TBNSW Breeders Update Spring_Summer_2018 - Page 7



Land of Plenty (Stratum x Dancing)
Kementari (Lohnro x Yavanna)
Pierata (Pierro x November Flight)
Godolphin’s Successful Spring
Godolphin had a very lucrative spring in both Melbourne
and Sydney with fly in, fly out raiders and a mix of
imports and locally bred horses trained by James Cummings.
Handsome gelding Avilius (Pivotal) was guided by
Cummings through a series of restricted and stakes
wins in Sydney and Melbourne leading up to a start
in the VRC Melbourne Cup while veteran Hartnell
(Authorized) carried top weight to win the ATC Epsom
Handicap (Gr. 1, 1600m)
at Randwick on September 29 to justify his present
Timeform rating of 127.Hartnell then went down to
Melbourne to finish second to Land of Plenty (Stratum)
in the MRC Toorak Handicap (Gr. 1, 1600m) at Caulfield.
Land of Plenty was bred in NSW by the Esplin family.
James Cummings pulled off another important race for
Godolphin on Victoria Derby day when import Best of
Days (Azamour) won the Kennedy Mile (Cantala Stakes)
(Gr. 1, 1600m).
Godolphin’s two Britain-based trainers, Saeed bin
Suroor and Charlie Appleby, both sent small, select
teams to Melbourne with spectacular results.
Saeed bin Suroor’s Dubawi stallion Benbatl captured
the MRC Caulfield Stakes (Gr. 1, 2000m) beating the
Appleby-trained Blair House (Pivotal)before chasing
Winx home in the W.S. Cox Plate.The trainer captured a
second Group 1,the VATC Caulfield Cup (Gr. 1, 2400m),
with the courageous stallion Best Solution (Kodiac) who
failed to stay the distance when he backed up in the VRC
Melbourne Cup (Gr. 1, 3200m).
It was left to Charlie Appleby to finally give Godolphin
a long sought after victory in the Melbourne Cup
with lightly weighted gelding Cross Counter (Teofilo),
a Northern Hemisphere time three-year-old who
produced an overpowering late finish to snatch the prize.
NSW BREEDERS’ UPDATE Winter/Spring 2018
Appleby also had a major success for Godolphin with
sprinting stallion Jungle Cat (Iffraaj) in the Rupert
Clarke Stakes (Gr. 1, 1400m).Jungle Cat is retiring
tostud in Britain in 2019.
Two other imports to impress in Melbourne were
Yucatan (Galileo) and Homesman (War Front).Yucatan
scored an incredibly easy win in the MRC Herbert Power
Handicap (Gr. 2400m) but failed badly in the Melbourne
Cup while Homesman captured the MRC Underwood
Stakes (Gr. 1, 2000m) before finishing second to Best
Solution in the Caulfield Cup.
Four-year-old stallion Pierata (Pierro), bred in NSW by
Grahame Mapp’s historic Hobartville Stud, continued
his good three-year-old form in the spring, winning
the Sydney Stakes (Gr. 3, 1200m), a consolation for The
Everest, before finishing third to Santa Ana Lane in the
VRC Classic and this earner of more than $2.75 million
deserves a Group 1 success in the autumn.
Teofilo gelding Humidor opened his spring campaign
with a stylish victory in the MRC Memsie Stakes (Gr.
1, 1400m) defeating Kementari (Lonhro) and showed
consistency with later third placings in the Underwood
Stakes, Caulfield Stakes and the W.S. Cox Plate.
Godolphin’s ultra handsome stallion Kementari had a
rather disappointing spring except for a fast finishing
and luckless third in the Manikato Stakes so it is hoped
he can win at least one more feature race in the autumn
before his likely retirement to stud in 2019.
NSW-bred mare Youngstar (High Chaparral) is another
four-year-old worthy of mention for her performances
against the best during the spring.Smallish and still
not fully mature, she was a fine second to Winx in
the Turnbull Stakes and ran very well for sixth in the
Melbourne Cup so look out for her in the autumn.
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