Northwest Passage Wins Listed Torney Night Cup

Monday, 20th February 2017

At Moonee Valley racecourse in Melbourne on Friday night, Coolmore Stud stallion and former Australian Champion Racehorse So You Think (High Chaparral-Triassic, by Tights) added a black-type success when 3YO gelding Northwest Passage (So You Think-Danevade, by Danehill) fought back strongly to score by 0.75 lenhth for trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott in the $150,000 Listed Torney Night Cup (2500m) for 3YO+, over 7YO Irish-bred gelding Chance To Dance (Teofilo-Crystal Ballet, by Royal Academy) & 5YO gelding Dandy Gent (Savoire Vivre-Gehenna, by Ladoni). Passed in for $140,000 at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Newgate Farm, Northwest Passage advanced his record to 5 wins (including the Listed Tasmanian Derby & Listed Hobart Guineas) and 1 placing from 6 starts for $269,000 earnings. Roger Elliot, stable foreman for trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, said Northwest Passage would now return to Sydney to be prepared for the $2 million Gr1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Royal Randwick on 1 April. "He's just keeps improving," Elliot told Racing.com. "He'll go home now for the Derby and its all looking good for him." Jockey Katelyn Mallyon commented: "He switched off lovely and gave me such a beautiful feel...He's a brilliant stayer," she said. The well bred Northwest Passage is out of the Gr2-placed mare Danevade, a full-sister to multiple Group winner Shania Dane and champion Hong Kong sprinter Scintillation.


Raw Impulse Wins Listed Penang Trophy

Monday, 19th September 2016

At Morphettville Park in Adelaide, Westbury Stud's three-time Gr1-winning shuttle stallion Makfi (Dubawi-Dhelaal, by Green Desert) added a black-type success when 5YO UK-bred entire Raw Impulse (Makfi-Marika, by Marju) scored by 4.8 lengths for trainer Darren Weir in the $100,000 Listed Penang Trophy (1800m) for 3YO+, over 5YO gelding Dandy Gent (Savoire Vivre-Gehenna, by Ladoni) & 5YO mare Yulong Baby (Commands-Paris Tryst, by Fusaichi Pegasus). This was the first stakes victory for the Australian Bloodstock-owned Raw Impulse who improved his record to 5 wins and 3 placings from 11 starts for $199,888 earnings. A 50,000 purchase at the 2013 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Raw Impulse hails from the family of champion English filly Fair Salinia and French Derby & Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Reliable Man (also a resident at Westbury Stud).

Real Love Wins Listed Roy Higgins Handicap

Monday, 7th March 2016

At Flemington in Melbourne, LP Stallions & Lauriston Park's triple Gr1-winning stallion Desert King (Danehill-Sabaah, by Nureyev) added a Group success when 5YO mare Real Love (Desert King-Flaming Heart, by Salieri) scored by 0.3-length for trainer Darren Weir in the $120,000 Listed Roy Higgins Handicap (2600m), over 4YO gelding Dandy Gent (Savoire Vivre-Gehenna, by Ladoni) & 7YO gelding Black Jag (Excites-I'm A Showoff, by Thunder Gulch). Sent to the East Coast by key WA owner Bob Peters after excelling in Perth, Real Love took her record to 7 wins (also including the Gr2 Perth Cup, Gr3 Asian Beau Stakes, Gr3 Queen's Cup & Listed St Leger) & 9 placings (including the Gr2 Perth Cup, Gr2 Western Australian Derby, Gr3 Western Australian Oaks, Listed Torney Night Cup, Listed Carbine Club of WA Stakes & Listed Natasha Stakes) from 16 starts for $932,210 earnings.