Donna Madeira (Henrythenavigator – San Cristobel, by Fastnet Rock) produced a brilliant display of pace to give Coolmore Stud stallion Henrythenavigator (Kingmambo – Sequoyah, by Sadler’s Wells) his first Australian winner at Wednesday’s Sandown meeting.
The Pat Carey-trained filly blitzed her rivals with sustained speed to win the Swettenham Stud Dash For Cash (900m) in dominant fashion to justify the Mornington horseman’s judgement in paying $105,000 for her out of the Tyreel Stud draft at the 2012 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.
Donna Madeira is the first foal to race out of San Cristobel (Fastnet Rock – Galapagos Girl, by Dehere), who was a $NZ700,000 yearling herself. Carey said San Cristobel’s dam, the dual Group 3 winner Galapagos Girl (Dehere – Reigntaine, by Century) was the reason he bought Donna Madeira.
“She’s out of a Fastnet Rock mare. I can’t afford to go buying Fastnet Rocks at the sales, they are too expensive for me so I turned it around the other way and tried a fresh stallion out of a Fastnet Rock mare, who is out of a good mare called Galapagos Girl,” Carey said.
“That was the point that drew me into this filly.”
Galapagos Girl is a half-sister to the Group 3 winner and terrific broodmare Procrastinate (Jade Hunter -Reigntaine, by Century), the dam of South African star Laisserfaire (Danehill – Procrastinate, by Jade Hunter) and million-dollar yearlings Time Thief (Redoute’s Choice – Procrastinate, by Jade Hunter) and Personify (Galileo – Procrastinate, by Jade Hunter).
San Cristobel foaled a colt by Teofilo in 2011 before she produced a filly by Bernardini last year.