Smart three-year-old Hard Ball Get (Aussie Rules – Aqua Velva, by Spectrum) earned former Coolmore Stud stallion Aussie Rules (Danehill – Last Second, by Alzao) his first Australian stakes win when prevailed in the Group 3 Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic (1400m) at Ascot.
Aussie Rules won twice at Group 1 level as a three-year-old for champion Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien before shuttling to Australia for four seasons between 2007 and 2010. Coolmore sold Aussie Rules to a consortium made up of Lawnades Stud and Dunford Stud to stand in the UK.
Lawnades Stud resident Aussie Rules earned his first Australian stakes win in Perth on Saturday. Photo: Lawnades Stud.
Hard Ball Get fetched $62,000 at the 2011 Perth Magic Millions Yearling Sale.
The gelding went straight to the lead for jockey William Pike, who was able to dictate to his rival riders with slow early and midrace sectionals to leave plenty in hand for a sprint finish.
Hard Ball Get sprinted too quickly from the 400 metres to beat Fuddle Dee Duddle (Red Ransom – Bella Inez, by Beautiful Crown) and Passion Cantata (Oratorio – Sanabresa, by Scenic) to score by three-quarters of a length.
Hard Ball Get is a son of the Melbourne metropolitan winner Aqua Velva (Spectrum – Plash, by Zoffany).
Group 1 winner Aussie Rules (Danehill – Last Second, by Alzao) has been acquired by Lanwades Stud and Denford Stud who have joined forces to acquire the Classic-winning son of Danehill stand the 2012 season at Kirsten Rausing’s Lanwades Stud in Newmarket.
Aussie Rules was a top-class performer for Aidan O’Brien, winning the Gr 3 Somerville Tattersalls Stakes at two, and Gr 1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains and Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile at three.
A fee of ¬£5,000 has been set for Aussie Rules, who was originally announced as standing 2012 at Coolmore in Ireland for ‚Ç¨5,000.
Aussie Rules is set to end this season as a top five leading European second crop sire by money won thanks to performers such as Group 3 winner Djumama, the Preis der Diana runner-up who was also the champion German two-year-old of 2010, and the unbeaten Italian Group 3-winning juvenile Duck Feet. In all, he is the sire of seven stakes winners from just two crops of racing age.
Coolmore stallion Aussie Rules (Danehill – Last Second, by Alzao) earned his first Australian winner when Kabiddi (Aussie Rules – Divine Rose, by Nijinsky’s Way) broke through at Tuesday’s Warwick Farm meeting.
The Paul Cave-trained three-year-old claimed the Randwick Betting Auditorium Maiden Plate (1400m) at his second start. The grey gelding is one of 10 progeny of Aussie Rules to hit the track in Australia.
Kabiddi’s breakthrough win came at the 31st start for Aussie Rules’s offspring with the breed producing nine minor placings before the sire’s first win.
Meanwhile, Darley’s win machine Commands (Danehill – Cotehele House, by My Swanee) produced another treble on Tuesday.
The John McNair-trained gelding Com’ear (Commands – Ears Veronica, by Ron Bon) claimed the Wakeley Handicap (2400m) before the Darley-owned Ambidexter (Commands – Dextrous, by Quest For Fame) completed a Warwick Farm double in the Ashcroft Maiden Handicap (1400m).
Zuckerberg (Commands – Love And Emotion, by Woodman) provided the Victorian leg to Commands’s trio of successes with his win in the Centrebet Get On To Get Out Handicap (1000m) at the Geelong Synthetic meeting.