Tatra (Hussonet – Slovakia, by Danzig) is not by one of Darley’s stallions but the Peter Snowden-trained colt carried the racing and breeding giant’s silks to victory Saturday’s Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m).
Tatra is one of the few horses Darley has raced by Hussonet (Mr Prospector – Sacahuista, by Raja Baba) but the three-year-old is one of 86 stakes winner for the stallion, who plies his trade as part of the Cornerstone Stud roster in South Australia.
Tatra settled behind the speed for jockey Kerrin McEvoy but had to pull out everything he had to hold off the charging placegetters Lunar Rise (Starcraft – Spirited Dancer, by Sadler’s Wells) and Proverb (Commands – More Haste, by Brief Truce) in the final 50 metres to score by a head. Tatra’s victory was the third Sandown Guineas success in five years for Darley’s retained trainer Peter Snowden.
“It’s a good race to win. It’s a good money race but it is a hard race to keep a horse up for because it empties them out before they get here,” Snowden said.
“These were two horses we identified earlier in the carnival. They were not ‘A graders’, they were not (Caulfield) Guineas horses but they were the next level down.”
Tatra’s dam Slovakia is a sister to the champion French miler Librettist (Danzig – Mysterial, by Alleged) and a half-sister to the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes winner Dubai Destination (Kingmambo – Mysterial, by Alleged).
Cornerstone Stud resident Hussonet (Mr Prospector – Sacahuista, by Raja Baba)may have a Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) representative after Tatra (Hussonet – Slovakia, by Danzig) led home a Peter Snowden quinella in the Listed Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) at Warwick Farm.
Tatra had only won once in seven previous attempts but prevailed narrowly over Proverb (Commands – More Haste, by Brief Truce) however Snowden said the effort was good enough to progress to three-year-old staying events in Sydney with the talented colt.
”He’ll go to the Gloaming Stakes [over 1800m] in two weeks and that will tell us if he’s going to get the 2000m or not but I’m confident he will,” Snowden said.
”I’ve taken him through quietly and I’m just letting the races get him to the right fitness. He’s not pulling in his races now like he was last preparation which shows me he’s going to get that trip [2000m] later on.”
Smart filly Members Joy (Hussonet – Rosa’s Spur, by Flying Spur) completed the stallion’s Stakes double when she proved too strong in the Listed Cap D’Antibes Stakes (1100m) at Flemington.
Owned by a Melbourne Racing Club syndicate, Members Joy sprinted clear of her opposition in the final 200 metres to score by a comfortable two lengths.
“Her pedigree suggests it could be just sprint but (jockey) Nick (Hall)thought the way she trialled, that she would relax and go further,” Members Joy’s trainer Robert Smerdon said.
“We might go to the Thousand Guineas Prelude in two weeks or something like that.”
The two victories took Hussonet’s Stakes winner tally to 85.
Exciting Lonhro (Octagonal – Shadea, by Straight Strike) colt Pierro (Lonhro – Miss Right Note, by Daylami) had to work hard to maintain his unbeaten record in Saturday’s Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill.
Pierro had won the Listed Breeders’¬† Plate and Group 2 Silver Slipper (1200m) at his previous starts to begin his career but Commands (Danehill – Cotehele House, by My Swanee) colt Epaulette (Commands – Accessories, by Singspiel) pushed him all the way.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained Pierro held a short half-head margin over Helmet’s (Exceed And Excel – Accessories, by Singspiel) juvenile sibling to book his place in the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes on April 7.
“He’s a very tough horse,” trainer Gai Waterhouse said. “He’s really everything you are looking for in the two-year-old.
“He was beaten twice in the straight there but he’s just an outstanding colt.”
Meanwhile, the John O’Shea-trained filly Colorado Claire (Hussonet – Lunaspur, by Flying Spur) became the 81st individual Stakes winner for Hussonet (Mr Prospector – Sacahuista, by Raja Baba) with her success in the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1200m).
Colorado Claire fought strongly in the straight to beat the Paul Messara-trained Rekindled Alliance (Redoute’s Choice – Rekindled Affair, by Rainbow Quest) and Wild And Proud (Snowland – Blab, by Flying Spur), from the Gai Waterhouse stable.
O’Shea said Colorado Claire would progress to the rich Scone Guineas later in the autumn.
Cornerstone Stud resident Hussonet (Mr Prospector – Sacahuista, by Raja Baba) completed a cross-country Stakes double with successes at both Randwick and Ascot on Saturday.
Hussonet’s dual successes took his tally to 80 individual Stakes winners. The Gary Portelli-trained mare Rose Of Peace (Hussonet – Rose O’War, by Danehill) shocked all at Randwick with her win in the Listed Wenona Girl Quality (1200m) at odds of $101.
“Early on in her career she did run third to Parables and Red Tracer in a Group Two so she had some form there,” Portelli said.
“I thought I’d just freshen her up and come back for this race fresh as it seems all her best runs have been early in her campaigns.
“I must admit I said to the strapper before the race that I didn’t think it was a good race for her today because she was poorly weighted and had a bad barrier.”
Rose Of Peace became the first Stakes winner out of the Group 2 winner Rose O’ War (Danehill – Savana City, by New Regent), who is a half-sister to Hong Kong star Mr Vitality (Snippets – Savana City, by New Regent) and triple Group 3 Mornington Cup winner Gunnamatta (Snippets – Savana City, by New Regent).
The Hussonet/Danehill cross prevailed again when consistent gelding Werd (Hussonet – Messenger Miss, by Danehill) completed Hussonet’s double with a strong win in the Listed WATC Stakes (1100m) at Ascot.
Another member of the Cornerstone Stud roster, the 2008 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Reaan (Hussonet – Ribe, by Danehill) is also bred on the Hussonet / Danehill cross.
A colt by Hussonet (USA) topped the 2012 Inglis Classic Sale at $140,000 when sold to Mauro Poletti on Tuesday. Offered by Arrowfield Stud the colt is a brother to stakes-placed Red Dress Marley and a half-brother to this season’s stakes-placed two-year-old Snitzerland, a colt by Snitzel.
Hussonet - Monte Rosa colt
Other highlights on Tuesday were provided by a Dubawi (Ire) filly from Greta’s Yarn that made $105,000 for Emirates Park when secured by Inglis as agent, NZ and a Charge Forward colt from Lady of Choice that made the same amount for Huntworth Stud when purchased by Victorian trainer ¬†Robbie Laing.
Matthew Smith selected this seasons Gr1 VRC Myer Classic winner Hurtle Myrtle from the first crop of Dane Shadow at the 2009 Classic Sale for $55,000 and the Warwick Farm trainer was back at Newmarket yesterday purchasing fillies from the first crop of Astronomer Royal (Lot 471) and Myboycharlie (Lot 525) for $65,000 and $56,000 respectively.
Anthony Cummings has had much success buying from Classic, such as Inglis Banner & Inglis Nursery winner Diamond Earth, and the Randwick conditioner picked up her close relation from the draft of Golden Grove for $62,000 today a colt by Danehill Dancer from La Madeline (Lot 485) .
The final sale figures are down on 2011. The aggregate for the 424 lots that sold totalled $12,804,727, down on the $13,342,000 in 2011 with the average price of $30,200 down 10% on 2011′s $33,509. The sale median finished at $24,000 compared to $25,000 in 2011.
Cornerstone Stud stallion Hussonet (USA) has been enjoying a purple patch of late and he posted a new Stakes winner to his resume on Saturday when At The Heads (5 h Hussonet – The Quarewan, by Supremo) snapped a 12-month losing streak to win the Listed $150,000 Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m) at Flemington.
At The Heads was prominent all the way and he was ridden to the front early in the straight by James Winks, staying on too well for the 3yo Pied A Terre (Ad Valorem) to score by 1 3/4 lengths with Second Effort (Mossman) in third.
“He gave me a lovely ride. He just idled nicely and when he got to the front he switched off and wanted to wander around a bit but when they came at him he hit the line well,” Winks said.¬†”Danny told me the horse needed the right run in order to win a race like this and it all panned out well.”
At The Heads, whose previous win was over 1400m at Caulfield just over a year ago, has now won five races and been placed in six others for more than $305,725 in stakemoney.
The win also rekindled the partnership between Winks and trainer Danny O’Brien.¬†”I had six weeks off after the spring two years ago and I’ve probably struggled the last 12 months, but I’m just starting to gather momentum again,” Winks said.¬†”I’m back riding for Danny now and have ridden about four winners since I’ve been back.”
“There’s 120 more horses I can ride now that I’m back with him and he’s got quality animals like At The Heads.”
Chilean-bred sire Host (Hussonet – Colonna Traiana, by Roy) became the third son of Hussonet (Mr Prospector – Sacahuista, by Raja Baba) to produce his first winner at Thursday’s Ballarat meeting.
Flying Hostess’s (Host – Ardent Command, by Commands) win in the Dowling Forest Equine Maiden (1000m) allowed Host to join Husson (Hussonet – Villa Elisa, by Roy) and Husson Lightning (Hussonet – Snip Snip, by Snippets) as winning first-season sires.
Flying Hostess showed her potential with her debut placing at Sandown last month. The filly found the front before pulling out enough to win the $15,000 race comfortably.
“She’s been a professional filly from the day we put her in work,” Weir said. “She was strong on the line and there’s plenty of upside to her.
¬†”We were going to back her up at Caulfield last week but I decided to take the easier option and let her win one at home.
“I’ll see how she pulls up before making a decision on whether to tip her out or keep going for a stakes race at Adelaide.”
The Swettenham Stud resident Host will has two colts and two fillies catalogued at the 2012 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale in Melbourne.
“It’s very encouraging to see the sireline taking off in Australia,” Swettenham Stud owner Adam Sangster said.
“We’ve been getting very positive reports from trainers with Host two year-olds and that augurs well for his second crop coming up at the yearling sales.”
Good Baby (4 g Hussonet – Secret Haze, by Danehill) registered a barnstorming win in Monday’s 2011 Gr 3 Magic Millions Malaysian Classic (1200m) at Penang in Malaysia.
Good Baby is building up an imposing record for his connections – now having won five of his ten lifetime starts. Purchased by the Blue Sky Thoroughbreds operation for $110,000 from the draft of Swettenham Stud at the 2008 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale,¬†Good Baby is now trained by Kevin Coetzee and is raced by Richard Beh’s Golden Knight Stable.
“It was fitting that Mr Beh should win our rich race – he is the biggest Malaysian buyer we have and he’s been buying from Magic Millions for well over 10 years.” Magic Millions’ David Chester reports.
Good Baby was educated in Australia and trialled three times in the WA capital before being shipped to Asian last year.¬†He won his first two starts in Malaysia and has since built up an impressive record of five wins and three runner up places from just 10 runs.
He has already earned the equivalent of A$240,000 and looks to have an extremely bright future ahead. His sire Hussonet stands at Cornerstone Stud in South Australia.
Happy Hussy (3 f Hussonet – Morinda, by Desert King) broke her Maiden in facile style at Canterbury Park on Wednesday, clearing away in the straight to win the¬†$27,000 Styletread.com.au Handicap (1200m) for 3yo fillies¬†by four lengths.
Taking advantage of apprentice Chad Schofield’s three-kilogram claim, happy Hussy was well placed before the tiurn in and she ran on strongly to score over Our Girl Charlize (Stratum).
‚ÄúThis filly has been very well for a couple of weeks now and her work was sensational back at home and we were very happy with her,‚Äù said Stuart Rankin, foreman for Rosehill trainer David Payne.¬†‚ÄúThe tactics were to have her up there and she had a very light weight on her back and it was a great win. She won pretty easily.
‚ÄúShe has learnt how to race now and she has got stronger as she learns how to race, and I think she will go from here.¬†She had been working well up to the race and I was pretty confident before the race as well,‚Äù said Schofield.
Premier Sydney trainer Chris Waller trialled more than $1 million worth of bloodstock at Tuesday’s set of heats held at Rosehill.
Waller’s charges took out seven of the dozen heats contested on Tuesday morning, including two of the three two-year-old trials with a pair of Ingham Racing-owned colts.
Fundido (Lonhro – Red Fever, by Red Ransom) posted an outstanding eight-length win in the third heat of the morning in the time of 53.98 seconds for the 900 metres.
Fundido was a $70,000 purchase at the 2011 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale from the same family as the juvenile stakes winners Way West (Danehill – Prospect Fever, by Mr Prospector) and Jumlah (Catbird – Marlow Waters, by Marauding)
Fob Dubai (Charge Forward – Barsha, by Redoute’s Choice) cost Ingham Racing $150,000 at the 2011 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. Fob Dubai showed he would go a long way to recouping his owners’ investment with a 2.8-length success in the fifth heat of the morning.
The colt’s stablemate Rastro (Mossman – Raise A Dane, by Danehill), a $120,000 2011¬† Gold Coast Magic Millions sale purchase, worked home nicely to finish second in the heat.
Access Code (Pins – Lilakyn, by Danehill) cost Ingham Racing $260,000 at the Inglis Easter sale. The three-year-old got home narrowly to claim the 11th heat of the day. The $600,000 yearling purchase Valhussle (Hussonet – Ribe, by Danehill) finished fifth in the sixth trial as he prepared for his return to the track.