Widden Stud sires will have plenty of chances to win Wednesday’s Essendon Hyundai i30 Handicap (1000m) with the operation providing no less than six runners in the $30,000 race.
Stratum (Redoute’s Choice – Bourgeois, by Luskin Star) will provide four of the Widden Stud sextet, including the David Hayes-trained stakes winner Eramor (Stratum – Romare, by Marscay).
The Tony Noonan-trained Stratumsphere (Stratum – Aces Royale, by King’s High) and Jason Warren’s Strato Mostro (Stratum – Borely, by Reprimand) were the most expensive of Stratum’s five runners. The duo cost their owners $70,000 at Magic Millions sales on the Gold Coast.
Stratumsphere is a half-brother to the stakes winner Carlton Spirit (Fraar – Aces Royale, by King’s High) and the stakes-placed Carlton Ace (Bianconi – Aces Royale, by King’s High). Carlton Ace produced the stakes-placed juvenile Carlton Forward (Charge Forward – Carlton Ace, by Bianconi).
The Mick Price stable will produce Stratigraphy (Stratum – Diamond Masque, by Align) for his debut run. Diamond Masque (Align – Diamond Snip, by Snippets) is a sister to the Group 3 winner Coup Align.
Another young Widden sire, Strada (Danehill – Shindig, by Straight Strike) will be represented by the Mike Moroney-trained Chabrier (Strada – Aubade, by Mukaddamah) in the race. Smooth General (General Nediym – Vestey, by Last Tycoon) will represent the Widden legend General Nediym (Nediym – Military Belle, by Without Fear).
Smooth General is a half-brother to the Listed winner Rutherford Eagle (Favorite Trick – Vestey, by Last Tycoon) and the consistent mare Jolie Brise (Fastnet Rock – Vestey, by Last Tycoon).