Eliza Park Stud resident Astronomer Royal earned his maiden Australian success when his son Gourmet Night (Astronomer Royal – Swirly Dream, by Alannan) strode to victory in Friday’s Weekly Review Maiden Plate (1300m) on the Geelong Synthetic track.
Astronomer Royal was a brilliant three-year-old in France, winning the Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1600m) before embarking on a breeding career, starting at Haras De La Reboursiere Et De Montaigu in France.
A syndicate purchased a stake in Astronomer Royal to stand him at Eliza Park during the southern hemisphere season with his first crop hitting Australian racetracks in the 2012/13 season.
Gourmet Night settled behind the speed for jockey Chad Schofield before the David Hayes-trained gelding proved superior to his opposition, doing only what needed to in order to score by a half-length.
Hayes paid just $13,000 for Gourmet Night at the Adelaide Magic Millions Yearling Sale in 2012.
Gourmet Night’s dam Swirly Dream (Alannan – Jon’s Pleasure, by Jon George) was a Geelong winner herself during her racing days and is a half-sister to the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) winner Padstow (Francis Bacon – Jon’s Pleasure, by Jon George).
Eliza Park has set a $7700 fee for Astronomer Royal in the upcoming breeding season.
A syndicate of breeders has purchased a significant interest in Astronomer Royal and the Classic winning son of Danzig will be re-located to Eliza Park this spring.¬†The first weanlings by the 2007 French 2000 Guineas winner have proved popular at sales this season.
Astronomer Royal has stood the past two seasons at Blue Gum Farm in Euroa and stands at the Haras de la Reboursiere et de Montaigu in France. Rated the Champion 3yo Male Miler in France, Astronomer Royal also won the Greenlands Stakes (Gr 3) as a four-year-old.
‚ÄúThe syndicate has been searching for a well credentialled son of Danzig for some time and with Astronomer Royal‚Äôs weanlings selling so well this year, they‚Äôre convinced they‚Äôve found the right horse,‚Äù Eliza Park CEO Cameron Croucher said yesterday.
His weanlings have sold up $90,000 so far in 2011. Bloodstock agent Paul Guy said following the Great Southern Sale in Melbourne ‚ÄúThey‚Äôre just lovely horses and he‚Äôs a really exciting horse for Victoria.‚Äù
‚ÄúWe are very excited to be standing Astronomer Royal which brings our roster to 12 for the 2011 season,‚Äù Croucher adds. ‚ÄúNaturally he will be applicable for Eliza Park‚Äôs best terms ‚Äì transferrable free return and no payment of service fee until 31 March 2012 ‚Äì but due to the late announcement, package deals will also be available.‚Äù
Astronomer Royal had already been advertised as standing at Blue Gum Farm for $8,800 including gst for the 2011 season and he will stand at the same fee at Eliza Park.
Blue Gum Farm in Euroa announced its 2011 fees yesterday. Astronomer Royal (USA), Turffontein, Churchill Downs and Elvstroem, will all stand at $8,800 with newcomer Red Arrow at $6,600.
‚ÄúAt Blue Gum Farm we believe we have a terrific selection of beautifully credentialed young stallions that are available to breeders at value fees.‚Äù said stud principal Philip Campbell.