Re-produced from the Warrnambool Standard. By Tim Auld.
Top jumping mare Regina Coeli has been retired and will be in the breeding barn with the 2013 Melbourne Cup winning stallion Fiorente within weeks.
Regina Coeli won her second Warrnambool Grand Annual Steeplechase in May this year, following on from her victory in 2015. Her half-brother Al Garhood was successful in the famous jumping race in 2010 and 2011.
Trainer Ciaron Maher, who trained both horses to their Grand Annual victories, said Regina Coeli deserved to go out a winner.
“Regina Coeli’s last race was in this year’s Grand Annual and she won,” Maher said.
“She was a superior wet tracker who loved running at Warrnambool. It’s a fitting result she ended her career on the track at Warrnambool winning her second Grand Annual.
“She was a very tough, honest jumper. We raced Al Garhood but we never bred him. We bred Regina Coeli which made her wins even more memorable for us.”
Maher, who has stables at Caulfield and Pakenham plus training facilities at Warrnambool, said the mating with Fiorente would produce a genuine stayer.
“Fiorente’s performances on the track were nothing short of sensational,” he said.
“I think he’ll be a success as a sire. I’ve seen some of his progeny and they’re lovely types.
“Fiorente is by one of the greatest stallions in the world in Monsun. Regina Coeli just stayed all day and I’m sure with her going to Fiorente we’ll have an out-and-out stayer.”
Versatile Irish born horseman John Allen rode Regina Coeli to her two Grand Annual victories. The nine-year-old mare won five of her 17 jumps starts for total earnings of $412,216.
TBV Breeding note:
Ciaron’s father John Maher bought Regina Coeli’s dam Alstomeria for a mere $3,250 at the 2008 Inglis Winter Thoroughbred Sale in Sydney.
Alstomeria was bred in the United Kingdom being by Petoski and out of the mare Cathedra. She race in Ireland, trained by Edward Lynam, without troubling the winning judge.
Aside from Alstomeria, Cathedra’s family also made it to Australasia through the stakes placed mare Benediction, the dam of Melbourne Cup winner Might and Power.
Before going through the sales ring in 2008, Alstomeria had produced a number of foals including Al Garhood.
Two other siblings born before 2008 were the mares Zals (Zabeel) and Gals (Galileo). Both now reside at Victorian broodmare farms.
Zals, owned by Woodside Park, produced a colt by Written Tycoon that sold for $305,000 at the 2016 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale (now named Bull Market and has already won for China Horse Club).