Aylmerton Wins Gr2 Todman Stakes

Monday, 12th March 2018

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.


Aylmerton (image: Steve Hart)


Magic Millions Day-3: $330k Fastnet Rock Colt

Monday, 11th January 2010

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.


Deauville Yearlings Day-1: $832k Green Desert Filly

Monday, 21st August 2006

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.


Inglis HK Star Passes $500k

Tuesday, 11th October 2005

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.

5 HK Wins To Inglis Graduates

Wednesday, 29th June 2005

In Hong Kong, Inglis Sale graduates had a big week in the conclusion to the 2004-05 season:

  • Champion sprinter Silent Witness (a $55,000 yearling at the 2001 Inglis Classic Sale) claimed the HK Horse-Of-The-Year title for the 2nd year in a row.
  • At Happy Valley, Sunday Delight (a $280,000 yearling at the 2002 Inglis Easter sale) won over 1650m for Australian trainer David Hayes; the Jay-T Stud-bred Anabaa-Portview gelding is a half-brother to stakes-winning mare Barawin.
  • Also at Happy Valley, Hennessy's 6YO son Paradis (a $100,000 yearling at the 2000 Inglis Easter Sale) won for Almond Lee (who took over Paradis when Australian trainer Geoff Lane retired) & now has 3 wins & 12 placings for over A$500,000 prize-money.
  • At Sha Tin, Zabeel 3YO stayer Victory Treasure (a $210,000 yearling at the 2003 Inglis Easter Sale) won for trainer Caspar Fownes to take his record to 3 wins in 9 starts.
  • Also at Sha Tin, David Hayes-trained Snippets 3YO Tchaikovsky (a $150,000 yearling at the 2003 Inglis Easter Sale) won again to take his tally this season to 5 wins & 2 placings from 9 starts.
  • And another former Geoff Lane galloper Pretty Trio (a $160,000 yearling at the 2001 Inglis Easter Sale) won the Class 1 event at Sha Tin to make it 2 wins & 6 cheques in 7 starts this season for his new trainer Almond Lee; overall Pretty Trio (by Woodman from Queensland Oaks winner Crystal Palace) now has 6 wins & over A$600,000 prize-money.