THREE weeks ago, I wrote about a galloper Elite Street racing with success in Western Australia, and which is related to Sydney Group winner Ateates, and bred by the late Grenfell grazier Neil Johnson.
Trained by Dan Morton at Ascot, Elite Street (whose grand-dam is Ateates) took his earnings to over $1 million when winning the WATC Euroz Hartleys Colonel Reeves Stakes-G3 on his home track recently.
While Elite Street was taking his third successive stakes win, Lost And Running won the $1m The Hunter at Newcastle, demonstrating the stud success of Street Cry sire sons in this part of the world.
Likely to defend his crown in the WA celebrated Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes-G1 at Ascot this Saturday - a race which dates back to 1952, Elite Street is by Street Cry Californian US Group 1 sprinter Street Boss.
The chestnut horse which has stood at Godolphin's Northwood Park near Seymour, Victoria, for the previous 11 southern seasons, has spent the current season at its owners' Aberdeen property "Kelvinside" in the Upper Hunter Valley.
The New Zealand bred Lost And Running is by Kiwi import Per Incanto, a brown horse built in a similar mould to his champion deceased sire Street Cry.
An Italian Group winning sprinter, Per Incanto - which stands at Little Avondale near Masterton in the North Island of New Zealand, has proved a regular source of feature winners in that country and in Australia.
Fourth in The Everest at Randwick two starts back, the John O'Shea trained Lost And Running - a $40,000 graduate of the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale in Melbourne, has now earned of over $2.2m.
While Coolmore Stud's prominent and handsome stallion Pride Of Dubai would take centre stage, other sire sons of Street Cry in Australia include Last Typhoon (at Eden Park Stud, and is the only foal produced from champion racemare Typhoon Tracy) and Wolf Cry (Larneuk Stud) in Victoria, and Hualalai (Ducatoon Park, Kadina) in South Australia.
SHAMUS Award continues to show his might at stud siring stakes and feature winners including recent addition Kiss Sum inaugural winner of the $700,000 The Four Pillars on the Golden Eagle race-program at Rosehill late last month.
The Four Pillars event - another brain-child of Racing NSW, relates to the country trainers only $1.3 million The Kosciuszko race also held last month.
The Four Pillars' 18 slot holders were provided via a second chance draw from The Kosciuszko ticket holders (of which there were about 260,000), and becoming another success.
Run as a Benchmark 68 Handicap over 1500m, the race is open to Midway Handicap horses only, which is restricted to the small to mid-size stables of provincial and Sydney trainers.
Similar to The Kosciuszko, prizewinning slot holders must receive at least 40 per cent of prizemoney for their selected horse. Wyong conditioner Tracey Bartley had the honour of preparing The Four Pillars initial winner Kiss Sum a three-year-old by Snitzel stallion Shamus Award, which stands at Rosemount Stud, Gnarwarre Victoria. Winning two of his six starts previously, The Four Pillar's Kiss Sum win boosted his prizemoney to almost $400,000.
IT didn't take long for Russian Revolution to emerge with his first winner as a sire when his first crop juvenile daughter Russian Conquest impressively won the Max Lees Classic for two-year-olds a feature on "The Hunter" program at Newcastle recently.
Trained by Peter and Paul Snowden, Russian Conquest was an equal top price (at $425,000) for a first season Russian Revolution offspring, the filly bought at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
Russian Conquest was sold via the draft of Newgate Farm, Aberdeen, also home of Russian Revolution, a Sydney and Melbourne Group 1 winner by champion Australian sire Snitzel.
On the same day in Brisbane, Mishani Mental was having his fifth start to become the second winner of another first crop juvenile sire The Mission, a Sydney two-year-old Group 1 winner by Choisir, and which stands at Aquis, Canungra in south-east Queensland.
It'll be a tussle between The Mission and another Queensland based stallion Raheen Stud's Heroic Valour at the top of Australia's champion first season sires' list with the latter in front.
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