Blue Gum Farm stallion Elvstroem’s (Danehill – Circles Of Gold, by Marscay) terrific week continued when the sire’s talented daughter Sorellina (Elvstroem – Bletchwyn, by Bletchingly) completed a city double for the dual-hemisphere Group 1 winner on Wednesday.
Elvstroem’s son Shanghai Warrior (Elvstroem – Emily Blue, by Rory’s Jester) took out Saturday’s Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) at Flemington before his midweek success. Sorellina easily won a maiden at Gosford in December last year before resuming from a 33-week break in the Super Saver Handicap (1100m) at Canterbury.
The John O’Shea-trained mare went straight to the lead in the $35,000 contest and was never headed, recording a comfortable 1-1/4 length win to remain unbeaten in two starts.
“She’s got a bit of quality,” O’Shea’s assistant trainer Bryce Heys said. “That has been evident for everyone to see.
“They (owners) bought her for breeding purposes and now she has got a city win next to her name. I’m sure she has got something more in store.
“It’s important to have her in good order and she is like a bull at a gate in everything she does. That probably reflects why she is lightly raced today.”
Sorellina fetched $110,000 at the 2010 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. The four-year-old is a half-sister to the Group 2 winner Phoenix Park (Royal Academy – Bletchwyn, by Bletchingly).
Consistent wet tracker Rock Princess (Elvstroem – Boo Ticket, by Cossack Warrior) posted Elvstroem’s first win of the day when the mare ploughed through her favoured heavy ground to win the Champagne Pommery Awards Handicap (1600m) at Sandown Lakeside.
Elvstroem’s progeny has won nine races in the first fortnight of the new season.
Imposing four-year-old Shanghai Warrior (Elvstroem – Emily Blue, by Rory’s Jester) became the seventh Stakes winner for the Blue Gum Farm stallion Elvstroem (Danehill – Circles of Gold, by Marscay) with his stylish win in Saturday’s Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) at Flemington.
The four-year-old showed impressive form down the Flemington ‘Straight Six’ course during the latter part of his three-year-old season before transferring his enjoyment of straight racing to the start of his four-year-old term.
Shanghai Warrior became the seventh Stakes winner for Elvstroem in the Group 3 Aurie's Star Handicap. Photo: TurfPress
Shanghai Warrior sat off the leaders before steaming home over the top of the favourite Golden Archer (Rock Of Gibraltar – Viennetta, by Pins) to score his fifth win from nine starts by a length.
“This horse has got some real ability,” Shanghai Warrior’s trainer Pat Hyland said.
“You’ll see the best of him a bit later on when he gets over more ground, these are just the preliminaries.”
Shanghai Warrior cost Hyland $105,000 at the 2010 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale. The stallion was pinhooked by Supreme Thoroughbreds, which paid $68,000 for the horse at the 2009 Magic Millions Weanling Sale.
Gold Medals (2 c Elvstroem – Lady Mulroy, by Encosta de Lago) was heavily backed to make a winning debut at Warrnambool on Monday and the Bill and Symon Wilde trained colt did not disappoint.
Smartly away in the $12,000 2yo Maiden Handicap over 1000m, Gold Medals shared the lead to the home straight and then accelerated away in the straight, going on to score by two and a quarter lengths over Champagne Tales (Tale Of The Cat).
Bred by Gerry Harvey, Gold Medals sold for $30,000 at the NZB Select sale in 2010.
Gold Medals is the 138th winner from 289 runners for multiple Group 1 winner Elvstroem who has sired four new winners in the last five days following Memphis Flash (4 m Coquette), Groenenboom (5 g Dizzy Lass) and King Of The Forest (3 g Forest Song).
Blue Gum Farm stallion Elvstroem is on fire with two new Stakes winners in three days. Last Saturday saw the Mark Kavanagh-trained Instalment (3 c Brightcut, by Octagonal) won the Listed Moomba Plate (1100m) at Flemington and on Monday the Mark Minervini-trained Go The Knuckle (3 g Zefti, by Zeditave) swooped in the straight to win the $250,000 Centrebet Classic Stakes (Gr 2) over 1200m at Morphettville.
Coming with a big finish, Go The Knuckle swept past rivals in the straight to defeat Satin Shoes (Flying Spur) by one and a quarter lengths with Snitzem (Snitzel) close up in third place.
Elvstroem now has sired six Stakes winners and in the past week has also sired the Perth winner The Other Harv, and the New Zealand winner Queen Of Rock.
Blue Gum’s Rubiton is no longer with us but he also added a new Stakes winner at Morphettville on Monday when Verco Road (8 g Bells Are Tolling, by Tolomeo) took the Listed $80,000 Schweppes C S Hayes Stakes (1600m).
Verco Road defeated Finiguerra (Niello) by three-quarters of a length with Road Warrior (Street Cry) in third place.
Verco Road was sold for just $5,000 as a yearling by High Lane Farm in Euroa and after Monday’s victory, Verco Road has earned $263,290.
Darley stallions closed out Friday night’s Moonee Valley meeting with a running double in the final two races of the evening.
Anthony Freedman prepared both winners, who carried Darley’s famous maroon and white silks to victory. Sabres (Elusive Quality – Duel At Daybreak, by Dayjur) led all the way to claim a strong win in the NYE at Moonee Valley Handicap (1600m) before Tahitian Black (Lonhro – Perle, by Night Shift) proved too strong in the racingnetwork.com.au Handicap (1200m).
Tahitian Black is one of four city winners out of the consistent producer Perle (Night Shift – Pinctada, by Imposing). Perle is the dam of the stakes winner Falaise (Grand Lodge – Perle, by Night Shift).
Commands (Danehill – Cotehele House, by My Swanee) also contributed a winner on Friday when Pace Ace (Commands – Lansaracove, by Rory’s Jester) won the Pact And Bonaire Handicap (1008m).
Lyon made it four winners for Darley on Friday when the four-year-old gelding claimed the Key Employment Handicap (1309m) at Coffs Harbour.
Meanwhile, Blue Gum Farm resident Elvstroem (Danehill – Circles Of Gold, by Marscay) enjoyed a double success of his own with winners at the Sunshine Coast and Mount Gambier.
Two Timing (Elvstroem – Lap Dance, by Brief Truce) led home an Elvstroem quinella in the Gunnersens Maiden Plate (1550m) at Mount Gambier while Lomu (Elvstroem – Wellington Dreamer, by El Qahira) claimed the Hackney Insurance Group Maiden (1100m) at the Sunshine Coast.
Blue Gum Farm’s multiple Group 1 winner Elvstroem (Danehill) added two new winners to his record on Monday when Wild Rumours scored at Queanbeyan and Rock ‘N’ Roll King won at Warrnambool.
Rock ‘N’ Roll King (4 g Elvstroem – Miss Pirouette, by Woodman) defeated Theadmiralreturns (Bianconi) by one and a quarter lengths in the $12,000 Fresha Fruit Juices Maiden Plate (1700m) under Michelle Payne. Rock ‘N’ Roll King cost his trainer Niall Phillips $65,000 as a yearling at the 2009 Inglis Premier sale in Melbourne.
Wild Rumours (3 f Elvstroem – Little Rumours, by Vettori) comfortably defeated Milly De Vain (Bureaucracy) by two and a half lengths in winning the $10,000 John Cramp Bookmaker Maiden Plate (1100m) at Queanbeyan.
Making just her third start, Wild Rumours was bred by, and is part-owned, by Gary Moffitt, who also co-bred and part-owned Elvstroem. She is trained by Keith Dryden who also shares in the ownership of Wild Rumours.
Elvstroem now has 106 winners from 235 starters from four crops to race. His fee at Blue Gum Farm in 2011 is $8,800 incl GST.
Miss Rendina (Elvstroem – Miss Marion, by Success Express) outdid the debut performance of her well-performed half-sister with her win at Tuesday’s Echuca meeting.
Miss Rendina won the Border Inn Hotel Maiden Plate (1100m) on debut for the Steve McKinnon stable, eclipsing her Group 2-winning half-sister Pinker Pinker’s (Reset – Miss Marion, by Success Express) first run.
Pinker Pinker missed a place in a Geelong Synthetic maiden before winning twice on city tracks later in the year.
The Greg Eurell-trained daughter of Miss Marion (Success Express – Golden Deed, by Jevington) has developed into one of Australia’s most consistent mares. Pinker Pinker has won twice at Group 2 level in the 2011 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m) and Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m).
Pinker Pinker has also placed at Group 1 level when she finished third in the AJC Australian Oaks (2400m) at Randwick in April.
McKinnon trained Miss Marion during her racing career. The mare won four of her 13 starts.
Blue Gum Farm stallion Elvstroem added two more winners to his record on Tuesday when Impala (4 g Elvstroem – Great Shack) and John’s Special (4 g Beauty Within) both scored at Mackay.
Impala won the $10,000 Bullivant Plate over 1050m in a 1,2 for his multiple Group 1 winning sire by defeating High Payoff (5 g Elvstroem – Nuts About Jugah) by three-quarters of a length. John’s Special bolted in by seven and a half lengths in winning the 1050m Maiden under 57.5kg and both winners trained by S Kenrick.
Elvstroem is standing for $8800 (incl. GST) at Blue Gum Farm in 2011.
Former shuttle stallion Anabaa also added two new winners to his record at Gosford when End Of Time (4 g Pilya) won the $16,000 Grange Hotel Maiden over 2100m. Trained by Grahame Begg, End Of Time defeated Yates Road (Stratum) by three-quarters of a length.
$160,000 Magic Million yearling Hannah Jane (3 f Anabaa – Fair Vanity) ran out the impressive winner of the Glason Group 3yo Maiden, sailing home two and three-quarter lengths clear of Pride Of China (Danzero) for trainer Anthony Cummings.
Champion racemare Let‚Äôs Elope was represented by her fifth and latest winner at Mildura on Monday when her three-year-old son Outback Joe broke his maiden status at Mildura.¬†The Patrick Payne-trained gelding came with a determined run in the straight to get up in the final stride and win the Centrebet Membership Offer Maiden Plate (2000m).
The three-year-old son of Elvstroem, whose only two previous runs resulted in a dead heat for third at Echuca on debut and a Sale sixth,¬†¬†joins Group 2 winner Ustinov, Caught Courting, Yes I Will and Over The Moon as Let’s Elope’s race-winning offspring.
Elvstroem (Danehill – Circles Of Gold, by Marscay) stands at Blue Gum Farm in Euroa where his fee in 2011 is advertised at $8,800 (incl GST)
Blue Gum Farm’s Elvstroem enjoyed a metropolitan double yesterday when his daughters Deliver The Dream and Il Sogno scored at Sandown Park.
Deliver The Dream revelled in the heavy going to take the $30,000¬†Le Pine Funerals Hcp over 1600 metres.¬†Bred by trainer Doug Harrison, Deliver The Dream (4 m Elvstroem – Fayrouz, by Sovereign Red) sold for $160,000 as a yearling at the Melbourne Premier Sale and was originally trained by Brian Mayfield-Smith for whom she won in Melbourne.
The chestnut was switched to the care of ¬†Moody when Mayfield-Smith retired two seasons ago and¬†has now won six of her 16 starts.
The Bruce And Jean Purcell-trained Il Sogno (Elvstroem) completed the double for her sire when winning the $30,000 Aherns At Highways 3yo Fillies Handicap over 1300 metres. Il Sogno is out of the Group 3 winner Tickle My (Perugino).
Multiple Group 1 winner Elvstroem (Danehill) has been represented by five winners in the past week and is advertised at $8,800 at Blue Gum Farm, Euroa, in 2011.