Stallion Watch

Two for Press Statement

New winners

Press Statement – Incredulous Dream (2 f ex Incredulous by Keep The Faith) charged late to score at Bendigo on Saturday to continue the stunning juvenile season for trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace and also provide first season sire Press Statement (Hinchinbrook) with his second first crop winner. A $340,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase by Spicer Thoroughbreds from the Aquis Farm draft, Incredulous Dream was having her first start having finished unplaced in a Cranbourne barrier trial earlier this month but showed she was likely to get further than the 1100 metres she ran over in the My Hair 2YO Fillies Maiden Plate. Vinery Stud’s Press Statement, who is also the sire of Sydney winner Spokesman, covered 161 mares in 2019 at a fee of $16,500 (inc GST).


New Group / Grade 1 winners

Lope De Vega – Former shuttle stallion Lope De Vega (Shamardal) landed his tenth individual Group 1 winner on Saturday when Gytrash (4 g ex Miss Barley by Fastnet Rock) took out the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (Gr 1, 1000m) at Flemington. Gytrash joins a star-studded list of Group 1 winners for his sire including Santa Ana Lane, Vega Magic and Phoenix of Spain. Dual Group 1 winner Lope De Vega stands at Ballylinch Stud in Ireland for a fee of €100,000 (inc. GST). 


News stakes winners

Akeed Mofeed – Swettenham Stud-based stallion Akeed Mofeed (Dubawi) landed his second individual stakes winner on Wedensday when the Tony and Calvin McEvoy-trained Jyoti (2 f ex She Can Skate by Bradbury’s Luck) took out the Gold Sovereign (Listed, 1220m) at Launceston. Bred by Goldin Farms, Jyoti is the second foal and second winner out of AR Creswick Stakes (Listed, 1200m) winner She Can Skate (Bradbury’s Luck), who was purchased by Goldin Farms for $210,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale. Akeed Mofeed stands for a fee of $15,000 (plus GST) and has seven lots on offer at next month’s Inglis Premier Yearling Sale. 


Clangalang – Master Chum’s (5 g ex Flying Foxtrot by Fusaichi Pegasus) narrow victory in the Birthday Cup (Listed, 2043m) at Morphettville on Saturday landed his sire Clangalang (clang) with his sixth individual stakes win. 


Deep Impact – Late Shadai Stallion Station resident Deep Impact (Sunday Silence) sired his 149th stakes winner on Saturday when Miyamazakura (3 f ex Miss Pascali by Mr Greeley) won The Daily Hai Queen Cup (Gr 3, 1600m) at Tokyo. Trained by Hideaki Fujiwara, Miyamazakura was Grade 3-placed on her last outing at Kyoto in November, while Deep Impact is also the sire of 2,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) winner and current Coolmore shuttler Saxon Warrior. 


Demerit – Late stallion Demerit (Lonhro) sired his third individual stakes winner on Saturday when the Kris Lees-trained Special Reward (4 g ex Special Kiseki by Special Bond) took out the Southern Cross Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) at Randwick. Demerit was euthanised in July last year after fracturing his tibia in a paddock accident at Rangeview Stud. 


I Am Invincible – Yarraman Park’s champion stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) landed his 51st individual stakes winner on Saturday when the Anthony Freedman-trained Supreme Idea (2 f ex Sweet Sister by Snitzel) produced an all-the-way win in the Lonhro Plate (Listed, 1000m) at Randwick. Standing for a fee of $247,500 (inc GST), I Am Invincible is currently the leading sire by winners and earnings in Australia. He was the leading sire by aggregate at the Magic Millions Goast Coast Yearling Sale in January, with 42 lots sold for a total of $20,245,000, and has seven lots on offer at the upcoming Inglis Premier Yearling Sale. 


New Approach – Godolphin-raced colt Darlington Hall (3 c ex Miss Kenton by Pivotal) took out the Kyodo News Service Hai (Tokinominoru Kinen) (Gr 2, 1800m) at Tokyo on Sunday to become the 51st individual stakes winner for Darley sire New Approach (Galileo). Purchased by Darley Japan for 70,000 gns at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale in 2017, Darlington Hall prevailed in a thrilling finish when fending off the challenge of Bitterender (Orfevre) by a nose. 


Palace Malice – The first division of the Risen Star Stakes (Gr 2, 9f) on Saturday went the way of Mr Monomoy (3 c ex Drumette by Henny Hughes), who became the third individual stakes winner for Palace Malice (Curlin). A resident of Three Chimneys Farm, Palace Malice is standing for a fee of US$25,000 in 2020, while he is best known as the sire of last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (Gr 1, 8f) winner Structor. 


Pentire – Rich Hill Stud’s late foundation sire Pentire (Be My Guest) sired his 49th individual stakes winner on Saturday when Polzeath (7 g ex Arniston by Volksraad) took out the Joe McDonald Avondale Cup (Gr 2, 2400m) at Ellerslie. Pentire died in 2017 aged 25 and he is the sire of 16 Group 1 winners, including Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) hero Prince Of Penzance. 


Redoute’s Choice – Late Arrowfield Stud flagbearer Redoute’s Choice (Danehill) sired his 172nd individual stakes winner on Friday when Dabiyr (5 g ex Dabista by Highest Honor) took out the Torney Night Cup (Listed, 2500m) at Moonee Valley. Fourth in a Rosehill Group 3 last September, Dabiyr is now a five-time winner from 13 starts, while Redoute’s Choice is set to be represented by nine lots at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale in April. 


Sebring – Exciting Perth three-year-old Superstorm (3 g Stormy Nova by Metal Storm) is likely to be given his shot in the Australian Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) by Bob Peters after a brilliant return in the Challenge Stakes (Listed, 1500m) at Ascot on Saturday. The Grant and Alana Williams-trained Superstorm was the 57th individual stakes winner for the late Widden Stud sire Sebring (More Than Ready). 


Starspangledbanner – Rosemont Stud resident Starspangledbanner (Choisir) landed his twelfth individual stakes winner on Wednesday when Prime Star (2 g ex Barinka by Shinko King) took out the Inglis Millenium (RL, 1100m) at Warwick Farm. Starspangledbanner covered 83 mares at a fee of $22,000 (inc. GST) last year and is resurgent as a sire having suffered from fertility issues early in his career. The four-time Group 1 winner, who is also the sire of late Swettenham Stud shuttler The Wow Signal, has five lots catalogued at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale next month. 


Uncle Mo – Modernist (3 c ex Symbolic Gesture by Bernardini) took out the second division of the Risen Star Stakes (Gr 2, 9f) at Fair Grounds on Saturday to become the 54th stakes winner for Ashford Stud stallion Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie). Modernist has now won two of his four starts having landed a Maiden Special Weight at Aqueduct in January, while Uncle Mo – who is also the sire of Nyquist – is standing for a fee of US$125,000 this year. 


War Chant – The Simon Miller-trained Flower Of War (4 m ex Indian Flower by Husson) made it eight wins from 12 starts and almost $400,000 in prize-money with a maiden stakes victory in the Cyril Flower Stakes (Listed, 1200m) at Ascot on Saturday, delivering her WA-based sire War Chant (Danzig) with his 43rd stakes winner. The Yarradale Stud-based War Chant, who stood for $11,000 (inc GST) in 2019, covered 46 mares last year.


Written Tycoon – On the day that celebrates the champion mare Black Caviar (Bel Esprit), it was fitting that her Team Hawkes-trained nephew Ole Kirk (2 c ex Naturale by Bel Esprit) took out the Talindert Stakes (Listed, 1100m) on debut and in turn, landed his sire Written Tycoon (Iglesia) with his 32nd individual stakes win. Ole Kirk is out of Naturale (Bel Esprit), an unraced sister to Black Caviar and was purchased by International Thoroughbred Solutions for $675,000 at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the Gilgai Farm draft. Written Tycoon stood at Victoria’s Woodside Park Stud for a fee of $110,000 (inc. GST) in 2019.