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Bluebloods : December 2009
TWO of the most fashionable broodmares in Australia today, Circles of Gold and Skating, have close relations in the Gold Coast yearling sale consignment from John and Gail Morrissey's boutique Scone breeding complex, Retreat Farm. The Circles of Gold relation is a bay colt in the second crop of the Arrowfield Stud's Redoute's Choice son in Gr.1 sprint star Snitzel and is the first foal of Hi Halo, a mare by Red Ransom (USA) and from Halo Gold, a winning daughter of the influential Don't Say Halo (USA). Halo Gold's half- sister by Marscay, Circles of Gold, won six races, including the AJC Australian Oaks-Gr.1, and finished second in three Gr.1 events, the MRC Caulfield Cup, QTC Queensland Oaks and WATC Fruit 'n' Veg Stakes. She went on to make Australian breeding history by producing two champions, Elvstroem (by Danehill (USA)) and Haradasun (Fusaichi Pegasus (USA)), who were Gr.1 winners in both hemispheres. Elvstroem (Blue Gum Farm, Euroa) is on the path to becoming one of Victoria's best sires and Haradasun is receiving splendid opportunity at Coolmore in the Hunter Valley where his first youngsters are foals. The family gained another ornament in the spring when Starspangledbanner (by Choisir) recorded a dominant win in the Caulfield Guineas-Gr.1. He is from a stakes placed daughter of National Song, a Vain half-sister to Circles of Gold. The other Retreat Farm yearling is a chestnut filly who is not only by one of the most fashionable sires in Australia, the Arrowfield Stud Mr. Prospector resident Hussonet (USA), but from a young mare, Hertz, who appears destined for much greater glory in the future. The yearling is the first foal of Hertz, a daughter of the Danehill Golden Slipper winner and Champion Australian Sire Flying Spur and Bandwidth, a half-sister by Spectrum (IRE) to dual Gr.1 winner and outstanding producer Skating. Skating is the dam to date of three stakes winners, including Bradbury's Luck (by Redoute's Choice) and Murtajill (Rock of Gibraltar (USA)). A winner of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast, Bradbury's Luck has got off to a good start as a sire with his first crop this year, and has the opportunity to become a prominent sire. This achievement is likely to be followed by Murtajill, a winner of the AJC Skyline Stakes-Gr.3 and Breeders' Plate-LR, second in the BTC Doomben 10,0000-Gr.1 and AJC All-Aged Stakes-Gr.1 and fourth in the STC Golden Slipper-Gr.1. He has had a big, quality book of mares in his first season this year at Patinack Farm, Scone. Retreat Farm is represented by five lots at the Gold Coast with one of the others being a Starcraft filly from an American stakeswinning sprinter, August Queen, by the good Northern Dancer sire Sovereign Dancer. August Queen is a half-sister to three stakes winners. The consignment also includes a colt in the first crop of the Pins-sired MRC Caulfield Guineas-Gr.1 winner and VRC Australian Guineas-Gr.1 third Econsul. This colt is the first foal of Miss Nasdaq, a mare bred on a Magic Albert-Last Tycoon (IRE) cross, and another by promising Red Ransom (USA) sire Charge Forward and from Hpnotiq, a New Zealand two year-old winner. She is by Pins and from a half-sister to AJC Metropolitan Handicap-Gr.1 winner Vita Man. December 2009 18 RETREAT FARM, Scone Present their Magic Millions Yearlings for 2010 Retreat Farm - 37 Tullong Road, Scone NSW 2337 Contact: John Morrissey • Phone: (02) 6545 2235 • Mobile: 0429 496 417. Bay Colt Snitzel -- Hi Halo by Red Ransom. First foal of Hi Halo, whose dam Halo Gold is a half sister to Circles of Gold, the dam of Gr1 winners Elvstroem, and Haradasun, and Gr1 placed Hveger. Closely related to the 2009 Caulfield Guineas winner Starspangledbanner. Bay or Brown Colt Charge Forward -- Hpnotiq (NZ) by Pins. Second foal of 2YO winner in Hpnotiq, also stakes placed. Grandam a half sister to Gr1 and multiple Gr2 and Gr3 winner Vita Man. Bay Filly Starcraft -- August Queen (USA) by Sovereign Dancer. Fifth foal of multiple winning and stakes winning USA mare August Queen (Listed Bay Meadows Charles H Russell H). Two foals to race, both winners, and a family loaded with USA black type. Chestnut Filly Hussonet -- Hertz by Flying Spur. First foal of dam who is a half sister to Skating, the dam of Murtajill, Bradbury's Luck and Sunset Run and closely related to Juste Momente and Umaprince. Bay Colt Econsul -- Miss Nasdaq by Magic Albert. First foal of Miss Nasdaq, a half sister to Finance Review, dam of 3 winners and from the immediate family of the SW's Savana City dam of Mr Vitality, Rose O' War, Gunnamatta, Danehill Express, and Impulsive Rhythm the dam of HK Centenary Sprint Cup winner King of Danes. Lot 276 Lot 783 Lot 288 Lot 822 Lot 707 BB-12/09 RETREAT YEARLINGS related to glamour mares Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass by Snippets) M.G.
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