Saturday summary: Hellbent’s Benedetta wins the G1 Goodwood H.

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In Saturday's G1 Goodwood H., the Jason Warren-trained Benedetta, sired by Hellbent, shone brightly, securing a well-deserved Group 1 victory. Simultaneously, Sea What I Sea (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}), exhibited her talent as the 2024 South Australian racing carnival came to a close.

Cover image courtesy of Inglis

Race-Day Recap

Hellbent’s outstanding daughter Benedetta secured her maiden Group 1 in the Goodwood H. and will now chase further glory in the G1 Stradbroke H.

The exciting Danny O’Brien-trained Sea What I Sea extended her unbeaten run and provided her exceptional sire Sea The Stars with his 120th stakes winner in Saturday’s Listed Centaurea S.

Last year’s G2 Wakeful S. winner Amazonian Lass (More Than Ready) found her best to upset the G1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas victress Molly Bloom (Ace High) in the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet S.

The recently pensioned Fastnet Rock was represented by his classy son Corniche who returned to the winner’s circle in the G3 Gold Coast Guineas.

The Kiwi invader Positivity (Almanzor) was a dominant winner of the G3 South Australia Filles Classic

Numerian (Holy Roman Emperor) was sent out at odds of $41 but showed his quality to claim the G2 AD Hollindale S.

The $500,000 The Coast went the way of the Leon and Troy Corstens-trained Magnaspin (Magnus) in Heavy 9 conditions.

Benedetta stars in Goodwood H.

It was the battle of the girls in the G1 Goodwood H. with Jason Warren’s star daughter of Yarraman Park Stud’s Hellbent, Benedetta, prevailing over the Phillip Stokes-trained pair of Stretan Angel (Harry Angel {Ire}) and the G1 Robert Sangster S. winner Climbing Star (Zoustar). While the 5-year-old mare I Am Me (I Am Invincible) ran fourth. Oscar’s Fortune (Rich Enuff) was the first male home.

Benedetta, ridden by Jamie Kah, held off the gallant 3-year-old Stretan Angel, who was partnered by Benedetta’s usual rider Daniel Stackhouse to secure her maiden Group 1 success.

It was a successful Saturday for Warren, who is based at Mornington. Earlier on the Morphettville program he celebrated success with his juvenile filly, Flyer (Exceedance) in the G3 David Coles AM S.

Jamie Kah and Benedetta | Image courtesy of Warren Racing

For the South Australian-born Kah it was also a momentous occasion, winning her first Goodwood H. having won her first South Australian Group 1 last week in the G1 South Australian Derby on Coco Sun (The Autumn Sun).

Warren told Benedetta will chase further Group 1 success in the Stradbroke H., “I’m feeling so relieved. I just wanted to get the job done for Benedetta because she’s been so gallant in good races; she really deserved a Group 1.

“We’ll head towards the G1 Stradbroke H. I think it’s a nice target for her.”

“We’ll head towards the G1 Stradbroke H. I think it’s a nice target for her (Benedetta).” - Jason Warren

Benedetta is the second Group 1 winner for Hellbent, a son of I Am Invincible, who will stand for the 2024 breeding season for $38,500 (inc GST) at Yarraman Park Stud.

The 4-year-old mare has won eight races, including the G3 Cockram S. and the G3 RN Irwin S. Before Saturday’s Group 1 success, Benedetta was placed in the G1 Robert Sangster S. last start and had finish fourth in the G1 Newmarket H. and the G1 Oakleigh Plate.

Benedetta is the third foal from the Domesday mare Whatalovelyday. She was placed in the G2 The Roses. Whatalovelyday has a 2-year-old colt by King’s Legacy and missed to Wild Ruler before returning to Hellbent last spring.

The daughter of Hellbent was a $75,000 purchase by Eales Racing Syndications from the draft of Mill Park Stud at the 2021 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

Sea What I See extends unbeaten run to six

The Irish-bred Sea What I Sea (Ire), a daughter of exceptional Sea The Stars (Ire) extended her unbeaten run to six and secured her first stakes victory in the process in the Listed Centaurea S.

Sea What I Sea, trained by Danny O’Brien and ridden by Blake Shinn, showcased her class in the 2019-metre feature to defeat Silent Surrente (Fiorente {Ire}) and Rivaport (Fr) (Le Havre {Ire}).

The grey daughter of Sea The Stars is from the Smart Strike (Can) mare Real Smart (USA), who won the G3 Robert G Dick Memorial S. Sea What I Sea’s second dam Rose Diamond (Ire) (Daylami {Ire}) finished fourth in the G1 La Brea S. and is a daughter of Tante Rose (Ire) (Barathea {Ire}), who was crowned the Champion Older Female Sprinter with a victory in the G1 Haydock Sprint Cup.

Sea What I Sea was a 140,000 gns (AU$278,800) purchase by Robert Roulston Bloodstock at the 2021 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale. She is the 120th stakes winner for the Champion Racehorse Sea The Stars, who stands at the Aga Khan’s Gilltown Stud, Ireland.

Lass upsets Molly

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Amazonian Lass (More Than Ready {USA}) upset the G1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas victress Molly Bloom (NZ) (Ace High) in the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet on Saturday.

Despite showing her class when winning the G2 Wakeful S. and narrowly finishing second to Waikato Princess (NZ) (Savabeel) in the Listed Princess S. last-start was sent out a $15 chance with Adam Hyeronimus in the saddle.

The daughter of More Than Ready (USA) was a 1.8l winner from the Kiwi raider, while Mare Of Mt Buller (Dundeel {NZ}) ran third.

Amazonian Lass is the third foal from Dynastic Lady. The daughter of Fastnet Rock was a 2-year-old winner and is a full sister to the G1 Levin Classic victor Age Of Fire.

Amazonian Lass | Image courtesy of Ashlea Brennan

Dynastic Lady has an unraced filly by Zoustar named Tszyuya. She has a yearling colt by Lonhro and foaled a colt by Kia Ora Stud’s exciting prospect Captivant, her final produce before passing.

Amazonian Lass was a $325,000 purchase by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott and Kestrel Thoroughbreds from the draft of Segenhoe Stud at the 2022 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Day out for Corniche’s family

Corniche (Fastnet Rock) was the star performer for his family, who made waves across Australia on Saturday. The James Cummings-trained 3-year-old ran down a gallant Cifrado (Encryption) and Celui (Toronado {Ire}) to win the G3 Gold Coast Guineas on Saturday.

The Godolphin-owned and bred runner had claimed the G2 Skyline S. as a juvenile. He’s been in good form this autumn finishing runner-up in the Listed Fireball S. and third in the Listed Darby Munro S. before his latest effort saw him fourth in the G2 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint.

Corniche is the sixth foal from the Group 3-winning New Approach (Ire) mare Montsegur, who is also the dam of the dual Group 3 winner Heresy (Street Boss {USA}) and Pereille, a full brother to Corniche and victor of the opening race on Saturday at the Sunshine Coast.

Additionally, the runaway Caulfield winner Miss Aria (Zoustar) also descends from this fabulous family that includes the likes of the Group 1 winner Paulele and Merchant Navy, a multiple Group 1 winner.

Corniche | Image courtesy of Ashlea Brennan

Montsegur has a 2-year-old by Blue Point (Ire) named The Fort, and also has a yearling filly called Secret Glory by the stallion. Montsegur foaled a colt by Street Boss (USA) and then was part of his Champion son Anamoe’s debut book.

Class to the fore in Fillies Classic

The G3 South Australia Fillies Classic went the way of the classy Andrew Forsman-trained Positivity (NZ) (Almanzor {Fr}) on Saturday.

Held over 2500 metres, Positivity under a superb ride from Damian Lane was too strong for a game Zambezi Khan (NZ) (Mongolian Khan) and Gotta Go Guru (Fiorente {Ire}).

Positivity powers to victory in the SA Fillies Classic at Morphettville | Image courtesy of Atkins Photography

The well-performed Positivity has won three races, including the G3 Sunline Vase and third in the G1 New Zealand Oaks. The daughter of Almanzor (Fr) hails from an outstanding family. Positivity’s dam Pussy O’Reilly (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}) won five races and Listed contest, she was also Group 1-placed and is a full sister to the Group 2 winner Pussy Willow (NZ).

Positivity was a NZ$160,000 purchase by B Kwok from the draft of Woburn Farm at the 2022 New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sale. Her sire Almanzor (Fr) will stand the 2024 breeding season for a fee of $30,000 (plus GST) at the famed Cambridge Stud.

Numerian causes a blowout

Annabel Neasham’s classy import Numerian (Ire) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}) caused an upset in the G2 AD Hollindale S. at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.

The 8-year-old gelding, ridden by the Victorian-based Jamie Mott, won from the in-form Just Folk (Magnus), who is from the Cranbourne stable of Gavin Bedggood, while Chris Waller’s Group 1 winner Kovalica (NZ) (Ocean Park {NZ}) filled third.

Numerian is a victor of seven races and seems to enjoy his Queensland trips having won the G2 The Q22 and placing in the G1 Doomben Cup before his AD Hollindale success. Additionally, Numerian won the G2 Ted Van Heemst S. in Western Australia, the Listed Devoy S. in Ireland and the Listed Gosford Gold Cup.

Numerian | Image courtesy of Ashlea Brennan

The son of Holy Roman Emperor (Ire) has also placed in the G1 Australian Cup, the G2 Chelmsford S., the G2 Hill S. and the G3 Royal Whip S. in his well-travelled career.

Numerian is from the unraced Delicate Charm (Ire), a daughter of High Chaparral (Ire). Numerian’s full sister Too Precious (Ire) is the dam of the G1 Cheveley Park S. victress Porta Fortuna (Ire) (Caravaggio {USA}), who also won the G3 Albany S. at Royal Ascot and was placed in the G1 Phoenix S., the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and the G1 1000 Guineas.

Victorian raider takes home The Coast riches

The 2024 $500,000 The Coast went the way of the Leon and Troy Corstens-trained Magnaspin (Magnus).

Formerly held at Gosford, The Coast was transferred to Newcastle due to track conditions. Magnaspin, ridden by Tom Sherry, collared the noted wet track performer Williamsburg (Snitzel) while Iknowastar (Star Witness) finished third.

Magnaspin | Image courtesy of Inglis

Mangaspin has won five races from 1300 to 2050 metres and has been placed in a Listed race. The Coast is the son of Magnus’ most significant career victory to date.

The 4-year-old gelding is the first foal from the unraced Hard Spun (USA) mare Luxaspin. She is a half-sister to the nine-time winner Magnapal, also a son of Magnus. Among Magnapal’s nine victories was the G3 Naturalism S. and the Listed Heatherlie H.

Luxaspin has a yearling filly by Yulong’s Lucky Vega (Ire), who was sold for $20,000 at the 2024 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale to Nicol Transport.

Magnapal was passed in for $60,000 when offered by Moorookyle Park at the 2020 Inglis Great Southern Sale. He was then sold for that sum to Bennett Racing when presented by Maluka Thoroughbreds at the 2021 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

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