Brits notch another Sydney Cup victory
THE past five ATC Sydney Cups have been won by horses bred in Great Britain or Ireland so last Saturday’s winner, Godolphin’s lightly weighted, homebred gelding Polarisation, was simply following what is now an established pattern.
None of the other recent winners – Gallante (2016), Grand Marshall (2015), The Offer (2014) and Mourayan (2013) – though, had ever started over hurdles which Polarisation did in one start in Britain.
First past the post two weeks earlier when the Sydney Cup was declared a no race, Polarisation was deserving if narrow winner over New Zealand bred veteran Who Shot Thebarman but third placed Big Duke, an Irish import, may well have won if his rider had not let him drift so far back before the home turn.
A winner over 1200m as a two-year-old, Polarisation is an unimpressive individual, plain, lean and light framed, but his pedigree, particularly on the dam’s side, leaves little to be desired.
His sire Echo of Light, now dead, was a multiple Group winner in Britain and France but this son of prematurely deceased champion Dubai Millennium with five crops of racing age has made little impression as a sire in Europe as Polarisation is his first and only stakes winner.
Concordia (Pivotal), Polarisation’s dam, was a minor winner in France but her dam Snow Bride (Blushing Groom) was something very special both on the racecourse and at stud.
Snow Bride won Oaks (Group 1, 2400m) at Epsom in 1989 before going to stud to produce seven winners, three of them stakes winners with the standout unbeaten Lammtarra (Nijinsky), winner of Epsom Derby, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes but a disappointing sire.
CHATSWOOD Stud’s Blue Diamond Stakes winner Reward For Effort (Exceed and Excel) is doing well as a sire with stakes winners like Gold Symphony, Take Pride and Dalradian but his latest star, unbeaten threeyear-old filly Desert Lashes, could prove his best runner.
A cheap $2,100 buy at the Inglis Red Centre Yearling Sale in 2015, Desert Lashes is trained at Alice Springs and now unbeaten in eight starts after her impressive success in last Saturday’s SAJC Redelva Stakes (Listed, 1100m).
Desert Lashes is out of the winning Baryshnikov mare Misha’s Belle, a three-quarter sister to Silver Glade, and comes from an old Lindsay Park Stud family.
LEADING Arrowfield Stud sire Not a Single Doubt has been somewhat overshadowed in recent weeks by his paternal half-brother and barnmate Snitzel but a stakes treble in Australia
New Zealand last Saturday has placed him back in the spotlight.
In Adelaide his three-yearold filly Kenedna (ex Miss Dodwell, by Falbrav) over- came a wide barrier to take out the SAJC Auraria Stakes (Group 3, 1800m) while at Doomben his four-year-old daughter Single Gaze (ex Redaluca’s Gaze, by Intergaze) returned to form to win the BRC Tails Quality (Listed, 1600m).
Across the Tasman at Ellerslie unbeaten Australian- bred two-year-old colt Qiji Phoenix (ex No Mistaking, by Testa Rossa) gave Not a Single Doubt his 41st stakes winner with an impressive success in the Champagne Stakes (Listed, 1600m) to indicate he may be a classic prospect next season.
EARLY 2017 classic trials in Britain and Ireland have produced results of much interest to Australian breeders, racehorse owners and trainers.
Darley’s young sire Sepoy, something of a disappointment with his Australian runners to date, was in the spotlight two new threeyear-old stakes winners as many days, the filly Dabyah (ex Samdaniya, by Machiavellian) in Fred Darling Stakes (Group 3, 1400m) at Newbury and the colt Khukri (ex Fraulein, by Acatenango) in the Power Stakes (Listed, 1100m) at Navan.
Two former NSW shuttle sires, Coolmore’s Excelebration and Darley’s Poet’s Voice, neither returning here in the spring, had important new winners.
Excelebration (Exceed and Excel) colt Barney Roy (ex Alina, by Galileo), now owned Godolphin, was a decisive winner of the Greenham Stakes (Group 3, 1400m) at Newbury for jockey James Doyle defeating Godolphin owned Dream Castle, a son of Frankel.
Four-year-old Poet’s Voice stallion Voice Love (ex Snowfield, by Tale of the Cat) opened his black type account with victory in Premio Ambrosiano (Group 3, 2000m) at San Siro, Italy, last Sunday while on the same day in Ireland five-year-old gelding Torcedor (ex Magnolia Lane, by Sadler’s Wells) became stakes winner 113 for Coolmore reverse shuttler Fastnet Rock.
It was announced last week that former Vinery shuttler Myboycharlie would be mov- ing to Bowness Stud, Young, NSW, and to mark the move he had an important winner in France on Sunday when three-year-old filly Sistercharlie (ex Starlet’s Sister, by Galileo) captured the Prix Penelope (Group 3, 2100m).
Lope de Vega, a sire who spent some seasons in NSW, had a new stakes winner, his 25th, when four-year-old stallion Steel of Madrid took last week’s Earl of Sefton Stakes (Group 3, 1800m) at Newmarket where an earlier stakes winner of interest was Eminent (Frankel — You’ll Be Mine, by Kingmambo) in the Craven Stakes (Group 3, 1600m) for three-year-olds.
Eminent, who defeated Racing Post Trophy winner Rivet (Fastnet Rock), is owned by New Zealand Bloodstock’s Sir Peter Vela,
unbeaten in two starts and may eventually stand as a stallion New Zealand. Newgate Farm’s shuttle
The Factor was in the news in the United States last week when his son Multiplier became fifth stakes winner, charging home late to win the Illinois Derby (Group 3, 1800m) at Hawthorne.