Brits notch an­other Syd­ney Cup vic­tory

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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.

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