One of the reasons I greatly enjoy working with fillies and mares is that – providing they are well made and possess a good enough pedigree – there is an opportunity for them as a broodmare off the back of their race careers. Obviously any racetrack form – particularly Black Type – adds enormous upside to their worth going to stud.
Right now five of the fillies/mares I managed under my Challenge Syndication business have gone to stud and here is an update, in alphabetical order, on their respective careers.
AVISTO – produced a Savabeel colt and has been covered by Reliable Man
SECRET SPIRIT – recently retired & scanned in foal to Shocking
STARLIGHT ANGEL – recently retired & covered by Reliable Man
THETRUTHISOUTTHERE – first mating is Jimmy Choux & safely in foal
TRES RAPIDE – produced first foal this spring, a colt by Reliable Man
Thetruthisoutthere, a quality mare by Starcraft from Absolute Faith (Not a Single Doubt), is in foal to Jimmy Choux
Secret Spirit seen here winning the 2015 Bonecrusher Stakes-Gr.3 (1400m) at Ellerslie - it was her fourth Black Type victory in succession
The racing career of the four time Black Type winner Secret Spirit (Swiss Ace ex Spirit of Sandford, by Kilimanjaro) is over. The decision was made yesterday after a below-par performance at Rotorua. The talented four-year-old mare pulled up sound, but will not be risked any further.
Secret Spirit was bred by Nearco Stud. She was born & raised at Bradbury Park before being leased to the Challenge No.2 Syndicate. She now returns to her owner and has been booked to rising star stallion Shocking.
The Challenge No.2 Syndicate enjoyed four Stakes Race wins with Secret Spirit from the stable of Lance O’Sullivan and Andrew Scott. She won the Great Northern Foal Stakes-LR and Ryder Stakes-LR at two. She followed immediately on at three with victories in the O’Leary Stakes-LR and Bonecrusher Stakes-Gr.3.
Sometimes the very best marketing angles are staring you in the face.
This morning I was updating my website and suddenly realized just that. My first Challenge Syndicate enjoyed two individual Black Type Winners. It gets better. The second Challenge Syndicate has also raced two individual Black Type Winners. What’s more, the pair of horses involved have collectively won seven Group or Listed Races. And to top it off, both horses won their elite races in succession.
The marketer in me wonders why the hell I haven’t made more of this!
The beautiful thing about the Challenge No.2 Syndicate is that around 50% of its’ members were brand new to racing when they signed up. The paid $500 for a one percent racing interest in two horses. Horse one was Avisto; she was a Listed Race winner at two and added two more Stakes Race successes at three on the trot. Horse two was Savanite, a Savabeel filly who won a Maiden race. Because she was disappointing for the Syndicate and because I have access to some beautiful Nearco Stud-bred horses to lease, I brought another filly into the mix to replace Savanite. She turned out to be none-other than Secret Spirit, the winner of four black type races straight during the course of 2015.
Some of the Challenge No.2 Syndicate soak it up after their 7th Stakes Race success, Secret Spirit's win in the 2015 Bonecrusher Stakes-Gr.3 at Ellerslie
I visited Shaune Ritchie’s stable this afternoon and inspected three horses which are raced by three different Challenge Syndicates.
CHIQUITITA (2YO filly by Swiss Ace ex Floramour, by More Than Ready)
Is raced by the Challenge No.7 Syndicate and is a half-sister to last season’s Gr.3-winning juvenile Manolo Blahniq. This filly is progressing well and will go to the Cambridge Jump Outs next Thursday. From there she is set to trial at Cambridge 11 October.
Manolo Blahniq's Swiss Ace half-sister Chiquitita
VITESSE (4YO mare by Makfi ex Keepa Cheval, by Keeper)
Is raced by the Challenge No.4 Syndicate and was a winner at 1600m last season at three years. Vitesse was always a bit delicate at three and I’m interested to see her this season with the benefit of maturity and experience. Vitesse is set to trial over 950m at the Cambridge Trials, 11 October.
Vitesse - her dam is a half-sister to the Champion galloper Mufhasa
BELLE AMORE (3YO filly by Per Incato ex Platinum Belle, by Generous)
Is raced by the Challenge No.6 Syndicate and had an educational trial last season at two. She is by Per Incanto, the sire of Saracino who has won black type races in both NZ and Australia already this season. Belle Amore is a strong filly and her trainer tells me she has a nice long stride. She is likely to trial in the next month or so.
Belle Amore, by Per Incanto - who is currently second on the NZ Stallion Premiership