Victorian premium boutique breeder Morning Rise Stud enjoyed some successful southern exposure on Sunday.
The Red Hill breeding operation of Robert McClure bred three year-old So You Think gelding Northwest Passage who won Listed $100,000 Hobart Guineas by a whopping seven and a half lengths.
Northwest Passage was passed in at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale and is the second winner for Group 2 placed Danevade, a sibling to Group 2 winner Shania Dane, HK Classic Mile Winner Scintillation and stakes-winner Risk Aversion.
“We took some very good horses up to Easter that year. (Group Two placed) So Si Bon was one, California Nike another and, now, Northwest Passage … all of them (now) winners,” said McClure.
“Unfortunately, Northwest Passage was passed in due to some small x-ray issues, but we brought him back home for a couple of months and Gai Waterhouse then rang me up to ask about him and ended up buying the horse.
“He’s certainly turning out to be worth the wait. That was a very good win in Hobart and hopefully there’s a lot more in store.
The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable have a high opinion of Northwest Passage, so there was no surprise when he came out and blitzed his rivals.
An clip of Gai Waterhouse from December 2015 showed, perhaps, her ‘love’ for the talented youngster when he was a two-year-old. The master trainer, ever so slightly frustratingly, exclaimed:
“I thought we’d gelded Northwest Passage. Well he certainly will be after this. He’s the silliest thing I have ever known in my life.”
Things have obviously moved on since then and the operation a great success!
An easy debut winner at Hawkesbury over 1300 metres in November, Northwest Passage won his next start at Canterbury in December and was then a close third at Randwick on January 2.
He now has a record of three wins and a third from four starts and $119,000 in prizemoney,
McClure’s Morning Rise Stud is a 77 acre property situated in a lush valley overlooking beautiful Port Phillip Bay.
They breed out of a small number of high quality broodmares including Group 1 winning Anabandana as well as stakes winners Fontein Ruby, Rezoned, Jazz Song, Bliss Street and Sister Havana among others.
They previously bred from triple Group 1 winner Yosei until selling her at the 2016 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale for $580,000 to Victoria’s own Sun Stud.
Excerpts reproduced from Breednet