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The Cyclical Nature Of Thoroughbred Breeding

There is no doubt the business of thoroughbred breeding is cyclical. As an example take the stud-related events of the last week for Darley in Australia.

The Cyclical Nature Of Thoroughbred Breeding

There is no doubt the business of thoroughbred breeding is cyclical. As an example take the stud-related events of the last week for Darley in Australia.

Midweek Darley announced the retirement from stud duty of Reset, a son of Zabeel who had served Sheikh Mohammed’s breeding operation in Australia admirably for almost 15 years.

Reset Horseform joined the Darley roster in 2004 after a spectacularly brief racing career that lasted little more than two months in the late summer of 2003!


Reset
Reset Picture:Studs

In just five starts from January to March he went unbeaten and won two G1 races – the Australian Guineas and Futurity Stakes – before he was purchased from his leviathan owner Lloyd Williams to stand at Darley’s Kelvinside stud farm in NSW.

His time in NSW was also brief as he has been based at Darley’s Northwood Park in Victoria for the last 13 years. where he became one of the most successful stallions to stand at stud in that state.

By Zabeel from the multiple G1-winning mare Assertive Lass, Reset’s first crop included the G1 Victoria Derby and G1 South Australian Derby winner Rebel Raider Horseform.

Reset has since sired another four G1 winners of considerable note - the Caulfield Cup winner Fawkner Horseform, Cox Plate winner Pinker Pinker Horseform, Epsom Handicap winner Hauraki Horseform and VRC Oaks winner Set Square Horseform.

Fawkner, racing in the Lloyd Williams colours, became a triple G1 winner, also picking up the Caulfield Stakes and Makybe Diva Stakes and finishing seconds in the WS Cox Plate

Reset retires as the sire of 33 stakes winners among 442 individual winners – but the Darley show rolls on as evidenced by one of the younger members of the big stallion roster siring his first winner on Saturday.

Hallowed Crown, a G1 winning son of former shuttle sire Street Sense, got his stud career rolling with the breakthrough win of his 2YO colt Let’s Cheer Again at the Gold Coast.

He is only the fourth runner by the 2015 Randwick Guineas and Golden Rose winner.

Let’s Cheer Again is a typical Darley homebred, being out of the Exceed And Excel mare Excessively, a half-sister to the G2 winner Barbaricus.

However he was sold by Gerry Harvey’s Baramul Stud with Queensland trainer Stuart Kendrick picking him up for $85,000 at last year’s Magic Millions 2YOs in Training Sale.

Hallowed Crown’s place in the breeding cycle for Darley lies in the fact that his dam Crowned Glory is a half-sister to Reset’s sire Zabeel.

Hallowed Crown is an extension of the Street Cry sire line and that cycle kicked in for Godolphin when Trekking Horseform, a son of the late champion sire, won the G3 Hall Mark Stakes at Randwick.

The James Cummings-trained Trekking is by Street Cry, the sire of Street Sense and Winx, from Outdoor, a Redoute's Choice mare.

Trekkings wins at Randwick
Trekkings wins at Randwick Picture:Steve Hart

There was more success for the Darley breed at Doomben on Saturday when classy Lonhro 3YO Plague Stone scored a dominant first-up victory in the Listed Mick Dittman Plate in his first start for nine months.

He is Lonhro’s 83rd lifetime stakes winner and takes his sire’s number of individual winners this season to 75, among them the G1 winners Lyre and Aristia.

Plague Stone Horseform is out of the winning Elusive Quality mare Giggleswick, a daughter of High School (Sadler’s Wells).

He has the G3 Gold Coast Guineas on May 4 as his next target in Queensland.

Meanwhile Denman, a son of Lonhro, produced a new stakes winner when his 3YO filly Laburnum won the G3 JHB Carr Stakes at Randwick in the Godolphin colours.

Denman was until recently a successful member of the Dartey roster and is now a resident at Twin Hills Stud in southern NSW

Laburnum Horseform is a daughter of the winning Redoute’s Choice mare Runes, a sister to the G3 winner Mearas and half-sister to another G3 winner Chetwood (Exceed And Excel).

It’s a notable family of G1 winners including Grand Armee, Drum, Anamato, Dealer Principal and Dundeel.

Laburnum’s win came a week after another Denman product Humma Humma won the Listed Redelva Stakes at Morphettville.

Laburnum has won three of her 14 career starts with six placings for prize-money of $213,620.

Runes is now owned by Corumbene Stud, who purchased the mare for $240,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale.

She has since produce d a weanling filly by another Darley sire Shooting To Win and was covered by Dissident last spring.

The cycle rolls on.

Laburnum wins at Randwick
Laburnum wins at Randwick Picture:Racing and Sports

Racing And Sports



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R8 RANDWICK 20 April 2019
Hall Mark Stakes 3U , 1200m
Race Synopsis: In a packed finish, the Godolphin-raced gelding Trekking scored his second stakes victory and his sixth win in 17 starts. He settled in sixth place (one off the rails) behind a quick tempo before moving up nicely rounding the home turn. He got to the front at the 100m and then held on well to score by a neck in a quick time (1:08.61). Brave Song settled in last place in the 11-horse field, commenced his move on passing the 300m and then came with a good run for a late-closing second. Redouble began well but then eased from his outside barrier (11) to settle in eighth place. He fanned deep on turning for home and then ran on for a close-up third in a smart effort, resuming here. Viridine was back in ninth place, got a split at the 200m and then ran on nicely for (0.6 lengths) fourth. The favourite Home Of The Brave went to the front but was pressured for the lead (by Miss Cue) and then faded over the latter stages for (1.1 lengths) seventh after a testing trip resuming here.

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Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
10. TREKKING (AUS)
4yo Gelding
JAMES CUMMINGS
KERRIN MCEVOY
57.0
$4.50
 
STREET CRY (IRE) - OUTDOOR (AUS)
Godolphin
2nd  
9. BRAVE SONG (AUS)
4yo Gelding
P & P SNOWDEN
TOMMY BERRY
57.0
$17.00
 
YOUR SONG (AUS) - BRAVE CHOICE (AUS)
Triple Crown Syndications (Mgr: C H Ward), D L King, Mrs M L King, G R Bishop, T J West, A P Gavin, N L Chappell, M Marcellino, K Bissett, S Costanzo, A J Cluning, M Berry, A R Joseph, A K Goodlet, Mrs M M Morley, G F Radloff, V P M Chau & Premier Bull (Mgr: N Vaughan)
3rd  
11. REDOUBLE (AUS)
5yo Gelding
BJORN BAKER
TIM CLARK
57.0
$51.00
 
REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS) - SPECIAL MISSION (NZ)
C Tognolini, A Frogley, E Owens, Mrs J O'Hare, J Patrick, Mrs A Baker, K Ferrel & Mrs C Ferrel
 Jan 15, 2015 Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Torryburn, $200000, SPENDTHRIFT FARM, KY USA
 
4th  4. VIRIDINE (AUS)
4yo Gelding
JAMES CUMMINGS
HUGH BOWMAN
59.0
$7.50
5th  5. EASY EDDIE (AUS)
4yo Gelding
JOSEPH PRIDE
ROBBIE DOLAN
58.0
$8.50
6th  13. MISS QUE (AUS)
5yo Mare
KRIS LEES
COREY BROWN
54.0
$81.00
7th  2. HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE)
7yo Gelding
JAMES CUMMINGS
JAMES MCDONALD
59.0
$2.63
8th  8. TYZONE (AUS)
5yo Gelding
TOBY EDMONDS
BLAKE SHINN
57.0
$9.00
9th  1. MUSIC MAGNATE (NZ)
7yo Gelding
BJORN BAKER
JASON COLLETT
59.5
$21.00
10th  3. DOTHRAKI (AUS)
8yo Gelding
P & P SNOWDEN
JOSH PARR
59.0
$13.00
11th  12. CAMDUS (IRE)
7yo Gelding
JOHN P THOMPSON
SAM CLIPPERTON
57.0
$151.00

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