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It was a good spring for Phoenix Park graduates with the likes of The Chosen One and Princess Jenni doing the farm’s Janine Dunlop proud with gutsy efforts in Melbourne carnival feature staying contests.
Already a three times Group winner leading into the spring, The Chosen One was a first up winner over 1700m at Flemington en route to a close up third in Verry Elleegant’s Caulfield-Cup-Gr.1, 2400m and a game fourth in the Melbourne Cup-Gr.1, 3200m won by Twilight Payment.
And the 2019 Australasian Oaks-Gr.1, 2005m heroine Princess Jenni was also in good form, enhancing her already impressive record with a determined victory in the Bendigo Cup-Gr3.2400m.
Other classy horses to emerge from the relatively small Phoenix drafts include the Group winners Kinane, My Gold Bracelet, Aotea Lad, Mauna Kea, Montoya’s Secret, Samara Dancer, Nurse Kitchen, Gold Rush, Eclair Big Bang, Mosquito, Jue de Cartes, Rockdale, My Scotsgrey, Marju Snip, Able One, High Cee and Fooram just to name a few.
That’s quite an impressive list of graduates and buyers know that buying a Phoenix Park horse gives them a good chance of success. Which is why everyone will be keen to inspect their 2021 Karaka One draft…
Lot 3 bay colt by Tivaci from O’Gio (O’Reilly): a half-brother to the metropolitan winner Babiche out of a daughter of the multiple Group One winner Giovana, he boasts parents bred on the same Northern Dancer/Mill Reef/Sir Tristram cross; carrying a cross of the great mare Lalun.
Lot 36 bay filly by Sweynesse from Pink Bubbles (Pins): out of a granddaughter of the high class race and broodmare Grand Echezeaux, she is another line-bred to Lalun whilst her sire is bred on a Zabeel/Sadler’s Wells cross, the opposite cross to that of her grandam Madame Echezeaux.
Lot 55 bay filly by Ocean Park from Queen’s Elect (Holy Roman Emperor): out of a Group Three placed city winner, she carries crosses of the outstanding mares Natalma, Little Hut and Somethingroyal.
Lot 77 bay colt by Per Incanto from Ronda (O’Reilly): the first living foal for a metropolitan winner from the Group One family of Millward and Great Command, he carries multiple strains of Almahmoud family members Northern Dancer, Machiavellian and Halo.
Lot 114 chestnut filly by No Nay Never from Show and Tell (Exceed And Excel): out of a half-sister to the Group Three winner Showbeel, she is bred on the same No Nay Never/Exceed And Excel cross as the dual Group One winning sprinter Ten Sovereigns.
Lot 124 chestnut colt by No Nay Never from Slippers (Zabeel): bred on the same No Nay Never/Sir Tristram cross as the triple Group winner Need I Say More, he is out of a 3/4 sister to the Listed winner Bobby Dazzler.
Lot 144 brown filly by Vadamos from Star Jasmine (Encosta de Lago): boasting a 5mx5f cross of the aptly named matriarch Special, she is a half-sister to the two times Group Three placed Zasorceress. Third dam is Eight Carat’s Group One winning half-sister Habibti.
Lot 188 bay colt by Sweynesse from Ultra Explosive (Darci Brahma): both runners by her sire out of Darci Brahma mares have earned black-type; the Listed winner Only Words and the Group Three placed Explosively. He is out of a half-sister to the Listed winner Extra Explosive.
Lot 332 brown filly by Sacred Falls from Crystalthecowgirl (High Chaparral): a half-sister to the Group One placed Antonio Guiseppe, she carries Natalma and Lalun duplications and is also 5fx6m Mill Reef.
Lot 387 bay colt by Time Test from Extra Explosive (Ekraar): this son of a stakes winner is line-bred to his sire’s family with a 7fx6m cross of Time Test’s sixth dam Kerala, dam of the US star Damascus.
Lot 410 bay filly by Per Incanto from Forever Hailey (More Than Ready): out of a daughter of the stakes wining Zabeel mare Diamond Hailey, she boasts duplications of Natalma and her dam Almahmoud.
Lot 423 bay colt by Tarzino from Goldilicious (Helmet): the first foal for a half-sister to Showbeel, he is bred on a 4mx4m cross of Sadler’s Wells, also carrying a strain of that legendary stallion’s 3/4 brother Nureyev.
Lot 479 bay colt by Tivaci from Kerkira (Danehill): a half-brother to the Group One placed Heidilicious, he is by a son of High Chaparral from the same family as that seven times Group One winner; bred on a 4fx3f cross of his own dual Group winning third dam Kozana.
Lot 489 bay or brown colt by American Pharoah from La Dama (High Chaparral): bred on the same American Pharoah/Sadler’s Wells cross as the Group One winner Van Gogh, he is out of a 3/4 sister to the Group One filly La Bella Diosa. This colt is from the illustrious “THE” family of elite performers The Jewel, The Chosen One, The Phantom, The Phantom Chance, etc.
Lot 493 bay colt by Darci Brahma from Lady Halpin (Pins): three of the 16 winners (from 22 runners) by Darci Brahma out of Pins mares are stakes winners and this fellow out of a sister to the Group Two galloper Megapins boasts Wilkes and Tom Fool crosses.
Lot 572 bay filly by Satono Aladdin from Nigelissima (Pentire): bred on the same Sunday Silence/Pentire cross as the triple Group Three winner Narita Crystal, she out of a Listed winner from the prolific “Heights” family.