A $1 million yearling with a Swettenham pedigree going back several generations who then went on to become a sire at a low-profile farm at Bacchus Marsh may now have his ‘banner horse’…or at least a horse better than any of his other progeny.
The Parwanvale Stud at bred Parwan Prince, a son of Stanford, claimed a Sandown win to give both jockey Lucinda Doodt and Cranbourne trainer Jade Darose their first city triumph.
For Parwanvale breeder Tony Morahan, it was a thrill to see a son of their past resident stallion Stanford get a city winner on the track.
“I was looking to stand a stallion and Stanford fitted the bill. He was beautifully bred and an outstanding type. He was an attractive option for a small stud to acquire a stallion with a blueblood pedigree.”
A top priced yearling, Stanford was a $1.1 million buy at the 2001 Inglis Easter yearling for a syndicate that included Gai Waterhouse, Adam Sangster and Vinery Stud’s Peter Orton.
Bred by Swettenham Stud, the son of Danehill, he was a half-brother to Group 1 Caulfield Guineas winner Schubert and the dam of Darley’s emerging sire Gonski.
“His dam Rossignol, and granddam River Dane, who won the Falmouth Stakes were part of one of Sangster’s most extensive and successful families. It was a exciting time in breeding, as Danehill was just emerging,” Morahan said.
Stanford’s pedigree also included the Singapore Champion Miler, Recast and the dual listed winner Pinezero, through the strong female line.
Stanford stood at Parwanvale from 2006 until 2011 when he was sold and moved north to continue his stallion career before, retiring from stud duties in 2015.
“It was unfortunate that Stanford didn’t live up to the high expectations at stud, but it is nice to see him still getting a winner on the track,” Morahan said.
“I sold Parwan Prince privately to Henry Dwyer for $100,000 and he had a few wins with him on good country tracks, but one morning he got loose from the lead pony at trackwork and did a bit of mischief,” Morahan said.
Unfortunately his issues got the better of him, and Henry sold Parwan Prince to dual licence-holder Jade Darose for $7000 at the 2016 Inglis August Sale as a tried racehorse.
“Jade has done a wonderful job, she has got on top of his issues and it’s great to see her getting the rewards. He has won $100,000 since and she may even have a crack at a Saturday race!” Morahan said.
Out of Raheen Queen (Desert Sun), Parwan Prince has now had 22 starts for seven victories and amassing $141,240 in prize money.
“I’m still shaking,” Darose said after Parwan Prince’s win.
“It’s amazing. He did such a good job. He’s been such a hard horse to have. He’s got a lot of problems but he’s so tough. It’s mainly keeping his head right because he’s so unsound. But if he’s feeling good, he’s racing good.”