Above: Brad Rawiller launches into the air after winning the Winterbottom Stakes with Elite Street (picture: Western Racepix)
Prominent Western Australian breeders Robert and Ann Anderson breed to sell all the stock from their Anita Vale Stud.
But Robert admits that sometimes they are forced to retain a horse or two when they are deemed unfit for sale because of conformation or others issues.
He also admits that the retention of the horses, which they then race, sometimes works and obviously sometimes doesn’t.
Elite Street, by Darley’s Victorian stallion Street Boss, is one that has certainly worked after being withdrawn from the premier book of the 2018 Perth Yearling Sale because of “high risk x-rays.’’
The four-year-old gelding broke his maiden status in June and on Saturday took out Perth’s premier sprinting event, the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot with relocated Victorian jockey Brad Rawiller in the saddle.
Robert and Ann race the gelding with trainer Dan Morton’s parents, Len and Annette Morton.
Starting at $31, Elite Street won $596,200 for the victory.
Anderson said he had always liked the Street Cry line and Street Boss was very attractive to them on the particular mating with Elite Street’s dam, Elite Ateates (Exceed and Excel x Ateates).
“I can’t remember the details now but I went into in quite some depth at the time,” he said.
“I recalled that Street Boss was a very fast horse and started his career very well over here.”
Elite Street is Elite Ateates’ first foal and her second, a filly named Sixtyfourth Street by Street Boss, was sold by Anita Vale Stud as a weanling for $60,000. She has a colt by Nicconi, a filly by Dundeel and has just had a colt by Written By. The Nicconi colt – Elite Icon – sold for $160,000 at last year’s Perth Yearling Sale.
The Andersons have retained the Dundeel filly which Robert says is immature but they’d be patient with her and give her the necessary time to develop.
Elite Ateates is back in Victoria, where Anderson originally purchased her from, where she has been mated with Spendthrift Farm’s Omaha Beach (War Front x Charming).
Anderson said at this stage Elite Street’s future races were still being planned.
“We are still thinking about it, turning it over and seeing how he pulls up and looking ahead to the programming,” he said.
“We are just assessing how much weight he’ll get in this sort of race or that sort of race, so Ann and I haven’t had a chance to talk to our racing partners Len and Annette Morton so I can’t say what lies ahead at this stage.”
And in an unusual twist, Elite Street was forced to change his name after originally being named Out In The Street. Another horse by Street Boss had the same name but it was all one word – Outinthestreet.
“It was most unfortunate as we liked the name Out In The Street which is a famous musical album,” Anderson said.
“We were given that name then it turned out there was a five-year-old Street Boss running around with the same name but it was one word.
“It wasn’t picked up at the time and we were informed we had to change the name so we did.”
Elite Street had surgery to remove a bone chip in the offside knee which was detected in the x-rays along with other problems. And then on debut at Ascot, Elite Street was forced to have more surgery after chipping both knees in November last year.
Anderson and his wife breed four or five horses each year and says with the way stallions fees are, they are small scale breeders in the West.
They have seven broodmares and on average send five of them to stud each year.
“Sometimes it’s all of them, but for one reason or another it’s usually five,” he said.
“Doing that you get about four foals to sell and we just tick along like that and have done for many years.
“We breed to sell and only keep and race the ones we get stuck with.
“It’s good to have this one but it doesn’t always work out that way.”
Anderson said the best horse they’ve bred and sold was Scenic Shot (17 wins) but says Ancient Song wouldn’t be too far behind him.
Scenic Shot (Scenic x Sweepshot) won three Group 1s – the Doomben Cup (twice) and Mackinnon Stakes. The gelding also won five Group 2 races and four Listed races to finish his career with just more than $3 million in prizemoney.
The mare Ancient Song (Canny Lad x Hello Lottie) won the Group 1 VRC Salinger Stakes, the Group 2 AJC Light Finger Stakes and the Listed June Stakes.
More recently they bred Portland Sky (Deep Field x Sky Rumba) which Mornington trainer Matt Laurie paid $85,000 for at last year’s Perth Yearling Sale. The colt has two wins from four starts, including victory in the Group 3 MRVC Red Anchor Stakes (1200m) in October.
Anderson said as well as sending Elite Street’s dam to Omaha Beach, he also sent a mare to Swettenham Stud’s Highland Reel this season.
“I just love Highland Reel,” he said.
“He is a great horse with beautiful bloodlines.”
Anderson said Elite Street was the first Group 1 winner they had bred and raced themselves.
The Andersons have been breeding for 40 years and Robert says the highs are very high.
Elite Street was Street Boss’ second Australian Group 1 winner and follows the victory of The Quarterback in the 2016 VRC Newmarket Handicap (1200m). Street Boss has now had 12 individual winners of 18 stakes races.
Darley Australia’s Victorian manager at Northwood Park, Andy Makiv, said Street Boss was a stallion he believed would continue to do a good job.
“He has done a good job with winners and stakes horses, particularly city winners,” Makiv said.
“I think the back end of his career will be a really good time for him. Godolphin has certainly sent a lot of good mares to him over the journey and it’s obviously good to pick up a horse like Hanseatic in that first crop of our usage and then Anamoe in the second crop.
“We anticipate that we are going to get some really nice horses.”
Makiv said they anticipate Street Boss, who had his first Australian season at stud in 2009, to being a similar stallion at the back end of his career as Commands.
“A good proven stallion who can get nice horses, nice sprinters, good city class horses and we think towards the back end of his stallion career he will get better and better horses, not unlike Commands,” Makiv said.
“And that’s how we sort of see him anyway and I think the market is starting to see it that sort of way as well. His yearlings are making more and more money and people want to buy them.”
Makiv said Street Boss produces a good, sound type which makes him a handy stallion.