Perth stayer Tonto highlighted a city-winning treble for Ridgeview Park sire Onemorenomore in the Listed Ascot Gold Cup (1800m) on Saturday.

The Ridgeview Park resident also sired Something More (Morphettville) and Darts Away (Rosehill) earlier in the day as well as Happy No More who scored a first-up, front-running victory at the Gold Coast.

The four winners on Saturday was more than any other sire in Australia or New Zealand.

Onemorenomore expat Master Steed is also on the boil in Hong Kong after starting his season with a fast-finishing second in the Panasonic Hcp (1200m) at Sha Tin on Saturday.

Tonto raced against his normal come-from-behind pattern to win at Ascot.

“After looking at the speed map, I told Jason (Brown) to go forward and it worked out perfectly,” trainer Lou Luciani said.

“I thought he was a certainty at the weights after his run in the Northam Cup.”

Racing in Peter Walsh’s Amelia Park colours, Tonto is a homebred for fellow part-owners Colin Hounsell and Colin Crossley and has now banked over $444,000 from 7 wins in 31 starts.

Tonto (5g Onemorenomore – Grier Garsonne by Arena) broke through for his first black-type victory at Ascot.  He had been placed at Listed level in the Bunbury Cup, Roberts Quality, Lex Piper Stakes and was also fourth home in last year’s Group 2 WA Derby.

Represented by 37 winners since the start of the season, Onemorenomore is proving a reliably consistent stallion and Ridgeview could not be happier to have him on their roster.

“He is a lovely stallion who impresses all who see him,” said the stud’s Phil Sloane.

“He has settled in beautifully with us and has been a delight to have around.”

“His progeny are winning week in, week out and he is the ideal VOBIS horse,” he said of the Group One Champagne Stakes winning son of Red Ransom.

Ridgeview are offering a ‘nearing the end of spring’ special with a half-price service fee to both Onemorenomore and Al Samer who has also been enjoying a good run with his daughter Peeking Duck (a gallant fourth in the VRC Oaks) looking a horse of the future.

For further information on Onemorenomore and Al Samer who stand alongside Best Choice, Golden Snake and Scintillo at Ridgeview Park Stud contact Phil Sloane (0488 525 063) or go to www.ridgeviewpark.com.au.

Greta West Stud stallions God’s Own and King of Prussia were back in the spotlight after siring a running double at Moonee Valley on Friday.

Running was the operative word for God’s Own speedball Sirbible, trained through Russell Bell’s new Colac stables.

He clocked a sizzling 54.84s to take the lead after Heat 4 of the Inglis 55 Second Challenge (955m). It is believed this is the second fastest time ever over this distance at Moonee Valley.

The speedster was bred by Yallambee Stud who previously stood God’s Own at their famed Romsey property.

He was bought for a bargain by the Alice Springs Turf Club at the 2013 Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale for just $3,500 and then changed hands again when sold for $5,500 at the Inglis 2013 Red Centre Yearling Sale.

“That’s just a stepping stone for the Christmas Stakes,” trainer Russell Bell promised.

“He was ready to go and I wasn’t worried about any other horse in the race.”

Sirbible has set the benchmark for this season’s 55 Second Challenge.  Bell trained at Alice Springs before opening the Colac stable in August and he will receive a $50,000 credit voucher at a 2017 Inglis Sale of his choice if 54.84s isn’t bettered this season.

The Listed Christmas Stakes (1200m) is scheduled for Caulfield on Boxing Day – Sirbible finished third last year after being reeled in by Tuscan Sling.

King of Prussia miler Entre Nous is set for another successful campaign following his second-up victory in the Strathmore Community Bank Hcp (1600m).

He has earned $263,170 including $38,800 in VOBIS bonuses for a syndicate that includes his Wodonga breeder Frank Elkington.

His dam Madam Delia (Demus) has a yearling filly by King of Prussia.

Entre Nous won last season’s Euroa Cup (1400m) and Wangaratta Cup (1600m) before finishing third in the VOBIS Gold Mile at Caulfield.

He is trained Gerald Egan 50km south of Greta West through the high-country at Mansfield.

After the race Egan indicated he is being set for the Wodonga Cup being held on Friday week.

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One of the toughest calls any vendor has to make is placing a realistic valuation on a horse about to enter the sale ring.

The gulf between expectations of seller and buyer can be rather substantial – to say the very least – and it’s fair to say that the former is not always a happy camper.

That didn’t apply to Gerard and Kathy Hammond though after selling their Not A Single Doubt colt at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale to Boomer Bloodstock’s Craig Rounsefell.

Millford Thoroughbreds’ Jarrod Byers, who prepared the colt for sale on the Hammonds’ behalf, explains.

“We thought he’d make around $80,000 to $100,000 in the ring. He was a slow maturing horse, but had grown out really well at the farm and was always a nice type.

“Turns out though that both Craig (Rounsefell) and Robbie Laing were very interested in him and he eventually sold for $180,000.

“It was great for Gerard and Kathy … they breed from three or four mares every year and have been long-time clients.

“There’s a lot of swings and roundabouts in this industry. They sold a Written Tycoon colt for just $5,000 at the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale which was then pinhooked as a ready to run horse for $90,000 before going on to win over HK$5 million in Hong Kong as New Asia Sunrise.

“So, it’s great to see when they get a result like they did in Melbourne.”

Indeed, the ‘Melbourne colt’ was soon placed with Lindsey Smith in Perth and was subsequently named, somewhat fittingly, as Scales of Justice.

On Saturday, Scales of Justice, the now 4YO gelding won his first black type race by capturing the Group Three RJ Peters Stakes at Ascot and took his earnings to $317,350 with, hopefully, a lot more to come.

Scales of Justice has certainly been impressive in his 12 career starts to date. This might have been his first tilt at stakes level, but prior to the RJ Peters, Scales of Justice had won five from 11 with six placings.

Scales of Justice is now likely to take the next (big) step up to this Saturday’s Group One $1 million Railway Stakes and seek to become the second Victorian-bred horse in a row (following Good Project in 2015) to win the West Australian ‘major’.

Scales of Justice is a half brother to four other winners including Listed Warrnambool Cup runner up, Cruyfforme, while close relations include King Charlemagne sprinter, King Hoaks, the winner of nine including the Group Three VRC Standish Handicap.

HOOFNOTE: Scales of Justice’s dam, Beymatilla, failed to meet her reserve of $400 when consigned to the 2014 Inglis Great Southern Bloodstock and Weanling Sale – mere months after Scales of Justice went through the Oaklands Junction ring.

The Hammonds then gave the mare to Millford Thoroughbreds which has had a resounding year by any measure, breeding and racing the Group One Robert Sangster winner, Precious Gem, plus foaling down and raising French Emotion (Group Two Blazer Stakes) and Moonee Valley Group winner, Kaniana, for Valda Klaric.

“We put Scales of Justice’s mum in foal to Magnus who has had a terrific couple of years, including the Darley Classic winner, Malaguerra, but sadly she passed away in foal about six months ago,” Byers adds.

Swings and roundabouts to be sure, but the scales of justice can often balance in your favour!

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Something old … something new … something lime, purple and gold.

There is nothing new, per se, about the racing silks of David and Jenny Moodie, which have been made famous around Australia over the past few decades … usually for crossing the line first.

That said, there was a lot ‘new’ about the flashy chestnut filly, Arctic Angel, who was making just her second appearance when successful in Saturday’s Listed Thoroughbred Club Merson Cooper Stakes at Sandown.

The 2YO had clearly benefited from her fourth on debut in the Group Three Ottawa Stakes down the Flemington straight on Cup Day and didn’t deviate from the given path this time around.

And there’s also something else that’s (relatively) new. Unlike many of the stakes winners that have run and won under the Moodies’ Contract Racing banner, Arctic Angel is bred and owned by ‘Hesket Bloodstock’, a new entity in partnership with Ashley Hardwick, who took a half interest in 50% of the Moodie mares a few years back.

“Ash, David and I own about 40 mares and Arctic Angel hails from the second crop since the partnership was set up,” Jenny Moodie explains.

“Sword of Light, who won a (Group Three) Blue Diamond Preview and finished third in the (Group Two) Tranquil Star in September is from the first batch and now Arctic Angel has popped up from the next lot.

“Arctic Angel’s dam, Icy Maiden, is very dear to us of course. Aside from producing Arctic Angel, she is also the dam of a full brother in Iceflow who was second in last year’s Maribyrnong Trial Stakes.

“Icy Maiden is also a granddaughter of Polar Rose, the dam of Arctic Scent, a home-bred who won the Caulfield Cup, Queensland Oaks and a Feehan for us back in the mid 1990s.

“Polar Rose was actually one of our first horses … and that really is taking us back. David liked her because she was a half sister to Appleby Fair that we had purchased at a Tamworth sale in 1988. There’s been lot of horses since then!”

HOOFNOTE: First run in 1946, the Merson Cooper has been won by a number of outstanding juveniles including Rancher, Biscay, Star Shower, Biscay and Blazing Saddles, along with Golden Slipper winners Vain, Vivarchi, Storm Queen and Pago Pago. It might be a long time between Merson Cooper/Golden Slipper drinks, but the Moodies will be hoping that Arctic Angel can end the drought. There’s a nice spot on the trophy shelf next to Crystal Lily’s Slipper.

Master Of Design three-year-old Creative Genius will be given a Group 1 preparation after an amazing victory against older horses in New Zealand on Friday.

Creative Genius produced a paralysing finish to nail El Famoso by a nose at Dargaville.

Creative Genius is a first-crop son of Swettenham Stud sire Master Of Design from an unraced sister to Flemington stakes winner Noircir.

He was bred by Rodney Rae’s Thoroughbred Racing Bureau and cost Cole $110,000 at last year’s NZB Ready to Run Sale. He is a sales ring ‘veteran’ having previously been sold through the Inglis Great Southern Sale as a weanling and then as a yearling through the ring at Sydney’s Inglis Classic sale.

Trainer Steven Cole has designs on the Group 1 Levin Classic for the Victorian-bred gelding who made up a minimum of four lengths in the final stages of the Carrfields Selwyn Rodgers Memorial (1400m).

“That will be a real confidence-booster,” Cole said.

“I gave him a freshen-up and added blinkers which helped today.

“He’s a progressive horse and will keep improving when he steps up in distance.”

Creative Genius (3g Master Of Design – Beauriphul Gal by Bureaucracy) will now head to the Listed Trevor Eagle Memorial (1500m) at Ellerslie on November 26.  It’s been a good guide in recent years with winners the calibre of Ocean Park and Rising Romance.

His long-term mission is the Group 1 Levin 3YO Classic (1600m) at Trentham on January 14.

Cole is stabled at Byerley Park in Karaka and he became the youngest trainer to prepare a Group 1 winner in New Zealand when Dukedom landed the Levin Classic this year.

“He’s an athlete and looked a good mover when breezing up before the Sale,” Cole recalled.

“It’s a long way to a Group 1 from here but Alysha (Collett) jumped off and said he’s still learning.”

Swettenham Stud stands Master Of Design (Redoute’s Choice) for a $15,000 (inc gst) service fee.

Group winners Nicoscene, Chivalry and Shards highlight a strong catalogue at the Inglis December Sale in Melbourne on Friday, December 9.

Stallion prospects Nicoscene (G2 Euclase Stakes) and Chivalry (G3 HDF McNeil Stakes) are among the 95 Lots entered for Oaklands.  Other black-type gallopers for sale include Shards (G3 Up And Coming Stakes), Dylanson (LR Colin Hayes Memorial) as well as stakes-placed gallopers Diamond Oasis and Nordic Empire.

Also on offer is a share in Group 1 winner and now leading stallion Star Witness.

Godolphin (11 lots) is the leading vendor ahead of Ridgeview Park (9), Boneo Horse Ranch (9) and Lindsay Park (8).

Leading sires Exceed And Excel, Choisir, Hinchinbrook, Medaglia d’Oro, More Than Ready, Redoute’s Choice, Not A Single Doubt, Sebring, Snitzel, Street Cry and So You Think are all represented.

Inglis Victorian bloodstock manager Simon Vivian was pleased with the strength of stock on offer.

“This sale has historically offered a broad variety of horses and this year is no different,” Vivian said.

“There are some very high quality horses coming to the sale and I’m sure buyers will be very interested in them.”

Supreme Thoroughbreds, now one of Victoria’s premier breeding operations, held its annual ‘Brunch With The Foals’ last Sunday at its sun-drenched Romsey farm.

Things are growing quickly are Supreme, and we don’t just mean the horses or the grass.

They now operate across three properties, two near Romsey and a third at Diggers Rest. And next year they will send the biggest (and likely best) draft of yearlings to the Inglis Premier Sale.

Supreme Brunch crowd

A crowd of clients came for the brunch and were treated to a tremendous parade of broodmares and their foals.

“We’ve ended up getting a lovely day. It gives us a fantastic opportunity to show our clients what we do and how they’re foals and mares are looked after,” said Brent Grayling who operates Supreme with partner Adrienne along with Sue and Neil Shaw.

“The foals were really well handled by our staff and I think everyone was really impressed with the day.”

After a highly successful Premier Yearling Sale earlier this year where they got above sale average prices, Supereme will up the ante further at next year’s sale. Brent expects the draft of yearlings will be close to 40.

“We’ve got so many nice horses and we just have to take them. It is going to work out that by far that we have the most attractive bunch of yearlings,” Brent said.

“So long as the sales are strong, we will be very strong. I can see us having our best year by a long way.”

Victoria’s South African connection was back in business on Saturday with New Predator in the Group 2 Emperor’s Palace Charity Mile.

Eddington-based Three Bridges Thoroughbreds has followed his progress closely since buying his dam Head Over Heels for $52,500 at the 2015 Magic Millions National Sale.

New Predator, by former Darley Victoria shuttler New Approach, had won the Group 2 Drill Hall Stakes at Greyville in May and he struck again at Turffontein against a decent field that included Group 1 July winner The Conglomerate and Group 1 Gold Challenge big-hitter Mac De Lago.

Perfectly positioned in the box seat, he pinned his ears back in the straight to score rather cosily in the end by a half-length.

New Predator’s dam Head Over Heels (Fastnet Rock) was formerly owned by Patinack Farm. She is a younger half-sister to Presently who won four stakes sprints in Sydney for Bruce & Jason McLachlan.

Passed in as a foal at the 2013 Magic Millions National Sale, New Predator was sent to South Africa to join emerging trainer Johan Janse van Vuuren where he has won 4 times in 13 starts.

Head Over Heels is also the dam of 3yo filly Husson Boots (Husson) who is due to break through in Race 1 at Eagle Farm this Wednesday. She has been placed at her last three starts in town for Prime Thoroughbreds and trainer Tony Gollan.

Three Bridges sold a Fighting Sun – Head Over Heels filly foal for $50,000 at the Magic Millions National Sale in May and she has an Unencumbered colt on the ground.

Three Bridges stands Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Unencumbered for $13,200 (inc gst).

A couple of Morookyle Park based sires have enjoyed success over the past week or so.

Widden Valley sired his first winner when Unique Command bolted in at Gosford on Melbourne Cup Tuesday.

The Mark Cross trained 3yo gave Kath Bell an armchair ride in the Milk & Honey Maiden Plate (1200m).

“He was four lengths in front for the entire trip and it took Kath another lap to pull him up,” Cross said.

“She reckons he’s a city-class horse and we’ve received a few offers to sell him.”

Unique Command (3g Widden Valley – Tortola by West Point) races for Mark’s wife Alison and the gelding had been overdue to break through.

“He’s still learning and has been very unlucky not to have won by now. He led everywhere bar the post at Newcastle and was then galloped on at Canterbury.

“We will take him to Scone in a fortnight and then go from there. I’ve got another young one by Widden Valley and she goes alright, too.”

Unique Command is out of a winning half-sister to Flemington stakes winner Tindal (Testa Rossa) and hails from the family of Group 1 galloper Chattanooga (Scenic).

Widden Valley is by former Widden Stud shuttler Anabaa from Group 1 VRC Oaks winner Rose Archway. He cost Chris Waller $900,000 as a yearling and won at Wyong in class-record time before his career was cut short after a placing in the Scone Guineas.

He retired to Hollylodge Thoroughbreds in 2011 before transferring to Glenormiston College near Warrnambool and then to Moorookyle Park.

Sharkbite

Sharkbite

It was also a good week for new Moorookyle Park sire Sharkbite. followed up with a winning treble on Thursday with Mordacious (Warrnambool), Shark Mirage (Gawler) and Wired (Pakenham).

The winning haul made it five individual winners by Sharkbite over seven days.

On Wednesday night, the handy Barry Campbell 4yo Siorca made it yet more success for Sharkbite when winning at Launceston. His earnings in the Apple State now exceed $154,000.

Sharkbite stands for a $3,300 (inc gst) negotiable fee at Moorookyle Park.

Crown Valley Lodge’s Hong Kong Derby winning sire Helene Mascot (Ire) moved off the mark with his first winner at Grafton on Wednesday.

His 4yo mare Behest did best after a front-running duel with Time To Rock (Fastnet Rock) to nail the Gillespie Plumbing Hcp (1700m) by a short-head.

Behest (4m Helene Mascot – Beheshta by Brief Truce) was bred by Ballarat’s Simon and Jenny Cox.
They also bred her half brother, the Listed Mornington Cup winner Berisha (Al Samer).

Victorian breeder Dennis Stogryn imported Helene Mascot to stand at Avenel following a career that garnered Listed wins in England and Group 1 triumphs in the Hong Kong Classic Mile and Hong Kong Derby.

Helene Mascot is a son of Arc de Triomphe winner Peintre Celebre from stakes-placed mare Razana (Kahyasi). He stands at Crown Valley Lodge for a negotiable $5,000 service fee. Stogryn can be contacted for further details on 03 9728 1888

Is Monde Bleu (GB) the oldest active stallion in Australia?

The 28 year-old son of Last Tycoon arrived in Victoria in 1994 and had covered mares every season until 2015 when Bullarook Park studmaster Malcolm Boyd gave him a year off.

Monde Bleu marched back into the breeding shed with a spring in his step this year and his first two mares have been tested in foal. “He covered one in the morning then one in the evening,” Boyd said. “And both are in foal to him off that first service!”

The mares are senior citizens, too. No Feelings (Scenic) is 20 and Bisraami (Raami) is 23. The latter foaled Monde Bleu’s last-start Warrnambool winner Wee Mac who has earned over $160,000.

Wee Mac is also in the veteran category and is still competitive as a 9yo for trainer Jarrod McLean. He has raced an amazing 23 times this year for wins at Burrumbeet, Donald and twice at Warrnambool.

His dam Bisraami won an Edenhope maiden for McLean and she has a 2yo colt by Monde Bleu and a yearling filly by Testa Rossa.

Monde Bleu was trained by Andre Fabre for owner-breeder Daniel Wildenstein to win the Group 3 Palace House Stakes & Group 2 Prix du Gros Chene at three. He returned the following year to claim the Group 3 Prix de Meautry at Deauville and later landed the LR Reb’s Policy Hcp at Santa Anita.

The best of his Australian progeny have been the Melbourne stakes winners Monde Vert (MVRC Wm Inglis Cup), Natural Tycoon (VRC Kensington Stakes) and Ruthless Tycoon (VRC Bobbie Lewis Quality). He’s also the damsire of Group 1 winning filly Alinghi.

Monde Bleu’s book at Bullarook Park is still open for breeders considering their options late in the season. He stands for a $4,400 (inc gst) fee alongside Lucas Cranach (Ger) and Strategic Maneuver.

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Spendthrift Farm shuttler Warrior’s Reward has sired three juvenile winners in the last week and is on track to better the stats from his first two crops in the USA.

His 2yo filly Warrioress scored an all-the-way victory at Santa Anita on Thursday to make it 13 individual winners of $481,980. The Spendthrift-bred youngster added her name to recent maiden winners Hoponthebusgus (Belmont) and Warrior’s Club (Churchill Downs).

Warrior’s Reward sired 13 winners of $643,474 first-up in 2014 and followed up with 15 winners of $689,688 last year.

Warrior’s Club (2c Warrior’s Reward – Thirty Eighth St. by Citidancer) broke through in black-type with an historic victory at Churchill Downs .

Churchill Downs Racing Club’s Warrior’s Club gave his 200 members a thrill they’ll cherish forever when he took the lead shortly after the break and never looked back in winning the inaugural $300,000 Spendthrift Stallion Stakes Oct. 30 at Churchill Downs.

The Spendthrift Stallion Stakes, open to Spendthrift sired horses only, was created to reward owners and breeders with $150,000 going to the owners of the placed horses while the other $150,000 is divided among the breeders of placed horses. The winning breeder, John O’Meara, received a very welcome $60,000 from this pool.

“I’ve been so blessed with good horses and this one is just an overachiever,” Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said.

“We didn’t give a lot for this horse but that doesn’t mean a thing. When they can run, they can run and he’s getting better all the time.”

Warrior’s Club is from a winning half-sister to the dam of Aqueduct stakes winner Storied Lady (Bay Ridge Stakes) & Love Abroad (Itaka Stakes).

“The coach gave me a lot of confidence in the paddock,” jockey Miguel Mena admitted.

“He said the horse will come out rocking. Turning for home, I asked him to run and he really just put them away.”

A quirky breeding thing happened at Echuca on Melbourne Cup Day.

The Burke Builders Handicap, a race also run over two miles – or 3200 metres in new money – was won by Ask The Price, a son of Rangal Park sire Danerich.

“They say we need to breed Melbourne Cup winners here in Australia. Well I have a good sire who can breed a winner over two miles here already!” said Rangal Park owner Eric Buttler (mostly) tongue in cheek.

Danerich is known to many as a horse who performed best at short, sprinting distances. He won or was placed in multiple stakes races over distances 1100 metres or less.

And his best stakes winning progeny such as Lord of the Sky, Richie’s Vibe and Didntcostalot have all excelled over similar distances.

Danerich has had just the 15 starters over distances longer than 2400 metres. And just two winners have come from those 15 starters. The first of those to do so was the Greg Eurell trained Nassi in May 2015.

The Alicia McPherson, Kilmore trained six year old Ask The Price became the second to win over a long distance when scoring at Echuca, his second win in a row after 26 previous starts as a maiden.

“Eric (Buttler) has always said to run him over ground,” Alicia said.

“And his jockeys have been saying the same thing; especially after he won his previous start at Bendigo over 2400 metres on Caulfield Cup Day.”

For both Nassi and Ask The Price, the staying blood is from the dam side. In the case of Ask The Price that traces back to dam sire Western Symphony and grand dam sire Nassipour.

“Danerich really does better when mated to stout mares,” Eric Buttler says.

“Everyone expects their Danerich to be a speedy two-year-old, but having a bit of stoutness and maturity is much better for his progeny.

“Overall Danerich has a fantastic ‘winners to runners’ ratio (more than 55%).

Danerich

Danerich

“And that extends to Hong Kong Good where several of his sons are consistent in their success.”

Let’s hope for Eric and Alicia’s sake the winning continues this Friday where Ask The Price is nominated for a 3000 metre race at Moonee Valley.

Named after a Sicilian warrior, top class sprinter Malaguerra went to war on Flemington’s Stakes Day and captured the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m).

The son of Sun Stud’s Magnus became the sixth Victorian bred Group 1 winner during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. This compared to just the one Group 1 winner (Jameka in the VRC Oaks) last year.

The five year-old was bred by the Sandown Lodge partnership of Lyn Armanasco and John Dickson and was foaled and raised at Pakenham South’s Ballarto Lodge.

“John and Lyn board a half-dozen mares with us. They also have mares in NSW but we decided not to send Tennessee Morn to the Hunter Valley due to her age,”  said Ballarto Lodge’s Ian Pankhurst when Malaguerra won his first Group 1 race in May this year.

“We walked her on to Eliza Park (now Sun Stud) to be bred to Magnus and foaled her down a year later here at Pakenham South.

“Malaguerra is her 16th foal and, even though she’s not a big broodmare, she has produced quality foals and racehorses throughout her breeding career. He was a lovely yearling, nice and correct, and we were happy to get $32,000 at the VOBIS Gold Sale.”

 

Malaguerra is the last of 9 winners from the now deceased Tennesse Morn (Bletchingly) and her second at stakes level following Group 3 Ottawa Stakes winner Tennessee Midnight (Danehill). Amzingly these stakes wins were 17 years apart!

Tennessee Midnight is the dam of Group 1 Coolmore Classic winner Aloha (Encosta De Lago).

Malaguerra has now won 11 times in 21 starts for $1.43 million in prizemoney for owner Bruno Micalizzi. Importantly, the Darley Classic was his first for new trainer Peter Gelagotis. The Moe mentor took over from Lee & Anthony Freedman after winning the Group 1 BTC Classic in May.

Malaguerra is expected to next line up in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes in Western Australia.

Magnus (Flying Spur) has sired 12 individual stakes winners and he is challenging for a top-spot on the Victorian sires’ premiership for 2016-17 with Reset and Written Tycoon both featuring.

Magnus at Sun Stud's 2016 Stallion Parade

Magnus at Sun Stud’s 2016 Stallion Parade

Owner of Magnus, Rob Crabtree was delighted with the big Group 1 sprint win of Malaguerra.

“He really is a top line sire that doesn’t get the broodmare opportunities some of his competitors get but he still gets top horses such as Malaguerra,” Crabtree said.

“Interestingly, he has a great habit of upgrading old mares. In the case of Malaguerra, his dam Tennessee Morn was twenty years old when mated to Magnus but look at what she produced. A similar situation has occurred with the dam of top performing brothers Prince of Brooklyn and Duke of Brunswick

“These mares often have a top pedigree or have been proven in their younger days. Magnus gives them that extra boost as they move into their latter years as a broodmare.”

Malaguerra has also become Magnus’s third ‘millionaire’ and takes his progeny earnings to over $21 million.

Sun Stud stands Magnus at Kerrie for a $19,800 (inc gst) service fee.