Making his second start for Phillip Stokes, Nostradamus scored a hard-fought win in Saturday’s Group III Hughes Limos R N Irwin Stakes (1100m) at Morphettville.
Ridden by Dom Tourneur, Nostradamus came with a rattling finish from well back in the field to defeat I Am Gypsy (I Am Invincible) by a long-head with Runway Star (Northern Meteor) one and a quarter-length back in third.
It was his first win for the 4yo entire since he captured the Group III Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) twelve months ago when trained by Team Hawkes.
His overall record stands at 4 wins and 2 seconds from 18 starts for earnings of $394,030.
A first crop son of the top-class stallion Medaglia D’Oro (USA), Nostradamus earned the honour of becoming the first southern hemisphere-bred stakes-winner for the son of El Prado when he defeated Washington Heights, Law and Wandjina in the Group III San Domenico Stakes at Rosehill Gardens back in August 2014.
Now with several prominent Victorian Stud’s including Rosemont, Lauriston and Musk Creek in the ownership, a stud career for Nostradamus looks assured.
Bred by Ken Turner’s Almavale Bloodstock, Nostradamus was purchased by Koundouris Bloodstock for $500,000 at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling sale.
He is a half-brother to Widden Stud’s promising young stallion Star Witness (Starcraft) who won the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes at two and the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at three before performing credibly in Europe finishing second in the Group 1 King Stand Stakes and third in the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Both are out of the Group III winner Leone Chiara (Lion Hunter), a sister to multiple Group II winner Chinchilla Rose and Group II winner and successful young stallion Ferocity, and a half-sister to Listed stakes-winner Chiaramonte (Redoute’s Choice).
Leone Chiara has an unraced 2yo Sepoy filly named Princess Wildfire who failed to make her $1 million reserve at the 2015 Easter Yearling sale and a yearling Sepoy colt that came up short of his $250,000 reserve at this year’s Easter Yearling sale.
After foaling a colt by Sebring last spring, Leone Chiara was bred back to Widden Stud’s Golden Slipper winner.
Article from Breednet by Mark Smith – Saturday, 23 April 2016