With another brilliant week for the Kerrie based Sun Stud, two of their stallions again came away with stakes victories and with National Defense to shuttle in 2019, the future is looking bright.

The ever-consistent Magnus clocked up another brilliant sprinting stakes win with Streets of Avalon’s victorious in the Group 3 Ladbrokes Victoria Handicap over 1400 metres at Caulfield.

Known as tenacious and tough, breeder/owner, Phil Warren, is proud to call his four-year-old sprinter the “Rocket Man”.

Hitting the lead around 300 metres from home, Streets of Avalon showed plenty of grit over the closing stages to hold off a strong challenge from fast finishing favourite, Manolo Blahniq: recording a second stakes victory from his last three outings.

Warren, a successful Melbourne based businessman, has been involved in the thoroughbred industry for the past decade and races Streets of Avalon with a few close friends.

“I initially had some horses with OTI Racing including (dual stakes winner) New Kid In Town and (Kilmore Cup winner) Dany The Fox, but Streets of Avalon is the best one to date,” Warren explains.

“I’ve only got two broodmares and breed strictly to race. The mares, foals and yearlings are at Supreme Thoroughbreds in Romsey, while the three I currently have in work are all with Shane Nichols at Mornington.”

Although Streets of Avalon didn’t break his maiden until three in an unfashionable Bairnsdale Maiden, Nichols believes the horse has always been steadily improving.

“He (Streets of Avalon) was fairly backward early, a bit immature, but in the run after his maiden win, at Caulfield on Boxing Day, he finished a very good third,” Nichols points out.

“Ever since then he’s been rarely out of a place and has won four races in town this season, including the (Listed) Hareeba Stakes at Mornington last month. In fact, this time in he’s had nine starts for three wins and four placings, including a second to Violate in the Group 3 Shaftesbury Avenue and a half-length third behind Widgee Turf and Hellova Street in the Listed Super Saturday. He should really be three from three as he got knocked from pillar to post at Caulfield two weeks ago.

“He’s a very good horse and it’s great for Phil and his mates. Great bunch of owners.”

The Victoria Handicap was Streets of Avalon’s 32nd outing and he has currently won six starts, with a further 15 placings, for $634,860 in stakes.

And there could be plenty more where that came from according to Nichols.

“I’m 95% sure at this stage Streets of Avalon will be sent to the paddock and we’ll have him ready to return for the spring,” Nichols reveals. “Those good, on-pace runners win more than they lose, and I reckon he’d have a genuine chance in races like the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke over 1400 metres or even maybe the Group 1 Toorak Handicap over 1600 metres.”

One of 19 stakes winners for the Sun Stud based, Magnus, clocking up a hat trick of black type winners in the past month, Streets of Avalon is out of the well-related Black Minnaloushe mare, Kamuniak, a full sister to dual Group 1 winning two-year-old, Jokers Wild.

Kamuniak has produced a yearling full sister to Streets of Avalon which will also be making her way to Nichols’ stable, while she also has a “lovely” Starspangledbanner weanling filly and, despite failing to get in foal last spring, will be heading back to Magnus this year.

While the Love Conquers All sired Mr Marbellouz won the Listed BRC Ascot Handicap at Doomben despite a bottomless track. Trained by Kevin Kemp, Mr Marbellouz missed the start, but was still proved too strong to secure a short half head win in the 1200 metre sprint.

The five-year-old gelding has an impressive record with eight wins from 15 starts and nearly $300,000 in prizemoney. Retained to race by his breeders Phillipa and William Kingswell, Mr Marbellouz is the best of three winners from Red Ransom (USA) mare Marbled, who comes from the family of Golden Slipper winner Polar Success. Marbled produced another colt by Love Conquers All last spring.

Mr Marbellouz is the third stakes-winner for Love Conquers All joining Savanna Amour and I’m a Rippa. An outcross sire by the now retired Mossman, Love Conquers All has 54.2% winners to runners and is a proven option for those seeking an affordable Danehill free option.

While Sun Stud has confirmed that National Defense (GB), the Group 1 winning son of Invincible Spirit (IRE), will join the roster at its Victorian-based stud in the upcoming season.

National Defense was set to shuttle to Sun Stud’s Kerrie property last year, but an injury saw him remain in Ireland. He is currently in his second season at the Irish National Stud, with his first Northern Hemisphere foals hitting the ground and he will now shuttle to Australia where he will stand at $11,000 (inc GST).

A winner on debut by six lengths before winning the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Legardere at Chantilly by 4.5 lengths at just his third start, he becomes the sixth son of Invincible Spirit, who he stood alongside in Ireland, to stand in Australia. National Defense is out of the unraced mare Angel Falls (GB) (Kingmambo {USA}), who has also produced the stakes-placed pair Nordic Defence (Makfi {GB}) and Cascading (Teofilo {IRE})

“National Defense was a brilliant juvenile who absolutely streeted his rivals and, not only is he an outstanding type, he’s by one of the most influential sires in the world,” Sun Stud’s Sales & Nominations Manager, Mark Lindsay said.

He is one of 10 stallions standing at Sun Stud in 2019, joining a list that includes emerging sire Fiorente, whose fee jumps to $27,500 (inc GST) off the back of a strong season on the track from his progeny.

Fiorente has had 19 winners this season, including the stakes winners Stars of Carrum and Hawkshot, who were both successful at Group 2 level and placed in Group 1s, and Power Scheme, who recently became the Melbourne Cup victor’s first two-year-old stakes winner.

“We couldn’t be happier with the ‘team’ for 2019 and the National Defense announcement comes off the back of terrific results recently from Sun Stud stallions such as Fiorente, who this month notched up his third stakes winner with the Lindsay Park trained 2YO, Power Scheme,” Lindsay said.

“Sun Stud will again offer the best terms available to breeders, with no payment due until live foal.”

Palentino, the Group 1 winning son of Teofilo (IRE), stands for $17,500, with his first yearlings to hit the sales ring in 2020. He has weanlings for sale at the upcoming sales in Sydney and on the Gold Coast.

Thronum served his first season last season and returns this year at $11,000 (inc GST), while Ready For Victory’s first crop hit the track next season and he stands at $6,600 (inc GST).

Love Conquers All, who will stand for $8,800 (inc GST), had a third stakes winner with Mr Marbellouz, while Magnus stands for $16,500 (inc GST) in 2019, with Saturday’s Group 3 Victoria Handicap winner Streets of Avalon one of five stakes-winners for him this season. He is on track to surpass 100 winners for the third time in four seasons.

Veteran stallion Bel Esprit has had an excellent season on the track, with 81 winners already, including stakes-winning pair Tactical Advantage and Belwazi, He enters his 17th season at stud priced at $11,000 (inc GST).  Fighting Sun, who has had 14 winners so far this season, stands for $13,750 (inc GST), while Squamosa, who had Kiwi Ida claim a second stakes-success late in 2018, is priced at $6,600 (inc GST).

Connections of Streets of Avalon after winning the Ladbrokes Victoria Handicap, at Caulfield.(Racing Photos)
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