Moyglare Stud-bred filly Princess Highway (Street Cry – Irresistible Jewel, by Danehill) is on track for next month’s Group 1 Irish Oaks (12f) after her easy win in Thursday’s Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes (12f) at Royal Ascot.
The daughter of Street Cry streaked to a six-length success to show impressive improvement on her maiden Stakes win in the Group 3 Blue Wind Stakes at Naas on May 16
Princess Highway quickened appreciably from a position near the speed to dispose of talented fillies The Fugue (Dansili – Twlya Tharp, by Sadler’s Wells) and Shirocco Star (Shirocco – Spectral Star, by Unfuwain).
Princess Highway followed in the footsteps of her dam Irresistible Jewel (Danehill – In Anticipation, by Sadler’s Wells), who won the Ribblesdale Stakes a decade ago.
“It’s nice to come back and win the same race we won a number of years ago with her dam,” Weld the British Horseracing Authority. “She’s been a backward filly but progressed well during the spring and she beat the winner of the Epsom Oaks (Was) convincingly last time out.
“I thought this was an excellent renewal of the Ribblesdale, so we really had to improve to win today, and she’s gone and done it. Ascot has always been very lucky for me and she is a late developing filly.
“I thought Epsom might come a bit too soon for her and we gave her a little bit more time to come here today and go on for the Irish Oaks.
“She’s in the Yorkshire Oaks and I’m not certain whether I put her in the Arc. She’s a filly we look forward to not just this year, but next year as well.”
Champion US mare Zenyatta (Street Cry – Vertigineux, by Kris S) has thrown her first foal after delivering a healthy colt to Darley stallion Bernardini (A P Indy – Cara Rafaela, by Quiet American) at Lane’s End Farm.
Zenyatta won 19 of her 20 starts during her outstanding career with her only defeat coming in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic (10f) in November 2010.
The mare’s owners Jerry and Ann Moss announced the news via Zenyatta’s online diary hosted on the star’s dedicated homepage www.zenyatta.com .
Dear, dear, dear friends, I am so proud and elated to share the news with you that I am now a MOM,” the post read.
“I just gave birth to a lovely dark bay COLT, March 8th, at approximately 10:10 p.m. Eastern Time.
“My adorable foal weighed in at 130 pounds, has a white star on his forehead….and some white on his feet.”
Falls Of Lora (3 f Street Cry – Firth Of Lorne, by Danehill) gave trainer Mahmood al Zarooni his third classic of the UAE season when she won Thursday evening’s G3 UAE Oaks (1900m) at Meydan to add to his wins in this season’s UAE 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas.
Mary Fildes (Chineur) hung on for second with Alsindi (Acclamation) just edging out Moon Spun (Black Minnalouse) for third.
James Doyle sent the Stan Moore-trained Mary Fildes into an immediate lead and she moved further clear, racing down the back straight to be at least 12 lengths in front as they straightened from home.
Doyle’s adventurous tactics looked like they were going to pay off, but his mount ran out of gas in the final strides to be caught by Mickael Barzelona on Falls Of Lora late on.
Pimpernel, second in the UAE 1,000 Guineas behind stablemate Gamilati, was sent off a warm order favourite to add this race to her haul of four wins last year, but she was unable to make any impact on the race having had just one behind at the top of the straight.
“I admit I was worried three furlongs out when I thought the runner-up had stolen it. Pimpernel was too keen early on and probably has not stayed but Falls Of Lora has saved the day.”¬†Al Zarooni said.
“We will look at the UAE Derby with her but Kinglet is probably our main hope at the moment. We will look at the entries and decide later on so it remains a possibility.”
Zaidan (4 g Street Cry – Element Of Truth, by Atticus) hung on from the fast-finishing Sweet Orange (War Front) to land Sunday’s HKGr 1 Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m) at Sha Tin for trainer John Moore, who also saddled the third home, Dominant (Cacique).
Olivier Doleuze held Zaidan off the pace through the early stages after pulling out for a clear run turning in, drove the four-year-old to what appeared to be a commanding lead with 300m remaining.
With the line fast approaching Sweet Orange, winner of last month‚Äôs HK G1 Mercedes-Benz HK Classic Mile flashed home down the centre of the track to get to within a nose at the line with Dominant finishing third.
Zaidan wins the Classic Cup
‚ÄúZaidan‚Äôs a different horse since we gelded him,‚Äù commented Moore. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs more genuine and today we got a good run in behind with very little incident along the way.”
“He kicked hard and the only thing the jockey said was that when he hit the front, he pricked his ears and half wanted to pull up, so Olivier will have to be careful of that when he rides him in the Derby, which I think he will do.‚Äù
‚ÄúJohn said to put a few horses in front of him,‚Äù the French jockey said, ‚Äúso I had him between 5th and 7th. He travelled nicely through the race and when I saw the horse in front was stopping, I pulled him out and asked him and he gave me very good acceleration. It was a good win.‚Äù
Darley announced its Northern Hemisphere fees on Friday with Lonhro (Octagonal) set to stand for $US30,000 at Jonabell Farm in 2012. In England, Exceed And Excel (Danehill) will stand for¬†¬£22,500, Dubawi at¬†¬£75,000 and Shamardal at¬†‚Ç¨50,000
The Kentucky roster will be led by Bernardini ($150,000) and Street Cry ($150,000), both of whom stand in Australia this season.¬†Charlie Boden, Darley’s Head of Sales said, “2012 is going to be an exciting year. Bernardini is a young horse we are so proud of and he is proving to be truly world-class. Our other top stallions Elusive Quality, Medaglia d’Oro and Street Cry will be joined by Australia’s reigning Champion sire, Lonhro who has been so well received since we announced him just last month.”
“We can’t wait to show him to breeders in January. Of our four freshmen who have started so well, Hard Spun deserves special mention. He’s leading the table by Stakes winners and we look forward to all of their three-year-olds in 2012.‚Äù
Sam Bullard, Darley‚Äôs director of stallions in Europe said, ‚ÄúWe have a wonderful line up of stallions and their achievements this year have been outstanding. Our elite stallions Dubawi, Shamardal and Cape Cross continue to sire G1 winners each and every year.
European-based Darley stallion Kheleyf (Green Desert – Society Lady, by Mr Prospector) earned his first Australian winner when Praise Be (Kheleyf – Grateful Thanks, by Bering) won the Richmond Club Handicap (2000m) at Hawkesbury.
Praise Be started his career in Ireland before clients of the Chris Waller stable purchased the mare to race in Australia. The four-year-old recorded a comfortable 2-1/2 length win to record her first win from seven starts for the Rosehill stable.
Kheleyf won the Group 3 Jersey Stakes (7f) in the UK in 2004. The stallion has produced stakes winners in France, Britain, Ireland, Italy and the US.
The local Darley sires produced four winners of their own on a profitable day. Elusive Quality (Gone West – Touch Of Greatness, by Hero’s Honor) sired the first winner for dual Group 1 winner Fashions Afield (Redoute’s Choice – Attire, by Wild Again) when Turn On Sixpence (Elusive Quality – Fashions Afield, by Redoute’s Choice) won the Aruze Gaming Maiden (1000m) at Hawkesbury.
Darley veteran Canny Lad (Bletchingly – Jesmond Lass, by Lunchtime) got on the board when Ever The Same (Canny Lad – Jamil, by Giant’s Causeway) won the Aristocrat Maiden (1300m). Bound To Blush (Strategic – Run For Roses, by Danehill) claimed the Hawkesbury Living Handicap (1200m) while Taxee (Street Cry – Helaura Miss, by Helissio) completed Darley’s winning day in the Harris Scarfe Maiden (1200m) at Ballarat.
Arrowfield reported yesterday that Champion 2yo & Champion 3yo Miss Finland (Redoute‚Äôs Choice ‚Äì Forest Pearl) foaled a bay filly by Street Cry (Ire) at Arrowfield Stud on Monday morning.
Delivered by the Stud’s veterinarian, Dr Wendy Perriam, who described the filly ‚Äúa big foal with a good body and bone, and an attractive head, the filly has a white blaze and a white sock on her near hind leg.‚Äù
Now eight, Miss Finland won 11 races and earned $4.6 million, including the STC Golden Slipper, VRC Oaks, VRC Australian Guineas, MRC One Thousand Guineas and STC Storm Queen Stakes.
Her first foal, a 2YO filly by Hussonet (USA), has been retained by her breeders John Messara, John Leaver and Alan Jones, and is currently in training with Paul Messara. Her second foal is a yearling colt, also by Hussonet.
An Exceed And Excel (Danehill – Patrona, by Lomond) double has underpinned a quartet of successes for Darley sires on Friday.
Exceed And Excel produced winners at the Geelong Synthetic and Ipswich meetings. The Liam Birchley-trained Liesele (Exceed And Excel – Love’s Here, by Dehere) won the Optus Handicap (1015m) at Ipswich before Exceed And Excite (Exceed And Excel – Ladidi, by Palace Music)¬†posted a comfortable win in the Geelong Hospital Appeal Handicap (1000m) at Geelong.
Darley sires produced a double at the Taree fixture in NSW. Streets Apart (Street Cry – Rickenbacker, by Voodoo Rhythm) won the Killy & Floral Dynamite Handicap (1606m) before Now Who’s Cautious claimed the Super Jet Handicap (1250m).
Exceed And Excel’s dual success to his season’s tally to 16 while Street Cry has produced 14 winners. Canny Lad’s win on Friday brought up the veteran sire’s 10th win for the season.
Meanwhile, Coolmore’s former shuttle stallion Catcher In The Rye (Danehill – Truly A Dream, by Darshaan) produced a double at the Ipswich and Taree meetings.
Catch As Catch Can (Catcher In The Rye – Casella, by Sri Pekan) won the Simplot Handicap (1000m) at Taree before Tizzy Lizzy (Catcher In The Rye – Bella Odessa, by Brocco) took out the XXXX Handicap (1690m) at Ipswich.
Darley shuttle stallion Street Cry (Machiavellian) has a new stakes winner and future classic contender after Godolphin’s Lyric Of Light (2 f Street Cry – Suez, by Green Desert ) charged home in the straight to win Friday’s Group 2 May Hill Stakes over a mile at Doncaster in England.
Lyric Of Light was racing for only the second time but she ran on strongly under Frankie Dettori and defeated Fallen For You (Dansili) a neck with Samitar (Rock Of Gibraltar) back in third.
Trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni said, “She’s a nice filly and we’re lucky with the fillies we’ve got this year. The plan will be to go to France for Group 1 races.¬†The more they run the more they learn. It’s too early to decide if she’s a Guineas filly, but she’s improved and we’ll see her next race then we can decide.”
Dettori was full of praise for Lyric Of Light. “She’s only run the once and there was a big crowd here today. When I went for her she went right and I tried to steer her as much as I could without interfering with the second.
“She’s got a lot of class and won with her ears pricked. Mahmood’s liked her and this was a big jump from her maiden, but the signs are she’s good filly.”
Vinery resident Mossman (Success Express – Lichen Lady, by Twig Moss) continued his strong start to September after Class Of Gold (Mossman – Coed, by Honor Grades) provided half of a double for the stud on Friday.
Class Of Gold started Vinery’s double with her win in the XXXX Gold Maiden Handicap (1350m) at Ipswich. Ready As Elle (More Than Ready – Maxerelle, by Strategic) completed Vinery’s successful day with her win in the Viatek Maiden Plate (1000m) on the Geelong Synthetic track.
The winning double for Mossman and More Than Read (Southern Halo – Woodman’s Girl, by Woodman) continued Vinery’s good results in the first month of September.
The international operation’s sires have produced 14 winners in the first nine days of the month. Mossman’s progeny has provided six of Vinery’s successes while More Than Ready has supplied three winners to date this month.
Meanwhile, Darley sires earned yet another double after Lonhro (Octagonal – Shadea, by Straight Strike) and Street Cry (Machiavellian – Helen Street, by Troy) both produced winners.
The Anthony Freedman-trained Spatha (Lonhro – Swishes, by Danehill) won the Chifley On The Esplanade Handicap (1100m) before Karanja (Street Cry – Gudkarma, by Kampala) took out the Schweppes Handicap (1200m) at Ipswich.