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Bluebloods : April 2010
THE on-the-line tussle of the first two home in Australia's greatest and toughest sprint, the $1m Newmarket Handicap at Flemington in March, was another showcase for sires based in the Hunter Valley, one of the world's premier thoroughbred regions. In particular, the quinella, provided in order of finish by Wanted and Eagle Falls, was a very pleasant result for three of the giants of Hunter Valley breeding - the Thompson family's historic Widden, the John Messara- headed Arrowfield and Ireland-owned Coolmore. They cannot claim the glory of being the breeders of either Wanted (bred by Ron Gilbert's Highgrove Stud, Darling Downs) or Eagle Falls (another good galloper bred by George Altomonte's Corumbene Stud, Dunedoo, NSW), but the sires of both horses, Fastnet Rock (Coolmore) and Hussonet (USA) (Arrowfield), are two of the outstanding sources of winners currently in use in the Hunter Valley. The joy of the Widden Stud management at the result, particularly the win of Wanted, lies in the fact that the stud astutely stitched him up in February for future sire use. That arrangement was followed a few days later by an impeded fourth in the Oakleigh Plate and then on March 6 the victory in the Newmarket. Now a $1m earner, Wanted was collecting his fifth successive Gr.1 cheque when successful in the Newmarket as his Oakleigh Plate effort had been preceded by close seconds in the Victoria Racing Club Stakes (Flemington), Lightning Stakes (Flemington) and William Reid (Moonee Valley). Coolmore also had other reasons to be well pleased with the Newmarket result including the effort of the third placed Choisir three year-old colt Starspangledbanner, who has won two Gr.1 events at Caulfield, the Caulfield Guineas and the Lightning Stakes, and who now transfers to Coolmore ownership and heads off on an international campaign and subsequent sire use for Coolmore in both hemispheres. Also owners of Choisir, Coolmore has yearlings by him and also Wanted's sire Fastnet Rock in its draft for Australia's most prestigious thoroughbred market, the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale to be held at the Newmarket Stables, Randwick on April 6, 7 and 8. The huge contribution Coolmore makes to Australian breeding and racing is shown by the fact its sires, including Encosta de Lago (56 lots), Fastnet Rock (44), Choisir (11), Dehere (USA) (13), Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) (15), Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) (29) and Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) (10), have more than 180 yearlings in the Easter catalogue. Wanted, the latest Gr.1 star by a Coolmore sire, is an $800,000 graduate of the Inglis Easter Sale, the traditional outlet for the best bred yearlings by the Hunter Valley sires, including those raised in the paddocks of its premier studs and agistment farms. The 614-lot collection for the 2010 sale includes more than 500 by Hunter Valley sires and 400 on account of the region's vendors. In addition to the Coolmore sires, the well established winner getters with strong representation this year include Flying Spur (55), Redoute's Choice (47), Exceed and Excel (33), More Than Ready (USA) (29), Commands (14), Al Maher (12), Elusive Quality (14), Anabaa (USA) (9), Danzero (9), Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) (15), Hussonet (USA) (17), Lonhro (13), Testa Rossa (8) and General Nediym (6). In addition glamour Hunter Valley sires represented whose oldest are two-year-olds or yearlings include Nadeem (23), Holy Roman Emperor (10), Snitzel (10), Starcraft (12) and Stratum (6). The biggest Hunter Valley consignors are Amarina Farm (21), Arrowfield (25), Attunga (8), Bellerive (11), Brooklyn Lodge (14), Coolmore (45), Cressfield (8), Emirates Park (16), Evergreen (8), Glastonbury (8), Goodwood Farm (8), Kitchwin Hills (20), Patinack Farm (9), Rothwell Park (8), Sefton Park (11), Segenhoe (12), Southern Cross Breeders (10), Toolooganvale (8), Torryburn (20), Turangga (10), Twin Palms (12), Vinery (24), Widden (28), Willow Park (14) and Yarraman Park (19). Redoute's Choice sons are firing A YOUNG Widden-based sire represented in that stud's draft is Stratum, a Redoute's Choice product who is the fourth Golden Slipper winner Widden has used and who has had stakes winners. The others were champion sires Todman, Marscay and Vain - the sire of the grandams of Stratum and Starspanglebanner, to mention two most recent stars. Stratum's first youngsters are two year-olds and on early showing he looks a very good prospect to be another successful Golden Slipper-winning sire. Stratum made a big impact when, in a space of four days in late February, he was represented by Crystal Lilly (won the Chairman's Stakes-LR at Caulfield by 4.75 lengths), Rose of Scotland (3.25 lengths winner of the Magic Millions Classic at Launceston) and Gannochy (third in Perth). Snitzel, another brilliant son of Redoute's Choice with first crop two year-olds, is challenging as one of the most exciting young sires to appear in Australia in recent years. In the powerhouse of sires gathered at Arrowfield near Scone, the MRC Oakleigh Plate and AJC Challenge Stakes winner and VRC Newmarket runner-up was the leading first season sire on earnings and second to deceased General Nediym on the main juvenile list at the end of February. Snitzel had at that time six individual winners, the same number as Stratum, including unbeaten much fancied Golden Slipper candidate Chance Bye. His Slipper respect meant the Arrowfield Stud, one of the most elite sources of quality in history, had at early March three of its sires supplying one each of the three most fancied Slipper candidates. The other two are Solar Charged (in the second crop of the Red Ransom (USA)-sired AJC The Galaxy winner and short-neck Slipper second Charge Forward) and Beneteau (by Redoute's Choice). Headway, a first crop Charge Forward filly, finished second in last year's Slipper. Classic glory is tipped for many of the progeny of Starcraft, another Arrowfield sire who has started April 2010 INGLIS AUSTRALIAN EASTER YEARLING SALE by B. Russell, K. Manning, D. Bay, S. Archer HUNTER EXCELLENCE - Easter highlights major studs M.G. Fastnet Rock (Danehill (USA)-Piccadilly Circus by Royal Academy (USA)) 6
Inglis Sydney Classic
Tyreel Easter Yearlings