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: