At Kembla Grange near Wollongong, Windsor Park Stud's 4-time Gr1-winning shuttler & former European Champion 2YO Mastercraftsman (Danehill Dancer-Starlight Dreams, by Black Tie Affair) added a Group race success when 3YO New Zealand-bred filly Luvaluva (Mastercraftsman-Wansesingyee, by Galileo) charged home from the rear of the field for an eye-catching win in the $200,000 Gr3 Kembla Grange Classic (1600m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Torvill & Wedgie. A $55,000 purchase by her trainer John Sargent at the 2016 NZB Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs, Luvaluva improved her record to 3 wins (including the Gr2 Wakeful Stakes) and 1 placing from 9 starts for $385,850 in earnings. Luvaluva, who hails from the family of Gr3 Emancipation Stakes winner Almazyoon and Preakness Stakes & Belmont Stakes winner Little Current, firmed from $8 into $6 for next month's Gr1 Australian Oaks in Sydney.
At Randwick's bumper feature day in Sydney, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) celebrated an elite race success when blue-blooded 3YO filly Shoals (Fastnet Rock-The Broken Shore, by Hussonet) showed gritty determination to win by a half-length for trainer Anthony Freedman in the $500,000 Surround Stakes (1400m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Torvill & dead-heaters Rimraam and Shumook. Astonishingly, albeit she had failed as a short-priced favourite at her race return in Melbourne's Gr3 Kevin Hayes Stakes, impeccably performed Shoals was allowed to go off at around $14, a price she swiftly made a mockery of. Owned by Arrowfield Pastoral and Pinecliff Racing, the superb effort by Shoals provides her with the exceptional record of 6 wins (including the Gr1 Myer Classic, Gr2 ATC Percy Sykes Stakes, Gr3 TBV Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes & Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes) & 2 placings (including the Gr1 Thousand Guineas) from 9 starts for $1,362,150 earnings. Bred by John Messara's Arrowfield Stud, who race her in partnership with Jonathan Munz's Pinecliff Racing, Shoals is by Fastnet Rock out of the valuable mare The Broken Shore (Hussonet), a daughter of outstanding producer Shantha's Choice. A $1.9 million purchase by Munz at the 2014 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale from the Teeley Assets Dispersal, The Broken Shore is a half-sister to Arrowfield's multiple champion Australian sire Redoute's Choice, Gr1 winners Platinum Scissors & Manhattan Rain, Gr3 winner Sliding Cube and stakes-winner Echoes of Heaven. According to dailytelegraph.com.au, John Messara revealed, "I'd love to take her to Royal Ascot for a race like the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. She loves soft ground and has already proven herself at Group 1 level against older horses. We could even look at the July Cup at Newmarket, too."
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's multiple stakes-winning stallion Not A Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice-Single's Bar, by Rory's Jester) added a black-type success when 3YO bay filly Torvill (Not A Single Doubt-Bolero Queen, by Iglesia) opened her stakes account courtesy of a fast-finishing win in the $125,000 Listed Reginald Allen Quality (1400m) for 3YO fillies, defeating fellow fillies Yulong Xingsheng & Workdrinks. Torvill, who hails from the family of Queensland Derby winner Ruthven and multiple Group winning sprinter Cangronde, improved her record to 2 wins and 3 placings from 8 starts for $116,715 in earnings.