Spirit’s Dance completed a winning 24 hours for Contract Racing in the G3 Kevin Hayes Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.
It completed a winning hat-trick for the daughter of Eliza Park stallion Statue Of Liberty who has now been represented by 13 stakes winners. He had sired Liberty Leader to a Listed victory in the Tasmanian Derby a week ago.
Spirit’s Dance (3f Statue Of Liberty – Jubilant Spirit by Hurricane Sky) is a homebred for Contract Racing’s David and Jenny Moodie. “She’s always shown ability and I suggested to David from Day 1 she was a Group filly,” winning trainer Peter Moody said. “It just took a while for her to come to the party. She’s been going back and forth from the stable to freshen up at David’s farm.”
Royal Scandal claimed the first-leg of a city double for Contract Racing in the Sportingbet Hcp (1000m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night.
Royal Scandal (4m Hard Spun — Palace Glow by Palace Music) had won races at Pakenham, Ballarat and Mildura last year before the breakthrough in town. She produced a potent final burst to improve her resident value as a broodmare.
The Moodies maintain a quality portfolio of mares at Yungaburra Stud north of Mount Macedon to service successful teams at Flemington (Ellerton — Zahra Racing), Peter Moody (Caulfield) and Brent Stanley (Kyneton).
Royal Scandal is trained by Stanley and she is from a black-type family that includes her half-brother Red Colossus (G3 MRC Victoria Hcp) and half-sister Nediym’s Glow (G3 MRC Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude).
She is a three-quarter sister to Royal Haunt who was a Listed winner of the 2013 Manfred Stakes at Caulfield. He is also by Darley Victoria sire Hard Spun and, after an unbeaten career in Australia, was sold to clients of Hong Kong trainer John Size.
Royal Scandal follows Hard Spun gelding Party Talk who is a last-start winner at Werribee for Contract Racing. He is a half-brother to G2 AJC Emancipation Stakes winner Hec Of A Party.
Hard Spun added another notch to his second-season winner count when Unspun scored a last-to-first victory in the Members Roast Hcp (1400m) at Morphettville on Saturday.
Unspun (3g Hard Spun – Pont Aven by Green Perfume) was part of the Ealing Park draft at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Autumn yearling sale and made $21,000 to the bid of trainer David Balfour.
Hard Spun (Danzig) stood for a $16,500 (inc gst) fee at Darley Victoria in 2013.