BMW champ Hartnell a double whammy to local breeders   Leave a comment

BMW champ Hartnell a double whammy to local breeders

Jockey James McDonald rides Hartnell to victory in The BMW at Rosehill on Saturday

Jockey James McDonald rides Hartnell to victory in The BMW at Rosehill on Saturday Source: Getty Images

Well might the Australian breeding industry have cringed at The BMW’s foreign-bred trifecta at Rosehill on Saturday but there was a double whammy supplied by the winner, Hartnell, who had not raced in this country until a month ago.

The natural resources to breed one like Hartnell, a British-bred four-year-old gelding by Authorized from a daughter of Danzig’s renowned sprinting son and sire Anabaa, were readily available here at the same time.

One of four English Derby winners for the Sadler’s Wells Horse Montjeu, Authorized left 245 live foals from his four Australian spring seasons at the Darley Stud in the NSW Hunter Valley from 2009 to 2012.

Anabaa, champion European sprinter of 1996 when the Group I July Cup (1200m) in England figured prominently among his victories, shuttled for 11 seasons to Australia and left a long line of versatile stakeswinners. They included Australian Derby winner Headturner, Caulfield Guineas hero Anacheeva and triple Group I sprinter Yell.

Bred by Darley Stud, Hartnell was foaled by Debonnaire who won two minor races to 1600m from nine starts and was herself a foal of Ultra Finesse, also a winner of two minor events to 2400m and who was by Blushing Groom horse Rahy.

Ultra Finesse, though, was a half-sister to Suavite whose seven winning foals included Nijinsky’s grandson Suave Dancer, the outstanding European three-year-old of 1991. when he romped home in the Group I Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2400m) following success in the Group I French Derby (2400m).

Suave Dancer shuttled to Australia for three seasons and was struck dead by lightning in his paddock in December, 1998. Mahtoum, the winner of the Group I Sydney Cup-Group III Manion Cup double in 2005 was his standout performer.

Authorized, from the French-bred Funsie — whose sire Saumarez and grandsire Rainbow Quest won the Arc — was the cavalier winner of the 2007 English Derby.

Authorized’s youngest Australian-conceived runners are two-year-olds of this season, so there is plenty of time yet for them to kick in. They will prefer the middle distances just as second crop member Maygrove did, winning earlier this year of the Group II Wellington Cup (3200m) in New Zealand.

Complacent, another second crop member, struck first for Authorized as a spring three-year-old of 2013 when winning the Group I ATC Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick. But he has only recently returned to training following an injury which flared after his second placing in the 2013 Group I Victoria Derby (2500m).

Standing at the Haras du Logis in France at a fee equivalent to $13,900, Authorized’s European-conceived honour roll is led by Group I winners Ambivalent and Seal of Approval and now Hartnell, while he also has Group III winners in Ireland, Germany, France and Australia — the latter with French-bred Signoff in the Lexus Stakes (2500m) in November.

To say Hartnell’s month-long history in Australia has been explosive may be an understatement given that there has been nothing yet to emerge from the horses he beat in a Group III and a Listed race in England last year to suggest Australia’s only Group I at 2400m was within his cope just 28 days after his debut here.

Hartnell was first sighted here on February 28 charging late for a half length second in the Group I Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m).

He followed that eye-catching performance by winning the Group III Sky High Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on March 14 and two weeks on took his Australian earnings for the month to $1,117,000 by staying best in The BMW. In a sad indictment of the existing state of play for the Australian stamina horse, the three home-breds among 11 starters — eight-year-old Extra Zero, Hampton Court representing the invisible classic generation and the NZ-trained pacemaker Fast Dragon — were the last three over the line.

Foreign-bred winners of Group Is at 2000m and further for horses three years and over that followed were the Caulfield Cup (2400m) for Japan’s Admire Rakti, the Cox Plate (2040m) for Ireland’s Adelaide, Germany’s first Melbourne Cup (3200m) with Protectionist, the Australian Cup (2000m) to British-bred Spillway and the Ranvet Stakes (2000m) to Contributer.

There are three Group Is at 2000m and upwards for older horses remaining for the 2014-15 season, with two of them, the $3m Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) and $1.5m Sydney Cup (3200m), set for the next two Saturdays at Randwick — with Godolphin Racing’s Irish-bred Contributer the one to beat in the former and stablemate Hartnell shaping as a handicapping certainty with only 52kg to carry in the latter.

Darley Stud, which feeds Godolphin Racing, has had a massive autumn to date with its stallion roster responsible for five of the nine winners on the Rosehill card — Medcaut for Commands, Group IIs for Dubawi (Catkins) and Reset (Hauraki), a Group III for Lonhro (Generalife) and Authorized’s Group I with Hartnell.

The big one to escape Darley’s wide net was the Group I Vinery Stakes (2000m) for three-year-old fillies which was taken out by Fenway, by Contributer’s sire High Chaparral, the high-class Sadler’s Wells horse who regularly shuttled for the Coolmore Stud until his untimely death in Ireland late last year.

High Chaparral had his newest stakeswinners on Saturday when the two-year-old colt Real Bullet won the Group III Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville and Karaktar, a three-year-old colt, forwarded his classic claims with a seven length win in a 2100m Listed event in France on his fourth start.

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Posted March 30, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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