Precious Gem registered the biggest success of her career when she steamed home to win the Group One Robert Sangster Classic (1200m) at Morphettville.
It was a timely win in the feature for fillies and mares for the Melbourne prepared six-year-old as she will go under the hammer at June’s Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale at the Gold Coast.
Thanks to the win, her eighth, Precious Gem sent her earnings past $660,000. It was her second straight black type victory after winning the listed Anniversary Vase at Caulfield last run.
The Econsul mare, prepared by Henry Dwyer, provided popular Victorian jockey Jake Noonan with his first win at Group One level.
Precious Gem is a full sister to Singapore black type performer and eight time winner Happy Money. She hails from the family of Group One winners Turffontein, Alynda, Penny Gem and Hit the Roof.
Glenesk Thoroughbreds will present Precious Gem at the Gold Coast on behalf of her owners. She goes under the hammer on June 1 as Lot 528.
Star mare Atlantis Dream turned in a massive effort when she attempted to defend her title in the Group Two Queen of the South Stakes later on the Morphettville card.
The Darren Weir prepared mare covered ground, but kept driving to the line, narrowly edged out by the lighter weighted Into the Mist.
Atlantis Dream will be one of the quality lots in the supplementary catalogue for the National Broodmare Sale. Another is Group One winner Pasadena Girl as well as today’s Silk Stocking fourth placegetter Adorabubble.
Well related Encosta de Lago mare Inishowen will chase black type before she also heads to the Gold Coast for the National Broodmare Sale following a strong win at Flemington today.
Co-trainer Lee Freedman said the $170,000 plus earner would head to Adelaide for the Centaurea Stakes before she heads to her date in the sale ring on June 1.
“She’s a lovely Encosta de Lago mare from a three quarter sister to Mahogany,” Freedman said.
Inishowen is catalogued as Lot 662 and will be presented on behalf of connections by Coolmore Stud.
There was Group One joy for the team from Rosemont Stud today when Catshaan, a mare they purchased from the National Broodmare Sale produced the unbeaten Australasian Oaks winner Abbey Marie at Morphettville.
The Mick Kent prepared filly is now three for three and is the second Oaks winner for Catshaan – she also produced AJC Oaks heroine Absolutely.
Rosemont Stud purchased Catshaan, in foal to Manhattan Rain, at the 2014 National Broodmare Sale from the Teeley Dispersal for $160,000. The subsequent foal sold for $150,000 as a yearling – and the dam has since produced another Oaks winner!
New Predator confirmed the status of the National Weanling Sale as the best in the Southern Hemisphere when he won Friday night’s Group Two Drill Hall Stakes (1400m) at Greyville.
The rising South African star is now a three time winner and is already Group One placed – when third in a Horse Chestnut Stakes at Turffontein.
The colt by New Approach was purchased for $50,000 at the 2013 National Weanling Sale by Kerry Jack Bloodstock from the draft of Patinack Farm.
A half sister to New Predator by exciting first season sire Fighting Sun, is catalogued as Lot 320 for this May’s National Weanling Sale for Three Bridges Thoroughbreds.
There was more joy for Magic Millions graduates today with impressive stakes victories for valuable duo Super One and Eloping.
Super One, the 2015 Champion Two-Year-Old of Singapore, scored an impressive first up win in today’s Group Three DC McKay Stakes at Morphettville.
After commencing his unbeaten juvenile season with Michael Freedman at Kranji, Super One was transferred to his co-training brothers Lee and Anthony Freedman at Flemington.
Super One, who was a $190,000 Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase for Michael Wallace and Michael Freedman, will now head to the Group One The Goodwood as he looks to boost his impressive record for a stud future at Newgate Farm.
Meanwhile, quality mare Eloping added another feature win to her outstanding record when she led throughout in today’s Silk Stocking at the Gold Coast.
The win was the seventh in total and fifth at black type level for the quality daughter of Choisir, a $120,000 purchase for Dean Hawthorne Bloodstock from the Southern Cross Breeders draft at the 2013 Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
A half sister to ill fated group winning juvenile Of the Brave and full sister to group performer Jesse’s Girl, Eloping is now the winner of over $1.2 million.