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Valpolicella Is A Very Special Mare

The Adam Durrant-trained mare Celebrity Dream recorded her fifth black type win but only her first at Group level in Saturday’s G3 La Trice Classic at Ascot in Perth.

Valpolicella Is A Very Special Mare

The Adam Durrant-trained mare Celebrity Dream recorded her fifth black type win but only her first at Group level in Saturday’s G3 La Trice Classic at Ascot in Perth.

Raced by Bob and Sandra Peters, the 6YO Celebrity Dream Horseform (Thorn Park x Valpolicella by Red Ransom) has now had 22 starts for 10 wins and six placings and $545,750 in prize-money – more than double her $260,000 purchase price at the 2014 Premier Sale at Karaka.

Purchased for Peters Investments by WA agent John Chalmers Bloodstock, Celebrity Dream is one of 29 stakes winners by the late G1 winner Thorn Park (Spinning World), who stood at Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand until his death in 2012.


Celebrity Dream’s dam Valpolicella is a star among the broodmare band at Haunui Farm in NZ. Haunui Farm owns Valpolicella In partnership with Garry Cranny and Frantic Bloodstock and bred Celebrity Dream.

A G3 winner herself, she is the dam of six foals to race, five of them winners with Celebrity Dream joining Vavasour Horseform and Vilanova Horseform as her third Group winner.

Vavasour (Redoute’s Choice) won the G2 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic, G3 Counties Cup and G3 Waikato Cup, while Vilanova (Commands) won the G2 Autumn Classic, G3 Grand Prix, Listed Tattersalls Club Cup and Listed Star Way Stakes.

Vilanova
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Valpolicella has an unraced 2YO by Savabeel, an Iffraaj colt at foot and is in foal to Not A Single Doubt.

“Valpolicella is a direct descendant of Foxona, our foundation mare who was purchased from Trelawney Stud in 1953,” said Haunui Farm’s Mark Chitty.

Valpolicella is a daughter of the four time winner Our Reisling (Last Tycoon) from Dopff (Tights), a G2 winner who produced seven winners, including the G1 placed Octapussy (Octagonal).

Octapussy is the dam of the G2 Willow (O’Reilly) and listed winners Pussy O’Reilly and Inside Agent.

Dopff is also a half-sister to the G2 winner Rizon (Zabeel) and multiple G3 winner Ready To Lift (More Than Ready).

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147504
R6 ASCOT 5 January 2019
Mrs Mac's La Trice Classic 3UFM , 1800m
Race Synopsis: The favourite Celebrity Dream staged a smart performance in winning here her tenth win (six placings) from 22 starts and her fifth stakes success. She was given a good trip by William Pike in fifth place, between runners, got a split on straightening, hit the front nearing the 100m and then went on to score decisively. Fontainebleau had a good trip in third place on the rails, got through on the inner to challenge at the 200m and then battled on nicely for second. Mouquet led the field until halfway down the straight and then held on to take the minor placing.

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Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
1. CELEBRITY DREAM (NZ)
6yo Mare
ADAM DURRANT
WILLIAM PIKE
57.5
$2.38
 
THORN PARK (AUS) - OUR VALPOLICELLA (NZ)
Peters Investments Pty Ltd Syndicate(Mgr: R J & Mrs S L Peters)
2nd  
2. FONTAINEBLEAU (AUS)
5yo Mare
LINDSEY SMITH
G SMITH
57.5
$4.00
 
ALFRED NOBEL (IRE) - AUNT LYDIA (AUS)
Lynward Park Stud Syndicate(Mgr: E Van Heemst), T Van Heemst, C Van Heemst
3rd  
7. MOUQUET (AUS)
6yo Mare
B WILKINSON
DANIEL STAECK
55.0
$41.00
 
VISCOUNT (AUS) - POZIERE (AUS)
 B Wilkinson
4th  8. ROYAL STRATA (AUS)
4yo Mare
JUSTIN WARWICK
LUCY F WARWICK
55.0
$31.00
5th  6. AWESOME AS (AUS)
6yo Mare
ROBERT G SMITH
SEAN MCGRUDDY
55.0
$101.00
6th  5. LUCKY ROAR (AUS)
4yo Mare
JIM P TAYLOR
JASON BROWN
55.0
$3.50
7th  10. ORIENTAL ROSE (AUS)
4yo Mare
D MORTON
CLINT JOHNSTON-PORTER
55.0
$101.00
8th  4. SHOWCASE (AUS)
4yo Mare
ADAM DURRANT
CHRIS PARNHAM
55.0
$15.00
9th  12. SEEKING ALPHA (AUS)
4yo Mare
LINDSEY SMITH
J AZZOPARDI
55.0
$101.00
10th  3. FIRST AFFAIR (AUS)
6yo Mare
ADAM DURRANT
DAMIAN LANE
56.5
$15.00
11th  11. LARKING (AUS)
5yo Mare
GARRY HAMPSON
LISA STAPLES
55.0
$201.00

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