Prominent Victorian breeders and racehorse owners David and Jenny Moodie are being repaid in spades for the care and compassion given to their 11 year-old broodmare Royal Glow.
The mare came back from the brink while being educated as a baby and now her rising star son Kinglike is being set for the stallion-making G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on October 31.
Back when Royal Glow was a young two year-old, the Moodies were advised by vets she should be put down after a stable accident at their Macedon Ranges property ‘Yungaburra’.
“She flipped over and banged her head that badly it left her blinded,” Jenny recalled this week.
“You have to be realistic when those things happen, but we decided to try and save her for stud.”
Royal Glow was paired in a paddock with Polar Rose, the dam of Contract Racing’s 1996 Caulfield Cup winner Arctic Scent, and the older mare was fitted with a bell to alert the filly when she was heading for a drink or feed bin.
She followed Polar Rose everywhere but within a year began showing signs of greater independence.
“David noticed she was getting about much better on her own so we got the vets in for another eye test. There was still no vision on the left side but we were thrilled when they said sight was slowly returning to her right eye.”
In her first two seasons at stud, Royal Glow foaled the winners King Among Kings and Royal Haunt. Royal Haunt was a very handy horse for the Moodies being unbeaten in three starts in Australia (including a Listed race) before being sold by to Hong Kong. Mirage raced and won his only start in Hong Kong, but was considered a barrier rogue. He has since returned to the care of the Peter Moody stables and saluted at Rosehill in June.
But it is Royal Glow’s foal of breeding season 2012, the now Peter Moody trained Kinglike, that might well be a true superstar.
“He could be the best horse we’ve raced, better than our Golden Slipper winner Crystal Lily,” David said after Kinglike won the G2 Danehill Stakes at Flemington last month.
“He’s been doing extraordinary things in training and will improve again for the Coolmore.”
Kinglike is by Darley’s champion sire Exceed And Excel and Royal Glow (King’s Best) is a half-sister to Contract Racing stakes winners Nediym’s Glow (G3 TBV Stakes) and Red Colossus (G3 Victoria Hcp).
Jockey Glen Boss believes Kinglike is the next star on the horizon.
“He has so much power and runs sectionals only good horses can. I can’t wait for the Coolmore.”
Neither can his owners. “We’re trying to keep a lid on his potential,” David admitted.
“He’s got the pedigree and a win in the Coolmore will make him a valuable stallion prospect.”
Hoofnote: Royal Glow delivered another gift for the Moodies on the weekend when she foaled a Snitzel colt at Woodside Park in Tylden. It is expected the mare will return to Exceed and Excel this covering season.