Spring is when Victoria showcases all the very best it has to offer and that is the case this Saturday when racing turns its attention to Guineas Day at Caulfield.
Thousand Guineas offers a great opportunity for Victorian breeding to bag its first Group 1 this season with the Rosemont bred Thrillster, Sepoy’s Anjana and Unencumbered’s Mirette in with good chances.
And then there is a filly that many would ‘dream’ of owning, the Kris Lees trained El Dorado Dreaming, a daughter of Noor Elaine sire Ilovethiscity.
El Dorado Dreaming is already a Group 1 winner having taken out the Sires Produce Stakes at Randwick in April (as well as a 3rd in the Champagne Stakes)…and has continued to show that talent in trials and her return race this spring preparation.
That first up race was the Group 3 Thousand Guineas Prelude where she came home wide with a barnstorming run to finish third (behind Smart Melody).
The benefit to her sire Ilovethiscity of a win in Saturday’s prestigious fillies race is obvious.
Noor Elaine’s Stud Manager Mark Calwell said he had been closely following the filly and would have his eyes glued to the television on Saturday afternoon.
“We’re obviously pretty happy with the filly and what she did in Sydney and going by her first up run in Melbourne it looks like she’s back…(it seems) things going into the Thousand Guineas second up would be almost perfect to be honest,” Calwell said.
If the stars align for El Dorado Dreaming on Saturday, her sire Ilovethiscity, described by Mark “as a bit of an individual”, is likely to receive further attention from breeders.
The Group 1 winning son of Magic Albert had a change of scenery over the winter, moving from his inaugural base at Larneuk Stud (where he spent 6 seasons) to Euroa’s Noor Elaine Farm.
“The thing that we liked about him was that he had a fairly high ratio of city horses. He never had a huge book of mares, but you would think it (another Group 1 win by the filly) would make him quite attractive to potential mares,” Calwell said.
The filly is however not a one-hit-wonder for her sire. His son Savoie is among the favourites for the Victoria Derby while the Matt Laurie trained mare Moonlover lines up on Saturday in a Group 3 race after winning her past two metro starts.
With well-performed horses such as these and more, it is no wonder that Noor Elaine Farm has indicated that Ilovethiscity will serve his best and biggest line-up of mares this breeding season.