Trial Report: smart Vinnies and well-bred fillies at Randwick

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Randwick held 12 trials on Monday morning, including two for the 2-year-olds, which saw the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable to the fore with their runners. Sunlight’s little sister stepped out, with the $2.6 million filly putting in a strong first trial outing.

Cover image courtesy of Ashlea Brennan

Randwick hosted the trial action on Monday. There were 12 competitive heats, including two for the juveniles, which saw the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable dominate with two well-related 2-year-olds retained to race by their breeders. While two daughters of I Am Invincible with extensive pedigrees impressed onlookers.

Anode finds the line

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable virtually dominated the juvenile heats at Randwick on Monday morning. Heat 9, held over 740 metres, saw the Waterhouse and Bott-trained Anode (I Am Invincible) step out for the first time.

The 2-year-old colt, ridden by Adam Hyeronimus, settled outside the leaders Desirous (Capitalist) and Tokyo Lady (Tassort), who looked to fight out the heat between themselves. However, Hyeronimus gave Anode a few light urgings to pick up, and the colt found the line vehemently to deny the Capitalist filly, while Tokyo Lady finished third.

Anode is a homebred for Evergreen Rich, he was offered at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale but failed to meet his $375,000 reserve. He is the ninth foal from the Fantastic Light (USA) mare Mysterious Light. She won two races from 1250 to 1400 metres and has produced five winners, including Han Xin (Sepoy), a placegetter in the G3 Grand Prix S.

Anode is closely related to the G2 Sires’ Produce S. and the G3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude winner Lightsaber, who also ran second in the G1 Australian Guineas. While the colt is from the family of Fastnet Rock, a victor of the G1 Lightning S. and the G1 Oakleigh Plate, earning the title of the Champion 3-Year-Old Colt and Sprinter in Australia, turned Champion Sire.

Anode as a yearling, winner of Heat 9, trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott | Image courtesy of Magic Millions

Desirous, the second-placed runner from the Richard and Will Freedman yard, is the seventh foal from the General Nediym mare Agueda. She was a smart juvenile, placing in the G3 Kindergarten S. and the Listed Widden S.

The daughter of Capitalist was passed in for $100,000 at the 2023 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale when offered by Yarraman Park Stud and has been retained by her breeders Jomara Bloodstock and Yes Bloodstock alongside Will Freedman.

The John Sargent-trained Tokyo Lady, who finished third, is a daughter of the promising first-season sire Tassort, who stands at Newgate Farm. The filly is the fifth foal from the Danehill Dancer (Ire) mare Little Geisha (NZ), a half-sister to the G1 Australian Oaks victress Gust Of Wind (NZ) (Darci Brahma {NZ}).

Gallery: Other runners in Heat 9, images courtesy of Inglis

Tokyo Lady cost Tricolours Racing and Syndications $50,000 when offered by Cannon Hayes Stud at the 2023 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale.

Madrina too slick

Madrina, a daughter of Darley’s Street Boss (USA), proved much too slick for her stablemates and rivals in Heat 10, held over 740 metres. The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained 2-year-old filly, ridden by Rachel King, quickly found the front and sustained her speed to score a 1.24l victory over stablemate Clean Energy (Zoustar). Another stablemate and daughter of Zoustar, Dominetta, finished third.

Madrina was bred and retained to race by Glentree Racing and is the sixth foal from the Exceed And Excel mare Armed For Action. A classy 2-year-old winning twice, including the Listed Queen Adelaide S., Armed For Action also finished third in the G1 Blue Diamond S.

The filly is from the family of the brilliant G1 Queensland Oaks and G1 Queensland Derby winner, Bravery (Zephyr Zip {NZ}). Other stakes winners related to Madrina include the 13-time winner and G1 Railway S. victress Galaxy Star (Redoute’s Choice), alongside the dual G2 Perth Cup hero Star Exhibit (Statue Of Liberty {USA}) and Perfect Jewel (Redoute’s Choice), who won the G2 Western Australian Guineas and the G3 Cockram S.

The royally bred Clean Energy, who finished second, was a $2.6 million purchase by Yulong when offered by Widden Stud at the 2023 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

The filly is the ninth foal from the outstanding producer Solar Charged (Charge Forward), who recorded victories in the G3 Kindergarten S. and the G3 Thoroughbred Club S. She is the dam of the Champion 3-Year-Old Filly Sunlight, making Clean Energy a full sister to the G1 Newmarket H. and the G1 Coolmore Stud S. victress. At the same time, Clean Energy is also a full sister to the G3 Red Roses S. and the Listed Bel Esprit winner Sisstar.

Clean Energy as a yearling | Image courtesy of Magic Millions

Waterhouse and Bott-trained Dominetta, who finished third bearing the colours of Arrowfield, owners of the filly alongside Mt. Brilliant Broodmares, is also a well-related daughter of Zoustar.

Dominetta is from the Anabaa (USA) Debonnaire (GB), the dam of the outstanding Hartnell (GB) (Authorized {Ire}). Raced by Godolphin in Australia, the grand galloper won 13 races, including the G1 BMW S. and the G1 Epsom H. in track record time.

Arrowfield Stud offered the filly at the 2023 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, where Paul Messara Racing paid $500,000.

Gallery: Some of the runners in Heat 10, images courtesy of Ashlea Brennan

Well-related ‘Vinnie’ fillies quinella

Two well-related fillies filled the one-two spot in Heat 5 on Monday morning. Held over 1050 metres, the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Fickle (I Am Invincible) ran out a 1.69l winner over Ballet D’Esprit (I Am Invincible) from the Michael Freedman stable.

Fickle is the first foal from the Hinchinbrook mare Flippant, who won six races with the G3 Frances Tressady S. and the Listed MSS Security Sprint. Her second foal sold for $2 million at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale earlier this year.

Fickle, winner of Heat 5, trained by Peter and Paul Snowden | Image courtesy of Ashlea Brennan

Flippant also recorded places in the G2 Breeders' Classic and the G2 Guy Walter S., while she is a three-quarter sister to I Am Excited (Snitzel), a victress of the G1 The Galaxy and the G2 Gilgai S. and the Victory S.

Fickle hails from the family of the outstanding Champion 3-Year-Old Filly and Older Mare in Australia Atlantic Jewel (Fastnet Rock), and her half-sister Commanding Jewel (Commands), who emulated Atlantic Jewel in the G1 Thousand Guineas.

Atlantic Jewel is the dam of Hong Kong’s Champion Stayer, Russian Emperor (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). Fickle was co-bred by Yarraman Park, E and J Rea, D Paradice, Miller Thoroughbreds, Dunbar Bloodstock and Alan Boyd, all of which have retained ownership alongside E J Lucas.

Fickle's full sister, Invincible Claire, sold to Tammy Rigney for $2 million at this year's Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale | Image couretsy of Magic Millions

Fickle's full sister now named Invincible Claire, was the fifth-priced top lot when sold for $2 million to Tammy Rigney at the 2023 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale when offered by Yarraman Park Stud.

The Freedman-trained Ballet D’Esprit, who, like Fickle, has yet to make a race day start, is the ninth foal from the grand producer, Ballet D’Amour (USA). The late daughter of Stravinsky (USA) is the dam of promising young sire Russian Revolution.

A half-brother to Ballet D'Esprit, Russian Revolution was an outstanding runner, numbering the G1 The Galaxy and the G1 Oakleigh Plate among his seven victories. Turbo Miss (Sebring), a half-sister to the filly, claimed the G3 Frances Tressady S.

Russian Revolution | Standing at Newgate Farm

Ballet D'Esprit is closely related to the Champion 3-Year-Old Colt Home Affairs and his Group 1-placed half-brother Aysar. The filly was bred and retained by Belinda Bateman.

Trial Report
Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott
I Am Invincible
Russian Revolution
Tokyo Lady
Street Boss
Clean Energy
Ballet D'Esprit