Group 2 Australia Stakes win for Street Cry 5YO

Street Cry (Machiavellian – Helen Street, by Troy) gelding Sea Lord (Street Cry – Dream Lass, by Dream Well) has reaped the benefits of a love of the Moonee Valley track by winning Friday’s Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley.

The gelding, a $NZ400,000 purchase at the 2009 NZB Premier Yearling Sale, won a Listed race for his original trainer David Payne before his new handler Stephen Brown bought the horse as part of a package deal including stakes winner Winter King (One Cool Cat – Something Special, by Bletchingly).

“We bought him in Sydney with a horse called Winter King. He came in a package,” Brown said. “I more wanted Winter King but I am happy to have him too.”

Sea Lord took an instant liking to the Moonee Valley track, winning his first two starts for Brown at the track, including the Listed Chandler McLeod Stakes (1200m) in September last year.

The five-year-old won another sprint at the track during last October’s Cox Plate carnival before becoming a Group winner with his latest-pace success.

“We drew one and the rail was the place to be so just lead on him and run him,” Brown said. “It’s good when you have got little horses like him in the stable and he’s getting better.”

Another son of Street Cry, the outstanding Group 1 performer Whobegotyou (Street Cry – Temple Of Peace, by Carnegie) also relished racing at Moonee Valley, winning four Group 2 races at the unique track, including two editions of the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m).

Half-sister to Pierro foaled on Tuesday

Darley has announced Pierro’s (Lonhro – Miss Right Note, by Daylami) dam Miss Right Note (Daylami – Sky Song, by Sadler’s Wells) has foaled a half-sister to the newly-crowned Australian Champion Two-Year-Old.

Pierro won all six of his juvenile starts, including the Group 1 Golden Slipper, ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes and Champagne Stakes before returning to post another win in the Group 3 Run To The Rose (1200m) at his first three-year-old start.

Pierro’s little sister has plenty to live up to. The bay filly, which was foaled on Tuesday morning is by another champion sire, Street Cry (Machiavellian – Helen Street, by Troy), the sire of Zenyatta (Street Cry – Vertigineux, by Kris S) and the recently-deceased star Whobegotyou (Street Cry – Temple Of Peace, by Carnegie).

The foal is from the same family as former Italian champion galloper Laverock (Octagonal – Sky Song, by Sadler’s Wells).

Lonhro’s US fee set

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 €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’s director of stallions in Europe said, “We 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.

Montjeu’s Epsom Derby winner Pour Moi and other fun facts

If you happened to miss it today, here’s the video of the Epsom Derby via Thoroughbred Times. The Queen’s Street Cry colt Carlton House went off the favorite but the winner was the Coolmore group’s French-trained Pour Moi, the second choice. Believe it or not, Pour Moi was the first Derby winner for maestro Andre Fabre. The same ownership’s Aidan O’Brien-trained Treasure Beach was a narrow second from Carlton House in a tightly bunched finish. Coolmore’s pacemaking Memphis Tennessee finished fourth of 13. Click here to see the chart from Racing Post. Continue reading

New Street Cry SW

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.”

Shocking departs Flemington

Dual Group 1 winner Shocking was farewelled in Melbourne on Thursday at a function hosted by Mark Kavanagh. The Melbourne and Australian Cup winner was paraded at the trainer’s Flemington complex before his departure to New Zealand where he will stand his first season at Rich Hill Stud.

Shocking will stand his first season at Rich Hill Stud at $NZ12,000 + GST alongside the proven Gr 1 producer Pentire, champion juvenile and Epsom Derby winner Sir Percy and the Gr 1 performed Australian sprinter Any Suggestion.

Laurence Eales, who raced the son of Street Cry (Ire) and who has retained a significant interest in the stallion, and Rich Hill’s John Thompson, were in attendance.

Shocking won seven races and nearly $NZ6.5 million . “The turn of foot he showed in the Australian Cup was nothing short of amazing and when he won the Melbourne Cup he sat three deep all the way and not many horses would be able to do that,” Kavanagh said. “He got better with age and he was the quietest and most relaxed horse around the stable – he was right up there with the best of them. He’s going to a quality stud where he will get the very best opportunities.”

Shocking retired to Rich Hill Stud

Dual Group 1 winner Shocking (5 h Street Cry – Maria di Castiglia, by Danehill) has been retired and will stand at Rich Hill Stud in New Zealand in 2011. A magnificent individual with brilliant acceleration, he also retires to stud as Australasia’s only top-flight winning stallion by the champion sire Street Cry.

A Group winner from 1600 to 3200 metres, Shocking retires the winner of seven of his 27 races and with earnings of $4,981,275. His Major wins came in the Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m), Australian Cup (Gr 1, 2000m), Makybe Diva Stakes (Gr 2, 1600m) and the Hotham Handicap (Gr 3, 2500m).

“Shocking is a superb type with a unique race record and a global pedigree,” Rich Hill studmaster John Thompson said yesterday. “We’re confident he will be a highly successful commercial addition to the New Zealand breeding industry.

“His progeny will have also great appeal to our overseas buyers who come here to buy tough, sound horses who can perform at the elite level from 1600 to 3200 metres.”

“I have been delighted with the response to the horse from New Zealand breeders,” Thompson said. “Laurence visited New Zealand for the first time last week and was suitably impressed with our environment for breeding and rearing thoroughbreds and is looking forward to the next phase of Shocking’s career at Rich Hill.”

“The turn of foot he showed in the Australian Cup was nothing short of amazing and when he won the Melbourne Cup he sat three deep all the way and not many horses would be able to do that,” trainer Mark Kavanagh said. “He got better with age and he was the quietest and most relaxed horse around the stable – he was right up there with the best of them. He’s going to a quality stud where he will get the very best opportunities.”

Corey Brown partnered Shocking in both his Australian and Melbourne Cup triumphs. “He was a very versatile horse and he’ll always hold a special place in my heart,’ he said. “He was an absolute gentleman to ride and you could put him anywhere in a race and then just push the button. He showed a turn of foot and there’s no doubt riding him has been the highlight of my career.”

Shocking was raced by Laurence and Prue Eales, of Eales Racing, who will retain a stake in the horse who is currently being syndicated among a number of leading New Zealand breeders. His fee has been set at $NZ12,000 plus gst.

Breeders who have already purchased shares include Millfield Stud, Nearco Stud, Colin and Irene Thompson, Bloodstock Resources Ltd, Cambridge Hunt Ltd, Raffles Dancers Pty Ltd, GG Syndicate Ltd, Sir Patrick and Lady Justine Hogan, Oria Road Investments, Tim Harrison, Archer Equine Investments Ltd, Masterpiece Enterprises, Markwood Lodge Ltd, Broadway Partnership and Kevin Algie. Former trainer Mark Kavanagh has also taken an interest in the stallion with a few remaining shares still available.



Spain keeps broodmare’s record peach perfect

Spain (Lonhro – Peach, by Vain) may not reach the heights of his brother Denman (Lonhro – Peach, by Vain) but the two-year-old has maintained his dam Peach’s (Vain – Market Maid, by Marscay) perfect breeding record with his win at Wyong.

Spain took out the Complete Roofing Warehouse Maiden Plate (1350m) to become the dam’s 11th winner from 11 progeny to race. Aside from the Group 1 Golden Rose winner and new Darley sire Denman, Peach has also thrown the Group 1 winner Preserve (Canny Lad – Peach, by Vain) and Rio Osa (Canny Lad – Peach, by Vain).

Spain’s win started a Darley double at Wyong. Street Ride (Street Cry – Catrille, by Catrail) overcame a long trip from Wagga Wagga to Gosford to claim the Coromal Caravans Handicap (1350m) to complete Darley’s dual success.

Darley stallions also produced a pair of winners at the Gold Coast meeting. Cape Kidnappers (Commands – Kidnapper, by Red Ransom) took out the Sky Racing 2 Maiden Plate (1100m) before Streets Away motored home to claim the Sky Racing Media Centre Plate (1800m).

Street Cry 2YO strolls home in Anzac Day Stakes

Smart two-year-old Long John (Street Cry – Hosiery, by Night Shift) raced his way into Darley’s spring three-year-old team with his comfortable victory in Thursday’s Listed Anzac Day Stakes (1410m) at Flemington.

Long John had no trouble maintaining his unbeaten record after three starts after showing neat acceleration from a position just behind the speed to win the $120,000 contest by 3-3/4 lengths.

The son of Street Cry (Machiavellian – Hosiery, by Night Shift) started his career with a win at Bendigo on March 28 before taking his form to won with another success at Sandown on April 10.

Darley’s Melbourne foreman Paul Snowden, son of head trainer Peter Snowden, said the gelding had responded to a patient approach with him in his early days in the operation’s Flemington stable.

“He was a very heavy horse as a younger horse, but still very immature and he just needed time to come into himself and grow into himself,” Snowden said. “He’s certainly showing the fruits of that now.

“I really think he can get a lot further than today. He’s got a great action, he seems to get lower as he quickens and he’s strong.

“1400 (metres) is as far as he’s gone this time, but each time he has raced he’s certainly run right through the line. His breeding says he’s going to get a lot further as well.”

Snowden said Darley would nominated the homebred for “all of the big spring three-year-old races”  and will give him the chance to prove himself worthy of a run in events such as the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m).

Long John became the 62nd stakes winner for Street Cry and joined Metastasio (Street Cry – Libretto, by Singspiel) and Za Moulin Rouge (Street Cry – La Sizeranne, by Stravinsky) as stakes winner emerging from the sire’s 2012/13 two-year-old crop. Long John is a half-brother to two-year-old stakes winner Ribald (Strategic – Hosiery, by Night Shift).

Darley has set a service fee of $110,000 (inc. GST) for Street Cry in the 2013 breeding season.

Street Cry filly now a Blue Diamond contender

Metastasio could become Street Cry’s first Australian Group 1-winning juvenile ifshe contests the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) at Caulfield on February 9.

Trained by Peter Snowden, Metastasio (Street Cry – Libretto, by Singspiel) led throughout to win the $80,000 Nursery Plate (1100m) at Flemington on Saturday.

Street Cry, who locally has sired the likes of Shocking (Street Cry – Maria di Castiglia, by Danehill), Whobegotyou (Street Cry – Temple of Peace, by Carnegie) and Midnight Martini (Street Cry – Benvenuta, by Zabeel), is known to produce later maturing types over further ground in the southern hemisphere.

However, Street Cry has produced outstanding juveniles in the US with his son Street Sense (Street Cry – Bedazzle, by Dixieland Band) winning the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in 2006 while Street Sense (Street Cry – Squall Linda, by Summer Squall) was third in the 2008 running of the event.

Sarthemare (Street Cry – City Liffey, by Citidancer) remains Street Cry’s only juvenile stakes winner in Australia, following her win in the listed Black Opal Stakes at Canberra in 2008.

Metastasio is out of Libretto, an unraced mare. She has produced two other winners, both of them by Elusive Quality.