Street Cry's sons

BRIAN RUSSELL reviews Street Cry’s contribution to the thoroughbred breeding industry around the globe following the stallion’s death in mid-September and looks at his young sons who are gearing up to follow in his footsteps.

Northern champions were shuttle visitors to Coolmore

THE shuttle system has been a great boon for Australian breeders, allowing access to some of the world’s great racehorses and sires. 

Cox Plate heroes from Sadler's Wells line

EVER since it was first run at Moonee Valley in 1922, the weight-for-age Cox Plate, a race carrying $3m in prizemoney and run over 2040m in late October, has been a stage for great racehorses and excellence at stud. Coolmore sires Adelaide (IRE) and So You Think (NZ) are Cox Plate winners from the Sadler’s Wells male line, but they each took a different path to the race before etching their names on its honour board of great performers.

Australian visitors dominate European first season sires

WHEN the Dream Ahead (USA) (Diktat-Land of Dreams by Cadeaux Genereux) colt Final Frontier took out the Anglesey Stakes-Gr.3 (about 1000m) on the Irish Oaks program on July 18, the prizemoney elevated him to that stage of the racing year into third place on the European Leading First Season Sires ladder and fifth on the European juvenile list. The success also meant the first three first crop sires in order of earnings, Zoffany (IRE) (Dansili-Tyranny by Machiavellian), Canford Cliffs (IRE) (Tagula-Mrs Marsh by Marju) and Dream Ahead, are all current visitors to Australia for southern hemisphere use. 

Taste of Caviar in Qld Valley of Champions

VICTORIA’S multiple champion sire Bel Esprit moves north to Queensland in 2015 and breeders would do well to consider sending him daughters of Magnus. The best of Bel Esprit’s 500 winners is unbeaten sprint champion Black Caviar (25 wins, $7.6m) and Magnus (Flying Spur) is a half-brother to Helsinge (Desert Sun (GB)), dam of Black Caviar.

Irish Aussies could be Cox Plate heroes

AIDAN O’BRIEN, the colossus of European racing as the trainer of Coolmore’s Irish-based string, has prospects of making history at Moonee Valley for the second successive year.