At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, French 2000 Guineas & French Derby-winning shuttler Lope De Vega (Shamardal-Lady Vettori, by Vettori) celebrated an elite race success when 5YO Australian-bred gelding Santa Ana Lane (Lope De Vega-Fast Fleet, by Fastnet Rock) burst through a gap at the 100m to sprint clear for an eye-catching win in the $1 million Gr1 Darley Goodwood (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating Missrock & I'll Have A Bit. The talented Santa Ana Lane had put the writing on the wall when flashing home for third in the RN Irwin Stakes at his previous outing. "It was a super run the other day and he's always shown us he's got Group One ability," trainer Anthony Freedman's racing manager Brad Taylor said. "We came here today super confident. He was always going to get back and need that luck which luckily he got." Connections are now hoping to book a flight to Brisbane for the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) at Doomben on 9 June. Purchased for $80,000 by Flemington Bloodstock at the 2014 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, Santa Ana Lane improved his record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes & Gr3 Zeditave Stakes) and 6 placings (including the Gr3 MRC Heath Stakes) from 26 starts for $1,280,820 in earnings.
At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, Arrowfield Stud's Gr2-winning and Gr1-placed stallion Smart Missile (Fastnet Rock-Comical Smile, by Comic Strip) added a Group success when 3YO bay filly I'll Have A Bit (Smart Missile-Take All of Me, by Jeune) stormed home down the outside for trainer John McCardle to swallow up a classy field in the $500,000 Gr2 Euclase Stakes (1200m) for 3YOs at a massive starting price of $151, defeating She's So High & Viridine. I'll Have A Bit, who was purchased by Redgum Racing for $48,000 at the 2016 Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale from the draft of Basinghall Stud, took her record to 2 wins (including the Gr3 National stakes at the same track) and 3 placings (including the Gr2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic) from 13 starts for $531,435 earnings. Her victory adds further depth to a family that also includes multiple stakes winning second dam Tickle My.
Smart Missile, Australia's leading third crop sire by winners, will stand at Twin Hills Stud in Cootamundra for the 2018 breeding season. Smart Missile was Australia's Champion First Season Sire, the leading second season sire by winners and again leads his generation in the number of winners achieved this season. With 77 winners already in 2017/18, Smart Missile ranks in the top 20 of all stallions in Australia with less than three full crops to race. His best progeny include Gr3 WA Sires' Produce Stakes winner Debellatio, Gr3 SAJC National Stakes winner I'll Have A Bit, Listed winners Sassy 'N' Smart, Exocet and Irish Bet, and New Zealand 2000 Guineas fourth Cha Siu Bao. "We're thrilled that Gooree Park Stud has chosen to stand Smart Missile at Twin Hills Stud. Smart Missile is a young stallion who sits at the top end of the sires' lists. His progeny are attractive, precocious and fast. He gets a terrific number of winners and he has huge crops of yearlings and foals in the pipeline. Smart Missile is an accomplished young stallion and is great value," said Ollie Tait, owner of Twin Hills Stud. The beautifully bred Smart Missile is by Fastnet Rock out of a half-sister to Northern Meteor and is a direct descendant of influential broodmare Rough Shod, ancestress of legendary sires Sadler's Wells, Nureyev & Fairy King. Smart Missile will stand at a fee of $13,200 (inc.GST).
At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire & 11-time Gr1-winning World Champion Miler Lonhro (Octagonal-Shadea, by Straight Strike) added a Group race success when 3YO bay filly Banish (Lonhro-Meidung, by Bernardini) sustained a long run to loop the field and run away for a stylish win in the $200,000 Gr2 Fillies Classic (1600m) for 3YO fillies, defeating I'll Have A Bit & Touch Of Mink. This was the maiden stakes victory for Banish who improved her record to 4 wins and 3 placings from 8 starts for $195,950 in earnings. A homebred for Darley and Godolphin, Banish is out of the stakes-winning Bernardini mare Meidung and hails from the family of multiple Group winner Pinwheel and Gr2 Stan Fox Stakes winner West Point.
At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, Arrowfield Stud's Gr2-winning and Gr1-placed stallion Smart Missile (Fastnet Rock-Comical Smile, by Comic Strip) added a Group success when 2YO bay filly I'll Have A Bit (Smart Missile-Take All of Me, by Jeune) overcame a chequered passage before letting down with a sharp sprint to win the $200,000 Gr3 National Stakes (1200m) for 2YOs, defeating favourite Booker & It's A Myth. I'll Have A Bit, who was purchased by Redgum Racing for $48,000 at the 2016 Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale, improved her record to 1 win and 2 placings from 4 starts for $150,640 earnings.