Cornerstone Stud stallion Barely A Moment (Gilded Time – Lady Danna, by Danehill) became a Group 1-winning sire when his son Moment Of Change (Barely A Moment – Europium, by Metal Storm) claimed Sunday’s Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
Barely A Moment won the event in 2005, when it was known as the Dubai Race Club Cup, before his son emulated his deeds with a strong victory for the Slade Bloodstock team, trainer Peter Moody and jockey Luke Nolen.
Nolen played a big part in Moment Of Change’s success with a smart ride to find a position one horse off the fence despite drawing the outside gate in the 15-horse field. Moment of Change tracked the leader Mr Make Believe (Commands – Simply Believe, by Kenmare) before sprinting quickly under just 52kg to win by 1-3/4 lengths.
Slade paid just$50,000 for Moment Of Change at the 2010 Perth Magic Millions Yearling Sale. The gelding showed his enormous ability with his 10-length win on debut at Murtoa in August last year before quickly repaying his purchase price.
The Dubai Race Club Cup victory was one of three Group 1 successes for Barely A Moment, who won the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at his next start, which was his penultimate race before retiring to stand at Cornerstone Stud.
Barely A Moment’s 2012 service fee is decided on application to Cornerstone Stud.
Cornerstone Stud’s triple Gr 1 winner Barely A Moment (Gilded Time) is enjoying a winning run, headed by the Sandown Guineas victory of So Swift and the unbeaten Moment Of Change, and he followed up with a metropolitan winning double around Australia on Wednesday.
Timely Surprise (4 m Barely A Moment – Our Lady Eli, by Carolingian) sailed home two lengths clear in the $13,000 Racing Retro Maiden (1350m) at Doomben. Timely Surprise sold for $7,000 at the Inglis Autumn Yearling Sale to trainer Peter Strong, who also owns Timely Surprise.
In Western Australia, Ellavamoment (3 g Barely A Moment – Lady Ella, by Brief Truce) defeated Voices Of Spring (Danerich) by a length and a quarter in the $20,000 Westspeed 3yo Handicap (1500m) for trainer Neville Parnham, who paid $18,000 for Ellavamoment as a yearling at the Magic Million Perth Yearling Sale.
Barely A Moment is advertised at $6,050 (incl GST) ¬†in 2011 at Cornerstone Stud in South Australia.
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So Swift (3 c Barely A Moment ‚Äì Theophania, by Scenic) came out the narrow winner of Saturday’s Gr 2 $350,000 Betfair Sandown Guineas (1600m) in a blanket finish that saw the Bill & Symon Wilde-trained colt a narrow winner over Niagara (Encosta de Lago) and Galah (Redoute’s Choice).
So Swift was an impressive winner of a Hamilton maiden at his previous start but trainer Symon Wilde was confident the colt could handle the steep class rise. ‚ÄúThere was a bit of depth to the race this year, past Guineas haven‚Äôt been as deep as this year and when we drew a good gate and got Craig Williams services we thought we would have a throw at the stumps and we‚Äôve hit middle.‚Äù
‚ÄúIf you watched his Hamilton run he was really impressive, he picked them up pretty quickly with a great turn of foot, and when Craig Williams looked at the tape and said he would ride him it gave us a bit more confidence.
‚ÄúWe will probably put him away for the autumn, that is my gut feel at the moment, we will see how he pulls up but I don‚Äôt think there is a lot left for him after the race.‚Äù
Bill¬†Wilde paid $40,000 for So Swift (3 c Barely A Moment ‚Äì Theophania, by Scenic) as a yearling at the 2010 Magic Millions Adelaide Sale
Moment Of Change (Barely A Moment – Europium, by Metal Storm) took another step towards becoming the first stakes winner for Cornerstone Stud stallion Barely A Moment (Gilded Time – Lady Danna, by Danehill) with his effortless win at Wednesday’s Sandown Lakeside meeting.
Moment Of Change displayed a high cruising speed before maintaining the pressure on his rivals to record a 3-3/4-length win with little pressure from his jockey Linda Meech. The gelding’s performance backed up his outstanding 10-length maiden success at Murtoa on August 27.
The impressive three-year-old’s trainer Peter Moody said the best possible scenario for Moment Of Change was a shot at the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 8 but the exciting type could remain in restricted grade for his next run.
“He’s a good horse, but I don’t know how good – he hasn’t been tested at home or at the races to this point.”
“The sky’s the limit. I think he’s in the top bracket.”
“We’re not going to get ahead of ourselves. We’ll go home, see how he pulls up, and find the next best option for him.
“If I was to go in the deep end it would probably be in the (Group 2) Stutt Stakes at Moonee Valley – I wouldn’t even rule out another ratings race.”
“We’re not busting a gut to have him in the Caulfield Guineas – they run a couple of Guineas in the autumn – the Australian Guineas and the Randwick Guineas.”
Slade Bloodstock paid $50,000 for Moment Of Change at the 2010 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale. Moment Of Change is the first runner to race from his dam Europium (Metal Storm – Kosleta, by Zabaleta).
Cornerstone Stud stallion Barely A Moment enjoyed a winning double at Morphettville on Thursday when Edge Of Time (4 g Heavens Edge, by Rory’s Jester) won the 1950m Tattsbet Handicap and Quick Thought (4 g Recollection, by Snippets) broke through in the Boags Maiden Plate over 1250m.
Edge Of Time is trained by David Hayes and proved too strong in the finals stages for Penn Station in his race. Ironically Hayes trained the runner-up Roma Giaconda who was beaten by Quick Thought, who sold for $45,000 as a yearling at the Magic Million Adelaide Sale.
Group 1 winner Barely A Moment (Gilded Time) is standing alongside champion sire Hussonet (USA), Good Journey, Reaan, Shrewd Rhythm and De Beers at Cornerstone in 2011 at $6,050.
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Cornerstone Stud stallion Wilander (Exceed And Excel – Scandinavia, by Snippets) will take to the track at Moonee Valley on Saturday, just 24 hours after the birth of his first foal.
Wilander won at Group 2 level before his first retirement. The former Lee Freedman-trained speedster stood a largely unsuccessful season at Cornerstone Stud in 2010, impregnating only 20 of the 55 mares he covered.
Wilander was gelded after the scrapping of his stud career before David Hayes took over the training of the handy sprinter to prepare for his comeback to the racetrack. The son of Exceed And Excel (Danehill – Patrona, by Lomond) finished fourth to the smart Warm Love (Octagonal – Charanga, by Flying Spur) at Flemington on July 23.
Cornerstone Stud announced Wilander’s first foal was a chestnut filly out of Vermilion (General Nediym – Market Price, by Scenic).
Vermilion is an Adelaide 1050-metre winner who is a half-sister to the stakes-placed trio Not At Allordinary (Danzero – Market Price, by Scenic), Pierre Joseph (Redoute’s Choice – Market Price, by Scenic) and Discoverers (Starcraft – Market Price, by Scenic). Vermilion foaled a filly by current Cornerstone Stud stallion Barely A Moment (Gilded Time – Lady Danna, by Danehill) in 2010.
Yarraman Stud resident Magic Albert (Zeditave – Sally Lou, by Salieri) has continued to perform¬†in oustanding fashion¬†with another double on Tuesday.
Magic Albert had five winners in the eastern states last week. The consistent sire produced Watch The Magic (Magic Albert – Priceless, by Geiger Counter) to win at Taree before Three Little Words (Magic Albert – Bashaer, by Rancho Ruler).
Watch The Magic is particularly well related. The two-year-old gelding’s dam, Priceless (Geiger Counter – Paris Miss, by Opera Prince), was a three-time-winning half-sister to the Group 1 winner Ruffles (Zeditave – Paris Miss, by Opera Prince), and the Group 2 winner Ateates (Zeditave – Paris Miss, by Opera Prince).
Watch The Magic also comes from the same family as Group 2-winning sprinter True Glo (Brief Truce – Torelgo, by Zeditave) as well as the stakes-placed duo Formal Attire (Danehill – Ruffles, by Zeditave) and Rough Chance (Rock Of Gibraltar – Ruffles, by Zeditave).
Meanwhile, top Victorian trainer David Hayes turned back the clock with a juvenile double at Tuesday’s Geelong Synthetic meeting.
Hayes produced scores of two-year-old winners in previous years before the likes of Peter Moody, Lee Freedman and Peter Snowden emerged as the top trainers of youngsters in recent seasons.
Hayes won the GRC Function & Event Centre Maiden (1300m) with North East (Danzero – Mischievous, by Red Ransom) before the trainer claimed the Jacobs Creek Maiden Plate (1100m) with Ransom Moment (Barely A Moment – Ransom Claim, by Red Ransom).