Cuban Sunday (Benicio – Magical Sunday, by Benicio) became the first Stakes winner for Vinery Australia-bred stallion Benicio (More Than Ready – Mannington, by Danehill) with his victory in the Listed Heatherlie Handicap (1700m) at Caulfield.
Benicio stood for six seasons at Vinery Australia but did not make the stud’s 2012 line-up but Cuban Sunday gave the stallion some welcome success with his big finish to the Heatherlie Handicap.
The former Mick Price-trained gelding was Stakes placed as a three-year-old but failed at his only other attempt at Listed level in last year’s Lord Stakes (1600m), which was his last run for the Caulfield stable.
Cuban Sunday had been racing well in much easier events for new trainer Pat Carey but took on a raft of better performed horses in Saturday’s $120,000 race. Consequently, Cuban Sunday started as a $26 chance in a line-up containing many Caulfield and Melbourne Cup aspirants.
Cuban Sunday settled well backed before surging home over the top of his opposition in the final 200 metres to get home by a neck, defeating Ebony Rock (Fastnet Rock – Evening Charmer, by Woodman) and Streets Away (Street Cry – Our Sophie, by Kaapstad).
The five-year-old is out of Magical Sunday (Sunday Silence – Magaro, by Caro), which is a sister to Group 1 Japanese Derby winner and Group 1-winning sire Tayasu Tsuyoshi Sunday Silence – Magaro, by Caro).
US breeder Tom Simon has put North American flagship property Vinery Stud on the market.
The move will not affect Vinery Australia after local breeders secured the Scone operation some years ago. Prominent New South Wales owner and breeder Neil Werrett recently secured a stake in the local arm of the operation.
Simon is looking to sell Vinery’s farms in Kentucky and Florida as well as passing on the lease Vinery holds on two farms in New York.
Vinery US president Tom Ludt told The Bloodhorse that Simon was not looking to leave racing and breeding.
“Mr. Simon is not bailing on the industry, this is mainly about his children who don’t have an interest in the horse business,” Ludt said.
“It is his passion but not theirs. This is not going to be a fire sale. It is our hope to keep everything running only, eventually, with a new owner.
“At the end of the day, we’re a mammoth operation but we’re a profitable operation.”
Mahisara (More Than Ready – Darsini, by Danehill) became the 86th stakes winner for outstanding Vinery Stud stallion More Than Ready (Southern Halo – Woodman’s Girl, by Woodman) with his win in the Listed Mercedes-Benz Stakes (1400m) at Eagle Farm.
The Paul Messara-trained colt’s tough performance was his third win from fifth starts. Messara said the rising three-year-old would benefit from a spell ahead of a spring carnival campaign in Melbourne.
“It was a great win, he’s still a big baby,” Messara said. “I’ll give him a couple of weeks rest here in Queensland then bring him back and head towards the Guineas.
“He’s done a fantastic job. He’s had tough races every start and has not thrown the towel in. For a young colt having his first preparation he’s done a mighty job.”
The colt was withdrawn from last year’s Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.
Mahisara’s win capped a treble for the More Than Ready / Danehill cross. The combination also produced Hidden Gem (More Than Ready – Diamond Hill, by Danehill) to win the GWF Foodservice Handicap (1500m) at Rosehill while Stealapipe (More Than Ready – Kilspindie, by Danehill) won the Coffey Rail Handicap (1850m) at Newcastle.
The More Than Ready / Danehill cross has produced Group 1 winners Perfectly Ready (More Than Ready – Elle Duccio, by Danehill), Dreamaway (More Than Ready – Legal Consent, by Danehill) and Benicio (More Than Ready – Mannington, by Danehill).
Vinery Stud sires took a major hand in Australia’s two-year-old ranks on Sunday with a trio of juvenile winners around the country.
The Jason McLachlan-trained two-year-old Absalon (Mossman – Danish Seaway, by Danehill) provided the best of Vinery’s three successes. Absalon gave away experience to his older rivals before the two-year-old scored a comfortable win in the Clear Cut Excavation Maiden Plate (1000m) on the Sunshine Coast Cushion track.
Vinery’s second season sire Benicio (More Than Ready – Mannington, by Danehill) earned his second juvenile win of the season when Zastabelle (Benicio – Espuela, by Flying Spur) took out the Rising Prince Gold Nugget (1100m) at Bathurst. The David Pfeiffer- trained filly broke her maiden at her second attempt.
Another Vinery resident, Dubleo (Southern Halo – Secret Red, by Secretariat), also earned his second juvenile success of the season when Hey Soul Sister (Dubleo – Duchess Danehill, by Danehill Dancer) claimed the Australian Security Fencing Handicap (1150m) at Cessnock. Bidders allowed Hey Soul Sister to be passed in at $1500 at last year’s Inglis Scone Select Yearling Sale.
Vinery’s top two-year-old stallion More Than Ready (Southern Halo – Woodman’s Girl, by Woodman) brought up the operation’s fourth win for the day when Stealapipe (More Than Ready – Kilspindie, by Danehill) took out the CSU Halls Of Residences Maiden (1400m) at Bathurst. Stealapipe cost his owners $40,000 at the 2008 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.