Co-trainer Peter Snowden is confident that valuable colt Tchaikovsky can make his presence felt in Saturday's $1 million Group 1 Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick. Tchaikovsky showed his quality when finishing third behind Aylmerton and EF Troop in the Gr2 Todman Stakes, before breaking his maiden with an impressive win over 1200m at Gosford on 21 March. "He is in the Sires’ and the Kindergarten on Saturday, but we are leaning towards running him in the Sires’," Snowden told ANZ Bloodstock News. "We think he is a very nice horse, though he may just be a preparation away from being there. He is loaded with ability." Snowden added: "It is a bit of an ask running him in a Group One on just his fourth start, but I do think he is a Group One horse...I don’t think the 1400 metres will be a problem." The well named Tchaikovksy, by Redoute's Choice out of the Stravinsky mare Ballet Blue, was a $1.3 million purchase by James Harron at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Arrowfield Stud.
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, 2YO Australian-bred colt Aylmerton (Siyouni-Aloona, by Smart Strike) became the first Australian stakes winner for high-profile French sire Siyouni (Pivotal) when surging home along the fence to land the $300,000 Gr2 Todman Stakes (1200m) for 2YO colts & geldings, defeating EF Troop & Tchaikovsky. Prepared by French-born trainer Jean Dubois, Aylmerton extended his unbeaten record to 2 wins from 2 starts for $194,670 in earnings. Aylmerton firmed from $101 into $15 for the $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday week. "You always dream of things like this but don't believe it can happen. He is a very professional horse and he proved he can fight so he has everything to make a good horse," Dubois told Sky Racing. "He is a very much like his father who is a very good stallion." Aylmerton is the first foal out of the winning Smart Strike (USA) mare Aloona who was covered by Siyouni to southern hemisphere time. Aloona, herself, is a half-sister to Ireland Gr3 winner Galatee (Galileo), dam of Her Majesty The Queen's Gr2 Yorkshire Cup & Gr2 Hardwicke Stakes winner, and Gr1 Woodbine International placegetter, Dartmouth. This is also the female family of Gr1 Breeders' Cup Classic winner & Gr1 Prix d'lspahan winner Arcangues. Siyouni stands at The Aga Khan Studs Haras de Bonneval in Normandy, France at a fee of €75,000.
South Africa’s World Wide Bloodstock paid $330,000 for a colt by Gr1-winning Coolmore stallion Fastnet Rock (the 4th foal out of NZ-bred winning 11-year-old Woodman mare Miss Alabama) consigned by Evergreen Stud Farm as agent. The colt’s dam Miss Alabama (whose 2 foals to race to date include Gr3-placed Back Off) is a half-sister to 6-time-winning & Gr3-placed Tchaikovsky.
Bloodstock agent Margaret O'Toole (buying for Ireland's Ballygallon Stud owner Belinda Strudwick) paid €520,000 (A$832,000) for a filly by Green Desert (out of Gr1 Fillies' Mile winner Crystal Music, by Nureyev) consigned by Andrew Lloyd-Webber's Watership Down Stud. The filly is from the family of outstanding broodmare Crystal Spray (dam of Group winners Dubai Success, State Crystal & Solar Crystal, plus Gr1 Irish Derby place-getter Tchaikovsky) & Strudwick told racingpost.co.uk: "We've wanted to get into this family for some time, so we're delighted to get her. Green Desert is a great broodmare sire & she's just a lovely filly, with a wonderful page." Struthwick (whose Ballygallon Stud enjoyed US Gr1 success this season with Aragorn) confirmed the filly "will eventually join the 10-strong broodmare band at her County Kilkenny stud.
At the same Sha Tin meeting, former David Hayes-trained 4YO Tchaikovsky (a $150,000 yearling at the 2003 Inglis Easter Sale) picked up where he left off last season with an easy win in the HK$1,600,000 (A$260,000) Lek Yuen Handicap (1400m) in his 1st attempt at Class 1 company. Tchaikovsky (Snippets-Ultima Vita, by Canny Lad) was ridden to victory by Australian jockey Corey Brown for new trainer Almond Lee; he now has 6 wins from 10 starts for A$500,000 prize-money.
In Hong Kong, Inglis Sale graduates had a big week in the conclusion to the 2004-05 season: