At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Coolmore's Gr1-winning son of Danehill and former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a black-type success when 7YO gelding More Energy (Fastnet Rock-Perfect Promise, by Caesour) got up in the last stride for trainer Jason Coyle to just tip out long-time leader Supply and Demand in the $125,000 Parramatta Cup (1900m). Coming from last at the 400m mark, Liapari flashed home but was still a head adrift when the line came. Initially sold as a yearling for $150,000 at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale from the draft of Toolooganvale Farm, More Energy subsequently brought $240,000 at the Magic Millions 2YO Horses In Training Sale when offered by Think Big Stud. Placed in Brisbane's Gr3 Tattersalls Cup last Winter Carnival, More Energy now has 6 wins & 8 placings from 36 starts for $290,675 earnings.
With Australia's breeders and owners starting to turn back decades of one-eyed focus on juvenile and sprint racing to chase the fortune on offer for Cups races, the timing is perfect for Queensland's Raheen Stud to be the new home for Gr1 AJC Derby winner Nom du Jeu. Impeccably bred, being by Coolmore's champion stallion Montjeu out of dual Gr1-winning champion race mare Prized Gem, Nom du Jeu lived up to his pedigree with four Gr1 finishes that contributed to earnings of just under $2 million for his Queensland owner-breeders. Already represented by a swathe of city class horses that include stakes-performers and current 6-time winner of over $300,000, Liapari, Nom du Jeu is the only son of Montjeu at stud in Queensland. He will stand for an enticing fee of $3,300.