Crystal Web’s (Hard Spun – Crystal Snip, by Snippets) win in the Listed MSS Security Stakes (1100m) at Flemington was the latest success in a remarkable combination of trainer and broodmare stretching back 15 years.
Contract Racing and Breeding founder David Moodie bred Crystal Snip (Snippets – Crystal Century, by Century), who is a half-sister to Listed performers Crystal Hawk (Amyntor – Crystal Century, by Century) and Crystal Finale (Hurricane Sky – Crystal Century, by Century), before the mare began serving his operation in terrific fashion from the time she hit the racetrack.
Mathew Ellerton took over the training of Crystal Snip in 1998, preparing the daughter of Snippets (Lunchtime – Easy Date, by Grand Chaudiere) for a win at Seymour, which gave little indication of the effect her progeny would have on the stable.
Crystal Snip has provided Ellerton, and his subsequent training partner Simon Zahra with 10 stable residents, including the filly that took the duo to the top of the racing world soon after forming their alliance in 2009 with her win in the 2010 Golden Slipper just months later.
Crystal Lily died prematurely in 2011 but her half-brother Amaethon (Al Maher – Crystal Snip, by Snippets) provided an emotional stakes win 24 hours after his sister’s passing to be the third of the mare’s stock to secure a black type win after Crystal Wit (Distorted Humor – Crystal Snip, by Snippets) won the Listed Dequettville Stakes (1000m) in 2004.
Hard Spun (Danzig – Turkish Tryst, by Turkoman) became the fourth sire to produce a stakes winner in partnership with Crystal Snip when Crystal Web stormed down the centre of the Flemington track to beat another Moodie-bred runner, the Peter Moody-trained Flamberge (Exceed And Excel – Razor Blade, by Blazing Sword).
Hard Spun was luckless at Caulfield last time out but things went his way under jockey Craig Williams to score his maiden stakes success at his eighth start.
“He has always had his share of ability but last time in we stepped him out to 1400 and a mile when we weren’t sure what he is,” Zahra said.
“We brought him back to sprinting here but his last 100 metres was his best.”
The latest product of Crystal Snip, a sister to Crystal Lily, was scheduled to race at Sandown midweek but a change of plans has caused the two-year-old filly to return to the spelling paddock.
New Approach (Galileo – Park Esteem, by Ahonoora) served Crystal Snip in the 2012 breeding season.