In a tough day’s racing at Caulfield on Saturday, Sun Stud homebred Power Scheme regained the form he produced to win the Listed Kings of Sport Mile (1600m) at Randwick more than a year ago.
The four-year-old was later gelded and spelled for 22 weeks before returning to win first-up over 1600m at The Valley in September, 2019. It was the gelding’s last victory before Saturday’s Caulfield win.
Sun Stud’s Adam Henry said it was good to see the Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes trained horse score the second up win on Saturday after finishing third as his first run this time in.
“He is obviously a Stakes winning two-year-old, a Group placed three-year-old and he was back to his best second up on Saturday,” Henry said.
“He ran well and I think he is in for a pretty good prep.
“I think they are going to keep him to the mile, although last Saturday’s win was over 1700m but he seems pretty adapt at the mile.”
By Sun Stud stallion Fiorente, Power Scheme is out of Rosa Perlato (Encosta De Lago) which produced full brother Hawkshot, a Group 2 winner of last year’s MRC Autumn Stakes (1400m).
Henry said while Power Scheme wasn’t winning last year, he was still around the mark.
“In November last year he was only a couple of lengths off Russian Camelot at Caulfield and he was set on the Derby path but it just felt like he wasn’t going to get the 2500m,” Henry said.
“He was just redirected back to the mile, but he is a pretty good horse.”
Henry said Rosa Perlato had just produced a full sister to Power Scheme.
The 2013 Melbourne Cup winning stallion has covered more than 300 mares in the past two seasons.
“He’ll have plenty of fire power in the years to come,” Henry said.
“We have noticed the quality of his book is pretty strong as well.”
The dam of Florent – Stockpin (Pins x Not Sure) – is back in foal to Fiorente. Florent is trained by Tony Noonan at Mornington and won this year’s VOBIS Sires Guineas at Caulfield.
And last year Fiorente also covered Group 1 winning mare She’s Archie which finished second in the 2004 Melbourne Cup to Makybe Diva.
Now 22-years-old, She’s Archie has been retired and is due to give birth to her last foal and also has a two-year-old Fiorente colt.
With the sire being a Melbourne Cup winner and the dam and a runner-up, Henry said it was certainly a good combination.
Henry said that with five Stakes winners from his first two crops, Fiorente had certainly experienced a good start to his stud career.
“And we think he has got the ammunition to build on it,” he said.
Sun Stud usually has about 40 horses, mainly from their own stallions, in work with various trainers.
Henry said another of the stud’s stallions, Palentino had a jumpout winner on Monday with Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths. The filly is named Gossitino and is out of unraced mare Leica Gossip (One Cool Cat).
“We aren’t expecting too many pre-Christmas runners,” he said.
“But they do look like nice types and we are very hopeful.”
He said Palentino had received great support at stud and had served more than 400 mares in his first the seasons and had a big book for this season.
Palentino’s yearlings averaged $100,000-plus at Melbourne Premier earlier this year.