Weanlings For Sale

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm will present a draft of seven weanlings at Inglis’ Great Southern Sale at Oaklands Junction this weekend. Three will go under the hammer on Sunday 21st June while the remaining four will be offered on Monday 22nd June.

Lot7Lot 7 Ch Colt Americain (USA) x Empowering
This impressive looking colt is from the first crop of Champion European, Champion Australian stayer and Melbourne Cup winner Americain. He is the second foal from three time winner Empowering. Empowering’s first foal sold for $40,000. She is by General Nediym and is a full sister to Tendue. Tendue has produced two stakes performers. Alcohol has won more than $250,000 and was runner up at Group 3 level while Alcobro has placed at listed level.

Lot 11Lot 11 B Colt Turffontein x Express Lane
This colt is by popular young sire Turffontein, Turffontein has produced Group 2 winners Fontein Ruby and Fontiton from each of his two crops to race. This is the first foal from Express Lane. Express Lane is a half sister to the well performed Too Deadly who has won three races and more than $175,000 in prize money.

Lot 162aLot 162 Ch Filly Choisir x Swift Sands
This attractive filly is a daughter of super sire Choisir. Choisir’s progeny are well sought after and perform consistently at International level. This filly is the second foal from Swift Sands. Swift Sands is from Group 1 place getter Quite Astute. Swift Sands won on five occasions to 1,200 metres and finished runner up behind Paprika in the first 2yo race in Australia in her year. She also finished runner up in the Magic Millions 2yo plate.

Lot 260cLot 260 B Filly Toorak Toff x Encapsulate
This well grown filly is by multiple Group 1 winner Toorak Toff. Toorak Toff’s oldest progeny are yearlings. This filly’s dam Encapsulate is by Australian Champion sire Encosta de Lago from listed runner up Anemone Garden. Encapsulate has produced three foals to race. All are winners including Swipeline who has won three times at city level. 

Lot 269aLot 269 Ch Filly Strategic x Glorious Spirit
This attractive filly is by the ever consistent Strategic. Strategic is the sire of Misegic, Meurice, Platelet, Fair Embrace, Tudor and others. This weanling’s dam is Glorious Spirit who is a winner despite only racing on three occasions. Glorious Spirit is a daughter of stakes placed Here For Glory and hails from the family that produced black type winners British General and British Lion

Lot 341 Lot 341 Ch Filly Turffontein x Blazing Glory
This impressive filly looks to be an early runner. She is by popular young sire Turffontein, Turffontein has produced Group 2 winners Fontein Ruby and Fontiton from each of his two crops to race. This is filly is the second foal from Bianconi mare Blazing Glory. Blazing Glory won two races to 1200 metres. Blazing Glory is from a producer of eight winners and a half-sister to Group 1 winner Special Dane.

Lot 349aLot 349 Br Filly Domesday x Corinella
This filly is by the successful sire Domesday. Domesday has produced Group 1 winners Pressday and Doctor Doom. The filly’s dam is Corinella by the popular sire High Chaparral. Corinella won two races at 1008 and 1400 metres and she is a half sister to black type and $300,000 prize money winner Changing Eyes.

Please note that Lot 275 Ch Filly Written Tycoon x Inprivato has been withdrawn.

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Magic Millions National Weanling, Broodmare & Yearling Sale

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Lot 1903     Bay Colt             Artie Schiller x YatalaArtie Schiller x Yatala Body shot
This athletic colt is the second foal of the multiple stakes placed mare Yatala, who is by More than Ready mare. He stands over plenty of ground as did his sire Artie Schiller.  His sire Artie Schiller was a Breeders’ Cup Mile winner and producer of Group 1 winners. This well related colt will command your interest.

Artie Schiller x Apolina_15-05-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__23Lot 1933      Bay/Br Colt     Artie Schiller x Apolina
This well related colt is a half brother to recent Hong Kong winner and Group 2 Sandown Guineas place getter Apollo’s Choice. Apollo’s Choice is the only progeny of Rubiton mare Apolina to race. Apolina is a full sister to multiple black type winning sprinter Prince Rubiton.
His sire Artie Schiller was a Breeders’ Cup Mile winner and producer
of Group 1 winners.

Lot 2085    Bay/Br Colt     Denman x Flawless Choice
Denman x Flawless Choice No 1
A strong, thick boned colt with a well rounded hind quarter and deep girth. He is an outstanding example of his sire Denman and Redoute’s Choice all in one horse. He is the second foal of the multiple stakes related Redoute’s Choice mare Flawless Choice, a four time and metro winner herself.  An excellent evolutionary product of the proven Lonhro x Danehill cross.

Lot 2109     Ch Colt               Wanted x Gal ExpressWanted x Gal Express_15-05-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__138
This powerful colt is the son of Success Express mare Gal Express. All of Gal Express’s foals to race are winners including the triple 2yo black type place getter Timely Truce.
This colt is by the popular Group 1 Newmarket winning  son of Fastnet Rock – Wanted.

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Lot 167        Ch  Colt           Helmet  x  SkidoodlHelmet x Skidoodle_15-05-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__186e
There is a bit of ‘X’ factor about this well balanced flashy colt. He is out of Encosta De Lago mare Skidoodle. Skidoodle has already produced promising 3yo sprinter Tudor who has earned black type recently (May 2015) finishing runner up at Group 2 level and previously at listed level in open company.
His sire, Helmet, a son of Exceed And Excel, won at Group 1 level
on 3 occasions, twice as a 2yo and once as a 3yo in the Caulfield
Guineas. Helmet’s progeny have not yet raced.

Lot 273        Ch Colt             Sebring  x  Candy StripesSebring x Candy Stripes_15-05-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__240
This quality colt is the first foal from Commands mare Candy Stripes. Candy Stripes finished third at listed level and is the daughter of Group 2 winner and Group 1 runner up Candy Vale.
His sire is one of the hottest young stallions in Australia. Sebring won the Golden Slipper and is the sire of multiple Group 1 winners Dissident and Criterion and others.

Lot 316        Bay   Colt          Pierro  x  EmilydelagoPierro x Emilydelago_15-05-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__402
This strong colt is among the first crop of Australia’s Champion 2yo sprinter and Golden Slipper winner Pierro. Pierro won 5 Group 1s to 1600m including Australia’s 2yo triple crown. He was rated the top 3yo sprinting colt in the world.
He is from Encosta de Lago mare Emily De Lago. Emily De Lago is a half sister to black type winner Shanghai Warrior and the dam of
listed runner up Zellindi.

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Lot 683       Bay Mare           InthemixInthemix_15-05-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__517
Inthemix is a 2yo city winning mare and a full sister to $1million earner and regular blacktype performer Pepperwood. She has produced two foals to race – both winners including Polinelli who strung 3 wins in a row earlier this season.
Inthemix is in foal to first season sire Unencumbered. Unencumbered won five early two year old races including the $2 million 2yo Magic Millions Classic.

Lot 844       Ch Mare             Pride of EncostaPride Of Encosta_15-05-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__458
Pride Of Encosta is a daughter of champion sire Encosta De Lago. She is out of the good broodmare and well related Pride Of Ingenue. Pride Of Ingenue produced 4 times Group 1 runner up Atapi and listed place getter Silence Prevails.

Pride of Encosta is in foal to freshman stallion Shamus Award.
Shamus Award was Australia’s top rated 3yo during the 2013/14
season when he won the Group 1 Cox Plate and the Group 1 Australian
Guineas.

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Two In A Row For Blue Diamond

Blue Diamond (4g. Tale Of The Cat – Mighty Atalanta by Mighty Avalanche) made it back to back wins at Singapore last Friday – both by the closest of margins.

After racing on the speed Blue Diamond looked as though he would be run down by a late finishing Invincible Man, however Blue Diamond with Nooresh Juglall up fought on strongly to hold on and win the race over the 1,100 metre trip on April 24.
Race Replay: Singapore 24 April 2015 Race 9

Manoel Nunes was on board the Alvin Tan trained 4yo in his next start over the 1,000 metre trip. Again Blue Diamond raced on speed and was tough when it mattered to edge out front runner Lively Dragon and third place getter Eatons Gold who loomed late.
Race Replay: Singapore 08 May Race 7

Blue Diamond was bred by Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm and sold at Adelaide’s Magic Millions yearling sale in 2012 for AUD$50,000. The win on Friday was his fifth in Singapore and took his career earnings to SGD$185,776.

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Apollo’s Choice Salutes in Hong Kong

Douglas Whyte steers Apollo's Choice to victory in the last event yesterday, bringing up his fourth win of the day aboard David Hall's galloper. Photos: Kenneth Chan SCMP 12 Apr 15

David Hall’s Apollo’s Choice with Douglas Whyte on – Photo: Kenneth Chan, South China Morning Post 12 Apr 15

Apollo’s Choice (4g. Choisir – Apolina by Rubiton) won the richest race on the card at Sha Tin last Sunday – A HK$1,500,000 mile race on the turf track for Australian trainer David Hall. It was Douglas Whyte’s fourth win for the day. From the inside gate Whyte positioned Apollo’s Choice in the box seat. 350metres from home Whyte took a run inside the front runner Sichaun Exec. Despite being tightened for room Apollo’s Choice pushed through and was strong to the line holding out race favourite Celestial Smile by a length.

Race Replay R11 Sha Tin 12 Apr 15

The win was Apollo’s Choice’s third  from just eight career starts and his first in Hong Kong.

Apollo’s Choice was purchased at Inglis’ Premier Sale in 2013 by Shea Eden. He won his first two starts before a luckless fourth at listed level at Flemington. He backed up in the following week into the Group 2 Sandown Guineas where he finished third.

On the strength of those performances Apollo’s Choice was sold to Hong Kong where he joined David Hall’s stable. He sustained a minor ligament injury after his first start at his new home before being rested and gelded. He displayed some of his ability in his next two starts, hitting the front in his race on the 8th of March before fading. He then won a trial before his victory yesterday.

Apollo’s Choice was bred at Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm and is the first foal to race from Rubiton mare Apolina.

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Lot 276 – Inglis Easter Yearling Sale

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Lot 276 – Inglis Easter Yearling Sale Ch f Street Cry x Amarazetti

Lauriston Thoroughred Farm’s sole entry into Inglis’s Easter Yearling Sale is Lot 276 a stunning chestnut filly by Street Cry from Group 3 placed Commands mare Amarazetti, from the family of Group 1 winners I Like Diamonds and Hill of Grace.

The filly will be presented by one of Victoria’s leading vendor’s Three Bridges Thoroughbreds who will be offering a select draft of three yearlings at the sale.

Ill fated Street Cry is an amazingly versatile stallion with global appeal. He produced USA horse of the year Zenyatta as well as Steet Sense, Street Boss and others. He has been super successful in Australia leaving a Melbourne Cup hero in Shocking, a brilliant Blue Diamond winner in Pride of Dubai and everything in between. Both Shocking and Pride Of Dubai are out of daughters of Danehill. Lot 276 is bred on a similar cross. Amarazetti is by Commands a son of Danehill.

Amarazetti has produced three older foals: City winner Ms Mazetti (3f. Lonhro x Amarazetti) finished 0.2length second behind Bullpit on debut while edging out Rich Enuff into 3rd before winning at Caulfield in her next start; Recent winner Zettfidaa (4f. Red Ransom x Amarazetti); and Realise The Dream (2f. More Than Ready x Amarazetti) who has trialled well recently for trainer Mick Price.

“This filly is strong, very muscular with lovely loose movement and being by Street Cry she could end up well placed in a number of countries, so she certainly looks like a yearling with a very positive future,” said Three Bridges’ Toby Liston.

“Lauriston Thoroughbreds have done a terrific job in raising her and no doubt her Super VOBIS eligibility will spark some Victorian interest given the amazing prize money and bonuses on offer.”

Lot 276 Pedigree

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Swiftly Red simply too swift at Bendigo

Swiftly RedSwiftly Red proved too strong at Bendigo to notch the second win of her prep for Mornington-based trainer Tony Noonan in the Andy’s Earthmovers Handicap over 1400m.

Holding off a late challenge in the final 50m of the race, Swiftly Red held on by a head for connections at Laurel Oak Bloodstock who race a number of horses with Noonan with the partnership enjoying an excellent season together.

“I’ve got to give a lot of thanks to my foreman Viv Bertrand and Lisa Jones who manages our farm,” Noonan said.

“They have done a lot of work with the mare who has had muscle enzyme problems in the past and a lot of people have worked extremely hard and got a lot out of her.”

Swiftly Red, a 4-year-old Testa Rossa mare, was having the fifth run and second victory of her campaign but Noonan expects even more to come as the tracks begin softening as winter approaches.

Jockey Nick Hall returned to the saddle to partner Swiftly Red and maintained his perfect strike with two wins from two rides aboard to mare.

Jumping from barrier 1, Swiftly Red pinged out of the gates forcing Lilian to work hard in the early stages to find the lead.

Settling Swiftly Red in the run, Hall eventually gave up the lead but gave his mare the dream run in transit on the fence, one behind Lilian.

Peeling out at the top of the straight, Hall peeled out and balanced up Swiftly Red ($4.60) who was strong to the line to score by a head from Deeming ($6.00) and Ungreatful Ellen ($2.70) in third.

“I was happy to switch her over to the left and it really got her through the line,” Hall said.

Race Replay: R6 Bendigo 02 Apr 15

Article sourced from Tony Noonan Racing Website

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Moment of truth for Hall’s Apollo after dirt trial win

Apollo's Choice

Apollo’s Choice (Douglas Whyte) has the better of the grey Level Player (Andreas Suborics) in a dirt trial at Sha Tin on Tuesday. Photo: Kenneth Chan

Apollo’s Choice had his classic aspirations ended before they even started but the David Hall-trained Australian import may yet collect some cheques this season after a confidence-building dirt trial win at Sha Tin on Tuesday.

A two-time winner over sprint trips and third in the Group Two Sandown Guineas over a mile, Apollo’s Choice ran once over 1,400m for Hall before a tendon injury picked up in trackwork sidelined the son of Choisir and put paid to any chance of pushing for a place in the four-year-old races.

A gelding operation followed in early November and Apollo’s Choice returned with a game unplaced effort over 1,400m after jumping from gate 10 and sitting wide in an on-pace dominated contest.

Stepping up to a mile in a competitive Class Two, Apollo’s Choice was a sound fifth, hitting the front briefly in the straight before being overwhelmed by some race-fit opposition.

Apollo’s Choice is now rated 83, down from 86 when he arrived, and yesterday’s 1,200m heat win will have him up to the mark fitness-wise for his next race start.

Douglas Whyte has ridden Apollo’s Choice at his last two starts and was aboard in the trial, getting a clean break to find the box seat in a slowly run trial. When trial leader Level Player drifted from the fence in the straight, Whyte seized an opportunity to give Apollo’s Choice a nice blow-out over the final 200m, booting up on the inside to score by a nose.

Even though the overall time of 1.11.01s was slow on a track that has been playing faster than ever, the final 400m of 22.8s indicated that the final furlong was a decent test.

Link to trial replay

Article: Moment of truth for Hall’s Apollo after dirt trial win
Accessed: 01 Apr 15
South China Morning Post by Michael Cox

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Magic Millions 2015 Adelaide Yearling Sale

MAG141_GC  Adelaide Sale Banner_FINAL HR_gwv2Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm are proud to be presenting a draft of six quality yearlings at the Magic Millions 2015 Adelaide Yearling Sale from 9th March.

The Lauriston draft will be available for inspection from Thursday 5th March at Magic Millions’ Morphettville sales complex. The yearlings will be stabled in Barn 3 Row A.

Lot 63       Ch Colt        Bianconi x Empowering
Bianconi x Empowering_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__1344This athletic colt by Bianconi is the first foal from General Nediym mare Empowering. Empowering is a full sister to Tendue dam of Group 3 runner up Alcohol who has won in excess of $250,000 and Alcobro who remains undefeated in his 3 starts to date. Both Alcohol and Alcobro are by Bianconi making this yearling colt, nicknamed Alcocuzz, is a 100% blood relation.

Wanted x Off The Planet_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__916Lot 163     Bay Colt      Wanted x Off The Planet
This strong Wanted colt is the second foal from Off The Planet. Off The Planet is a city performer who has won more than $130,000. Off The Planet is a half sister to Laetitia dam of black type performers Stryker, Exeed & Exalt, Puerto Banus and Seeking Attention.

Lot 166     Bay Colt      Domesday x OrpenellaDomesday x Orpenella_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__969
This well balanced colt is by Domesday from Orpenella, a half sister to black type performers Booroonga and Astro Gains. Orpenella has produced four foals to race. All are winners.

 

Magic Albert x Swift Sands_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__1481Lot 231     Bay Filly      Magic Albert x Swift Sands
This nicely put together filly by Magic Albert is the first foal from Swift Sands. Swift Sands was an early sprinting mare who won 5 races and more than $100,000. Her dam, Quite Astute was placed at Group 3 level.

Nicconi x Tango Express_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__1440Lot 237     Ch Filly       Nicconi x Tango Express
This athletic filly by Nicconi is the first foal from Success Express mare Tango Express. Tango Express was a regular city class sprinting performer who won on four occasions.


Lot 285
   Bay Colt      Foreplay x ArticulationForeplay x Articulation_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__1240

This strong colt by Foreplay is the second foal from winning mare Articulation. Articulation is from the family of Group 1 performer Etoile D’or and Chincilla Rose and Star Witness, etc.MAG141_GC  Adelaide Sale Banner_FINAL HR_gwv2

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2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale

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Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm are proud to be presenting a draft of thirteen quality yearlings at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale from 1st March.

The Lauriston draft will be available for inspection from Tuesday 24th February at Inglis’ Oaklands sales complex. The yearlings will be stabled in Barn G.

Session 1
Lot 2        Bay Colt         High Chaparral x AccelerationHigh Chaparral x Acceleration_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__553
This athletic colt by High Chaparral (sire of So You Think, It’s A Dundeel, Shoot Out etc. is from the sprinting mare Acceleration. Acceleration was a regular city performer who achieved success to 1350 metres. She was runner up at listed level and won more than $180,000. Followers of the Rasmussen Factor will note that this colt is inbred, (3x4x5), to the good dam Fairy Bridge. Acceleration is by champion sire Encosta de
Lago, a son of Fairy King. Her mating to High Chaparral is designed to
introduce Sadler’s Wells – a full brother to Fairy King to this yearling’s
pedigree.

Lot 81      Bay Colt         Manhattan Rain x Chordata_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__596Manhattan Rain x Chordata
This quality colt by the Group 1 performer Manhattan Rain, sire of Moonovermanhattan, is from the city winning mare Chordata. Chordata is a daughter of multiple Group 1 winner Dashing Eagle and a full sister to the sprinter Gaburin who has earned more than $2 Million prize money in Japan.

Lot 138    Ch Filly            Helmet x EmilydelagoHelmet x Emily De Lago_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__326
This good boned filly is by the exciting first season sire and triple Group 1 winner Helmet. Her dam, Emilydelago, a city 2y.o winner, has produced two foals to race – both are winners including Zellindi a 2yo city winner and was beaten a nose at listed level.

Lot 140    Bay Colt         Bel Esprit x EncapsulateBel Esprit x Encapsulate_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__504
This outstanding colt is by champion Victorian sire Bel Esprit – a prolific getter of winners, including Black Caviar. His dam, Encapsulate by Encosta de Lago produced multiple city winner Swipeline. Encapsulate is the daughter of listed place getter Anemone Garden.

Lot 464    Bay Filly        Exceed and Excel x RapidementExceed And Excel x Rapidement_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__196
This speedy looking filly is by champion 2yo sire Exceed And Excel (sire of Overreach, Guelph, Earthquake, etc.) and the first foal from Flemington and Moonee Valley winning sprinter Rapidement. Rapidement’s siblings include the sprinters Sir Monashee (winner of 7 races and $478,000) and Monashee Dancer (winner of 10 races and $277,000)

Starcraft x Saratoga_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__364Lot 496    Brown Filly    Starcraft x Saratoga
This striking filly by Group 1 winner Starcraft, (sire of Star Witness), is the second living foal from the city winning mare Saratoga. At two Saratoga finished runner up in the listed QTC McDougall stakes and fourth in the Group 2 QTC Sires’ Produce Stakes. She retired to stud with earnings in excess of $160,000.

Lot 515    Bay Filly        Commands x Show StealerCommands x Show Stealer_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__356
This filly displays all the hallmarks of an early runner. She is by the champion sire Commands from the well related early running family of Show Stealer. Show Stealer is a half sister to Group 2 winner Great Crusader, Listed place getters Bold Reason and Gay Adventure and the half sister to Stolen Beauty who has produced 2yo Magic Millions Classic winner Real Surreal and Group 3 winner Benny’s Buttons.
Show Stealer won her last three race starts – two at city level before
being retired to stud.

Not A Single Doubt x Skidoodle_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__106Lot 521    Bay Filly        Not a Single Doubt x Skidoodle
This powerful filly is by Not A Single Doubt, the sire of Miracles Of Life and many other well credentialed race performers. Her dam Skidoodle is a winning daughter of Encosta de Lago. Skidoodle has produced the promising 3yo Tudor and the older sibling Velonski, a winner of 6 races. Tudor has won at city level and has finished runner up at listed level. His earnings currently exceed $200,000. Velonski has also won at city
level and earned $140,000.

Session 2
Lot 654      Bay Filly      Choisir x CorinellaChoisir x Corinella_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__1861
This elegant filly is by Choisir (sire of Starspangledbanner,etc.) and the first foal from Corinella, a daughter of High Chaparral. Corinella won on two occasions and is a half sister to consistent black type performer Changing Eyes.

Lot 664      Ch Filly        Congrats x DocaladyCongrats x Docalady_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__2003
This neat filly is by popular US sire Congrats from Stravinsky mare Docalady. Docalady is the daughter of black type winner That’s It Doc and was herself placed at listed level on three occasions. The family has consistently produced early sprinters. Docalady is the dam of Dasilva, the winner of 4 races.

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This well balanced colt by dual group 1 winner Toorak Toff is from Entango – a half sister to stakes winner Tycoon Tango. Tycoon Tango is the dam of stakes placed Tycoon’s Heart who like Toorak Toff is by Show A Heart. Entango has produced city performer Tango Express.

New Approach x Paramount_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__1025Lot 718      Ch Colt          New Approach x Paramount
This well balanced colt by New Approach, (Group 1 winning sire of May’s Dream, Gamblin’ Guru, etc.), is the second foal from Paramount. Paramount is a full sister to Group 1 Stradbroke Hcp winner La Montagna.

Lot 755      Bay Filly       Domesday x SpycatcherDomesday x Spycatcher_06-02-2015_GEN_Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm__1617
This strong, well conformed filly by Domesday is from Spy Catcher. Spy Catcher, a half sister to listed performer Rendzina, is from the family of Surround stakes winner Khaptivaan- dam of Oakleigh Plate winner Khaptingly and the good performer Khaptrist.

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Rock of Glory blows rivals away on home soil

Rock Of GloryThe Dan O’Sullivan-trained colt was sent out a raging hot favourite in the Whiteheads Timber Maiden Plate (1000m) and didn’t disappoint, unleashing a strong finishing burst to score a runaway two-and-a-quarter-length win.

Rock of Glory’s success arrives at his seventh career outing and after a persistent campaign that began in November last year when he debuted at Hamilton.

It continues the stable’s good recent association with champion jockey Damien Oliver, who also rode stablemate Leicameares to victory at Ballarat last month.

Oliver said the step back in trip worked well for Rock of Glory, whose past two runs had been over 1200m and 1209m.

“I think it was a smart idea by Dan bringing him back to the 1000m, just teaching him how to pace himself,” Oliver said.

“He got a bit of speed, was able to sit in behind and he was just going in the straight – only did what he had to do – but after the line he ran right through the line and finished off good.

“I think he has certainly got room for improvement when he learns to pace himself a bit better.”

The Dan O’Sullivan Racing team sends its congratulations to all of Rock of Glory’s connections.

Article Sourced: danosullivanracing.com.au

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