Wakeful and Let’s Elope best Hall of Fame broodmares
SO FAR eight queens of the turf, Wakeful, Sunline, Makybe Diva, Flight, Tranquil Star, Wenona Girl, Let’s Elope and Black Caviar (retired last year), have been inducted into the Australian Hall of Fame. Only two, the icon Wakeful and Let’s Elope, the dam of this week’s Group 2 Adelaide Cup winner Outback Joe, have produced Group race winners.
Easily the stand of these two has been Wakeful, a Victorian bred and owned mare foaled in1896 after a mating of the Musket two-times Melbourne Cup placed Trenton and Insomnia, a daughter of noted Australian racehorse Robinson Crusoe.
One of the best Australian sires of his time, Trenton was exported to England at 15 and made a big contribution to world breeding as the sire of the second dam of breedshaper Gainsborough.
His daughter Wakeful raced from four to seven years, winding up her career with a second under ten stone (63.5kg) in the 1903 Melbourne Cup. All told she raced 44 times for 25 wins from five and a half furlongs (1100m) to three miles (4800m).
At stud she produced ten foals including Blairgour (won the Oakleigh Plate and Caulfield Futurity), Night Watch (won the 1918 Melbourne Cup) and Baverstock. The latter only won twice, but sired David, winner of the Sydney Cup.
A winner of 11 races from 1400m to 3200m, including in the spring of 1991 the Caulfield Cup, Turnbull Stakes, Mackinnon Stakes and the Melbourne Cup, the other Group winner producer, Let’s Elope, closed off her career with three Group1 thirds in America.
Before she was repatriated from America to the land of her birth, New Zealand, she had matings in Kentucky with Danzig (Yes I Will, minor winner and Listed third France), Storm Cat (Over the Moon, won France and Australia) and finally to southern hemisphere time Seeking the Gold. The latter resulted in the New Zealand foaled Ustinov, a winner of two races, including the Group 2 MVRC AAMI Vase, runner up in the Caulfield Guineas, Champagne Stakes (MVRC), Ascot Vale Stakes, third in the Australian Guineas and fourth in the Victoria Derby.
Ustinov stood initially at stud in New Zealand, but is now in Nioka Wozny’s care at Moorookyle Park, Smeaton Victoria. His 100 plus winners includes Vonusti (Group1 winner and second placed NZ), Antarctic Miss (won the Champagne Stakes at Moonee Valley; third Caulfield Thousand Guines), Sarsarun (7 wins to Listed NZ), Ask Me Nicely (8 wins, third Perth Cup) and Miss Sharapova ( 4 wins, fourth New Zealand Oaks).
All told Let’s Elope, like Wakeful, has had ten foals, all, including the Americans, bred by Seven Creeks Estate (D.H. & M.E. Marks), Euroa Victoria. The best of the six that have won have been Ustinov and the Seven Creeks owned, Nigel Blackiston trained Outback Joe, a 6-year-old Elvstroem gelding who has upgraded in his four starts since the beginning of January, in order a win in the Listed Bagot Handicap (2800m) at Flemington, sixth at Caulfield, third in the Listed Roy Higgins (2600m) and then the win in the Adelaide Cup (3200m).
He has raced 23 times for six wins, but the previous best stakes performance was a head second in the Listed Banjo Patterson (2600m) at Flemington.
Produced in 2008 after Let’s Elope had missed for four seasons, Outback Joe is her second last foal.The last is his Seven Creeks raced year younger sister Karata, one who has raced 16 times to date for a 2200m maiden win at Seymour and five minor placings.
Let’s Elope is bred on traditional New Zealand fast staying lines, being by the Nassipour (USA) (by Blushing Groom), sire also of Tie the Knot, a Sydney Cup winner and competent midfielder in two Melbourne Cups, and from Sharon Jane, a Listed juvenile winner by Battle-Waggon and from Summer Sky, an unraced Summertime mare.
Outback Joe and his sister Karata are among 230 plus winners by Haradasun’s half-brother Elsvtroem, one of the greatest gallopers by Danehill, nine Group1 cheques derived from wins in Melbourne in the Victoria Derby, Caulfield Cup, Underwood Stakes and C.F. Orr, success in the Dubai Duty Free, a second in the Prix d’Ispahan at Longchamp and thirds in the Australian Cup (Flemington), Rosehill Guineas and Prince of Wales’s (York, England).
He stood the 2013 season on $4,400 at the Philip Campbell headed Blue Gum Farm at Euroa. This stud has hosted in the past Rubiton, Encosta de Lago and Last Tycoon.
Swiss Ace winner cost ten time more than his sire
DESPITE the fact that the Gold Coast yearling sale price of $65,000 for House of Hingis, a dashing 3.8 lengths winner of the juvenile event at the March 12 meeting at Kyneton, is only moderate in modern day marketing, it was nearly eleven times more than her sire Swiss Ace cost at the same age.
Bred by Emirates Park, Murrurundi, Hunter Valley, Swiss Ace was sold to Gainsborough Lodge as a weanling at the Gold Coast for $8,500 and then resold for $6,000 at the Brisbane Yearling Sale. It was remarkable low price for a colt so impressively bred.
The 3×3 Mr. Prospector inbred Swiss Ace is by the Emirates Park used Secret Savings (USA) and from Rapid Serve (USA), an unraced daughter of Carson City (a good Mr. Prospector sire) and Tennis Partner, a sister by Northern Dancer to Ajdal, a champion English sprinter, and a three-quarter sister to Danseur Fabuleux, dam of Arazi (USA), a world champion 2-year-old, and Noverre, a leading European miler. There are more than fifty stakes winners world-wide under the first three dams.
Obviously the brilliant genes that supplied so much brilliance for Ajdal and Arazi were also inherited by Swiss Ace for the Mick Mair, Queensland trained colt rose up from his $6,000 yearling price to be a leading Australian sprinter. In earning $952,000, he won 12 of 20 starts, including the Oakleigh Plate (Flemington), Byrne Hart (Eagle Farm) – twice, Weetwood (Toowoomba) and Chief de Beers (Doomben), finished a head second in the Newmarket (Flemington) and a nose in the Vo Rogue (Doomben) and a 1.7 lengths fourth when favourite in the Galaxy (Randwick).
He so impressed Gerry Harvey (Baramul Stud), he bought him as a sire and had him installed at the Westbury Stud at Papakura in New Zealand. His first crop are 2-year-olds and so far he has had two winners from five runners, Staccato (dam by Hussonet) in New Zealand and now House of Hingis (General Nediym). Both were bred by Harvey and both have Danehill maternally.
Raced by huge tribe of owners out of the Peter Moody Caulfield stables, House of Hingis was having only her second start when she won at Kyneton. She appears a very valuable filly as she is the first foal of the Harvey bred and raced Sydney winner and placed Tempo Manor, a product of Lady Lanham, a Danehill great granddaughter of Denise’s Joy.
Cheap Bon Hoffa 2yo dazzles in Adelaide Million
DEIHEROS, a Bon Hoffa gelding who sold for only $6,000 at the 2013 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale, stamped himself as one of the smartest juveniles seen out this year when he romped to a 5.5 lengths win in the $100,000 Adelaide Millions at Morphettville on March 10.
The Lloyd Kennewell (Morphettville) trained Deiheros has now won both his outings, scoring narrowly at Morphettville Parks on debut on February 8. The successes saw Kennewell have to go to $21,000 to get his sister at this month’s Adelaide sale.
Bred for Mr and Mrs A. Patterson, raised on John North’s Bowness Stud near Young in central western NSW and marketed by Bowness, Deiheros is from the second crop of the stud’s promising sire Bon Hoffa and is the second foal of Philippa’s Music, a winner of three country races.
She is by the Les Young bred Integra, a Lunchtime product whose offspring also include eight times Group1 winner Intergaze, and from Antonia’s Music, a winner seven times and a half-sister to the Beautiful Crown Melbourne Group 3 winner Crown Princess.
A winner of nine races 1200m – 1700m, headed by the Group1 Rupert Clarke at Caulfield, the imposing looking,16.3 hands chestnut Bon Hoffa is by Belong to Me, a fleet footed Danzig American who shuttled to the Widden Stud.
Something special about Lonhro and son quinella
SOMETHING Special emerged at Hawkesbury on March 13 when the John O’Shea trained Kuro lived up to a dashing Randwick trial win with an impressive debut victory, scoring by 1.5 lengths from second placed Ming in a 13 runner field. It was a the first time that newly Hall of Fame inducted Lonhro and one of his sons, Denman, had provided a quinella result.
The winner is from the first crop of the brilliantly bred Denman, a sire who shares the stallion complex at Darley with his sire Lonhro, the source of the Waterhouse trained runner up Ming, in the Hunter Valley. This year both sires have also travelled to America and are in use at Darley Kentucky in the northern hemisphere season.
Kuro is the fourth winner for Denman, a sire who has got off to as promising start as Lonhro did in 2007-08, a year he was third top first season sire. He has been Champion Australian Sire 2010-11 (13 2yo winners), second best and juvenile leader in 2011-12 and fourth top sire in 2012-13.
Denman, a typical Lonhro look alike, near black, strong headed, good hocked individual, was a more brilliant racehorse, his optimum winning distance being 1400m, and speedily bred than Lonhro.
Produced on a maternal cross of two Golden Slipper winners, Vain over Peach, a Marscay mare, he went to the races 12 times for nine wins (three from four at two), five of them stakes. His top performances were wins in the Group1 Golden Rose (Rosehill), Group 2 Autumn Stakes (Caulfield), Group 2 Stan Fox (Randwick) and Group 3 Run to the Rose (Rosehill).
His successs at Hawkesbury saw him become a clear second to I Am Invincible (Yarraman Park) on the first season sires list by earnings and winners. Besides Kuro, his ten runners include Law (Gai Waterhouse; three runs, two Randwick wins, including the Breeders’ Plate, fourth Silver Slipper), Grapevine (Bryan Guy; winner Doomben only start), Pinch River (Robert Heathcote; four starts, at first two won Eagle Farm, once by six lengths) and Piacenza (Tony McEvoy; four starts, third Debutant Stakes at Caulfield, second Morphettville Parks, fifth fillies Blue Diamond Prelude, Caulfield).
Kuro’s win at Hawkesbury was special not only because of the Denman – Lonhro quinella, but also because his third dam was the magnificent Lindsay Park, South Australia produced sprinter Special. This daughter of the Habitat sire Habituate (Ire) won ten races, including three Group1s at Flemington, the Lightning Stakes – track record time, Newmarket and Gadsden (Patinack Farm Classic), finished second in two other renewals of the Lightning and in the Oakleigh Plate and Manikato.
At stud, Special produced 14 foals for ten runners and nine winners, the best of which were the Listed winners Stavka (by Xaar; seven wins, four in Melbourne) and Specialize (Bluebird; six wins, five in Sydney).
Lady Specal, a mare by briefly shuttled Alzao, won one minor race, but produced the Air de France brothers Bomber Bill (23 sprint wins, three Group 1s) and Camargue (two wins, one Group 3).
Got in the Hunter Valley but foaled in New Zealand, Kuro was bred by New Zealand based Nearco Stud Limited using Denman and Distinctive Lass, an Arrowfield produced winner over 1000m in Melbourne and a Listed second in Adelaide. She was by Orientate (USA), a son of the Blushing Groom sire Mt. Livermore, and from Special Sweep, an unraced daughter of End Sweep (USA). Both Orientate (twice) and End Sweep (on four occasions) were visiting sires.