Storm Approach will head towards the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) following his victory in last Saturday’s $80,000 Listed Hill Smith Stakes (1800m) at Morphettville.
Trained and owned by Peter Moody, Storm Approach displayed excellent staying qualities.
Jockey Linda Meech opted to send the gelding forward at the 800-metre mark and Storm Approach raced three-wide outside the speed before moving into the lead upon straightening.
From there Storm Approach (Purrealist – Smytzer’s Thunder, by Thunder Gulch) was able to fend off the challenge of Gamblin’ Guru (New Approach – Glory Guru, by Fusaichi Pegasus) and win by a long neck.
The first two placegetters were the only horses to break 36 seconds for their final 600 metres with Thomason (Dylan Thomas – Lyford, by Royal Academy) a further 6-1/2 lengths away in third.
Moody purchased Storm Approach for $115,000 from the second session of the 2012 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.
Storm Approach’s dam Smytzer’s Thunder (Thunder Gulch – Danish Pastry, by Danehill) raced four times for two wins, between 1000 and 1200 metres, at country level.
The last horse to complete the Hill Smith Stakes – Victoria Derby double was Kibbutz (Golan – Misskap, by Kaapstad) in 2007.
It could be a big month for Purrealist (Tale Of The Cat – Surrealist, by Kenny’s Best Pal) as he is the sire of this year’s Queensland Derby winner Hawkspur (Purrealist – Mollyhawk, by Catbird) who is among the leading contenders for this Saturday’s $2.5 million Caulfield Cup (2400m).
Sydney three-year-old Hawkspur (Purrealist – Mollyhawk, by Catbird) asserted his dominance of the winter three-year-old ranks with his win in Saturday’s Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) at Eagle Farm.
Hawkspur put three wins together in the early part of the summer to convince trainer Chris Waller he had a horse worthy of a Brisbane trip but the son of Purrealist (Tale Of The Cat – Surrealist, by Kenny’s Best Pal) hit his peak with victories in the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate and Grand Prix Stakes to start as one of the Derby favourites.
The race went to plan for Hawkspur’s jockey Jim Cassidy, who was able to give the gelding a comfortable run just off the pace while others were keen to send their mounts forward out wider through the middle stages.
Hawkspur rolled into the race perfectly from the 600 metres before dashing away to end the race as a contest with 100 metres to run. Hawkspur had nearly three lengths to spare over Electric Fusion (Fastnet Rock – Silken Song, by Unbridled’s Song) and Honorius (Holy Roman Emperor – Zarinia, by Intikhab).
“Jimmy is obviously in the twilight of his career – he won’t mind me saying that,” Waller said. “But if he was ever riding any better, I wish I was training then. It’s the little things that make a Group 1 jockey.
“It was quite an amazing feeling watching. I actually thought at the 600m mark we could have been in a bit of trouble.
“Then I saw Jimmy started to move, but of course you are only watching your own horse, you don’t see how any of the others are going.”
A homebred, Hawkspur is the first Group 1 winner for Chatswood Stud-based stallion Purrealist, who was a Group 3 winner himself before injury ended his career after five starts.
Purrealist will stand at Chatswood Stud for $5500 (inc GST) in the 2013 breeding season
Purrealist (Tale Of The Cat – Surrealist, by Kenny’s Best Pal) will have a chance to sire a Group 1 winner after Hawkspur (Purrealist – Mollyhawk, by Catbird) comprehensively won Saturday’s Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) at Doomben.
The Grand Prix Stakes traditionally serves as a lead-up to the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m). Hawkspur also claimed the Group 3 Rough Habit Plate (2100m) on May 11 to press his claims as one of the favourites to win the June 8 feature.
Jim Cassidy rode Hawkspur for Sydney trainer Chris Waller. Cassidy gave Hawkspur a sweet passage on the back of the early leader Fiesty Belle (Casino Prince – Fientina, by King Of Kings) before striding clear over the final 300 metres to score a decisive 2-1/4-length win.
Waller said Cassidy’s handling of Hawkspur would be a key factor in the gelding’s bid to win the Queensland Derby in a fortnight.
“If Jimmy rides Hawkspur like that in the Derby he will win it,” Waller said. “Jim has ridden Hawkspur perfectly at his last two starts and he has won both.
“He is a horse we set for the winter and he has come up to the mark.”
Hawkspur is the sole stakes winner for Purrealist, who began his career at the Makybe Stud before moving to Chatswood Stud for the 2012 breeding season.
Purrealist will stand for $5500 (inc GST) in the 2013 breeding season.
Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Reward For Effort’s (Exceed And Excel – Miss Prospect, by Rory’s Jester) 2012 stud fee will remain unchanged as Chatswood Stud released its fee schedule for the upcoming season.
Reward For Effort covered 150 mares during his first season at the Victorian operation last year. Chatswood Stud charged $11,000 to visit Reward For Effort and the farm has announced his fee will stay the same this year.
Chatswood Stud has dropped Amadeus Wolf’s (Mozart – Rachelle, by Mark Of Esteem) fee from $11,000 to $9900 this season but the stallion has still enjoyed strong European success with 33 individual winners to date as well as his Stakes-winning son Caledonian Spring (Amadeus Wolf – Mathuna, by Tagula).
Chatswood Stud boss Greg Willis has priced the 2010 Caulfield Guineas winner Anacheeva (Anabaa – Monroe Magic, by Zabeel) at $8800 for his debut breeding season. Willis said the price “showcased incredible value for a Caulfield Guineas winner straight off the racetrack.”
New Chatswood Stud resident Purrealist (Tale Of The Cat – Surrealist, by Kenny’s Best Pal) will stand for $8800 after his recent relocation from Makybe Stud.
The Chatswood Stud stalwart Racer’s Edge (Rory’s Jester – God’s Girl, by Godswalk) will stand for $3300 again in 2012.
All of Chatswood Stud’s fees include GST.
First-season sire Purrealist (Tale Of The Cat) has made a bright start at stud and last night at Moonee Valley added his third winner when Anjea (2 f ex Smytzer’s Rose, by Danehill) dashed away from her rivals to win the $30,000 William Cook’s 90th birthday Plate for juveniles over 1000m.
Anjea was very slowly away but in the small field was able to find her way to be only two lengths away before the home turn, unleashing a monster run in the straight to come right away and defeat Danestrom (Elvstroem) by four and a quarter lengths and eased down.
‚ÄúWhen they blow the start like that it‚Äôs usually the end of the race but she did it nicely so it‚Äôs all worked out.‚Äù trainer Wayne Hawkes said later. ‚ÄúWe bought her at the sale and she failed the scope but all credit to the Santic‚Äôs as they sent her to us to train so we‚Äôre very grateful they showed some faith in us.‚Äù
Team Hawkes paid $110,000 for the half-sister to the good Melbourne winner Anais at the Magic Millions Sale on the Gold Coast and the Santics, who stand Purrealist at their Makybe property in Victoria, decided to send Anjea to the Hawkes to train.
Purrealist now has three city winners from his first crop and is at the head of the first season sires list.
Friday night’s two-year-old fillies’ event at Moonee Valley shapes a battle between the two leading stallions on the Australian First Season Sires’ standings.
Just $1775 in earnings separates Patinack Farm’s South American import Husson (Hussonet – Vila Elisa, by Roy) and Makybe Stud’s freshman sire Purrealist (Tale Of The Cat – Surrealist, by Kenny’s Best Pal).
Both sires have produced two individual winners to date. However, Purrealist has needed just three representatives to achieve his start while seven of Husson’s progeny have made to Australian tracks this season.
Patinack Farm has entered one of Husson’s winners in Friday night’s $30,000 race with the John Thompson-trained Affable (Husson – Lady Gracious, by Redoute’s Choice). Affable beat four rivals comfortably at his first start at Sale on November 16.
Hawkes Racing has nominated the Makybe Stud-owned Anjea (Purrealist – Smytzer’s Rose, by Danehill) for the race. The filly has not trialled publicly nor made the track previously.
Smytzer’s Rose (Danehill – Professionelle, by Centaine) has produced the speedy city winner Anais (Spectrum – Smytzer’s Rose, by Danehill) from three foals to race.
Smyzter’s Rose is a half-sister to the stakes winners King Of Prussia (Anabaa – Professionelle, by Centaine), Sportsman (Supremo – Professionelle, by Centaine), Prisoner Of Love (Canny Lad – Professionelle, by Centaine) and Hoystar (Danzero – Professionelle, by Centaine).
Click here for the full nominations for Friday night’s two-year-old fillies’ handicap (1000m) at Moonee Valley.
There were some tow-year-old barrier trials around Australia with two first-season sires represented by winners. A son of first-season Makybe Stud sire Purrealist took¬†the season’s first Victorian two-year-old trial at the Cranbourne Training Track on Monday.
Purrplexed (2 c Purrealist – Puzzles, by Redoute’s Choice), like his sire trained by Danny O’Brien, took out a four-horse heat in a time of 49.70 seconds for the 800-metre trial, defeating Natsuiro Pretty (Gods Own) by a neck.
In South Australia, Casino Prince is off to flying start with the Patinack Farm-owned La Casino (2 f Casino Prince – La Famelia) defeating Alyna (2 f Husson ‚Äì A Country Girl, by Singspiel) and Prosody (2 c Husson ‚Äì Not Fuhr Nothin, by Langfuhr) in the 800-metre heat.
At Warwick Farm the sole heat for 2yo’s was win by the Chris Waller-trained General Nick (2 c General Nediym – Miss Nikki, by Strategic) who looked impressive in dashing home clear of Spirit Of Speed (2 c Flying Spur – Miss Victoria) at the end of his 800m heat in 48.10 – faster time than the Waller-trained Group 1 winner Danleigh ran in his 800m heat later in the morning. General Nick is raced by the Ingham family.
Makybe yesterday confirmed that Purrealist will stand his fourth season at $8,800 inc GST – unchanged from his previous three seasons.
The first crop of yearlings by Purrealist (Tale Of The Cat) were the talk of the sales this year. The sales results backed this up with his yearlings averaging over $80,000 at the premier sessions of the Gold Coast Magic Million and Inglis Melbourne Premier Sales. He stood out clearly as the number one first season sire when measured on return on investment.
‚ÄúApart from his yearlings averaging over 10 times his service fee at the sales the other really good sign is the quality of trainers who will be training them,‚Äù said Tony Santic, Principal of Makybe.
Gai Waterhouse is just one of the 20 individual Gr 1 winning trainers who has purchased and will train a first crop Purrealist. Of the freshman yearling sires, ‚ÄúPurrealist sired the progeny I was most impressed by at the Magic Millions sales. I purchased a lovely athletic colt out of Fashion Week for $42,500.‚Äù