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Corks should be popping at historic New Zealand stud

Jockey Hugh Bowman rides Pasadena Girl to win race The Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes.

Jockey Hugh Bowman rides Pasadena Girl to win race The Moet & Chandon Champagne Stakes.Source: Getty Images

It will be no surprise if champagne stocks on the Blandford Lodge, one of New Zealand’s most historic studs, are running low.

The corks should have been popping from the time Criterion blitzed his rivals in the $4 million Group I Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on the second day of the Randwick autumn meeting on April 11.

And the bubbly would have been flowing over the weekend in the wake of Pasadena Girl’s exhilarating win in the $400,000 Group I Champagne Stakes (1600m) on Saturday’s final day of the carnival.

Give all credit to the Blandford Lodge partnership of Owen Glen, the breeder-owner of Criterion, and Graham and Helen-Gaye Bax, who bred Pasadena Girl and sold her as a yearling.

Australia can take some comfort from the fact that while both Criterion and Pasadena Girl were born in New Zealand, both have Australian-bred parents. Foaled by the Bite The Bullet mare Mica’s Pride, Criterion is a first-crop son of Widden Stud’s Sebring, the More Than Ready horse who scooped the Randwick carnival’s stallion honours with Dissident, another from his first foal crop, taking the Group I $400,000 All-Aged Stakes (1400m).

Dissident completed a stakes-winning treble on Saturday for Peter Moody, also the trainer of Pasadena Girl and Hi World, a High Chaparral colt who advertised his classic potential for next season by dominating in the Group III Packer Plate (2000m).

Bought earlier in the season by the emerging China Horse Club from a syndicate of which Moody was also a member, Dissident now moves to a new career at stud. His record includes five Group I victories including the four this season that could win him Horse of the Year honours for 2014-15.

Pasadena Girl also races for a syndicate of owners brought together by Moody after he bid $25,000 for her at the 2013 Melbourne Premier yearling sale — prepared for sale by Eliza Park as agent for the Bax team.

This was the same sale ring where Moody famously found and successfully bid $210,000 for Black Caviar (unbeaten after 25 races and $7.95m in prizemoney) in 2008.

Black Caviar, incidentally, is due to foal to Sebring next spring.

Moody was all forgiving of her lack of size when he inspected Pasadena Girl as a yearling, figuring the otherwise neatly-made bay filly would fill out physically as an autumn three-year-old. But she proved that theory wrong and surprised all in her winning debut, taking the Listed Talindert Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on February 21 at odds of 60-1.

Two months on she becomes Moody’s 50th Group I winner.

Pasadena Girl is by Savabeel and is the first foal of Nina From Pasadena, a Redoute’s Choice mare from the British-bred Real Pzazz, a superbly-bred mare by the Danzig horse Green Desert from a daughter of multiple classic winner Nashwan, by Blushing Groom.

Real Pzazz was bought for $115,500 at the 2004 Tattersalls December sale in England by Queensland agent John Foote, acting for his South Australian client Tony Santic.

Trans-Tasman trainer Grahame Rogerson bought Nina From Pasadena for $200,000 at the 2008 Sydney Easter yearling sale and trained her for a partnership which included his wife, Debbie, to three minor wins in New Zealand where she was eventually sold privately to join the Bax broodmare band at Blandford Lodge.

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Posted April 20, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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