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Bluebloods : Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale 2013
MELBOURNE PREMIER YEARLING SALE BLUE RIBAND SESSION IDOUBT the Melbourne Cup winners Americain (Dynaformer-America by Arazi (USA)), officially the World Champion Stayer of 2011 and At Talaq (USA) (Roberto-My Nord by Vent du Nord), a first class performer of a quarter century earlier who also had an association with Swettenham, would have been asked to contest the stamina-sapping 3200m Cup journey if they had been developed on the racetracks of the land of their birth, America, rather than in Europe. Going on their European performances, and fashionable breeding, they more likely would have become very worthy candidates for the Kentucky Derby, a sharp 2000m. In direct contrast to Europe, particularly Great Britain and Ireland, American racing conditions are not conducive for developing stamina to contest long distance racing. They have no Group class races at the Melbourne Cup distance of 3200m and the pool of races at 2400m, events often taken out by horses who learned their trade in Europe, is not extensive. Also, the American racetracks are often small oval flat circuits, smaller than those of Australia. For instance, the two tracks on Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby, are one mile (1600m, outer, dirt) and seven furlongs (1400m, the inner turf). Flemington, the hallowed Melbourne Cup course, is 2312m (nearly 12f) and it is much easier than the majority of the 60 tracks (approximately), very few of which are oval, in England. Epsom Downs, the home for the world's most famous classic, the Derby, for one, is in the form of elongated horseshoe and includes stiff undulations. The winning post is approximately fifty feet higher than the Derby start. Also, in England horses are mostly conditioned for racing on undulating gallops, methods that develop stamina rather than speed. It has been suggested that the reason Australian sprinters excel at Royal Ascot is because training on flatter surfaces and quicker workouts, enhances speed and gives them an edge over the locals. Many of the juveniles acknowledged as leaders of their generation in Europe gain their recognition in the seven to eight furlong (1400-1600m range). Rarely in England do they break 1:10 for six furlongs (1200m). In contrast to Australia and America, the English, Irish, French and German racing systems are concentrated on middle and long distance races. There is no juvenile event anywhere else in the world with the prestige of the Golden Slipper. The French racecourses are not as demanding as those of England and Ireland and this could be a reason why Americain and At Talaq had not only the stamina but also the finishing speed to capture the Melbourne Cup. Both horses learned to race in France. Both also descend in male line from Roberto, a world class performer who, like a relation of Americain, the influential Never Say Die, became an American bred winner of the English Derby. A champion American sire who had the three-quarter brothers Royal Charger and Nasrullah 3x3 and who doubled up Mumtaz Mahal, one of the most brilliant fillies to grace English racing, via her Blenheim-sired daughter Mumtaz Begum (5fx4m), Roberto is the sire of At Talaq and grandsire through one of his most successful sire sons, Dynaformer, of Americain. Americain's Roberto male line ROBERTO is also sire of the very successful dual hemisphere-used Red Ransom (USA) (ex Arabia by Damascus), a sire predicted to have a big impact on Australian breeding through brilliant locally produced sons, including All American, Charge Forward, Duporth, Onemorenomore, Red Element and Red Dazzler, and also through his daughters. Bred in America in 1969 on a Kentucky Derby type pedigree, Roberto is by Royal Charger's grandson Hail to Reason, a Champion American Two Year-Old (only year raced) who had a remarkable 18 starts for nine wins, including the Hopeful Stakes by 10 lengths in new Saratoga record time for 6.5f (1300m), and from Bramlea, by Nashua, a Nasrullah-sired American champion at two and Horse of the Year at three who is also the dam sire of Mr. Prospector (by Raise a Native). Shaking the Triple Crown, winning the Preakness in new track record time, and Belmont Stakes and running second in the Kentucky Derby, Nashua made Australian racing history when his American bred son Beldale Ball rose up from two wins in modest races at one and three-quarter miles (2800m) in England to become to be the first Melbourne Cup winner (1980) flown out here. Beldale Ball also won a race at Moonee Valley (2600m) and finished second at Flemington in the Hotham-Gr.2 (2500m) and MRC Herbert Power-Gr.2 (2400m). February 2013 42 EUROPEAN RACING key to staying prowess The announcement by one of Australia's most enterprising stud owners, Adam Sangster, that the visiting 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain (USA) will shuttle out for next season from Calumet Farm, Kentucky, to his Swettenham Stud at Nagambie in Victoria, has stimulated BRIAN RUSSELL to comment on the production of stayers for Australian conditions. At Talaq (USA) (Roberto-Vent du Nord by My Nord)
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