Earthquake Erupts for successful family

published: 01 Mar 2014 in Matriarchs

Over the next few weeks in no particular order we will be reproducing a series first printed in BLUEBLOODS magazine in 2013 and 2014.

THE smashing victory of Earthquake (Exceed and Excel-Cataclysm by Marauding) in the 2014 Blue Diamond Stakes-Gr.1 draws attention to the spectacular resurgence of her family in the past couple of decades. Her female line traces to Ravissante (GB) (Gainsborough-Seraphic by Lonawand), a mare foaled in 1924 and imported to Victoria by Mr A. Robertson. 

  Ravissante, family 4n tracing to St Marguerite by Hermit, is Earthquake’s eighth dam and had only two foals in Australia, both fillies. Nalda, by the Swynford stallion Verbius (GB), won the 1935 Victorian Oaks but did nothing of note at stud. Her other filly is the unraced Filial, a daughter of the Son-in-Law stallion Son o’Mine (GB), foaled in Victoria in 1930. Filial was a product of the Underbank Stud at Bacchus Marsh, developed and owned by leviathan bookmaker, businessman and general philanthropist Soloman ‘Sol’ Green.

  Filial was at Underbank Stud for the first part of her 12 year-long stud career, moving to NSW when Sol Green sold up Underbank, and produced her final five foals for Phil Tyler and Puen Buen Stud. She was covered mostly by the stud’s successful stallions Lo Zingaro (GB) and Actor (FR), with a couple of others by Verbius (GB) and the New Zealand bred Coronach (GB) son Coronaire. Ravissante’s fourth dam is St Marguerite, winner of the English 1000 Guineas and runner-up in the English Oaks and sister to Thebais, winner of the 1000 Guineas and the Oaks. 

  Filial produced two stakes winners, the filly Filgaro (by Lo Zingaro (GB)), the colt Savoy (by Actor (FR)), and his stakes placed sister Broadway. Filgaro and Broadway each established families of their own. Filgaro becoming fourth dam of the top class New Zealand horse Good Lord (named My Good Man in Australia) and Broadway being ancestor of the bulk of the 29 stakes winners spawned by her family and the subject of this review.

  Filgaro won the VRC Ascot Vale Stakes, an important two year-old event at the time. This race was later run for three year-olds at Gr.2 level, and is now a Gr.1 sprint for three year-olds on Victoria Derby day. Fllgaro’s form faded at three and four years but she atoned at stud, producing four winners by Warlaby Stud stallions Dhoti (GB), Helios (GB) and Landau (GB). They included the triple Adelaide stakes winner Dhogara (by Dhoti) and his sister Losari. The latter produced only one minor winner in nine foals, but through a Helios daughter But Wonderful became second dam of the Todman mare, Love in Bloom. 

  A winner at Caulfield, Love in Bloom was sold to New Zealand interests and her second foal was the outstanding horse Good Lord, who raced in Australia as My Good Man. Foaled in 1970, Good Lord was from the first crop of Zamazaan (FR) and did much to enhance that stallion’s reputation as one of New Zealand’s all time great sires of stayers. Good Lord did not race until four years, winning two races, but came good with a vengeance at five, winning three stakes including the Wellington Cup-Gr.1 and running two Gr.1 placings (Toorak Handicap and Brisbane Cup) in Australia. At five years he won a second Wellington Cup and returned to Australia to win the Sydney Cup-Gr.1. Three other stakes wins and Gr.1 placings in the ARC Auckland Cup and Air New Zealand Stakes were further highlights of that season for this hardy campaigner. 

  Good Lord was sent to the US where he raced until he was 11, winning two races there, including the Listed Eddie Read Handicap at Del Mar. He was placed third in the Oak Tree Invitational Stakes-Gr.1 and San Luis Rey Stakes-Gr.1 and also ran fourth in the San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap-Gr.1. Altogether he raced 85 times for 20 wins and 20 placings. 

  Three of Love in Bloom’s daughters, Good Lord’s sister Blooemendaal, Siawasi (by Proper Pride (GB)) and Bridal Morn (by Sovereign Edition (IRE)), have kept her branch of the family active. From Blooemendaal and Siawasi have come the ARC Eclipse Stakes-Gr.2 winner Desert Ace and AJC St Leger-Gr.3 winner and well performed stayer Tuff Enuff. 

  Bridal Morn became a productive matron at the McAlpine family’s Eureka Stud in Queensland. She is dam of the multiple stakes placed Palatinski, a son of the stud’s successful sire Semipalatinsk (USA), and second dam of the stakes winner Serdste, by the same sire. However, 23 of the 29 stakes winners from Filial have descended via Broadway. Her brother Savoy won 11 races, nine on Melbourne and Sydney tracks, including the MRC VictorIa Handicap and he ran third in the VATC Eclipse Stakes. 

  Broadway raced 11 times without success, but proved her ability by running second (albeit beaten five lengths) behind the champion filly Chicquita in the VATC 1000 Guineas, with another good filly in Chastise in third place. Broadway was retired to stud in New Zealand and her first foal in 1954 was the champion performer Lord. Her full record follows:

1954 LORD, bay gelding by Targui (FR)
BRED and raced by New Zealand and Melbourne racing identify, Mr W.R. Kemball, and trained by Ken Hilton, Lord was considered the weight-for-age champion of his time. He raced in a champagne era of outstanding horses, against the likes of Dhaulagiri, Tulloch, Noholme, Prince Darius, Wiggle, Aquanita, Sky High, Sometime and his stablemate Havelock.

  A big horse, Lord had an ungainly galloping action, which his connections believed would not have suited the clockwise direction of Sydney courses. Hence his only two starts in Sydney were when he won the All-Aged Stakes and ran second in the Chipping Norton Stakes as a four year-old. There is no doubt that, if such assessments had been given at the time, Lord would have been awarded Horse of the Year in at least one year of his illustrious racing career. His best season was probably at four years when he won nine of his 12 starts, including four Gr.1 races, four at Gr.2 level and was placed second in two Group races at his other three starts.

  Altogether, in his 80 starts from two to nine years, Lord won 28 races, seven Gr.1 races, 14 Gr.2 races and was placed 24 times, including seven Gr.1 races. Most of his unplaced runs were at two and three years and at seven to nine years.  

1955 LADY, chestnut filly by Targui (FR)
A MELBOURNE provincial winner at three years, Lady proved her ability at classic level by running third behind the outstanding fillies, But Beautiful and Wiggle in the 1000 Guineas at Caulfield. At stud Mr D. Silk of Victoria, a client of Woodlands Stud in NSW, bred Lady’s first three foals. Her first two foals, the geldings Great Trust (by Pipe of Peace (GB)) and Michelangelo (by Sostentuto (ITY)), were winners and stakes placed on Sydney tracks, From then on she was the property of Carl Powell’s Brooklyn Lodge Stud at Aberdeen. 

  At Brooklyn Lodge Lady produced two more winners including the Rego (GB) filly Regal Stride who won two races in Melbourne, ran second in the VRC Bloodhorse Breeders’ Plate and fourth behind Tolerance in the inaugural running of the Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield. 

  For renowned Olympian Neale Lavis, Regal Stride produced Atalanta’s Way, a daughter of Pilgrims’s Way. A winner at Randwick and runner-up in the AJC Flight Stakes-Gr.1, Silver Shadow Stakes-Gr.3 and Reginald Allen Handicap-LR. Atalanta’s Way produced six fillies among seven named foals, but only two minor winners.

  Another Brooklyn Lodge bred daughter of Lady is the Bold Tale (USA) sired Decameron. She raced twice without success, but at stud produced Given Vision, a good performer in Perth, where he won five races and was stakes placed three times including the Belmont Guineas.

1956 BROADLEA, chestnut filly by Targui (FR)
THE third of Broadways’s trio of foals bred in New Zealand was Broadlea who became the principal progenitor of the subject family. Broadlea won the AJC George Rowe Stakes and was placed from three starts as a two year-old. She failed to regain her form at three and four, but more than made up for this at stud.

  Originally owned by Sir Chester Manifold and later by Mr R.W. Spowers, Broadlea’s first four foals were bred in Victoria. These included two minor winners by Rose Argent (GB) and the stakes winner Lone Wolf, a good two year-old by Lupus (GB), who raced on for five more seasons. At two he won the VRC Maribyrnong Trial Stakes, ran second in the VRC Flemington Stakes and third behind Vain and Ballylachlan in the VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes. He raced on to win six more races from a total of 63 starts. 

  By the time Lone Wolf had hit the track Broadlea had been acquired by Fred Peisah for his Lomar Park Stud at Werombi, near Sydney. Her first foal raised at Lomar Park was the QTC Queensland Cup winner Lord Rego (also placed in the same race), and five of her six subsequent foals (four of them sired by Le Cordonnier (GB)) were winners, the best being outstanding horse Gilt Patten. 

Gilt Patten
TRAINED in Perth by Hugh Jamieson for his owners Mr and Mrs Frank Pacoda, Gilt Patten had a brilliant stakes record on both sides of the continent, winning The AJC All-Aged Stakes, Liverpool City Cup and STC Civic Handicap in Sydney and the WATC Strickland Stakes and Farnley Stakes in Perth. He was also placed in the WATC Railway Stakes, Western Australian Guineas, STC Ajax Stakes, BATC J.T. Delaney Handicap, and ran fourth in the WATC Western Australian Derby. Any plans for the Gilt Patten to go to stud were thwarted when the stallion died from colic as a five year-old. 

  A brother to Gilt Patten with ability was Dupont, the winner of four races in Sydney and placed in a Listed race in Brisbane. Yet another brother, White Myth, won three races on Victorian provincial and country tracks and placed in Melbourne from nine starts. He was at stud in Queensland at the Two Springs Thoroughbred Stud at Hodgsonvale. In five poorly patronised seasons, White Myth left a high percentage (63.9%) of 39 winners from 61 runners. These included the stakes winner Latin Myth, winner of the QTC Queensland Cup-LR and placed in the Ipswich Cup-Gr.3.

  It was Undaunted, another sister to Gilt Patten et al, who was to propel the family to further glory. She became the dam of the Vain filly Brave New World who earned black type in the TRC Champagne Stakes-LR, and dual stakes placed Bravado Wonder (by Steel Pulse (GB)), second in the SAJC Cheltenham Stakes-Gr.2 and third in the Morphettville Plate-LR. Bravado Wonder produced the stakes winners Bodacious Babe (SAJC Penny Edition Stakes-LR) and Tonicity (SAJC Centauria Trophy-LR and VATC W.W. Cockram Stakes-LR).

  Rare Perfume, an unraced sister to Bravado Wonder, produced the NSW Tattersalls Cup winner and three times stakes placed Ripper, and a half-sister, Dedicated Spirit, became dam of Newcastle Northern Stakes-Gr.3 placed Holme Spirit. 

  Magellan was another unraced offspring of Brave New World. A colt by Biscay, he was unraced but stood at stud for five seasons in WA, where his 26 winners including the good filly Calophylla, winner of seven races including the WATC Champion Fillies Stakes-Gr.3 and placed in two stakes including the WATC Strickland Stakes-Gr.3.

BRAVE New World is also second dam of stakes placed Scelto and Joontoo Gemini, but it is through her unraced Luskin Star daughter Bourgeois that the family took a huge leap. For Reavill Farm Management at Freeman’s Reach, NSW, Bougeois produced nine named foals, including the brilliant Stratum, foaled in 2002. 

  A son of Redoute’s Choice, Stratum was rated the Champion 2YO Colt on the Australasian classifications, and second only to the champion filly Fashions Afield. Trained by Paul Perry and raced by a syndicate that included his trainer and Widden Stud, Stratum won the STC Golden Slipper Stakes-Gr.1 and Pago Pago Stakes-Gr.2. at two and was runner-up in the Skyline Stakes-Gr.3. He failed to win at three, but was rated one of the best sprinters of his age, being runner-up in the VRC Racing Club Stakes-Gr.1 and three other Group races and third in the VRC Newmarket Handicap-Gr.1 and Rory’s Jester Stakes-Gr.3. He retired the winner of $2,244,500 in stakes, and now stands at the Thompson family’s Widden Stud in NSW.

  Stratum’s first progeny raced in the 2008-09 season and he is already the sire of winners of $26m. He has sired 22 stakes winners including Gr.1 winners Streama, Crystal Lily, and Southern Lord. He was Champion Australian Sire of Two Year-Olds in 2009-10. Four years after Stratum, Bourgeois produced the champion’s sister Dystopia.

  Owned by the Ingham racing and trained by Chris Waller, Dystopia has won seven races and $642,230. Her wins include the VRC Begonia Belle Stakes-Gr.3 (run as the G.H. Mumm Stakes), the ATC Triscay Stakes-LR and Toy Show Stakes-LR in Sydney. She has placed in five other stakes and ran fourth in the ATC The Galaxy-Gr.1. Dystopia ran a creditable sixth in the Oakleigh Plate-Gr.1, on February 22, the same day as Earthquake’s triumph in the Blue Diamond.

  Another recent winner from this branch of the family is Burgeis, a daughter of Grand Performance, a half-sister by Palace Music (USA) to Stratum and Dystopia. Burgeis won the SAJC Proud Miss Stakes-LR, and was third in the Blue Diamond Stakes-Gr.1, VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes-Gr.2, and Blue Diamond Prelude-Gr.3. For Kia-Ora Stud, Burgeis has produced foals by Encosta de Lago and More than Ready (USA), in her first years at stud. 

1960 PERFORMER, chestnut colt by Childe Harold (GB)
BROADWAY’S first Australian foaled was Performer, by the Marsyas (grandson of Son-in-Law) stallion Childe Harold (GB), a good racehorse who did little at stud. Performer had four starts on Melbourne tracks without success.

1961 RAVISHING, bay filly by Rowston Manor (GB)
LIKE Childe Harold, Rowston Manor (GB) (Pearl Diver-Nivea by Nearco) did little to enhance his foals with ability, except for a couple of talented jumpers. Ravishing was unraced and had three living foals, two were named and unraced, and her only winning descendent was Crusher (by Staincross (GB)) who won nine races on Victorian tracks.

1962 OVATION, bay colt by Arctic Explorer (GB)
OVATION was a hardy performer who ran 61 times from two to 10 years, mostly over jumps in Victoria and Tasmania. He won eight races including the TTC Hunter Hurdle and Mowbray Hurdle, and was placed on 22 occasions.  

1963 MOVIE QUEEN, chestnut filly by Smokey Eyes (IRE)
MOVIE QUEEN was conceived when her sire, the outstanding Stardust son Smokey Eyes, was at stud in Victoria, before his sale to the Lyndhurst Stud in Queensland. Jockey Geoff Lane bought Movie Queen as a yearling, on his retirement from the saddle.

  At 5200 guineas she was the top priced filly of her year but proved unsound and never made it to the track and shortly after the filly was bought by fellow jockey Des Lake for his Kingsfield Stud at Kemps Creek in NSW. Nine of Movie Queen’s 18 foals were sired by Khalekan (GB), a horse chosen by Lake as a stallion when riding in England. Lake admitted a slight error of judgement as he chose Khalekan (Alycidon-Tenebel by Djebel) over Busted, who became one of the leading sires of his time.  

  Nevertheless, Khalekan, who had won the Gordon Stakes-Gr.3, run second in the Irish St Leger-Gr.1 and Newmarket Dewhurst Stakes-Gr.1 and third in the Doncaster Gold Cup-Gr.1, did well in Australia.  Des Lake rode him to two victories here including the STC H.E. Tancred Cup-LR, and stood him at Kingsfield. 

  A son of Alycidon from the Djebel mare Tenebel, Khalekan sired more than 60% winners/starters including nine stakes winners, and six stakes placegetters. Among his stakes winners was Movie Queen’s daughter Must Be It, who was raced by Lake’s wife Deanne, and ridden by Ron Quinton to win the STC W.J. McKell Cup. Must Be It was a noted mud runner and one of her seven wins was by 10 lengths at Warwick Farm.  

  Must Be It had three full siblings who won and a half-brother, Airman (by Space Bird (USA)), was a multiple Sydney winner of seven races and placed in the AJC Summer Cup-Gr.3 and MTC Wagga Wagga Gold Cup-LR. 

  Four of Movie Queen’s five other fillies, Deanne, Murcott Honey, The Lady’s Pulse and Smokey Queen, went to stud, and all of them produced minor winners. Deanne, a daughter of Orgoglio (GB), was the most productive. She is the second dam, through the Cerreto (IRE) mare Italian Countess, of Sovereign Countess (by Sovereign Red), a winner in Adelaide who has proved a very good broodmare. Sovereign Countess was retired last year, but has the record of producing stakes winners Lieutenant (by Danehill Dancer (IRE)), Count Encosta (by Encosta de Lago) and stakes placed Jacquetta (by Encosta de Lago)

  Lieutentant won the MVRC Alister Clark Stakes-Gr.2 and VRC Debonair Stakes-Gr.3 and Count Encosta, won the STC Tulloch Stakes-Gr.2, placed in two Group races and was Gr.1 fourth in the AJC Metropolitan Handicap. Jacquetta was placed in a Listed race 
in Brisbane.

  It is Must Be It who connects to the family’s recent flourishing record through her Twig Moss (FR) mare Ochiltree. Most of Must Be It’s progeny are recorded as being bred by Woodlands Stud, although only the stud’s stallions sired two of these foals.

EIGHT of Must Be It’s 10 foals, were winners, the best performer was Ochiltree (by Twig Moss (FR)). She won only two races, but one of them was the AJC Surround Stakes-Gr.3, and her placings proved her among the best of her age. She ran second in the VATC 1000 Guineas-Gr.1, WATC Western Australian Oaks-Gr.1, STC Tea Rose Stakes-Gr.2, Tatts (NSW) Roman Consul Stakes-Gr.3, third in the VRC Victoria Oaks-Gr.1 and AJC Flight Stakes-Gr.1, and fourth in the STC NSW Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes-Gr.1.

  Ochiltree proved a valuable stud matron for Woodlands and of her eight named foals, seven raced and five won. These included the good Octagonal gelding Spinney, who gathered $846,210 from nine wins which included the MVRC Alister Clark Stakes-Gr.2, MRC Autumn Stakes-Gr.2 and two Listed races. He was also stakes placed on 12 occasions including six at Group level.

  Chaparra, by Canny Lad from Ochiltree, raced only once without success, but produced six winners, among them the stakes winners El Cambio and Complicate, both sired by Commands. El Cambio won $80,450, his six wins including five Group races in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. His placings included second to Forensics in the third running of the STC Golden Rose-Gr.2, now a Gr.1. Complicate has won two recently upgraded Listed races, last season’s ACTRC Canberra Guineas-LR, and this season’s VATC Caulfield Village Stakes-LR. He also ran second in the Gosford Guineas-LR and performed well in Dubai in February, when third in the Al Shindagha Sprint-Gr.3. 

  Three other winners from Chaparra are stakes placed and an unraced daughter has produced Exceed and Excel’s New Zealand stakes winner Excellent Reward. Negev (Desert Prince-Chaparra) won at Rosehill and ran third in the AJC Fernhill Handicap-Gr.3.

  Chaparro’s other two stakes placed winners were sired by Mauauding. Frasassas won the Nouvelle Star 2YO Handicap at Flemington and was runner-up in the VRC Bloodhorse Breeders’ Stakes-Gr.3 and Cataclysm won four races on Sydney tracks and was stakes placed three times including the AJC Sapphire stakes-Gr.3.  

AN absolute star in the breeding paddock, five of Cataclysm’s first six foals have raced and all are winners. Her brilliant and unbeaten Blue Diamond Stakes-Gr.1 winner, Earthquake, has her career in front of her and she will be exciting to follow.

  Earthquake is a sister to Palomares who is also a stakes winner. At three she won the VRC Desirable Stakes and was placed in three Listed races. Like Earthquake, Palomares was bred and raced by Darley and her first foal is a filly foal by Medaglia d’Oro (USA). 

1965 GYPSY STAR, chestnut filly by Better Boy (IRE)
GYPSY Star was unraced and became one of the broodmares at the Hawcroft family’s Byerley Stud at Sandy Hollow. The dam of nine foals, Gypsy Star produced five winners. These included metropolitan winners In the Bag (by Bagalot) and Bombast (by Vain). Four of her daughters produced nine provincial and country winners, but her branch of the family appears to have disappeared.

1966 BELLE OF BROADWAY, bay filly by Orgoglio (GB)
BROADWAY’S last foal was the filly Belle of Broadway and she was placed at Canterbury from five starts at two and three. At stud she produced only one foal, Gothish, a colt by Speed of Sound (IRE). Gothish won the VATC Gardenvale Handicap and was placed second in the Listed VATC Wallace Stakes-LR and VRC Gainsborough Handicap and third in the VRC Ercildoune Welter Handicap among his 10 placings from 21 starts.

  Just over half of the 23 stakes winners descended from Broadway in the decades since her first foal was born in 1954, were foaled this century, that is a remarkable 12 since 2000 and an indication of the resurgence of the family. The family’s future should be safe in the numbers of mares, mostly from the Broadlea and Movie Queen branches, currently at stud and the fillies and mares who will grace the breeding paddocks of Australian and NZ studs in the future. 

As well as the 23 stakes winners, 20 stakes placegetters have descended from the family. 
A summary of the stakes winners follows:
Champions: Lord (1954), Stratum (2002)
Group One winners: Gilt Patten (1970), 
Earthquake (2013) 
Group Two winners:  Ochiltree (1986), 
Lieutenant (2001), Spinney (2002), El Cambio (2004), Count Encosta (2006) 
Group Three winners: Savoy (1945), Bodacious Babe (1993), Dystopia (2006)  
Listed winners: Lord Wolf (1966), Lord Rego (1967), Must Be It (1978), Brave New World (1980), Ripper (1990), Tonicity (1992), Cecconi (2004), Burgeis (2005), Palomares (2007), Excellent Reward (2009), Complicate (2009). n