High-class pair Tulip (2f Pierro x Musidora, by Rock of Gibraltar) and Dawn Wall (3f Fastnet Rock x Mennetou, by Entrepreneur) both claimed group race wins over the weekend to continue the staggering run of success being enjoyed by graduates of the Coolmore Australia nursery at Jerrys Plains in the Hunter Valley.
There has been a group winning graduate of that farm in Sydney or Melbourne for each of the last six weekends.
“They were each very significant wins in their own way,” said Coolmore Australia Bloodstock Sales Manager Shane McGrath.
“Dawn Wall, who was sold through our Easter draft a couple of years ago, has a world-class pedigree, so for her to secure a group win at this early stage of her career multiplies her value. She has been patiently managed by the Waller team, but is thriving on her racing and looks set to be very competitive in the Gr.1 Vinery Stud Stakes in a couple of weeks and possibly the Gr.1 ATC Oaks after that” said McGrath of the Niarchos Family-owned filly who took out the Gr.3 Kembla Grange Classic in very good style on Friday.
“Tulip was all class in winning the Gr.3 Magic Night Stakes and now ranks as a leading fancy for the Gr.1 Golden Slipper on Saturday, where she will have to take on fellow Coolmore graduates Catchy (Fastnet Rock) and Formality (Fastnet Rock),” noted McGrath.
“Coolmore will offer her full-brother at the Easter Sales, so the big update to the pedigree is a timely one. Her win vindicates the opinions of David Hayes and Tom Dabernig who have long maintained that she is a special filly. Pierro is now the leading first season sire in Australia and there is the promise of a lot more to come from him and his progeny.”
Coolmore Australia have a draft of 32 yearlings catalogued for the upcoming Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, click here to see them.
*The stunning winning sequence for Coolmore graduates;
February 4th – Formality (Fastnet Rock) wins the Gr.3 Chairman’s Stakes at Caulfield, while at Randwick Man From Uncle (Uncle Mo) wins the Gr.3 Eskimo Prince Stakes
February 11th – Catchy (Fastnet Rock) wins the Gr.2 Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) at Caulfield
February 13th – Winx wins the Gr.2 Apollo Stakes at Randwick
February 18th – Man From Uncle (Uncle Mo) wins the Gr.2 Hobartville Stakes at Rosehill
February 25th – Winx extends her winning run to 15 at Randwick with a win in the Gr.1 Chipping Norton Stakes at Randwick, while Catchy (Fastnet Rock) maintains her unbeaten record in becoming the 27th Gr.1 winning progeny of her sire with a win in the Gr.1 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield
March 5th – Inference (So You Think) becomes the 2nd Guineas winner from the first crop of his sire by winning the Gr.1 Randwick Guineas. He is also the 48th individual Gr.1 winning graduate of Coolmore Australia
March 11th – Dawn Wall (Fastnet Rock) becomes the 108th stakes winner for her sire with a win in the Gr.3 Kembla Grange Classic. Like Inference the previous week, she too was broken-in at Coolmore Australia
March 12th – Tulip (Pierro) becomes the first group winner from the first crop of her sire with a dominant display in the Gr.3 Magic Night Stakes at Rosehill