Champion Sire Encosta De Lago could sire stakes winners of any age and over any distance.

The recent performances of the progeny of Manhattan Rain, Encosta’s most successful son at stud, reinforce the fact that he is definitely a chip off the old block.

Encosta might not have been able to sire the winner of a Golden Slipper, as Manhattan Rain already has with She will Reign, but among the slew of stakes winners he did sire were winners of the Listed VRC St Leger at Flemington and the Listed MRC Redoute’s Choice Stakes at Caulfield.

With two new stakes winners in those races over the past week, Manhattan Rain has now mirrored the success of his illustrious sire in those events.

The VRC St Leger, the longest race for three-year-olds in the country, tests stamina to the absolute limit. But the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Runaway lived right up to his name by leading all the way to win the time honoured event on Anzac day.

There is the promise of more in the coming months too as his connections contemplate a tilt at either the South Australian or Queensland Derby.

It was pretty much the same recipe for success in the Redoute’s Choice Stakes.

Waterhouse and Bott again combined with their Melbourne stable rider Stephen Baster to win the Listed event for two-year-olds with tough filly Let Me Sleep On It.

A $60,000 purchase at the 2017 Inglis Classic Sale, Let Me Sleep On It is from a Zizou half-sister to Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes winner Headway.

Despite being a maiden from four starts coming into the race, Let Me Sleep On It had finished no further back than her unlucky fifth in the Listed Dequetteville Stakes in Adelaide at her previous outing.

The juvenile’s victory made it stakes winner number twelve for Manhattan Rain with seven of those being two-year-old stakes winners.

Note: While his barn-mate had dual stakes success over the past week, Blue Gum sire Turffontein got the five individual winners on this past Friday and Sunday. The winners came at Hobart (two winners), Penola, Benalla and the Sunshine Coast.

De Gaulle, the half-brother to recent Golden Slipper winner Estijaab, will stand this season at Bombora Downs on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.

Richard Anderson, co-owner of De Gaulle and managing director of the nearby 20-hectare thoroughbred breeding equine education facility Quilly Park is thrilled to have secured the arrangement with Bombora Downs.

“We are delighted to take this opportunity to work with Bombora Downs, they have all the services and facilities that a mare owner could possibly want,” Anderson said.

De Gaulle stood at John Pratt’s Brooker Park at Drouin for his first season in 2017 covering a closed book of mares.

New Bombora Downs sire De Gaulle

“John and I were looking at keeping De Gaulle privately, but Estijaab’s stunning performances this autumn has given us a tremendous opportunity to commercialise our stallion,” Anderson added.

Pratt, who is also a partner in De Galle has endorsed the deal to stand the stallion at Bombora Downs.

“It’s the ideal fit for De Gaulle with Bombora Downs being the main commercial stud farm in the region,” Pratt said.

De Gaulle is a son of Exceed And Excel – one of Australia’s best stallions and the most successful sire of juvenile stakes winners at stud whose latest yearlings have sold to up $1.2 million.

“Everything about working with De Gaulle has been a pleasure” Pratt says proudly.

While De Gaulle was unraced, he demonstrated his immense talent when in the stables trainers Peter and Paul Snowden.

Unfortunately, a tendon injury cruelly caused his racing career to be cut short without running a race.

“He could gallop faster than what his body was ready for,” Pratt said.

Anderson says De Gaulle presents a serious opportunity for breeders to access high class bloodlines at a very reasonable price.

He predicts De Gaulle will appeal to the many breed-to-race clients as well as those looking to sell his progeny given the horse’s commercial position in the stallion market now.

De Galle will stand at a service fee of $5,500 (GST incl)

To enquire about De Gaulle, contact Quilly Park’s Richard Anderson on 0412 560 051.

Swettenham Stud’s shuttle sire Toronado ticks a lot of boxes for breeders and buyers alike. He has the presence and looks, a superb racetrack record, strong fertility and the way he stamps his progeny with strength and charm.

And he now deserves another very big tick having sired his first international winner with the Al Shaqab homebred colt Baylagan scoring over 1100 metres on debut in France.

Baylagan is a striking two-year-old colt out of the French Muhtathir (GB) mare Al Waghaa and won a fierce battle in the Prix Mercier-La Vendee at Le Lion d’Angers in north west France on Sunday.

Toronado colt Baylagan (maroon cap) wins at Lion D’Angers

Jumping well from the barriers, he travelled easily outside the leaders and, when headed down the straight, Baylagan fought back under hands and heels to secure a strong first victory for the popular sire.

Swettenham Stud’s Adam Sangster is thrilled to see the fastest son of High Chaparral get his first winner on the board.

“It’s a brilliant start and so fitting that Toronado’s first winner is in France and a homebred for Al Shaqab Racing,” Sangster said.

“There are about 150 rising two-year-olds in many leading yards across Australasia and all reports are that they are breaking in well and are intelligent horses.

“Sincere congratulations to Al Shaqab Racing as together we have given Victorian breeders access to brilliant international bloodlines with Toronado at stud. Al Shaqab understands the industry and they offer support to mare owners by being mindful of service fees during a stallions fourth season at stud.”

Sangster was thrilled with Toronado’s yearling sales results which included colts selling at the Easter and Premier Sale for up to $270,000 and $340,000 respectively and said such results were being replicated in Europe.

“In the breeze up sale recently at Doncaster, a £17,000 filly yearling purchase was turned into £210,000 after less than six months which makes me think they have some toe,” Sangster said.

Toronado will stand at Swettenham Stud for $20,000 plus GST this season.

Creativity, a stakes-placed mare with a tendency to act up when getting to the barriers may finally get an opportunity to show her full talent at stakes level.

The Ellerton-Zahra trained Master of Design mare was on her best behaviour in $100,000 L U Simon Builders Hcp (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday and took the win in her first start since December.

Trainers Mat Ellerton and Simon Zahra have been patient with the daughter of Greta West Stud sire Master Of Design – she has had surgery for a chipped knee earlier in her career and had been sent back to the trials after refusing to enter the gates at Flemington on New Year’s Day.

Creativity was booked in for a refresher course with Julien Welsh at Pakenham and he started from scratch to mend her manners – clearly he did the job.

“She used to have a blindfold and a stallion chain but went into today’s race naked,” Ellerton said.

“She was stakes placed at two and hopefully we can win a black-type race this prep…She’s a super mare and it’s great to see her back in the winner’s circle.”

The Group 3 Proud Miss Stakes (1200m) in three weeks is a suitable fit and a win at Morphettville will increase her residual value for prominent Victorian owners Barrie and Midge Griffiths. She was a $160,0000 buy for the couple at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Creativity is a younger half-sister to Adelaide stakes-performer Comearoundsundown. Their dam Voltara (More Than Ready) had a yearling filly by Toronado sell to Sheamus Mills Bloodstock for $120,000 at the recent 2018 Inglis Melbourne Premier.