Multiple Group 1 winning stallion Fiorente added the title of ‘winning sire’ to his résumé at Ballarat on Tuesday.
The Darren Weir trained two-year-old debutant Hawkshot scored in what appeared to be a high quality juvenile race (with $32,000 in VOBIS bonuses up for grabs).
It was fitting the youngster saluted in the distinctive yellow and red colours of Sun Stud as it is the the Romsey based breeding operation which has invested in the stallion and bred Hawkshot himself.
Hawkshot was the first winner for Fiorente from just the three starters so far in Australia. The Michelle Payne trained Templar was third on debut at Caulfield in late December.
Weir was effusive in his praise for Hawkshot who he thinks will be significantly better over a mile and perhaps longer.
“He’s got three-year-old written all over him…I think he’s got a bright future ahead of him,” Weir said post-race.
The Ballarat master was equally full of praise for the juvenile’s sire.
“I’ve got three or four of the Fiorentes and they’ve all been the same from a training point of view where they’re great late in their work.
“I’m really happy to have a few of them in the stable…the stallion is, from my point of view, doing the job.”
Hawkshot is the first foal to race out of the Encosta De Lago mare Rosa Perlato. Her grand-dam is the Group 1 Coolmore Classic winning mare Shindig. Shindig is the dam of former Eliza Park Group 1 winning sire Shinzig as well as the Listed winning stallion Strada.
Rosa Perlato has a yearling colt by Fiorente, a weanling filly by Sun Stud’s Ready For Victory and was bred to new stallion Palentino last season.
Fiorente, a winner of both the Melbourne Cup and Australian Cup under the stewardship of Gai Waterhouse, is an Irish-bred son of Monsun. After being retired to the Sun Stud stallion barns, he served 186 mares in his first season and has continued to cover strong books of mares ever since.
Yearlings by Fiorente sold up to $100,000 at both the recent Inglis Premier Sale and Magic Millions Adelaide Sale.
Sun Stud’s Phil Marshall was thrilled with the win, but expects there will be much more to come from Fiorente and his progeny.
“It’s very exciting to get a two-year-old winner like him who is going to go on to better things,” Marshall said.
“The (Fiorente progeny) are just going to get better.
“We are getting very good vibes from trainers of the Fiorente youngsters. The general feedback is that the horses have tremendous natural talent which is exactly what we saw in Hawkshot today.”