Kilmore’s Glen Eden Agistment has slowly but surely developed thanks to the blood, sweat and tears of its owner and manager Sonia O’Gorman (nee Carboni).
And now Sonia and her small team are taking the next step by standing a stallion.
This season the beautifully bred Italian champion, Scintillo (Fantastic Light) will call Glen Eden home.
Scintillo won the Group 1 Gran Criterium in Milan and was crowned Champion 2YO colt in Italy in 2007 and the ROA All-weather Horse Of The Year in 2009. He raced in four countries at the top level including the 2000 Irish Guineas, the King George VI and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Grand Prix De Saint-Cloud and the Japan Cup.
Scintillo was purchased by Victorian Len Lucas to be aimed at the 2010 Melbourne Cup under the care of trainer Robbie Griffiths, but unfortunately succumbed to injury.
After winning an impressive trial first up, he suffered a career-ending suspensory injury and a new career in the breeding barn beckoned.
Sonia Carboni’s Glen Eden is based at Moranding, just north of Kilmore in north central Victoria. A boutique property, the horse’s safety and health, both physical and mental, are given priority by Sonia.
“Scintillo is beautifully bred with a lovely pedigree. He is Fantastic Light’s highest rated son and is out of Thatching’s highest rated mare, Danseuse du Soir,” Carboni said.
“He is the only son of Fantastic Light standing at stud in Australia providing local breeders a great opportunity to tap into that pedigree line.
As Scintillo’s first season at stud in 2013 was a trial of four mares, his first real crop of foals won’t hit the track until next racing season.
A possible smoky in this 2015 crop is a yearling out of Diva Dance. The Gai Waterhouse trained youngster has popped up with 2018 nominations for both juvenile Group 1 classics, the Golden Slipper and the Blue Diamond.
“He could really fire as a stallion as we don’t know how good he is yet, and with limited books of mares, he can now get his chance. He certainly throws a very nice horse based on his yearling and weanlings I have here,” Carboni said.
“He is a cheeky bugger, still acts like a big kid and enjoys a play. A real boy. There is no nastiness, but he will walk fifty metres on his back legs!”
Born in 2005, Scintillo was bred in the United Kingdom by Woodcote Stud. He is out of the dual Group 1 winning Irish mare Danseuse du Soir (Ire) (Thatching), a winner of the Longchamp Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas) and the Prix de la Foret in 1991. Crowned Champion UK Broodmare of the Year in 2000, she has produced five winners including the four-time Group 3 winner Jumbajukiba (Barathea).
Scintillo’s sire is the world champion galloper Fantastic Light who won six Group 1 races in four countries for Godolphin. He was crowned Horse of the World in 2000 and 2001, the Eclipse Champion Turf Male in North America and 2001 ROA Horse of the Year (UK).
Now retired from stud duties by Darley, Fantastic Light is becoming a valuable broodmare sire, with his daughters producing multiple stakes winners.
Sonia has over twenty years experience in the thoroughbred industry, including at Hunter Valley and Victorian stallion studs, equine veterinary hospitals and with racehorse trainers.
One of the better horses to come from Glen Eden’s small broodmare band is the Greg Eurell trained city winning Galaxy Raider.
Scintillo is standing at Glen Eden for a negotiable fee of $3300 (Inc. GST). Contact Sonia on 0407 811 411 or 03 5781 1411 for more information.