The marketing team at Sun Stud must have busted a gut or two over the past week.
The success of the progeny of their stallions has been widespread and without interruption!
There was a Malaysian stakes win for Magnus’ son Volcanic General, Fiorente recorded his second winner in South Africa while, locally, while Bel Esprit was Australia’s ‘winningest’ sire with 10 winners in just 7 days.
Volcanic General, a Dorrington Farm bred son of Magnus, brought up his fourth career stakes win in an emphatic victory in the Listed (Malaysian Group 1) Perak Gold Vase over 1100m.
Initially out of the Mick Price stable for five wins – three in Melbourne – Volcanic General has become Malaysia’s highest-rated galloper, with eight starts for four wins, all at stakes level, and three seconds.
The stunning grey is out of the highly prolific blue hen, Silverbeat, who has produced an amazing four stakes winners. Her Snitzel yearling was sold at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale this year for $700,000.
Sun Stud’s Melbourne Cup winning sire Fiorente (IRE) featured in South Africa when the Sun Stud bred two-year-old filly Fariha broke her maiden convincingly at Turffontein.
Having her third start, the Mike de Kock trained filly was favourite for the 1600 metre maiden. Powerfully built, she travelled sweetly before claiming her opponents at the furlong post to deliver a crushing victory.
Fariha was a $70,000 purchase at Inglis Premier Sale from the Sun Stud draft by South Africa’s Form Bloodstock, owned by Al Adiyaat
She is the second winner for Goody Two Shoes (IRE), a half-sister by Encosta de Lago to Group 1 winner Sligo Bay. Sun Stud sold the current yearling from Goody Two Shoes, a colt by Fastnet Rock, for $300,000 at Magic Millions this year and the mare is due to foal to Palentino this spring.
A recent return to Victoria has done wonders for six-time Victorian champion sire Bel Esprit.
His nationwide streak of ten winners in just seven days was highlighted by quinella at Moonee Valley with 3YOs Spirit of Aquada and Bel Sonic. The day prior the sire had a raceday treble at Geelong. There were eight place-getters within this week-long period as well.
“You would be hard-pressed to find a stallion standing in Victoria with better credentials than Bel Esprit. It’s terrific to have him back home,” said Mark Lindsay, Senior Sales and Nominations Manager.
Bel Esprit’s career figures now comprise 635 individual winners and over $61 million in progeny earnings. This season he has registered 80 individual winners with earnings exceeding $4 million.