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Colin Hayes Elevated to Legend Status
On Friday night Colin Hayes AM OBE will be officially elevated to a status in an industry that had already bestowed him the same title - Legend. The patriarch of a racing and breeding dynasty that has spanned three generations will become just the eighth Hall of Fame Legend at Friday's Australian Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Sydney. "When you look at the names he is joining it makes you very proud. "Pa" was always a legend to us but to be officially recognised as such is fantastic," said Colin's grandson, Sam Hayes. Hayes joins fellow training legends Tommy Smith and Bart Cummings and gallopers Phar Lap and Makybe Diva in being bestowed the Hall of Fame's highest accolade. Hayes trained 5333 winners including 97 Group 1 winners, a tally that has now lifted to over 200 under the Lindsay Park banner. "Colin lived by the motto 'the future belongs to those who plan for it'. He taught us that with planning, persistence and hard work you can be successful, especially if you love what you do," said Sam. Today Hayes' legacy lives on through a third generation with Sam Hayes at the helm of Cornerstone Stud in the Barossa Valley, whilst Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes are training in partnership with Hall of Fame trainer and Colin's son David Hayes at Lindsay Park in Victoria.
CS Hayes with The Queen at Lindsay Park in 1977 (image: Cornerstone Stud)
Perfect 10 For Zebedee
Mick Channon’s 2YO colt Barbill kicked off an incredible ten-horse winning streak across Europe for his sire Zebedee (Invincible Spirit) at Bath last week. With ten winners in ten days, Zebedee has taken his tally of winners to 44 for the season keeping him firmly entrenched in the European top ten sires by winners. Starting last Monday Zebedee has had winners almost every day in Ireland, England and Italy culminating in ten individual winners in a little over a week. "Every morning we have been waking to the news that Zebedee has had another winner. They just kept on coming," said Sam Hayes of Cornerstone Stud. Zebedee’s first Australian crop of yearlings sold for an average of $61,500 at sales around the country. They have been picked up by some of the best trainers in the country including Anthony Freedman, Tony Noonan, David Hayes, Waterhouse & Bott, Leon Macdonald, Toby Edmunds and Tony McEvoy. "The fact he averages thirty 2YO winners a year in Europe has given breeders and trainers confidence. The reports have started rolling in from the breakers and we are trying to temper our expectations," said Hayes. Zebedee will be standing at a fee of $14,300 inc. GST this season making him one of the best value sons on Invincible Spirit in Australia.
Family Ties Celebrate Stakes Win
What started as a nomination swap between old family friends ten years ago ended in Spirit of Booms fifth stakes winner at Morphettville on Saturday. "Scott [McAlpine] thought it would be a nice idea to support each other’s stallions, so we sent Almah to Red Dazzler and Scott sent Precious Pearl to Good Journey back in 2008," Cornerstone Stud's Sam Hayes explained. The result of the Good Journey mating was a filly called Done Deal. After selling Done Deal as a yearling the team at Eureka acquired her back at the end of her racing career and sent her to their first season sire Spirit of Boom. "We were keen to make sure that we had Spirit of Booms racing in every state, so we asked Sam and Emily if they would like to invest in some foals with us to sell in Adelaide," said Scott McAlpine. The Spirit of Boom filly out of the Good Journey mare Done Deal was one of the foals on offer and the association had come full circle. "We sold her here in Adelaide to Richard Jolly for $23,000 and we were all delighted when she won by five lengths at Murray Bridge first up," said Hayes. Heavens Deal put in a professional performance to become the fifth individual stakes performer for Spirit of Boom winning the Listed SAJC Queen Adelaide Stakes on Saturday. "The Spirit of Boom story highlights that if you work hard, persist and do the right thing, good things can happen. We were just happy to be a small part of the script on Saturday," added Hayes. Spirit of Boom is standing at Eureka Stud at $55,000 inc. GST this season.
Heaven's Deal Wins Listed Queen Adelaide Stakes
5. Heaven's Deal (5)
J: Jake Toeroek
T: R R Jolly
W: 55.5 kgs
S: Spirit Of Boom
D: Done Deal
2. Sanglier (3)
J: Damian Lane
T: James Cummings
W: 57.5 kgs
D: More Haste
1. Dancer's Kin (7)
J: D Tourneur
T: P Stokes
W: 57.5 kgs
S: Ocean Park
3. Winning Partner (2)
J: Jamie Kah
T: Tony McEvoy
W: 57.5 kgs
S: Dawn Approach
D: Lady Frere
At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, Eureka Stud's boom dual Gr1-winning stallion Spirit Of Boom (Sequalo-Temple Spirit, by Special Dane) continued his sensational season with 2YO filly Heaven's Deal (Spirit Of Boom-Done Deal, by Good Journey) triumphing in a nail-biting 0.1 length finish in the $125,000 Listed Queen Adelaide Stakes (1050m) for 2YOs over Sanglier & Dancer's Kin. This was the first stakes victory of the undefeated filly who graduated impressively from a Murray Bridge Maiden win on April 18. A $23,000 purchase at the 2017 May Adelaide Yearling Sale from the draft of Cornerstone Stud Farm, she took her earnings to $94,110.
Sir Prancealot Eyes Off USA
From humble beginnings to Champion Freshman Sire in Europe, Sir Prancealot is becoming a truly international success story. In a stallion crop that includes the likes of Frankel and Nathaniel, Sir Prancealot notched up an incredible 32 individual winners in his first crop, double that of his nearest rival, and in doing so booked himself a ticket to Australia. "It takes something special to beat Frankel, and Sir Prancealot's first season performance was statistically outstanding. His best winners were all by Danehill line mares making him perfect for Australia," said Sam Hayes of Cornerstone Stud. It is the exploits of this first crop of two-year-olds, now four-year-olds, that is attracting the attention of stud masters in yet another continent. In the past month Beau Recall and Madam Dancealot have both been victorious at Gr2 level at Santa Anita in California over a mile and nine furlongs respectively. "We are encouraged with how well Sir Prancealots progeny are handling firmer turf tracks such as those in the US. Interestingly it was a pattern we noticed in Europe where his progeny performed better on drier surfaces," said Hayes. The team at Cornerstone Stud have recently secured a controlling interest in Sir Prancealot and are currently considering various reverse shuttle options in both the USA and Europe. Sir Prancealots first crop of Australian foals will be born in 2018.
Sir Prancealot (image: Cornerstone Stud)
Cornerstone Stud Announce 2018 Fees
South Australia's Cornerstone Stud has announced the services fees for its quality line up of stallions for the 2018 breeding season. After a highly successful yearling sale season the first runners for Zebedee is the source of much anticipation by Sam Hayes and the team at Cornerstone Stud. "We could not be happier with the line-up of stallions for 2018. We are taking the first foals of Free Eagle and Valentia to market in May and we were delighted with how popular Zebedee's first crop of yearlings were at all sales around Australia," Hayes explained. The full Cornerstone Stud roster is:
- Free Eagle - $16,500 (inc. GST)
- Sir Prancealot - $14,300 (inc.GST)
- Zebedee - $14,300 (inc. GST)
- Ambidexter - $7,700 (inc. GST)
- Valentia - $7,700 (inc. GST)
Blue Morpho Wins Listed Laelia Stakes
11. Blue Morpho (1)
J: Jake Toeroek
T: D Clarken & O Macgillivray
W: 54.5 kgs
D: High Butterfly
5. Pandemonium (3)
J: J Innes Jnr
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott
W: 54.5 kgs
12. Earth Angel (10)
J: J Bowditch
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig
W: 54.5 kgs
S: Animal Kingdom
D: Miss Finland
3. Shokora (15)
J: A Mallyon
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig
W: 54.5 kgs
D: She's Cherryrype
At Morphettville in Adelaide, deceased former 6-time Chilean Champion Sire Hussonet (Mr Prospector-Sacahuista, by Raja Baba), who relocated from Arrowfield Stud to stand at Cornerstone Stud, celebrated a black success when 3YO filly Blue Morpho (Hussonet-High Butterfly, by Royal Academy) scored by an authoritative 2.5-lengths for trainers Dan Clarken & Oopy MacGillivray in the $100,000 Listed Laelia Stakes (1600m) for 3YO fillies, defeating fellow fillies Pandemonium & Earth Angel. A $17,000 yearling consigned by Marana Park Thoroughbreds at the 2017 Magic Millions Adelaide Sale, Blue Morpho's maiden stakes win took her record to 2 wins & 3 placings from 6 starts for $99,900 earnings.
Viddora Named SA HOTY
Star sprinting mare Viddora was crowned the 2017 Horse of the Year at the annual South Australian Thoroughbred Breeders awards in Adelaide on Saturday night. Bred by the Hodgson family’s Riva Ridge Stud, Viddora beat a quality line up of 12 finalists to be awarded the highest honour of the SA breeding industry. The award was decided on performances during the 2016-17 racing season in which Viddora was a Group winner and Group 1-placed during the Adelaide Carnival. Since the end of the season, however, she has won the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot in Perth and the $1 million Magic Millions Snippets on the Gold Coast. Other category winners were:
- Magic Millions Leading South Australian Stallion - Good Journey (Cornerstone Stud)
- Leading South Australian 2YO Sire - Ambidexter (Cornerstone Stud)
- Breeder of South Australian Leading 2YO - Pipeliner Bloodstock (Time Awaits)
- Breeder of South Australian Leading 3YO - Mr D Peacock & Mrs P Loxton (Serenely Discreet)
- Leading South Australian Breeder (Category 2) - Cornerstone Stud
- Leading South Australian Breeder (Category 1) - BH Perks
- Claude Haigh Memorial Award for Leading South Australian Broodmare - Super Bucks (Millar Racing & Breeding)
- Toorak Thoroughbred Breeding Millionaires’ Club - Riziz
- Morphettville Equine Clinic Matrice Award - Graham Ingerson
- Horse of the Year - Viddora
Viddora winning the Magic Millions Snippets
Ocean Embers Wins Listed MSS Security Sprint
9. Ocean Embers (13)
J: Ms N Beriman
T: Shea Eden
W: 54 kgs
3. Faatinah (10)
J: J Bowman
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig
W: 57 kgs
15. I Thought So (15)
J: Damian Lane
T: David Pfieffer
W: 54 kgs
S: So You Think
D: Cat's Pyjamas
6. Calanda (3)
J: K Mc Evoy
T: P & P Snowden
W: 55 kgs
D: Speedy Bell
At Flemington in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's deceased Gr1-placed stallion Beneteau (Redoute's Choice-Slice Of Paradise, by Encosta de Lago) added a black-type success when 5YO bay mare Ocean Embers (Beneteau-Burningwood, by Tabasco Cat) stormed down the grandstand side of the track to claim the third stakes win of her career in the $150,000 Listed MSS Security Sprint (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating Faatinah & I Thought So. Ocean Embers, who was purchased by her trainer Shea Eden for just $23,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale from the draft of Cornerstone Stud, advanced her record to 6 wins (including the Gr3 TRC Bow Mistress Stakes & Gr3 Cockram Stakes) and 1 placings from 16 starts for $412,050 in earnings.
Metson to Test Boom Colt
Mike Moroney has declared unbeaten gelding Metson the best 3YO in his stable and believes he can test boom colt Royal Symphony in Saturday's Listed Pin & Win Plate (1400m) at Flemington. Metson, who created a big impression when scoring by 4 lengths on debut at Cranbourne last month, will meet a quality field that includes Tony McEvoy's unbeaten Caulfield Guineas favourite Royal Symphony, but Moroney believes he is up to the challenge. "We think he's probably our best three-year-old and he's a horse with a definite future," Moroney told racing.com. "We're hoping that we are the new kid on the block." He continued: "He hasn't got the match practice that some of the others have and whether that is going to count against him is the question, but I've got no doubt that he's got the ability and there's improvement there from last start." A $140,000 purchase by Paul Moroney Bloodstock at the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Cornerstone Stud, Metson is by 5-time Gr1 winning champion miler Canford Cliffs out of the beautifully related mare Allegrini (Redoute's Choice). Allegrini, herself, is a direct descendant of South Ocean, dam of champion European racehorse Storm Bird.
Dream Dancing Wins US Gr1 Del Mar Oaks
Meanwhile, also at Del Mar on the US West Coast, mega-sire Tapit brought up Gr1 winner number 23 with a rush finish by sophomore daughter Dream Dancing (Tapit-To Dream About, by Monarchos) in the US$300,000 Gr1 Del Mar Oaks (8.5 furlongs). She is a well-bred daughter of a full-sister to Gr1 Breeders Cup Distaff heroine Mecke, who was also owned by Dream Dancing's owner-breeder John Oxley. Given a peach of a ride by Julien Leparoux who allowed the filly to find her feet before punching her out to a nose victory, Dream Dancing edged out fellow 3YO fillies Beau Recall and Madame Dancealot (both by Cornerstone Stud shuttler Sir Prancealot). She now has 4 wins & 3 placings from her 11 starts for US$415,000 earnings.
Rising Zebedee Star Wins Gr2 Richmond Stakes
Cornerstone Stud’s shuttle stallion Zebedee (Invincible Spirit) has a new superstar 2YO colt in Europe. With jockey William Buick wearing the famous old Robert Sangster silks of Manton Thoroughbreds, juvenile Barraquero ran out an impressive winner of the Gr2 Richmond Stakes (1200m) at the Glorious Goodwood festival overnight, and has come into genuine calculations for next year’s 2000 Guineas and Commonwealth Cup. A 6-length Chepstow winner at just his second start after placing behind subsequent Vintage Stakes winner Expert Eye on debut, Barraquero took the next step in his debut Group outing to defeat rivals that included July Stakes winner Cardsharp, Superlative Stakes runner-up Nebo, as well as Royal Ascot Coventry Stakes runner-up Headway. The win emulated the feat of Zebedee’s previous Richmond S. winner Ivawood. Trainer Brian Meehan said, “I’d think it was odds-on he’d go for the Gr1 Prix Morny next.” Out of a mare by Oasis Dream, Barraquero is a third Gr2 winner for Zebedee who, in recent weeks, has reached 102 individual 2YO winners from just three and a half crops to race. Zebedee’s oldest Australian born crop are now yearlings, and averaged just over $52,000 at recent weanling sales. He stands for $16,500 at Cornerstone Stud in 2017.
Zebedee returns to Cornerstone Stud in 2017
2017 Cornerstone Stud Open Day
You are warmly invited to join us at Cornerstone Stud for our annual open day and stallion parade. On Sunday, 27th of August 2017 we are opening our gates to all that wish to experience our hospitality and welcome our new and returning stallions for the 2017 breeding season. This year Cornerstone Stud is launching the southern hemisphere stud career of Europe's Champion Freshman Sire Sir Prancealot, as well as welcoming back shuttle stars Free Eagle and Zebedee. Cornerstone’s resident stallions will also be on display, namely Valentia, who is welcoming his first crop of foals this spring, as well as Ambidexter and stalwart Good Journey. The stallion parade is scheduled to commence at 11:45am.
Smart Gr3 Winner for Cornerstone's Sir Prancealot
Highly talented filly Madam Dancealot (Sir Prancealot-Sisal, by Danehill) added a valuable black-type success when winning the Gr2 San Clemente Handicap (8 furlongs) at Del Mar in the US on Sunday, reports Thoroughbred Daily News. After trailing in last position with significant work to do turning for home, the 3YO stormed down the centre of the track to score an impressive 1.75 length win over fellow fillies Lull (War Front) & Sircat Sally (Surf Cat) in the US$200,000 feature. "The way she was finishing the last two races on the grass down the hill at Santa Anita, I thought she could get a mile," said trainer Richard Baltas. "She's settled now, she's relaxed and when she was last down the backside, I was like 'Wow.' I know she can run and when a good horse gets settled like that they're going to run at the end, and she did." The Irish-bred Madam Dancealot improved her record to 4 wins (including the Gr3 Dick Poole Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Listed Special Goddess Stakes) from 12 starts for 169,497 in earnings. Madam Dancelot is by Europe's Champion Freshman Sire Sir Prancealot, who will shuttle from Tally Ho Stud in Ireland to Cornerstone Stud in South Australia this year. A precocious 2YO who won his first two starts including the Listed National Stakes, Sir Prancealot (Tamayuz) went on to run fourth in Gr2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot behind Dawn Approach and fourth in the Gr1 Prix Morny at Deauville before winning the G2 Doncaster Flying Childers Stakes on his final outing. He will stand at Cornerstone Stud at a fee of $16,500 (inc. GST).
Zebedee Adds UK Gr3
At Newbury in the UK, Cornerstone Stud shuttler & 2014 Champion European First-Season Sire Zebedee (Invincible Spirit-Cozy Maria, by Cozzene) added a Group success when talented 5YO Irish-bred gelding Magical Memory (Zebedee-Maresem, by Cadeaux Genereux) scored by 1.25 lengths for trainer Charlie Hills in the Gr3 Hackwood Stakes (6 furlongs) for 3YO+, defeating Perfect Angel (Dark Angel) & Lady Macapa (Equiano). Magic Memory improved his record to 8 wins (including the Gr2 Duke Of York Stakes & Gr3 Abernant Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 Haydock Sprint Cup) from 22 starts for £484,637 in earnings. Crowned 2014 Champion European First-Season Sire and 2015 Champion European Second-Season Sire, Zebedee will stand at Cornerstone Stud in 2017 at a fee of $16,500 (inc. GST).
Karacatis Wins Gr3 DC McKay Stakes
7. Karacatis (10)
J: N Callow
T: R R Jolly
W: 55 kgs
D: One In A Million
6. Reldas (2)
J: Craig Williams
T: R W Smerdon
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Testa Rossa
D: Classic Status
2. Kaepernick (8)
J: D Dunn
T: M, W & J Hawkes
W: 58.5 kgs
S: Fastnet Rock
1. Faatinah (9)
J: J Moreira
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig
W: 59 kgs
At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, deceased former 6-time Chilean Champion Sire Hussonet (Mr Prospector-Sacahuista, by Raja Baba), who relocated from Arrowfield Stud to stand at Cornerstone Stud, added a Group success when 8YO gelding Karacatis (Hussonet-One in a Million, by Redoute's Choice) claimed his third career stakes victory and his first since September 2014 in the $175,000 Gr3 DC McKay Stakes (1100m) for 3YO+, defeating Reldas & Kaepernick. A $120,000 purchase at the 2010 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Amarina Farm, Karacatis improved his record to 11 wins (including the Listed W.H. Wylie Handicap & Listed MRC Christmas Stakes) and 15 placings from 50 starts for $646,530 earnings.
Karlovasi Wins Listed Manihi Classic
At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, former Gr1 Blue Diamond-winning sire Reaan (Hussonet-Ribe, by Danehill) added a black-type success when 4YO gelding Karlovasi (Reaan-Shanghai Moon, by Carnegie) scored by 0.1 length for trainer Richard Jolly in the $100,000 Listed Manihi Classic (1100m) for 3YO+, over 4YO mare Viddora (I Am Invincible-Snow Flight, by Colombia) & 8YO gelding Karacatis (Hussonet-One in a Million, by Redoute's Choice). Karlovasi, a $70,000 purchase by Richard Jolly Racing at the 2014 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale from the draft of Cornerstone Stud, improved his record to 6 wins and 9 placings from 23 starts for $363,930 earnings.
Ocean Embers Wins Gr3 Bow Mistress
At Hobart in Tasmania on Friday, Arrowfield Stud's deceased Gr1-placed stallion Beneteau (Redoute's Choice-Slice Of Paradise, by Encosta de Lago) added a Group success when 4YO mare Ocean Embers (Beneteau-Burningwood, by Tabasco Cat) scored by 0.5 length for trainer Shea Eden in the $125,000 Gr3 Bow Mistress (1200m) for fillies & mares, over fellow 4YO mare Lyuba (Turffontein-Dancing With Amy, by General Nediym) & 6YO mare I Love It (Artie Schiller-Not That Innocent, by Foxhound). Ocean Embers, who was purchased by Eden Racing for just $23,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale from the draft of Cornerstone Stud, advanced her record to 5 wins (including the Gr3 Cockram Stakes) and 1 placings from 11 starts for $309,150 earnings.
First Foal For Free Eagle
The first foal by former outstanding Irish galloper Free Eagle (High Chaparral-Polished Gem, by Dunhill) has been born at Bickfield House Farm in the UK, reports Racing Post. The filly is out of the unraced Mark Of Esteem mare Al Kahina, a half-sister to the Listed Flame Of Tara Stakes winner Kanisfluh. The Dermot Weld-trained Free Eagle was retired to stand at the Irish National Stud in December 2015 after winning 3 of his 8 starts, including the Gr1 Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot. The prodigiously talented Moyglare homebred also shuttled to Cornerstone Stud in Australia last year. John Osborne, CEO of the Irish National Stud, said: "The success in the sales ring so far of Dundeel and Toronado [other sons of High Chaparral] hints that Free Eagle will produce foals in his own image - and he is a beauty!" Free Eagle stands at the Irish National Stud at a fee of €20,000.
Sir Prancealot To Cornerstone Stud
Sir Prancealot, Europe’s Champion Freshman Sire, will shuttle from Tally Ho Stud in Ireland to Cornerstone Stud in South Australia from 2017. With 32 individual winners Sir Prancealot was Champion First Season Sire by both winners and prize money finishing ahead of Helmet and Frankel. Included in the long list of winners were Gr3 winner Madam Dancealot and Listed winner Sir Dancealot. Sir Prancealot will travel from Tally Ho with Zebedee (Invincible Spirit) who has shuttled to Cornerstone Stud for the past two seasons. "The O'Callaghans have been a pleasure to deal with and with the ongoing assistance of Johnny and Susie McKeever we are delighted to be standing another leading sire for Tally Ho Stud," explained Cornerstone's Sam Hayes. "It takes something special to beat the likes of Frankel in a sire’s premiership. Sir Prancealot and Zebedee are upgrading mares with exceptional consistency and that is one of the benefits of breeding to proven stallions." A precocious 2YO who won his first two starts including the Listed National Stakes, Sir Prancealot went on to run fourth in Gr2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot behind Dawn Approach and fourth in the Gr1 Prix Morny at Deauville before winning the G2 Doncaster Flying Childers Stakes at his last start. His fee will announced in March.
Sir Prancealot (image: Cornerstone Stud)
Wait For No One Wins Listed Debutant Stakes
At Caulfield in Melbourne, former Champion Australian Sire & 11-time Gr1-winning World Champion Miler Lonhro (Octagonal-Shadea, by Straight Strike) added a black-type success when 2YO colt Wait For No One (Lonhro-Divine Choice, by Rock of Gibraltar) scored by 0.1 length for trainers David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig in the $120,000 Listed Debutant Stakes (1000m) for 2YOs, over 2YO fillies Spoils (Snitzel-Fortune of War, by General Nediym) & Miss Wahoo (Master of Design-Fish Dive, by Pins). Bred at Lindsay Park by trainer David Hayes and several long-time clients including Peter Devitt, Wait For No One took his record to 1 win from 1 start for $72,500 earnings. Wait For No One is out of Listed Maribyrnong Trial Stakes placegetter Divine Choice, herself a three-quarter sister to Cornerstone Stud's Gr2 ATC Skyline Stakes winning stallion Valentia. This is also the family of dual Gr1 winning sprinter Super Elegant and his Group-winning siblings Mr Elegant and Elegancy.
Mares Test Positive To Valentia
Three mares covered by Cornerstone Stud's freshman stallion Valentia are believed to be in foal, reports ANZ Bloodstock News. A son of champion sire Fastnet Rock, Valentia won the Gr2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) as a 2YO, a race previously won by the likes of Snitzel, Choisir and another son of Fastnet Rock, the young boom sire Hinchinbrook. Valentia was also placed in the Gr3 Up And Coming Stakes and Gr2 Stan Fox Stakes at three before injury cut short his career. Out of Smart Company, a winning full-sister to dual Gr1-winning sprinter Super Elegant, Valentia will stand his first season at a fee of $11,000 inc GST.
Free Eagle Stars At Cornerstone Stud Open Day
Cornerstone Stud marked 50 years of breeding history at it Barossa Valley property on Sunday with its annual open day and stallion parade. Around 200 guests enjoyed Yalumba wines and stone-oven cooked pizzas as they gathered to see a roster headed by Royal Ascot winner Free Eagle (High Chaparral), the highest rated racehorse retiring to stud in Australia since 2014. The champion first and second season sire by winners in Europe, Zebedee (Invincible Spirit), looks to have packed on even more muscle this year and the gleaming grey was a photographer’s joy while parading. Also on show was new addition Valentia (Fastnet Rock) and the Gr2 Skyline Stakes winner had guests gasping for breath, as you would expect when showing off a horse who was a $1.35 million yearling. Ambidexter (Commands) put on his annual antics as the Gr2 Theo Marks winner bounced, danced and pranced with an air of arrogance around the parade area. Not appearing this year due to his passing in March was Hussonet. However, the proven and consistent Good Journey (Nureyev) took over Hussonet’s trademark role of standing in a vertical pose for photographers… there was certainly a feeling that Hussonet was walking amongst us on the day.
Free Eagle (image: Cornerstone Stud)
Ocean Embers Wins Gr3 Cockram Stakes
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's deceased Gr1-placed stallion Beneteau (Redoute's Choice-Slice Of Paradise, by Encosta de Lago) added a Group success when 4YO mare Ocean Embers (Beneteau-Burningwood, by Tabasco Cat) scored by 0.5-length for trainer Shea Eden in the $150,000 Gr3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) for 4YO+ mares, over fellow 4YO mare Thames Court (Commands-Pantenny, by Canny Lad) & 6YO UK-bred mare Telopea (Pivotal-Fermion, by Sadler's Wells). This was the first stakes victory for the exciting Ocean Embers who improved her record to 4 wins and 1 placings from 7 starts for $216,150 earnings. Ocean Embers was purchased by Eden Racing for just $23,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale from the draft of Cornerstone Stud. Trainer Shea Eden said Ocean Embers would have her next start in the Gr3 How Now Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on 17 September before a possible tilt at the Gr1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) on 22 October. "I have never had a horse as good as this one," Eden told racing.com. "The plan is to go to the How Now in three weeks and then, it might sound silly, but we might have a crack at the Manikato."
Ocean Embers (image: Mark Gatt)
First Locally Bred Zebedee Foal Born
Sire by winners in 2014 & 2015 has had his first Australian foals on the ground. With mares coming from all corners of the country to visit the Cornerstone Stud based stallion last year, the first known to have been born is a colt that was foaled this week at the Satchell’s Willow Grove Stud in South Australia (just 6 hours old in the photo). Out of three-time winner Angel of Hope, a daughter of Choisir and a three-quarter sister to Personal Ensign (dam of Fontiton), this colt is reportedly a well-conformed individual with plenty of size and bone. Cornerstone Stud’s Ross Hatton noted, “With about 75% of all Zebedee’s European winners that are out of Danehill line mares being winners as 2YO’s, chances are very high that we will be seeing this colt in the winner’s circle as in just over two years’ time. Zebedee has sired almost eighty 2YO winners in his first three crops to race in Europe, they run early, they win early, they train on and keep on winning. I am adamant that Australian breeders, owners and trainers will love them for their precociousness, durability and attitude.” Zebedee will stand at a fee of $16,500 inc GST in 2016, and places are still available in his book. Hatton will be in Melbourne attending today's Inglis August Thoroughbred Sale should any breeders wish to catch up.
Zebedee-Angel of Hope (Choisir) colt
Cornerstone Stud Stallion Parade
The 2016 Cornerstone Stud Stallion Parade will be on held on Sunday, 28th August. Visitors are welcome to join the team at Cornerstone Stud in the Barossa Valley from 11am. A full-parade of the stallions will begin at approximately 11:45am and will be followed by a light lunch and refreshments. This year's stallion parade will see the unveiling of new additions, Free Eagle (High Chaparral) - the highest rated racehorse retiring to stud in Australia since 2014 - as well as Gr2 Skyline Stakes winner Valentia (Fastnet Rock). Also parading will be Zebedee (Invincible Spirit), the 2014 Champion European First-Season Sire and 2015 Champion European Second-Season Sire; Good Journey (Nureyev), who continues to be a terrific proven source of winners; as well as the stunning looking Ambidexter (Commands), who's first yearlings sold so well earlier this year. Entrance to the stud is located at 476 Eden Valley Road, Angaston, South Australia. It is approximately a 90 minute drive from Adelaide airport. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 08 8561 0000 to advise of your intention to attend.
Dalakhani Retired From Stud Duties
The Aga Khan's 4-time Gr1-winner Dalakhani (Darshaan-Daltawa, by Miswaki) has been retired from stud duties at the age of 16, reports Thoroughbred Daily News. Trained by Alain de Royer Dupre, the outstanding Dalakhani won 8 of his 9 starts including four Gr1 victories, namely the Saint-Cloud Criterium International, Prix Lupin, Prix du Jockey Club, and Europe's most prestigious event, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. A half-brother to two fellow stallions, Daylami and Dalghar, Dalakhani reired to Gilltown Stud in Ireland in 2004 where he remained until being transferred to the Aga Khan's Haras de Bonneval in Normandy this year. He also shuttled briefly to Cornerstone Stud in South Australia. Dalakhani has sired 8 Gr1 winners hitherto, including top-class European gallopers Conduit, Integral, and French Derby winner Reliable Man, who also landed the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes for Chris Waller before retiring to Westbury Stud in New Zealand. A statement on the Aga Khan Studs website reads: "The quality of this maternal line shows through in Dalakhani's talents as a sire and also as a broodmare sire. His influence is already beginning to live on through his female progeny, as Dalakhani is the broodmare sire of 20 Stakes performers, including recent Epsom Derby runner-up US Army Ranger who is a son of Classic winner Moonstone." It continued: "Dalakhani will enjoy his retirement at the Aga Khan Studs in Normandy, alongside another influential grey sire, Linamix, who is now aged 29."
Magical Memory Salutes For Zebedee
At York in the UK overnight, Cornerstone Stud shuttler Zebedee (Invincible Spirit-Cozy Maria, by Cozzene) added a Group success when talented 4YO gelding Magical Memory (Zebedee-Maresem, by Cadeaux Genereux) scored by 0.5-length for trainer Charlie Hills in the Gr2 Duke Of York Stakes (6 furlongs) for 3YO+, over 5YO geldings Suedois (Le Havre-Cup Cake, by Singspiel) & Danzeno (Denounce-Danzanora, by Groom Dancer). This was Magical Memory's second consecutive Group win after landing the Gr3 Abernant Stakes last start and boosted his record to 6 wins and 4 placings (including the Gr1 Haydock Sprint Cup) from 15 starts for £379,126 earnings. Magical Memory holds big race entries in the Gr1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes and Gr1 July Cup over the summer, and both jockey Frankie Dettori and trainer Charlie Hill's believe he is up to the task. "If he keeps on progressing like this, he should win a Group One," Dettori told Sky Sports after the race. Hills commented: "What has to impress you is the way he travels in his race. He always looked like he was going to win...I think we've got to go for the Saturday race at Royal Ascot, the Diamond Jubilee. He's really enjoying what he's doing. He's improving." He added: "Frankie rang me up last week and said the race this horse is tailor-made for is the sprint at Santa Anita (Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint), so let's hope he's right." European Champion First Season Sire and European Champion Second Season Sire with a glut of winners, Zebedee is also the sire of multiple Gr1-placed Gr2 winner Ivawood, and four other individual stakes-placed runners. Following his first season in Australia last year where he covered over 100 mares, Zebedee will return to Cornerstone Stud again in 2016.
Cornerstone Stud Announce 2016 Service Fees
Following the announcement of the shuttling of Free Eagle (by High Chaparral) to Australia in association with the Irish National Stud, as well as that of recent addition of Valentia (by Fastnet Rock), Cornerstone Stud has formally announced their stud fees for the upcoming season. Cornerstone Stud Managing Director Sam Hayes said, “With the news that Dalakhani will not be able to shuttle this year, as well as the passing of Hussonet, it is pleasing that we are able to replace quality with quality by adding Free Eagle and Valentia to our 2016 stallion roster.” Last year’s Royal Ascot hero, Free Eagle, winner of the Gr1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes when he beat the likes of The Grey Gatsby, Criterion and Gailo Chop, will begin his Southern Hemisphere career at a fee of $18,700 inc. GST. Upon retiring to stud as the highest rated older horse in Europe, trainer Dermot Weld described Free Eagle as, “a beautiful colt, with a lovely attitude. Great conformation and temperament. Everything a serious horse needs.” One of the few sons of Fastnet Rock to have won a Group race as a two-year-old, Valentia was a terrific winner of the Gr2 Skyline Stakes and will commence his stallion career at a fee of $11,000 inc. GST. Previous winners of the Skyline Stakes include Snitzel, Choisir and Hinchinbrook. An outstandingly powerful looking individual, Valentia was a Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale topper when fetching $1.35 million as a yearling in 2013. Upon his retirement, trainer Gai Waterhouse remarked, “Valentia is arguably the best looking colt ever seen at Tulloch Lodge.” Shuttling to Cornerstone Stud again in 2016 from Tally-Ho Stud is the 2014 European Champion First-Season Sire and 2015 European Champion Second-Season Sire, Zebedee (by Invincible Spirit). He will stand at a fee of $16,500 inc. GST. “Zebedee is proven as a phenomenal source of speedy early two-year-old types, he has had over 60 two-year-old winners in his first two crops. In addition, during the past ten days he has sired a four-year-old Group Three winner and a three-year-old Listed winner in Europe. We know now that the Zebedee’s train on too,” said Sam Hayes. The last remaining Group One winning son of Nureyev at stud in Australia, proven Gr1 sire Good Journey will stand at a fee of $11,000 inc. GST for the 2016 breeding season. From an International blueblood family of Best In Show, Good Journey sired his third Gr1 winner when Griante ran out victorious in the Galaxy Stakes over 1100m. Rounding out the roster at a fee of $5,500 inc. GST is the stunning looking Ambidexter (by Commands).
Free Eagle - $18,700 inc. GST
Zebedee - $16,500 inc. GST
Valentia - $11,000 inc. GST
Good Journey - $11,000 inc. GST
Ambidexter - $5,500 inc. GST
Astara Wins Listed Champagne Stakes
At Ellerslie in New Zealand, Brighthill Farm's blue blooded stallion Dalghar (Anabaa-Daltawa, by Miswaki) - a half-brother to 7-time Gr1 winning champion Daylami and Cornerstone Stud's 4-time Gr1-winning shuttler Dalakhani - added a black-type success when 2YO filly Astara (Dalghar-Svita, by Success Express) scored by 1.75-lengths for trainers Donna Logan & Chris Gibbs in the NZ$50,000 Listed Champagne Stakes (1600m) for 2YOs, over fellow 2YO fillies Eleonora (Makfi-Sopra Tutto, by Van Nistelrooy) & Family Secret (Sakhee's Secret-Sista, by Magic of Sydney). This was the first stakes victory for Astara who took her record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 4 starts for NZ$48,400 earnings. "She has stepped up and stepped up and I think she's going to be a better three-year-old than a two-year-old," co-trainer Donna Logan told NZ Racing Desk. "She's very tough." Astara is bred and raced by Perth businessman Neven Botica who also owns her Gr3-winning sire Dalghar. Logan said she would chat to Botica about the possibility of sending Astara to Queensland for the Gr2 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) at Doomben on 28 May, and the Gr1 JJ Atkins (1600m) at Eagle Farm on 11 June. “I’ll put a saddle on her tomorrow (Tuesday) and see what she’s like,” Logan told NZ Racing Desk. “Her win on Saturday was mind-blowing and she cleaned her bowl on Saturday night. She’s mentally ok and physically ok to take over, but we’ll wait and see. She’s just so tough.”
Valentia To Stand At Cornerstone Stud
Overnight, South Australia’s Cornerstone Stud announced the acquisition of new young stallion Valentia (Fastnet Rock-Smart Company, by Mister C), in association with Louis Le Metayer of Astute Bloodstock. A son of champion sire Fastnet Rock, Valentia was a terrific winner of the Gr2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) as a 2YO, a race previously won by the likes of Snitzel, Choisir and another son of Fastnet Rock, the young boom sire Hinchinbrook. An outstandingly powerful looking individual, Valentia topped the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale at $1.35 million, the highest price achieved at the sale over the previous five years. One of only six Group-winning juvenile colts by Fastnet Rock, dual 2YO winner Valentia also placed in the Gr3 Up And Coming Stakes and Gr2 Stan Fox Stakes as a 3YO. Upon his forced retirement, due to a tendon injury, trainer Gai Waterhouse remarked, “Valentia is arguably the best looking colt ever seen at Tulloch Lodge and was my number one chance in the Golden Slipper.” Out of Smart Company, a winning full-sister to dual Gr1-winning sprinter Super Elegant (by Mister C). Valentia will stand at a debut fee of $11,000 inc GST.
Powerful sprinter Valentia will stand at Cornerstone Stud
Free Eagle To Stand At Cornerstone Stud
Cornerstone Stud, with the aid of agent Johnny McKeever, has reached an agreement with the Irish National Stud to stand Gr1 Royal Ascot winner Free Eagle (High Chaparral-Polished Gem, by Dunhill) in Australia from 2016. The highly rated entire (128) is best remembered by Australians that viewed last year's Royal Ascot meeting for his stunning victory in the Gr1 Prince of Wales's Stakes (2000m) which saw him beat a quality field that included Criterion, The Grey Gatsby and Gailo Chop. The Prince of Wales's Stakes is the premier 2000m race across the Royal Ascot Carnival and has been won in the past by such champions as Dubai Millennium, Ouija Board and So You Think, another promising young sire son of High Chaparral. "As a son of High Chaparral, widely considered to be one of the most successful European stallions to have shuttled to New Zealand and Australia for some years, we are tremendously excited to be announcing the addition of Free Eagle to our stallion roster," remarked Cornerstone Stud Managing Director Sam Hayes. "Types are what sell at the yearling sales and physically Free Eagle has that "wow" factor. We believe in the sire line and the way in which he accelerated away from world class horses at Leopardstown and Royal Ascot makes him something special." Of all High Chaparral's Gr1 winners, Free Eagle is one of only three to be stakes-performed as a two-year-old, three-year-old and four-year-old. Jockey Pat Smullen commented of Free Eagle after his 7-length romp in the Gr3 Kilternan Stakes as a 3YO: "I genuinely think that Free Eagle is the best horse I have ever ridden." As a 3YO in 2014, Timeform rated Free Eagle higher than the likes of Adelaide, Toronado, Dissident and Admire Rakti. Upon retiring as a 4YO, Free Eagle was Timeform rated 128, above Criterion, Winx, Exosphere, Mongolian Khan and Brazen Beau. Free Eagle will stand at a fee of $18,700 inc GST in his first year at Cornerstone Stud.
Cornerstone Stud's new 2016 recruit Free Eagle
Guardini Wins Gr3 Japan Racing Association Plate
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Cornerstone Stud's 4-time Gr1-winning shuttler Dalakhani (Darshaan-Daltawa, by Miswaki), whose first Australian crop are yearlings, added a local group race success when French-bred 4YO entire Guardini (Dalakhani-Guantana, by Dynaformer) scored a 1.5-lengths victory for trainers Lee & Anthony Freedman in the $150,000 Gr3 Japan Racing Association Plate (2000m), over GB-bred 7YO gelding Index Linked (Dansili-Fully Invested, by Irish River) & Irish-bred 5YO gelding Havana Cooler (Hurricane Run-Unquenchable, by Kingmambo. Guardini's first win in Australia took his record to 4 wins (also including France's Gr3 Prix du Lys & Germany's Gr2 Gerling Preis) & 2 placings (including last start's Gr2 Easter Cup at Caufield) from 14 starts for $294,076 earnings.
Guardini wins his first race in Australia (image: Steve Hart)
Australian Filly Runner-Up In SAf Gr1
At Turffontein in Johannesburg, South Africa, Australian-bred 4YO mare Sensible Lover (Good Journey-Almah, by Al Mufti) finished runner-up in the Gr1 Empress Club Stakes (1600m) for fillies and mares behind triple Gr1-winning mare Inara (Trippi-Mountains Of Mist, by Shirley Heights). A bargain pick-up for agent James Bester for $27,500 from the draft of Cornerstone Stud at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, Sensible Lover came into the race off the back of a 2nd placing in the Gr3 Sycamore Sprint at the same course. Earlier in her career Sensible Lover won the Gr3 Three Troikas Stakes at Turffontein. Prior to being brought to Australia, Sensible Lover's dam Almah was Champion Older Female Stayer In South Africa.
Zebedee Adds UK Gr3 Winner
In the UK overnight, Cornerstone Stud shuttler Zebedee (Invincible Spirit-Cozy Maria, by Cozzene) added a group victory to his resumé when talented 3YO gelding Magical Memory (Zebedee-Maresem, by Cadeaux Genereux) scored by a neck in the £60,000 Gr3 Abernant Stakes (6 furlongs) for 3YOs+ at Newmarket after a layoff of 222 days. Ridden by Frankie Dettori for trainer Charlie Hills, Magical Memory franked the form he displayed last September when a very close third in the Gr1 Haydock Sprint Cup as a juvenile. The victory has instantly elevated Magical Memory in the betting for the Gr1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. European Champion First Season Sire and European Champion Second Season Sire with a glut of winners, Zebedee is also the sire of multiple Gr1-placed Gr2 winner Ivawood, and four other individual stakes-placed runners. Following his first season in Australia last year where he covered over 100 mares, Zebedee will return to Cornerstone Stud again in 2016.
Zebedee sired a Gr3 winner in the UK
Dalakhani Ruled Out Of NH Covering Duties
Cornerstone Stud's 4-time Gr1-winning shuttler Dalakhani (Darshaan-Daltawa, by Miswaki) will miss the rest of the northern hemisphere breeding season due to an unspecified "veterinary problem", reports Racing Post. The 16YO was standing his second season at the Aga Khan's Haras de Bonneval in Normandy at fee of €15,000. The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner has sired 8 Gr1 winners hitherto, including top-class European gallopers Conduit, Integral, and French Derby winner Reliable Man, who also landed the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes for Chris Waller before retiring to Westbury Stud in New Zealand. Dalakhani's first southern hemisphere yearlings have recently gone through the ring and included a colt from the family of European classic winners Cerulean Sky and Moonstone (ex Global Dance, by Spinning World) which sold to trainer Gerald Ryan for $620,000 at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney.
Royal Ascot On Agenda For Griante
Gr1-winning sprinter Griante will be on trial for a trip to Royal Ascot when she contests the Gr2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday, reports AAP. Griante registered her maiden Gr1 victory when scoring a brilliant win in the Galaxy at Rosehill last start, and another forward showing on Saturday could see her off to the Royal meeting in June. "There's quite a bit of water to go under the bridge with Royal Ascot but if she gets through this run fine and we're happy with (her next run in) the Sangster Stakes she will go," trainer David Brideoake told Melbourne's Radio Sport National. Brideoake is indeed expecting another bold showing from Griante on Saturday. "She's had a very good few weeks since the last run," Brideoake said. "She comes into Sydney in premium condition so I'm pretty confident. I really think she'll perform very well." By Cornerstone Stud's Gr1 winning shuttler Good Journey (Nureyev-Chimes of Freedom, by Private Account), Griante has won 7 of her 27 starts to date for over $1 million in earnings.
Able Friend Half Sibling A Huge Drawcard
Among a catalogue liberally sprinkled with impeccably credentialled yearlings, one of the earliest likely to draw strong bidding is Lot 15. Reportedly a very athletic individual, the colt is a half-brother to Able Friend, one of the highest ranked sprinter-milers in the world. Like dual Gr1 TJ Smith hero Chautauqua, Able Friend's ability to drop out and give his rivals wind-burn in the straight has provided him with a cult following, notwithstanding his official ranking in 2015 as the WTR highest ranked sprinter, and joint ranked WTR older miler. Consigned by Fairview Park Thoroughbreds on behalf of Ausbred, the yearling half-brother to Hong Kong's Horse of the Year Able Friend (whose earnings are a tick under $9 million) is from the first Australian crop of Cornerstone Stud's globally significant stallion Dalakhani (Darshaan), whose progeny already include 45 individual stakes-winners (among them 8 Gr1 winners) of 84 stakes races.
US Army Ranger Salutes On Debut
Blue blooded colt US Army Ranger made an impressive winning debut for trainer Aidan O'Brien in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden over 2000m at the Curragh on Sunday. The 3YO is by Coolmore's multiple champion European sire Galileo out of Irish Oaks winner Moonstone. The classic winning daughter of Cornerstone Stud-based sire Dalakhani has already produced Gr3 winner Words, stakes winner Stubbs, as well as the Lloyd Williams-owned Nevis (Dansili), winner of the Listed Yalumba Golden Mile at Bendigo two weeks ago. This is also the family of French Gr1 winner Cerulean Sky and Gr1 EP Taylor Stakes winner Truly A Dream, dam of former shuttler Catcher In The Rye (Danehill). US Army Ranger has been the subject of significant pre-post support for this year's English Derby and the colt did his classic credentials no harm when finishing strongly under a hands and heels ride by Ryan Moore to score by three-quarters of a length on the line. "Ryan said every time he went for him there was another gear there and he said he didn't go to the last gear," O'Brien told Racing Post. "We'll have horses in the Ballysax next week and the Derrinstown and then Chester, and he could turn up in one of those places for education. If he's going to run in the Derby he'll likely have only one more run and so he'll have to go somewhere to learn." Apart from the Epsom Derby, US Army Ranger also holds entries in the Irish Derby and Irish 2000 Guineas.
Griante Wins Gr1 Galaxy
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Cornerstone Stud's Gr1 winning shuttler Good Journey (Nureyev-Chimes of Freedom, by Private Account) celebrated an elite success when 5YO mare Griante (Good Journey-Grand Strategy, by Strategic) scored by 0.8-length for trainer David Brideoake in the $700,000 Gr1 Galaxy (1100m) for 3YO+, over 6YO gelding Shiraz (Zariz-Moville Slipper, by Moville Dancer) & 5YO gelding Dothraki (Mossman-Volantis, by Flying Spur). This was the first top-flight victory for Griante who took her record to 7 wins (including the Gr3 Wenona Girl Handicap & Gr3 Sportingbet Series Final) and 8 placings (including the Gr1 MVRC William Reid Stakes) from 27 starts for $1,069,175 earnings.
Griante (image: Steve Hart)
Contentment Wins HK Gr1 Queen's Silver Jubilee
At Sha Tin, former 6-time Chilean Champion Sire Hussonet (Mr Prospector-Sacahuista, by Raja Baba), who relocated from Arrowfield Stud to stand at Cornerstone Stud, celebrated a major Gr1 success when Australian-bred 5YO gelding Contentment (Hussonet-Jemison, by Commands) scored by 1.8-lengths for trainer John Size in the HK$10 million Gr1 Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup (1400m), over fellow 5YO geldings Beauty Flame (Footstepsinthesand-Lucy Diamonds, by Orpen) & Beauty Only (Holy Roman Emperor-Goldendale, by Ali-Royal). Purchased for $65,000 by John Foote Bloodstock at the 2012 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale from the draft of Arrowfield Stud, Contentment took his record to 9 wins (also including the Gr3 Celebration Cup and 14 placings (including the Gr1 Stewards' Cup earlier this month & Gr2 Jockey Club Mile) from 16 starts for HK$18,438,600 earnings.
Arab Dawn Wins Listed Parramatta Cup
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Cornerstone Stud's 4-time Gr1-winning shuttler Dalakhani (Darshaan-Daltawa, by Miswaki) added a black-type success when Goldolphin's 5YO UK-bred gelding Arab Dawn (Dalakhani-Victoire Celebre, by Stravinsky) scored by 0.8-length for trainer John O'Shea in the $125,000 Listed Parramatta Cup (1900m) for 3YO+, over 4YO gelding and stable-mate Allergic (Street Cry-Cajou, by Encosta de Lago) & 4YO gelding Hasselhoof (Street Cry-Cajou, by Encosta de Lago). This was the stakes victory for Arab Dawn who took his record to 5 wins and 4 placings (including the Gr3 September Stakes) from 17 starts for $233,825 earnings.
Lord Aspen Wins Listed City Of Marion Stakes
At Morphettville in South Australia, Cornerstone Stud's Gr1 winning shuttler Good Journey (Nureyev-Chimes of Freedom, by Private Account) added a black-type success when very smart 4YO gelding Lord Aspen (Good Journey-Lady Aspen, by Bianconi) scored by 0.8-length for trainer Mick Huxtable in the $100,000 Listed City Of Marion Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, over 5YO gelding Baligari (Purrealist-Littlemiss Sandown, by Encosta de Lago) & 7YO gelding Karacatis (Hussonet-One in a Million, by Redoute's Choice). Lord Aspen, who was purchased by his trainer Mick Huxtable for $40,000 at the 2013 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale from the draft of Cornerstone Stud, boosted his impressive strike rate to 6 wins (including the Listed Hilton Hotels & Resorts Stakes) and 1 placing from 9 starts for $285,800 earnings.
Charmed Harmony Wins Gr3 Sandown Stakes
At Sandown in Melbourne, former 6-time Chilean Champion Sire Hussonet (Mr Prospector-Sacahuista, by Raja Baba), who relocated from Arrowfield Stud to stand at Cornerstone Stud, added a Group success when 6YO gelding Charmed Harmony (Hussonet-Magic Harmony, by Danehill Dancer) scored by 0.3-length for trainer John Sadler in the $150,000 Gr3 Sandown Stakes (1500m) for 3YO+, over 4YO entire Tashbeeh (Commands-More Valour, by More Than Ready) & 5YO gelding Burning Front (Primus-She's a Knockout, by Kingston Rule). Charmed Harmony, who descends from the family of Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner and promising young sire Reward For Effort, took his record to 12 wins and 5 placings from 28 starts for $461,670 earnings.
Stepitup Wins Gr1 Raffles Cup
At Kranji racecourse in Singapore, former 6-time Chilean Champion Sire Hussonet (Mr Prospector-Sacahuista, by Raja Baba), who relocated from Arrowfield Stud to stand at Cornerstone Stud, celebrated a Gr1 success when 6YO Australian-bred gelding Stepitup (Hussonet-Ain't Seen Nothin', by Nothin' Leica Dane) scored by 0.5-length for trainer Laurie Laxon in the S$500,000 Gr1 Raffles Cup (1800m) for 3YO+, over 5YO gelding Fastnet Dragon (Fastnet Rock-Sister Madrid, by Fuji Kiseki) & 5YO Argentinian-bred entire Quechua (Pure Prize-Queen Cabaret, by Wild Event). Stepitup, who was purchased by Cliff Brown Racing for $90,000 at the 2011 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Bellerive Stud, took his record to 15 wins (including the Gr1 Kranji Mile & Gr1 Singapore Guineas) and 8 placings (including the Gr1 Raffles Cup, Gr1 Singapore Derby & Gr1 Patrons' Bowl) from 33 starts for over S$2.3 million earnings. From the multiple stakes winning mare Ain't Seen Nothin', Stepitup is a half-brother to dual stakes winner Ain'Tnofallenstar (Starcraft) and Gr3 winner Bachman (All American). This is the outstanding Gold Vink family of Australian Oaks heroine Circles Of Gold, her multiple Gr1-winning sons Haradasun and Elvstroem, brilliant young sire Starspangledbanner, and Golden Slipper winner Polar Success.
Stepitup Wins Gr1 Kranji Mile
At Kranji racecourse in Singapore, former 6-time Chilean Champion Sire Hussonet (Mr Prospector-Sacahuista, by Raja Baba), who relocated from Arrowfield Stud to stand at Cornerstone Stud, celebrated a Gr1 success when 6YO Australian-bred gelding Stepitup (Hussonet-Ain't Seen Nothin', by Nothin' Leica Dane) scored by 4-lengths for trainer Laurie Laxon in the S$500,000 Gr1 Kranji Mile (8 furlongs) for 3YO+, over 5YO Argentinian-bred entire Quechua (Pure Prize-Queen Cabaret, by Wild Event) & 5YO UK-bred gelding Wild Geese (Exceed and Excel-Court Lane, by Machiavellian). Stepitup, who was purchased by Cliff Brown Racing for $90,000 at the 2011 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Bellerive Stud, took his record to 14 wins (including the Gr1 Singapore Guineas) and 8 placings (including the Gr1 Raffles Cup, Gr1 Singapore Derby & Gr1 Patrons' Bowl) from 31 starts for over S$2 million earnings. From the multiple stakes winning mare Ain't Seen Nothin', Stepitup is a half-brother to dual stakes winner Ain'Tnofallenstar (Starcraft) and Gr3 winner Bachman (All American). This is the outstanding Gold Vink family of Australian Oaks heroine Circles Of Gold, her multiple Gr1-winning sons Haradasun and Elvstroem, brilliant young sire Starspangledbanner, and Golden Slipper winner Polar Success.
Contentment Wins Gr3 Celebration Cup
At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong overnight, former 6-time Chilean Champion Sire Hussonet (Mr Prospector-Sacahuista, by Raja Baba), who relocated from Arrowfield Stud to stand at Cornerstone Stud, added a Group success when 5YO gelding Contentment (Hussonet-Jemison, by Commands) scored by 0.5-length for trainer John Size in the HK$3 million Gr3 Celebration Cup (1400m) for 100+ rated horses, over 4YO US-bred gelding Giant Treasure (Mizzen Mast-Palisade, by Gone West) & 6YO Australian-bred gelding Super Lifeline (Churchill Downs-Regal Contessa, by King of Kings). This was the first stakes victory for Contentment who took his record to 7 wins and 1 placing from 10 starts for HK$7,474,600 earnings. Contentment was purchased for $65,000 by John Foote Bloodstock at the 2012 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale from the draft of Arrowfield Stud.
By The Grace Wins Listed Balaklava Cup
At Balaklava in South Australia, Greta West Stud's Gr1 Caulfield Guineas winning stallion God's Own (Redoute's Choice-Angel In Disguise, by Sky Chase) added a black-type success when 5YO gelding By The Grace (God's Own-Rain Dance Lady, by Jugah) scored by 1.4-lengths for trainer Andrew Noblet in the $100,000 Listed Balaklava Cup (1600m) for 3YO+, over 8YO gelding Little Akie (Akhadan-Double Spirits, by Blevic) & 7YO gelding Supreme Warrior (Golan-Paierau Princess, by Wallenda). This was the first stakes victory for By The Grace who took his record to 5 wins and 3 placings from 22 starts for $293,350 earnings. By The Grace was purchased for $40,000 by Andrew Noblet Racing at the 2012 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale from the draft of Cornerstone Stud.
8th Gr1 Winner For Cornerstone's Dalakhani
A strong late flourish from the Luca Cumani trained Second Step saw him power to victory in the Gr1 Grosser Preis von Berlin at Hoppegarten, Germany, on Sunday. He becomes the 8th career Gr1 winner for Cornerstone Stud shuttle-stallion Dalakhani. Under jockey Jamie Spencer, Second Step got on top in the final 50m of the 125th running of the 2400m Gr1 to score by three-parts of a length from front-runner Ito, with recent German Derby winner Nutan another three-quarters of a length back in third. Already a Group 2 winner and placegetter at that level on his only two starts this year, Second Step is likely to run next in the Group I Irish St Leger. A trip to Melbourne in the spring should not be ruled out. Like Dalakhani's Group I Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Reliable Man, Second Step is also out of a mare by Sadler's Wells. Dalakhani is the sire of 44 stakes-winners and 8.7% stakes-winners to runners in his career to date. A Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner and European Champion Racehorse, he has filled his limited book of mares in each of his first two seasons at Cornerstone Stud in South Australia. The leading shuttle stallion by European stakes winners in 2014, Dalakhani will return again this spring and is expected to arrive back on the farm later this week.
Cornerstone Stud Stallion Parade
The 2015 Cornerstone Stud Stallion Parade will be on held on Sunday, August 30th. Visitors are welcome to join the team at Cornerstone Stud in the Barossa Valley from 11am for an early light lunch. A full-parade of the stallions will begin at approximately 12pm. This year's stallion parade will see the unveiling of new addition, Zebedee, the 2014 Champion European First-Season Sire and current runaway Leading European Second-Season Sire with 46 individual winners. Also returning for his third year in Australia is European Champion Racehorse, Dalakhani, the best proven shuttle stallion in the country. Good Journey was the leading stallion at stud in Australia last racing season by percentage stakes-winners to runners, he will also be on show, as will stunning young son of Commands, Ambidexter, while former Champion Sire, Hussonet will no doubt put on his annual theatrics on the day. Entrance to the stud is located at 476 Eden Valley Road, Angaston, South Australia. It is approximately a 90 minute drive from Adelaide airport.