Grandview resident stallion Jet Spur produced an exciting debut winner at Toowoomba last Sunday. In the first QLD 2YO race of the season, the John Zielke-trained Hopes Eternal showed blistering speed to outclass his rivals by 5 lengths in the Pat O’Shea 2YO Plate over 1000m. The well-bred Hopes Eternal is out of the Gr3-winning Encosta de Lago mare Besame Mucho, dam also of stakes winners Essington and Frespanol. Besame Mucho herself is a full-sister to dual Gr3 winner Gold Lottey. Jet Spur, Queensland’s champion sire of 2015, stands at Grandview at a fee of $6,600 inc. GST.
Tomorrow's Gr2 Inglis Villiers Stakes (1600m) is made up of a capacity 20-horse field, and punters are having hard time settling on a favourite. While the money has come for the Chris Waller-trained Puccini (in from $15 to $10), the best omen bet ahead of Christmas could come in the form of Happy Clapper ($5.00) & God's In Him ($8.50), particularly as they are carded together as numbers 15 & 16, respectively. Omen tips aside, the best each way chances could be Frespanol ($10) & Casino Dancer ($17). The Gai Waterhouse-trained runner flopped when favoured two weeks ago in the Listed Festival Stakes – all three place-getters clash again – but from the inside barrier he is likely to be far closer to the action when heads are turned for home. By Vinery Stud stallion Casino Prince, Casino Dancer is in ultra consistent form with two Group wins from her past four starts, and she's also drawn to be handy.
At Doomben in Brisbane, multiple Gr1-winning shuttler & former star Australian sprinter Choisir (Danehill Dancer-Great Selection, by Lunchtime) added a black-type success when 4YO gelding Frespanol (Choisir-Besame Mucho, by Encosta de Lago) scored by 0.1-length for trainer Gai Waterhouse in the $100,000 Listed Spear Chief Handicap (1630m) for 3YO+, over 4YO mare Tornado Miss (Snitzel-Stormy Miss, by More Than Ready) & 6YO gelding Darci Be Good (Darci Brahma-You Can't Say That, by Fusaichi Pegasus). This was the first stakes victory for Frespanol who took his record to 5 wins and 7 placings (including the Listed Scone Cup) from 17 starts for $320,315 earnings. Frespanol, who is a half-brother to dual stakes winner Essington from the Gr3 winner Besame Mucho, was sold to Gai Waterhouse and James Harron for $130,000 at the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Edinglassie Stud.
At Scone in the NSW Hunter Valley, talented 6YO US-bred gelding Tales Of Grimm (Distorted Humor-Stupendous Miss, by Dynaformer) registered his first stakes victory when scoring a hard fought 0.1-length win for young trainer Sam Kavanagh in the $200,000 Listed Scone Cup (1600m) for 3YO+, over 4YO geldings Frespanol (Choisir-Besame Mucho, by Encosta de Lago) & San Diego (Exceed and Excel-Del Mar, by Zabeel). Tales Of Grimm took his record to 4 wins and 2 placings (including the Gr3 Darley Stakes at Newmarket) from 20 start for $248,646 earnings. "We laid this horse out for this three months ago, so it is nice when a plan comes together," said Kavanagh. "He has shown us a lot at home and he has had his share of issues, but I have some great mates in this horse and some great supporters of the stable, so I am just thrilled to win a big race for them." By two-time Champion North American sire Distorted Humor from the Gr2-winning Dynaformer mare Stupendous Miss, Tales Of Grimm is a full-brother to Gr2 Zabeel Mile winner Do It All and is a direct descendant of South Ocean, dam of champion European racehorse Storm Bird.