-old was ridden by Hugh Bowman and ran out a narrow neck winner over Arentee (Territories) with a further one and a half lengths back to Athelric’s stablemate Ingratiating (Frosted) in third. Athelric is the only winner from three to race out of the winning Lonhro (Octagonal) mare Ida. The Francis-Henri Graffard-trained Rozgar (3 c ex Roshanara by Sea The Stars) produced a smart performance to win the Prix Marchand d’Or (Listed, 1200m) at Chantilly, providing Exceed And Excel with his 196th individual stakes winner. Ridden by Christophe Soumillon, the three-year-old colt ran out a ready one and a quarter lengths winner over Perfect News (Frankel) with a further length back to Le Cadeau (Dabirism) in third. Rozgar is the second foal out of the Listed-placed winning Sea The Stars (Cape Cross) mare Roshanara, herself a half-sister to Group 1 winner Rosanara (Sinndar) out of a Listed-winning sister to Group 2 winner Rajsaman (Linamix). Exceed And Excel stands at Kelvinside for a fee of $132,000 (inc GST).
I Am Invincible – Vinco (5 g ex Percussive by Encosta De Lago) provided his sire I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) with a 79th individual stakes winner when he won the Spear Chief Handicap (Listed, 1500m) at Eagle Farm. The Tony Gollan-trained five-year-old followed an eighth-placed finish in the BRC Sprint (Gr 3, 1200m) to run out a comfortable one and three-quarter lengths winner under Ben Thompson. Boomnova beat Charmmebaby (Charm Spirit) with the same distance further back to Never No More (No Nay Never) in third. A $400,000 purchase at the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Vinco is out of the Encosta De Lago (Fairy King) mare Percussive and is a half-brother to winners Berimbau (Shamardal), Northern River (Ad Valorem), Wazamba (Exceed And Excel) and Xylophone (Bernardini). Yarraman Park Stud stallion I Am Invincible stands for $247,500 (inc GST) in 2022.
Invincible Spirit – Irish Sequel (5 g ex Baliyana by Dalakhani) gave his sire Invincible Spirit (Green Desert) his 139th stakes winner when winning the Winter Cup (Listed, 2400m) at Rosehill. The Chris Waller-prepared six-year-old was too strong at the finish for stablemate Bonny Ezra (Road To Rock) by half a neck with Alakahan (Motivator) a short head back in third. After settling in midfield one off the fence in the run, jockey Jay Ford sat patiently before getting Irish Sequel going at the 600-metre mark and staying on strongly over the concluding stages. Stable representative Damien Fitton praised the ride. Like the third-placed Alakahan, Irish Sequel is bred by HH The Aga Khan and raced as Bashiyr in Ireland. He was a €50,000 purchase by Waller at the Goffs 2020 November HIT Sale. Irish Sequel is the best of five winners out of Irish 1,000 Guineas Trial (Gr 3, 1m) winner Baliyana (Dalakhani), a half-sister to the King Edward VII Stakes (Gr 2, 1m 4f) winner Balakheri (Theatrical). The 25-year-old Invincible Spirit (Green Desert) stands at The Irish National Stud.
Kodi Bear – Ever Given (3 c ex Lil’s Joy by Lilbourne Lad) provided his sire Kodi Bear (Kodiac) with a sixth individual winner when he scored in the Surrey Stakes (Listed, 7f) at Epsom. Trained by Hugo Palmer, the three-year-old colt appreciated the drop back in class after tackling the Sandy Lane Stakes (Gr 2, 6f) on his previous outing and travelled well throughout the contest, quickening well to lead when asked and staying on strongly to beat Oscula (Galileo Gold) under jockey Daniel Tudhope. Debut winner Bass Player (Iffraaj) was a further length and a quarter back in third. The second foal out of the Group-placed winning Lilbourne Lad (Acclamation) mare Lil’s Joy, herself a half-sister to Group 3 winner Blitzkrieg (Barathea), Ever Given is a brother to winner Harmony Lil. Kodi Bear stood the 2022 breeding season at Rathbarry Stud for €15,000 (approx. AU$22,200).
More Than Ready – Emmanuel (3 c ex Hard Cloth by Hard Spun) followed up a third on his turf debut in the Blue Grass Stakes (Gr 1, 9f) by making the breakthrough in stakes company with a win in the Pennine Ridge Stakes (Gr 2, 9f) at Belmont Park. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the three-year-old colt provided More Than Ready (Southern Halo) with a 215th individual stakes winner as he obliged as the odds-on favourite, making all to beat Napoleonic War (War Front) by a length. Limited Liability (Kitten’s Joy) was another half a length away in third. Now the winner of three of his five starts, Emmanuel is the second foal out of the unraced Hard Spun (Danzig) mare Hard Cloth, herself a half-sister to Godolphin’s globetrotting Group 1 winner Hawkbill (Kitten’s Joy). Hard Cloth’s two-year-old Kitten’s Joy (El Prado) colt sold for in excess of US$300,000 at this year’s Goffs Dubai Sale. Former Vinery Stud shuttler More Than Ready stands at WinStar farm for a fee of US$50,000 (approx. AU$69,375).
Pivotal – Bashkirova (4 m ex Russian Finale by Dansili) provided her sire Pivotal (Polar Falcon) with a 158th individual stakes winner when registering a determined success in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes (Gr 3, 8.5f) at Epsom. Trained William Haggas and ridden by Tom Marquand, the Cheveley Park-owned four-year-old filly built upon her first-up second in the Conqueror Fillies’ Stakes (Listed, 1m) when staying on strongly to beat the fellow Cheveley Park-owned Potapova (Invincible Spirit) by one and a quarter lengths with a further half a length back to Roman Mist (Holy Roman Emperor) in third. Bashkirova is the first foal out of the winning Dansili (Danehill) mare Russian Finale, herself a sister to winner Russian Realm and a half-sister to Listed-placed winner Safina (Pivotal), dam of runner-up Potapova. Pivotal was retired from stud duties in February last year.
Ribchester – Snooze N You Lose (3 f ex Wake Up Call by Noverre) provided Darley shuttler Ribchester (Iffraaj) with a third individual stakes winner when producing a dominant display in the Queen Of Scots Stakes (Listed, 7f) at Musselburgh. Trained by Karl Burke and ridden by Sam James, the three-year-old filly ran out a comfortable two-length winner over Improvised (Raven’s Pass) with a further neck back to Clitheroe (Ribchester) in third. The sixth foal out of the Listed-placed winning Noverre (Rahy) mare Wake Up Call, Snooze N You Lose is a half-sister to Listed winner Zaman (Dutch Art) and useful winners Tadreeb (Oasis Dream) and Stepney Causeway (New Approach). Ribchester stands at Kildangan Stud for €12,500 (approx. AU$).
Snitzel – Stroll (2 f ex Walk The Streets by Street Cry) provided her sire Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) with a 122nd individual stakes winner when she won the Bill Carter Stakes (Listed, 1200m) at Eagle Farm. Ridden by William Pike, the Steven O’Dea and Matthew Hoysted-trained filly came home a three-quarter-length victor over Bezique (Spirit Of Boom) with a further head back to Honey Pot (Spirit Of Boom) in third. A $450,000purchase for Jamie Walter’s Proven Thoroughbreds, Stroll is the first foal out of the Street Cry (Machiavellian) mare Walk The Streets, herself a half-sister to the stakes-placed Sebrakate (Sebring) and Quattro Katie (Zoustar) out of the dual Listed stakes winner Kakakakatie (Zeditave).
So You Think – Political Debate (2 c ex Nakataan by Zabeel) became the 41st individual stakes winner for So You Think (High Chaparral) when the Coolmore-owned colt won The Phoenix (Listed, 1500m) at Eagle Farm. Despite being a maiden from two starts, the Chris Waller-trained two-year-old went into the race as the favourite for the JJ Atkins (Gr 1, 1600m), with a win necessary for him to secure a place in that race. Political Debate settled sixth in the three-wide line and, after looking like he would win comfortably early in the straight, the race’s second favourite Sharp ‘N’ Smart burst through but failed by a nose. Political Debate sold for $900,000 as yearling at the 2021 Inglis Australian Easter sale from the Kia Ora draft to the joint bid of Tom Magnier and Hermitage. His dam Nakataan (Zabeel) is a winning half-sister to Eight Carat Classic winner (Gr 2, 2000m) Fix (Iffraaj), who was also runner-up in the New Zealand Derby (Gr 1, 2400m) and dam of this year’s French Group 3 performer Know Thyself (Galileo). So You Think is advertised at $93,500 (inc GST) at Coolmore Australia in 2022.
Spirit Of Boom – The Chris Munce-trained Boomnova (4 m ex Silva Nova by Canadian Silver) provided Eureka Stud stallion Spirit Of Boom (Sequalo) with a 17th individual stakes winner when she scored in the Lightning Handicap (Listed, 1000m) at Eagle Farm. Ridden by Samantha Collett, the four-year-old mare went three for three this preparation when beating Garibaldi (I Am Invincible) by a length with a further one and a quarter lengths back to Usmanov (Choisir) in third. A $110,000 purchase for Munce Racing from the Eureka Stud draft at the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sale, Boomnova is the best of three winners out of the winning Canadian Silver (Geiger Counter) mare Silva Nova. Spirit Of Boom will stand the 2022 breeding season for $33,000 (inc GST).
Summer Front – Wow Whata Summer (3 g ex Loan Guarantee by Malibu Moon) provided his sire Summer Front (War Front) with a tenth individual stakes winner when he came out on top in the Penn Mile Stakes (Gr 2, 8f) at Penn National. Trained by James Lawrence II, the three-year-old gelding beat odds-on favourite Annapolis (War Front) by one and a quarter lengths under jockey Tyler Conner with a further two lengths back to Uncaptured Spirit (Uncaptured) in third. A homebred for Jeremy Brooks, Wow Whata Summer is the first stakes winner out of the winning Malibu Moon (A.P. Indy) mare Loan Guarantee, a half-sister to stakes winner Strong Incentive (Warrior’s Reward). Summer Front stands at Airdrie Stud for US$7,500 (approx. AU$10,400).
Twirling Candy – Walkathon (3 f ex Walkabout by Stroll) was another who continued her progression since her switch to turf when she took out the Regret Stakes (Gr 3, 9f) at Churchill Downs and in the process became the 34th individual stakes winner for Twirling Candy (Candy Ride). Trained by Australian Ian Wilkes, the three-year-old took her record to three wins in seven starts as she defeated warm favourite Mckulick (Frankel) by a length and a quarter. There was a gap of a further six and a quarter lengths back to Beside Herself (Uncle Mo) in third. Walkathon is the first foal out of the graded stakes-winning Stroll (Pulpit) mare Walkabout, who herself is a half-sister to three-time Grade 1 winner Fort Larned (E Dubai). The mare delivered a colt by Nyquist (Uncle Mo) earlier in the year. Twirling Candy stands at Lane’s End for a fee of US$60,000 (approx. AU$89,220).
Wootton Bassett – Wootton City (2 f ex Absolute City by Elusive City) stretched her unbeaten record to three when hitting the front in the final stride to take out the Prix la Fleche (Listed, 1000m) at Chantilly. Trained by Jerome Reynier, the filly followed up a pair of wins at Marseille with a head defeat of the dead-heating pair Vicious Harry (Harry Angel) and Funny Money Honey (Bungle Inthejungle) to become the 28th individual stakes winner for Wootton Bassett (Iffraaj). Wootton City is a daughter of the stakes-winning mare Absolute City (Elusive City), who herself is a half-sister to the stakes winner Allons Y (Soldier Of Fortune). Wootton Bassett stands at Coolmore in Ireland for a fee of €150,000 (approx. AU$223,000) and will shuttle for a second season to Coolmore Australia where he commands a fee of $71,500 (inc GST).
Xtravagant – Devoted (3 g ex Morning Mist by Anabaa) provided Newhaven Park stallion Xtravagant (Pentire) with a fourth individual stakes winner when winning the Raconteur Stakes (Listed, 1400m) at Belmont Park. Trained by Michael Grantham and ridden by Cole Johnson-Porter, the three-year-old gelding beat Rokanori (Awesome Rock) by three-quarters of a length with a further half-length back to Black Fantasy (Blackfriars). Out of the winning Anabaa (Danzig) mare Morning Mist, Devoted is a half-brother to winners Morning Song (Bernardini) and Special View (Canford Cliffs). Xtravagant will stand the 2022 breeding season for $24,750 (inc GST).
Zarak – Zarak (Dubawi) sired a stakes double last week, taking his tally of individual black-type winners to six. A wide passage in the early part of the race and signs of greenness in the latter stages were not enough to stop Baiykara (3 f ex Balankiyla by Montjeu) from shedding her maiden tag when she ran out a convincing winner of the Prix de Royaumont (Gr 3, 2400m) at Chantilly. In beating Manisha (Lope De Vega) by four lengths, the Francis Graffard-trained filly became the fifth individual stakes winner for Zarak (Dubawi). Duchess Of Dubai (Sea The Stars) filled third spot, another half a length behind the runner-up. Baiykara is the fourth foal out of the winning Montjeu (Sadler’s Wells) mare Balankiyla, who herself is a half-sister to the US Grade 1 winner Bayrir (Medicean). Zarak’s sixth stakes winner came later on the same Chantilly card when Purplepay (3 f ex Piedra by Lawman) struck in the Prix de Sandringham (Gr 2, 1600m). Having her second start for William Haggas, she beat Life In Motion (Sea The Stars) by two and a half lengths with Sicilian Defense (Muharaar) another neck away in third. A €2 million buy at Arqana in December, the filly, who was winning for the fourth time in her career to date, had run respectably in midfield on stable debut in the Irish 1,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m). Zarak stands at Haras de Bonneval for a fee of €25,000 (approx. AU$37,175).