By rights, the Three Bridges bred mare Sedanzer probably shouldn’t have been out there winning Saturday’s Group 2 Brisbane Cup over 2200m at Doomben.
After all, when the team at Bluebloods Thoroughbreds purchased the now 4YO mare for $125,000 at the 2015 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale, everything seemed to point at the youngster being an early comer.
She certainly looked sprinting material, according to Blueblood Thoroughbreds’ David Mourad, particularly given the filly is a daughter of Golden Slipper winner, Sebring, from a mare by Danzero (another Slipper winner) and a half-sister to So Detached, multiple stakes placed at two.
However, Sedanzer didn’t race until an autumn 2YO – finishing sixth at Kembla – and failed to make an impression in her first start at three, before peeling off successive wins at Kembla and Hawkesbury in the spring of ’16.
While Sedanzer did show trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott enough promise to run in several stakes races as a 3YO – including a close fifth behind Egg Tart in last year’s Group One Schweppes Oaks – it wasn’t until Sedanzer turned four that she has really came into her own.
In her nine starts this season, Sedanzer has won five – including three in a row in Sydney plus the Scone Cup in May – and been twice Group placed, along with a second (beaten a lip) in January’s $1 million Magic Millions Trophy.
All up, Sedanzer has raced 18 times for eight wins, three placings and $786,221 in prizemoney.
“She certainly caught us a bit by surprise given that she’s doing so well over the longer distances, but it’s fair to say that no-one in the syndicate is complaining,” Mourad adds.
Bred and sold by Victoria’s Three Bridges – who also sold Sebring’s Hong Kong Group 1 winner, Lucky Bubbles and Group winner Supido for Gilgai Farm – Sedanzer has a weanling half-brother by Unencumbered, while Voltdanze is due to foal another Unencumbered this spring.
Despite sadly losing Unencumbered in March due to complications from throat surgery, it’s been a remarkable couple of months for Three Bridges.
The Liston family run operation has bred, raised and/or sold Group 1 Australasian Oaks winner Sopressa, Group 1 South Australian Derby winner Leicester and now Sedanzer.
“We’re only a relatively small farm and raise about forty foals a year on behalf of clients and ourselves,” Three Bridges’ Toby Liston pointed out.
“It was great to see Gai (Waterhouse) and Adrian (Bott) add another Group 2 winner to the tally and we must be doing something right because Gai flies in to the farm every year via helicopter to have a look at our yearlings before the sales.”
Sedanzer is from Voltdanze, a half-sister to Group One Rosehill Guineas winner, Dealer Principal and closely related to Group One winning sprinter, Drum and Champion Miler, Grand Armee.