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Bluebloods : Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale 2013
Beldale Ball was the first Melbourne Cup winner trained by Colin Hayes, the founder of Lindsay Park in South Australia, and the first winner out here for Robert Sangster, founder of the world leading racing and breeding empire Swettenham. Breeder of Sadler's Wells and Zabeel, Robert Sangster is the father of the Australian-domiciled Adam Sangster, the current owner of Swettenham at Nagambie. Getting back to Americain's great-grandsire Hail to Reason (by another Champion Two Year-Old, Turn-to), he raced two months before he was actually two by foaling date, and late in the year fractured both sesamoids in his near--fore fetlock joint and did not race again. He ranks high among American world influences with his sons Roberto and Halo, whose dam Cosmah (Cosmic Bomb) is a half-sister to Natalma, being major forces. Foaled in America and used at stud in Kentucky, Roberto did his racing in Europe, and, benefiting from English training methods, capped a stellar racing career with two big wins at a mile and a half (2400m), appearances at Epsom in the Derby and Coronation Cup. Earlier he lived up to the speed of his pedigree by meriting Ireland's Champion Juvenile title, three wins including the National Stakes by five lengths and Anglesey Stakes by six. Although he was standing at stud in Kentucky, Roberto gained the distinction of being Leading First Crop Sire in Britain in 1977, his runners including the champion filly Sookera. Her grandaughter Hasili produced seven stakes winners, five of them by Danehill and six of them successful at Gr.1 level. One of the Danehills, the European year 2000 joint Champion European Miler Dansili, is a leading European sire whose best performers include Zoffany (IRE), a Gr.1 two year-old winner in Ireland who was a new visiting sire at Coolmore in the Hunter Valley in 2012. Sookera is also the fourth dam of Sharkbite, a striking looking son of Redoute's Choice, a Melbourne Listed stakes winner standing at Eliza Park in Victoria. Roberto provided 89 stakes winners in the American--European sphere with the best stayer among them being At Talaq, one conditioned under English methods. In Europe, although he won only twice in 12 starts, he was one of the best at the equivalent of 2400m after earlier showing a good turn of foot to win over six furlongs (1200m) on debut at two. At Talaq's stud success RACED by Dubai's Sheikh Hamdan Al-Maktoum, At Talaq showed great determination to be a worthy winner at three of the Grand Prix de Paris-Gr.1 over 3000m at Longchamp and good class in three Gr.1 events at 2400m, finishing second in the Grosser Preis von Baden in Germany, third in the Italian Derby and fourth in the English Derby. Sent to Australia and put in work at Lindsay Park under Colin Hayes, one of Australia's best conditioners of stayers, At Talaq laid claim to being the world's leading middle distance--stayer performer of the mid- 1980s. In the 1986-87 Australian racing year, he won the Melbourne Cup and MRC C.F. Orr-Gr.2 (1400m), finished second in the MRC Caulfield Cup-Gr.1 (2400m) and VRC Australian Cup-Gr.1 (2000m) and third in the AJC Queen Elizabeth Stakes-Gr.1 (2000m). Used at the Hayes-established Collingrove Studs at Sandy Hollow, Hunter Valley and the one at Nagambie, which is now Swettenham Stud, and also Lindsay Park, At Talaq died at only 14, but left some very good winners. The best of the At Talaqs was Skating, a winner of two Gr.1s in Sydney, the Doncaster and Winfield Classic, and a first class broodmare. She is the dam of three stakes winners, including the Danehill grandsons and sires Bradbury's Luck (by Redoute's Choice) and Murtajill (Rock of Gibraltar), and four others stakes placed. Produced on a more speedy cross than At Talaq, Swettenham's new sire Americain has a pedigree suggesting he would have been ideal for 1400m--2000m racing in America or Australia if he had not been sent to Europe and trained in France. After showing good promise in two starts at two, a debut win at 1400m on a principal track, Chantilly, and a Listed third, he went on to be a leading performer in France, winning seven races 2400m-3100m and minor placing in eight others. His best efforts were wins in the historic Prix Kergolay- Gr.2 (3000m), a race first run at Deauville in 1864, and the Prix Vicomtesse Vigier-Gr.2 (3100m) at Longchamp. At three he was comfortably first past the post in the Prix de Luce-Gr.3 (3000m), but wayward running saw him relegated to second. After he won the Darley-sponsored Prix Kergolay in late August 2010, the race review said he picked up well once he found a gap and booked his ticket to the Melbourne Cup. It was a very rewarding ticket as he won both his starts in Australia that spring in very impressive style, the Geelong Cup-Gr.3 (2400m) and then the world's richest staying race, the Melbourne Cup-Gr.1. He trumped one of the best Melbourne Cup fields assembled, going to the line 2.75 lengths clear of his nearest rivals, Maluckyday, So You Think and Zipping. On the way home to the winter spell, he stopped off in Hong Kong for a third in the Hong Kong Vase-Gr.1, a 2400m international in which the winner's time was February 2013 43 J.B. Americain (USA) (Dynaformer-America by Arazi (USA))
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