Sunday, 13 May 2012
: Holy Roman Emperor; Galileo; Niello; General Nediym; Stratum; Zabeel; Keep The Faith; Hold That Tiger; More Than Ready; Thorn park; Danewin.
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* THE David Payne-trained Honorious, a Holy Roman Emperor half brother to South Africa's Horse of the Year Igugu, confirmed his potential when scoring his second win at Rosehill on Saturday.
Honorius (Holy Roman Emperor x Zarinia, by Intikab) broke his maiden at his previous start at Canterbury and showed he had a future over moe ground when powering home to win over 1800m in the longest 2YO race of the season run to date in Sydney.
Bred and raced by Kia Ora Stud, Honorius was not sold after he was withdrawn from the 2010 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.
He is the third winner from three foals to race for his imported dam Zarinia, who was covered last spring by High Chaparral
Holy Roman Emperor is not returning to Australia this spring despite his star being on the rise after his three year-old daughter Homecoming Queen won the GI English 1000 Guineas at Newmarket by nine lengths.
* GALILEO's talented 5YO son Linton
made a successful debut for his new trainer John Sadler at Morphettville on Saturday in the G3 Robert Lee Stakes.
Formerly a member of the Lloyd Williams team, Linton (Galileo x Our Heather, by Centaine) was sold earlier this year to Sadler's clients.
Linton was originally purchased for $275,000 by Graeme Rogerson Bloodstock for Williams at the 2008 NZB Ready to Run Sale.
Linton won four races and placed six times from 17 starts for Williams earning $880,300 in prizemoney but had not won since his success in the G2 Herbert Power Stakes at Caulfield in 2010.
Linton is the first stakes winner for his dam Our Heather, a member of a well known stakes family featuring GI winner Sharvasti, Balmacara, Vedodara, Bhandara, Shastri and Jamieson Valley.
He is from the second last crop of Australian bred foals by champion sire Galileo, who is now based permanently at Coolmore
Stud in Ireland.
* CLASSY stayer Finiguerra
credited his late sire Niello with his first stakes winner with his dashing win in Saturday's Listed Port Adelaide Cup at Morphettville.
Finiguerra led home a quinella result for trainer Darryl Dodson by beating his stablemate Texan Warney.
Dodson acquired Finiguerra at the 2008 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale for $35,000 and he has already won almost $200,000.
Finiguerra (ex Gold Choice by Final Card is the first stakes winner for Lonhro's Group One winning brother Niello, who died in a paddock accident last year.
Niello won the G1 Spring Champion Stakes and three other races before being retired to stud.
While Finiguerra is his first stakes winner his other runners have include the good winners Ipioga, Sparks Burn and Alchemy's Eight.
| Gai's Choice|
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* A RETURN to her former trainer David Pfeiffer saw talented General Nediym mare Gai's Choice
back in the winner's circle at her first run back from a spell at Rosehill on Saturday.
Gai's Choice, an $81,000 purchase at the 2009 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale, won four races for Pfeiffer before she was transferred to another stable without success in six starts.
Back with Pfeiffer she resumed to win over 1100m, taking her overall record to five wins from 22 starts with prizemoney in excess of $280,000.
She is bred on the same cross as Magic Millions 2YO winner Military Rose and is the first winner for the stakes-placed Flying Spur mare Faster Pussycat, a half-sister to the dam of GI winner Eagle Falls.
* STRATUM four year-old Stratcombe
added to his excellent strike rate this preparation with another dominant win at Caulfield on Saturday.
After accelerating away in the straight to win easily over 1100m his trainer Mick price signalled a step up in class.
“It's time for him to move on to the better races now,” said Price. “I certainly think he's capable of being a Black Type horse."
He's improved with maturity as I believe the Stratum's will only get better with age.”
A $200,000 purchase from the 2009 Magic Millions Yearling Sale, Stratcombe has won six races and placed four from 11 starts earning $224,114 in prizemoney.
Stratcombe is a half-brother to brilliant G2I winning sprinter Impaler being one of five winners from Catecombe, a grand-daughter of noted broodmare Cotehele House, the dam of successful sires Danewin and Commands.
* TALENTED Zabeel stayer Hume
emerged as a contender for the feature staying contests of the Brisbane carnival with a strong win in Saturday's G3 Chairman's Handicap at Doomben.
Renowned trainer of stayers Brian Smith was delighted to see one of his stable stars back to his best and heading towards the G2 Brisbane Cup at Eagle Farm on June 9.
Hume has turned out an exceptional money spinner for his connections after being purchased by part owner Barry Condon for $22,000 at the 2009 Magic Millions Summer Carnival Thoroughbred Sale.
He was sold at the sale by Lloyd Williams after campaigning for his stable in Victoria.
After joining Smith, Hume won the G3 Tattersall's Cup and was second to Shocking in the G3 Lexus just three days before that horse scored a famous win in the Melbourne Cup.
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One of 142 stakes winners by champion sire Zabeel, Hume is the best of three winners produced by his dam Lolette.
A daughter of Arazi, Lolette is a full sister to Apache Star, the stakes performed dam of a Hong Kong stakes winner. Lolette is also a half sister to the Del Mar stakes winner Duke Of Freen.
Other stars in the family include international Group winners Rebecca Sharp, Mystic Knight and Obsession and Australian black type winners Walking Or Dancing, Irongail, Kidnapped and Deledio.
* SUNDAY Silence stallion Keep The Faith
had a stakes double at Morphettville on Saturday when Dinkum Diamond
(ex Raja Lane by Devaraja) won the G3 The Janz and Lucky Penny
(ex White Heart Lane by Flying Spur) won the Listed Laelia Stakes.
* STORM Cat's son Hold That Tiger also added a new stakes winner at Morphettville when Red Typhoon
(ex Ladybird Blue by Bluebird) won the G3 SA Fillies Classic.
* NZ-based filly Oak Park
(ex Dawnie Dancer by Fasliyev) became the 97th stakes winner for More Than Ready when she won the Listed Rotorua Stakes at Arawa Park on Saturday.
* NEW Zealand's leading young sire Thorn Park was represented by his 15th stakes winner when Bonnie Mac
(ex Gold Class by Gold Brose) won the Listed Proud Miss Stakes at Morphettville on Saturday.
* DANEWIN's Perth sprinter Zester
(ex Ranzest by Rancher) became the 28th stakjeswinner for his sire with his success in the Listed H G Bolton Sprint at Belmont Park on Saturday.