Crystal Bound ridden by Jye McNeil wins the Cap D'Antibes Stakes at Flemington Racecourse on September 11, 2021 in Flemington, Australia. (George Salpigtidis/Racing Photos)

After failing to make a significant impact on the racetrack, Crystalised looks like making up for it in the breeding barn with her three-year-old filly by Not A Single Doubt, generating plenty of noise in her three starts.
Crystal Bound demanded plenty of attention on debut at Moonee Valley in March when she blitzed her rivals by six lengths over 1000m
Starting at $11, there was little hype before the race but plenty after it.
At just her second start, the filly – trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace – was beaten less than a length in the Group 3 Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m).
Back last Saturday, after a 21-week spell, Crystal Bound again raced handy to take out the Listed Cap D’Antibes Stakes (1100m) at Flemington.
After parting with $1.3 million for Crystalised (Zabeel x Gin Player) as a yearling, Noorilim Park Thoroughbreds at Arcadia offered Crystal Bound at the 2020 Gold Coast yearling sold and was snapped up for $400,000 by Cameron Stott and Caulfield trainer Ciaron Maher who didn’t have to look far to fill the ownership page.
Noorilim Park’s Peter and Glen Carrick retained a share, as did Scott Williams, who bred Crystalised.
“She was impressive but a little bit underdone coming into the race,” Glen Carrick said.
“But she got the job done for us.”
He said it was definitely good to still have Crystalised (Zabeel x Gin Player), which has now produced three foals for three winners.
“We have had Crystalised since we bought her as a yearling for big money ($1.3 million), and now it’s good to see her progeny doing it on the track,” he said.
“We bought her off Scott Williams in New Zealand, and he took her to the Sydney sales, and he stayed in her for a 25 per cent share, and he is still continuing to breed with us.
“And we both stayed in Crystal Bound. “We retained a leg in her.
“She was one of the better yearlings we bred, but we had to sell, but we wanted to stay in as well, and I think we made the right choice.”
Carrick said Crystal bound would head to either the Danehill Stakes or the Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes at Caulfield against the fillies.
Crystalised has a filly by Impending, which will be either offered at next year’s Magic Million Gold Coast Yearling Sale or Melbourne Premier.
“She is clearly the best foal on the farm,” Carrick said.
“She is going to visit Farnan this week. It will be a close relation to Crystal Bound with the Not A Single Doubt line, so I think that works in the family.”
Crystalised slipped to the Autumn Sun after being served last October.
Carrick said they were mindful that they had to make the right stallion selection for Crystalised because of her size.
“You never know, that could have come out too big,” Carrick said of The Autumn Sun mating. She is a pretty big mare.”
With Crystalised being so big – she is pushing 17 hands; Carrick said it was important to match her with the right sized stallions.
“I think a few people thought she was going to throw a boat, but they didn’t say she was going to throw a fast boat, that’s for sure,” he said. “It’s a speed boat.”
Carrick said it was crucial with a big mare to make sure the stallion was the right size.
“You just hope it comes out perfect, and it did that time,” he said.
Carrick said that while it was tempting to retain Crystal Bound, it was also important to bring in funds to pay for all the costs.
Carrick said they had about 15 of their own broodmares and would foal down 90 for the season.
“It’s the busiest time of the year but the best time of the year,” he said.
He said they try to sell all of the foals they bred, which means they send their mares to what Carrick describes as the better stallions.
As well as Crystal Bound’s win, Crystal Dynasty (Tavistock), which is also out of Crystalised, won on Sunday at Donald.
The four-year-old mare is also trained by Maher/Eustace, while Stott and Noorilim Park Thoroughbreds are also in the big ownership group. Crystalised’s first foal, Queen of Ascot, is by Redoute’s Choice and is a Bairnsdale maiden winner that now races in South Australia.
“We also had a winner, Easy Single (Not A Single Doubt x Special Lover) at Swan Hill last Friday,” Carrick said.
The four-year-old was bred by Noorilim Park and purchased by Maher for $240,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Yearling Sale in 2019.
“We bred all three of those, and they are trained by Ciaron Maher, and he has done well for us,” Carrick said
Carrick said everything they breed is for sale – at the right price.
“We put a price on them, and if they sell, they sell,” he said.
“We usually put a fair price on them and don’t overprice them.”
Maher described Crystal Bound in his post-race interview as a very high-quality filly.
She’s got that beautiful big action,” he said.
“We took her to The Valley off one trial, and she obviously was very impressive the first time out.
“So we took a similar path this time around. She’s still a bit wintry in the coat, and that will really bring her on. That’s probably why she probably doesn’t look as refined as when they’ve been in work a bit longer.”
Maher said the “Sky’s the limit for her.”
Crystalised is a half-sister to Group 1 SAJC South Australian Derby and Group 1 Schweppes Oaks winner Zarita (Pentire), Group 2 winner Run Like The Wind (Pins) and Hong Kong sprinter/miler Joy And Fun (Cullen) which won 12 races.