2018

Despatch Wins Listed Redelva Stakes

Monday, 23rd April 2018

At Morphettville Racecourse in Adelaide, Woodside Park's Gr2-winning Champion Victorian Sire Written Tycoon (Iglesias-Party Miss, by Kenmare) added a black-type success when 3YO Australian-bred gelding Despatch (Written Tycoon-Zoccoletta, by Fasliyev) showed his class when sprinting away for a comfortable win in the $110,000 Listed Redelva Stakes (1100m) for 3YOs, defeating Fancy Rumble & True Excelsior. Originally purchased for $40,000 from the 2015 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale before being subsequently sold to McEvoy Mitchell Racing for $195,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale, Despatch advanced his record to  3 wins (including the Magic Millions 2YO Clockwise Classic) and 1 placing (the Listed Phelan Ready Stakes) from 5 starts for $260,860 in earnings. Despatch is the third winner from four to race for the Fasliyev mare Zoccoletta, a daughter of the Gr3 Fernhill Handicap winner Vita. Despatch's third dam Penita (Pepenador) won five races including two Group Ones and was the Champion 4YO+ mare of Argentina.

Tulip Wins Gr3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes

Monday, 26th February 2018

At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Coolmore's 2YO Triple Crown-winning Champion stallion Pierro (Lonhro-Miss Right Note, by Daylami) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred filly Tulip (Pierro-Musidora, by Rock of Gibraltar) landed her first win in nearly 12 months when posting a strong performance in the $150,000 Gr3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes (1200m) for 3YO fillies, defeating True Excelsior & Seannie. A $400,000 purchase from the draft of Curraghmore at the 2016 NZB National Yearling Sale, Tulip improved her record to 2 wins (including the Gr3 ATC Magic Night Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 ATC Golden Slipper) from 12 starts for $941,625 in earnings. Tulip is out of Gr3 winner Musidora (Rock Of Gibraltar), whose dam Nice Dancing is a half-sister to the dam of Arrowfield's Gr1 Golden Slipper winner & former champion Australian sire Flying Spur. This is the family of influential blue hen Fanfreluche ancestress of former champion Australian sire Encosta de Lago and Coolmore stallion Holy Roman Emperor.

2017

Houtzen Wins Gr3 Scarborough Stakes

Tuesday, 3rd October 2017

At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) added a Group race success when 3YO bay filly Houtzen (I Am Invincible-Set to Unleash, by Reset) showed her customary speed to lead throughout for a strong win in the $150,000 Gr3 Scarborough Stakes (1200m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Mintha & True Excelsior. This was an encouraging return to form for Houtzen who improved her record to 5 wins (including the Magic Millions 2YO Classic) and 1 placing (the Gr2 McEwen Stakes) from 7 starts for $1,559,600 in earnings. Houtzen, who hails from the family of 4-time Gr1 winner and champion South African mare Sun Classique & Gr1 South Australian Oaks winner Gamine, was purchased by her trainer Toby Edmonds Racing for $105,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Yarraman Park. Should she line up, Houtzen will represent Aquis Farm in the inaugural running of the world's richest turf race, the $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 14 October. "The Everest has always been her grand final so we have left something in the tank," Edmonds told racing.com on Friday night. "We will talk to Aquis who have the slot. We will sit down and talk about it. The horse comes first…if we think there is a more suitable race for her we might go that way."

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Houtzen (image: Mark Gatt)