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Australian racehorse success around the globe

Australian racehorse success around the globe
28 July 2011

Australian sires and/or bred horses continue to produce the goods on racetracks around the world.

Overnight the Redoute's Choice 2 year colt, Rakasa, was victorious at Glorious Goodwood when winning the maiden stakes over 1200 m. Rakasa is by Redoute’s Choice from the Seeking The Gold mare, Danse Arabe, and was having his first start in a race for the Godolphin operation. In what looks like a pretty strong race, there should be bigger things to come from the colt with expected natural improvement.

The win by Rakasa is not Redoute’s Choices first winner in the UK for the Arrowfield stallion. The sire has had notable success with the colt Elzaam from limited horses to race in the UK. Elzaam has performed in Group races at Royal Ascot in both his 2 and 3 year old seasons, with his most notable performance being a fourth in the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes, just behind Australia's Star Witness, who finished 3rd in the same race.

Australian bred horses had a day out at South Africa's recent premier race day, the Durban July meeting. Of the 4 Grade 1's on the day the Australian breds won 3 of them. The 1400m Grade 1 Golden Horseshoe for 2 year olds was won by Attunga Stud bred, Magic Albert (from Dark Blue) gelding, Fighting Warrior. This gelding was bought by perennial Magic Millions buyer, Andy Williams of Worldwide Bloodstock, and is owned by Andy and successful owner Fred Crabbia, who also owns world class sprinter, Rocket Man. Australian bred horses filled 3 of the first 4 places in the Golden Horseshoe, with Mushreq (Flying Spur x Alharir), owned by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, finishing second, and Gimmethegreenlight (More Than Ready x Yes She Can Cancan), owned by Hassen Adams, finishing fourth.

South Africa’s premier race, the Grade 1 Durban July over 2200 metres was won by star filly, Igugu, trained by Mike de Kock.  The Australian bred filly by Galileo from Zarinia was bred by Kia Ora Stud and took her record to 8 wins from 10 starts.

Happy Archer then rounded off a great day for the Australian breds by winning the Grade 1 Garden Province for fillies and mares. By Dubawi from So Tempted, Happy Archer was bred at Racetree in Queensland.

The 30th July 2011 sees the running of South Africa’s premier staying race, the Grade 1 Gold Cup over 3200 metres, along with 3 other Grade 1’s on the same card. With Australian breds well represented in these races there is sure to be further success forthcoming.


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