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Cup Winners Leading Staying Revival

Melbourne Cup winners, once shunned as commercial breeding prospects, are now becoming shining lights for the future of the staying breed in Australia.

Cup Winners Leading Staying Revival

Melbourne Cup winners, once shunned as commercial breeding prospects, are now becoming shining lights for the future of the staying breed in Australia.

The emergence of Fiorente, the 2013 Melbourne Cup winner, as a sire of classic talent adds to the breeding resurgence being enjoyed by horses who have won Australia’s greatest race over the last decade.

Also at stud and receiving popular support from broodmare owners are the 2009 winner Shocking, 2010 winner Americain and 2014 winner Protectionist.


Shocking, by Winx’s late sire Street Cry, has been a success standing at Rich Hil Stud in New Zealand while Americain, the US-bred son of Dynaformer, is proving a commercial success for Victoria’s Swettenham Stud.

Protectionist, like Fiorente a son of the influential German sire Monsun, stands at Gestut Rottgen in the country of his birth.

Fiorente
Fiorente Picture:Racing and Sports

Monsun is also the sire of the 2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin and his sons may well become a major source of local staying talent as another of his sons Vadamos is standing with Shocking at Rich Hill Stud in New Zealand.

For now the focus is on Fiorente after his first crop three-year-old son Stars Of Carrum became his first stakes winner when he burst into Victoria Derby considerations with his maiden win in the G2 Drummond Golf Vase at Moonee Valley last Saturday for trainer Robbie Laing.

Stars Of Carrum Horseform is set to back up in the $2 million Derby at Flemington on Saturday in a bid to give Laing his second win in the classic after his success with Polanski Horseform in 2013.

Stars Of Carrum was placed in the Listed Hill Smith Stakes in Adelaide at his previous start on October 13 and will join another first crop son of Fiorente, the recent winner Alessandro trained by Robbie Griffiths, in the Derby field.

Stars Of Carrum, a $75,000 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale purchase by Laing, is the second winner from two to race out of the Anabaa mare Signoret, a seven-time winner who won from 1050m to 1900m.

Stars Of Carrum
Stars Of Carrum Picture:Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images

Stars Of Carrum’s second dam Jameela is a G2 winner by another Melbourne Cup winner Jeune and is a sister to Hobart Cup winner Jeune’s Mark. His third dam is also by yet another Melbourne Cup winner At Talaq.

The versatile Fiorente is standing at Sun Stud in Victoria where there is a strong belief that Monsun’s bloodlines can reinvigorate the staying breed in Australia.

"The idea of Monsun blood coming to Australia I think is the catalyst for the resurrection for breeding staying horses,” Sun Stud’s Mark Lindsay told TDN.

"Anybody who says we can’t breed a stayer in Australia is wrong, it is just that we haven’t had the right approach.

“Australia has had this whole perception that Melbourne Cup winners don’t work at stud but there is hope that the industry can focus on diversifying, not just on two-year-old speed."

Fiorente was a wfa winner at 1600m in the G2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes and 2000m in the G1 Australian Cup and he also finished second in the WS Cox Plate at 2040m.

He had just one 2YO winner last season from only 13 starters but is making his mark now his progeny are coming to the fore as expected as three-year-olds with three winners in the last two weeks.

Racing And Sports



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R10 MOONEE VALLEY 27 October 2018
Drummond Golf Vase 3 , 2040m
Race Synopsis: A surprise win here by the Robbie Laing-trained colt Stars Of Carrum, his first win in eight starts, saw him suddenly come into calculations for the upcoming Victoria Derby (Gr 1, 2500m). He settled back on ninth place (on the rails), tracking a solid tempo, saved ground closer to the inner at the home turn, went to second on straightening and ran on resolutely to score a last stride win, appreciating the step up in distance here. Savoie raced in second place, tracking the leader (Cloak) who was setting a good pace. He went to the front approaching the home turn, looked the winner when he got a break on straightening, only to be caught on the post for the closest of seconds. Godolphin's Aramayo raced in tenth place, tracked up (wide with cover) from the 700m, went very wide rounding the home turn and kept running on well in the centre of the track to take third. Savvy Oak raced near the tail of the 13-horse field, improved (between runners) at the home turn and battled on nicely for (3.3 lengths) fourth while Mickey Blue Eyes made late ground, without threatening, to finish (4.6 lengths) fifth.

FP
 
Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
10. STARS OF CARRUM (AUS)
3yo Colt
ROBBIE LAING
BEN MELHAM
57.0
$51.00
 
FIORENTE (IRE) - SIGNORET (AUS)
P R Cox, Ms H M Cox, Mrs O Cox, Ms L M Farrelly, G I Hankinson, Mrs J M Hankinson, M J Millman, L J Seeley, Miss S M Pike, S D Czarnecki, P G Leonard, N D Felmingham, Mrs J L Felmingham, P R McGuigan, D J Mason, A F Milburn, Mrs S H Milburn, R K Stubbs, Ms A F Williams & Double Rl (Mgr: Mrs R Laing)
2nd  
5. SAVOIE (AUS)
3yo Colt
DARREN WEIR
DEAN YENDALL
57.0
$4.00
 
ILOVETHISCITY (AUS) - LARISSAR (AUS)
J Efthim, T G Wilkinson, P Brown, Mrs B M Cooke, G H Livermore, Ms N J McDonald, Mrs J Efthim, G Georgios, P Efthim, Ms S M Efthim, R Irlicht, A M Livermore & Mrs S M Livermore
3rd  
1. ARAMAYO (AUS)
3yo Colt
JAMES CUMMINGS
TYE ANGLAND
57.0
$2.88
 
POET'S VOICE (GB) - PERUVIAN (GB)
 Godolphin
4th  12. SAVVY OAK (NZ)
3yo Gelding
TRENT BUSUTTIN & NATALIE YOUNG
HUGH BOWMAN
57.0
$21.00
5th  3. MICKEY BLUE EYES (AUS)
3yo Colt
D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG
REGAN BAYLISS
57.0
$13.00
6th  4. DEALMAKER (AUS)
3yo Colt
CHRIS WALLER
KERRIN MCEVOY
57.0
$11.00
7th  7. REAL SUCCESS (AUS)
3yo Gelding
MATT LAURIE
MARK ZAHRA
57.0
$7.00
8th  8. APPROACH DISCREET (AUS)
3yo Colt
DARREN WEIR
CRAIG WILLIAMS
57.0
$26.00
9th  2. OUTRAGEOUS (AUS)
3yo Colt
MICHAEL & WAYNE & JOHN HAWKES
DWAYNE DUNN
57.0
$41.00
10th  9. THUNDERDOME (AUS)
3yo Gelding
Leon & Troy Corstens
STEPHEN BASTER
57.0
$31.00
11th  11. BOTTI (NZ)
3yo Gelding
MURRAY BAKER & ANDREW FORSMAN
DAMIAN LANE
57.0
$26.00
12th  16. POWER OF ATTORNEY (AUS)
3yo Colt
TONY VASIL
DAMIEN OLIVER
57.0
$81.00
13th  6. CLOAK (AUS)
3yo Colt
JAMES CUMMINGS
GLYN SCHOFIELD
57.0
$41.00

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