Spring is Such a Great Time of the Year

6 September

This year has seemed to roll around quicker than others and here we are right into Spring with new season foals being born on a regular basis. Daytime, night time, and everywhere in between the attention to detail around the foaling paddock is critical but it is great to see these magnificent animals up and running around just a few hours or few days after being born.

While it is early days as far as the foaling season goes, we have already had some notable foals born among the first to hit the ground. One of these is a Reliable Man colt from the VRC Oaks winner Arapaho Miss and thus a full brother to the promising Melbourne filly Miami Bound a half-brother to the stakes winner De Little Engine who won more than A$700,000 in stakes for Flemington trainer Danny O’Brien. A good leggy colt he will no doubt have a significant value when it is time for him to walk through a sale ring.

Three-year-old Miami Bound won impressively at just her second start recently, and could well be heading on a  program which could see her emulate her mother with a victory in the VRC Oaks on Ladies Day at Flemington. Arapaho Miss is booked to visit exciting young sire Tarzino in 2019.

Group 1 winner and Champion two-year-old Fashions Afield is another to foal in recent weeks, producing a Reliable Man filly. The filly is a half-sister to Todman Slipper Stakes winner Kiss and Make Up and is a direct descendant from the Group 1 winning sprinter Wrap Around. Fashions Afield won 6 of her 22 starts and was rated Champion 2YO Filly of Australia with wins in the AJC Sires Produce Stakes Gr.1 and the STC Riesling Stakes and second placings in the STC Golden Slipper Stakes and the AJC Champagne Stakes. At three Fashions Afield trained on to win the AJC Flight Stakes Gr.1 and the Gold Coast Guineas LR and was placed in the Winter Stakes Gr.1, STC Expressway Stakes Gr.2, STC Tea Rose Stakes Gr.2, and AJC Silver Shadow Stakes, ending her career with just shy of A$2,000,000 in stakes.

Bjorn Baker purchased a Tavistock colt from Fashion Afields at the 2019 Gold Coast Magic Million Sale for A$230,000 and the mare will be covered by Swiss Ace in 2019.

Another impressive foal born at Westbury is the first foal for Group 2 placed Rising Shot who did her racing from the stable of David Greene at Te Rapa. The winner of three races, Rising Shot ran second to Coldplay (and beat Stolen Dance) in the Cal Isuzu Stakes Gr.2 at Te Rapa and finished fourth to Ruud Not Too in the Group 2 Rich Hill Mile when beaten just 1.7 lengths. Rising Shot is a half-sister to the highly talented Passing Shot Gr.3 and recent black type performer Hotshots Slam (Sing.), making her Swiss Ace filly a three-quarter sister to both Passing Shot and Hotshots Slam.

The General Nediym mare Sacrista produced a very nice filly by Swiss Ace last month, making her a full sister to Group 2 winner Swissta. The filly is a striking type with a good head and plenty of natural leg and muscle which will see the mare return to Swiss Ace again in 2019. Another notable mare to foal recently was Telepathy, the dam of Australian stakes winner Telepathic, who produced a Redwood colt.

As a 3YO Telepathic won 3 of her first 6 providing Michelle Payne with a win at Ellerslie and then winning the Governor General’s Cup  at Avondale under Danielle Johnson. Telepathic was first trained by Donna Logan and after her Brisbane campaign as a 3YO transferred to the stable of Chris Waller, where she won the Listed ATC Cup in the hands of James McDonald and added valuable Group placings in the Millie Fox Stakes Gr.2, Rough Habit Plate Gr.2 , Epona Stakes Gr.3, and ended her career with a stakes tally of A$335,000. 

Telepathy comes from the prolific family of Eight Carat, Bonanova, Kaapstad, Octagonal, Diamond Lover, Telesto, Material Man and company; while Telepathyhas a Makfi three-year-old, and a Savabeel two-year-old  coming through – she will return to Redwood this season.