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Bluebloods : April 2010
boldly with his first crop, current two year-olds. One of them, Star Witness, to early March had won all his three outings, including an eye-catching success in the $1m Blue Diamond Stakes-Gr.1. A son of the shuttled Nureyev sire Soviet Star, Starcraft was an Australian champion at three and a world champion miler at four, a year he won Gr.1 races in England and France. Precocious second crop Starcraft prospects in the Arrowfield Easter line up appear to be colts out of the Redoute's Choice mare Little Flower (Lot 20) and the Anabaa (USA) winner Rapture (Lot 121). In addition the stud's nearby subsidiary Bellerive has one from Lady Annaliese (Lot 6), a mare by the Blushing Groom sire Groom Dancer who followed up a New Zealand Oaks second with two stakes wins in California. Arrowfield and Bellerive are two of seven major breeding farms in the Hunter and Pages rivers-nurtured historic Segenhoe Valley represented by yearlings. The others are Vinery (formerly Segenhoe), Michael Sissian's new Segenhoe, Kia Ora, Patinack Farm and Turangga. More Than Ready stars for Vinery VINERY, a stud owned by a group leading breeders, including Gerry Harvey, John Singleton and American Tom Simon, has included seven lots by its outstanding shuttle sire More Than Ready (USA) in the stud's Easter draft. More Than Ready sired the 2008 (Sebring) and 2009 (Phelan Ready) Golden Slipper winners. Sebring, now a resident at Widden Stud, is bred on the same cross as Vinery's Lots 455, 200, 214 and 531, all being by More Than Ready and from Flying Spur mares. Also bred on similar lines is a More Than Ready filly (Lot 75) from mare by Flying Spur's sire Danehill in the draft from Turangga Stud. Turangga will also offer a More Than Ready colt (Lot 221) from Trust Antonia, a South African Gr.1 winner by a son of Danehill's sire Danzig. Vinery has recently completed arrangements with Nathan Tinkler of nearby Patinack Farm to stand his Red Ransom son, the 2009 AJC Champagne Stakes winner Onemorenomore. Tinkler is the young coalmining industry magnate who has taken the thoroughbred world by storm with investment in racehorse, breeding stock and breeding and training bases in the past two years. He is now providing yearling buyers with the opportunity to benefit from his investments with a consignment in the Easter catalogue including a colt, Lot 492, bred on a reverse cross to Sebring. He is by Flying Spur and is the first foal of Joie More, a More Than Ready Melbourne winner from the Denise's Joy family. The Patinack yearlings also include two fillies and a colt by supersire Encosta de Lago. One of the fillies (Lot 486) is a half-sister to Australian bred Hong Kong Horse of the Year and world champion sprinter Silent Witness, and the colt is from the Zabeel stakes winner Mohave Dancer. She is the dam of four winners, headed by the Dehere (USA) $1.2m earner Natural Blitz. Patinack has booked in also a Lonhro filly (Lot 313) who is a half-sister to Gr.1 sprint winner Barkada and an Exceed and Excel colt (Lot 336) from Carnegie Hikari, a half-sister to Queensland Oaks winner Vouvray. Exceed and Excel, a Danehill champion Australian sprinter, and Lonhro, an Octagonal Australian Horse of the Year, are two of the outstanding collection of sires standing at Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stud, situated on a ridge running down to the Hunter River at the southern end of the Segenhoe Valley. Patinack is its nearest neighbour on the other side of the river. There are no yearlings in the catalogue under the banner of Darley, but there are 100 by its sires, including Exceeed and Excel (33), Lonhro (13), Commands (14), Nadeem (23) and shuttled Gone West world grass mile record setter Elusive Quality (USA) (14). One of Elusive Quality's American bred sons, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Smarty Jones, has one yearling in the catalogue, a filly on account of Torryburn stud that could prove a very valuable broodmare in the future. Foaled in Australia on October 7, 2008, she is from Quiet Life (USA), a daughter of Sunday Silence and Storm Song, an American champion at two and prominent classic filly. The progeny of Lonhro, the source of eye-catching near black progeny headed on the racetrack by Darley's budding superstar Denman and O'Lonhro, a lightly raced winner of Chelmsford Stakes-Gr.2 in a hand timed 1:34.50, the fastest 1600m registered on Warwick Farm, who has been retired to stand at the Larneuk Stud near Euroa in Victoria, are certain to be very popular with buyers. One, Lot 330, on account of Bellerive Stud, is a three-quarter sister-in-blood to O'Lonhro and two, like Denman, have Vain in their maternal pedigrees. The sire with the biggest contribution of first crop yearlings is the Darley-located Nadeem, a Redoute's Choice Blue Diamond winner who has a spectacular opportunity to succeed. He had 152 mares in his first book, and the fact that 23 of his offspring have been accepted for Easter speaks volumes for the quality. Two of his yearlings are in the draft from the Mitchell family's Yarraman Park, a stud near Scone that has a big reputation for the quality of its products. Both fillies, they are Lot 545, a relation of Snippets, and Lot 597, a three-quarter sister to the Redoute's Choice Sydney winner and Gloaming Stakes second Stalingrad. Half-brother to Alinghi ONCE again Yarraman Park has an impressive Easter line up with one yearling who is likely to be a sale star being Lot 78. He is a bay Exceed and Excel half-brother to Alinghi, a great Encosta de Lago filly who won four Gr.1 events, the VRC Newmarket, MRC 1000 Guineas, Blue Diamond Stakes and SAJC Swettenham Stakes. She ran third in the Golden Slipper. Yarraman Park also includes four each by Flying Spur and Fastnet Rock, a sire who has a yearling filly available from another leading Hunter Valley stud, Emirates Park, Murrurundi, from a leading family. Lot 149, she is a sister to Rothesay, a filly whose three outings, all in Sydney, have resulted in two wins and a Gr.2 fourth. She is from Schiaparelli, a Woodman (USA) winner from Canny Lass, a triple Gr.1-winning sister to Golden Slipper winner and prominent sire Canny Lad. The latter has four yearlings listed for Easter, including a brother, Lot 5, from Segenhoe Stud to champion three year-old He's No Pie Eater, one of the many first class performers from the world class family that produced Emirates Park's promising young sire Al Maher, a three-quarter relation to Redoute's Choice. They are both by Danehill and out of half-sisters. A VRC Australian Guineas winner, Al Maher has his oldest runners three and they include 32 first crop winners. Two successful in stakes races are Majestic Music (won VRC Edward Manifold Stakes-Gr.2, SAJC National Stakes-Gr.3, Morphettville Guineas-LR, VRC Desirable Stakes-LR; second Sandown Guineas-Gr.2) and Speedy Natalie (won SAJC Dequetteville Stakes-LR; second MVRC Moonee Valley Oaks-Gr.2). Four others are stakes placed. Eight of the 12 Easter Al Maher yearlings are on account of Emirates Park. They include the colts Lot 66, a half-brother to the Encosta de Lago champion Mnemosyne; Lot 368, a half-brother to Madame Pedrille, a dual Listed winner and from a sister to high class Mamzelle Pedrille, dam of O'Lonhro; and Lot 460, a half-brother to dual Gr.1 winner and good sire Dash For Cash. April 2010 Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass by Snippets) 7
Inglis Sydney Classic
Tyreel Easter Yearlings