Merson Cooper pedigree card

Mixture of first-season sire and proven sires do battle in juvenile Listed contest

Zoustar. Picture: Widden

As racing moves from Flemington to Sandown-Hillside we take a look at the juveniles set to clash in the Merson Cooper Stakes (Listed, 1000m) - the first race on Saturday’s fascinating card. 

The Art Of Flying
2 c Flying Artie - Canary by Hard Spun
Ciaron Maher and David Eustace
Breeder: Fairview Park Stud Pty Ltd, Kianben Bloodstock, NSW
Owner: Mr R E Wilson, Mr J Randalls, Mr T Jovanovski, Mr S W Bruhn, P K & A W Racing, Wintime Racing, Mr C Rosbergen, Six Five Four Five, Mr C K Mayfield, Mr J P Mannix, Mr C A Anson, D & L Alford, Mr S J Pickworth, Ms L Fair, K C 19, Mr P J Hooper, Mr J Sier, Miss S Alexander, Mr P M Pavey
Sale: Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale V: Rushton Park P: Ciaron Maher Racing, $80,000

The colt finished second on his debut behind classy stablemate Sneaky Five (Fastnet Rock) in the Inglis Banner (RL, 1000m) and looks one of the main contenders for Saturday’s Listed contest. By Newgate Farm-based first season sire Flying Artie (Schiller), the colt is out of unraced Hard Spun (Danzig) mare Canary, who is herself a daughter of Listed scorer Vocalist (Bluebird). Vocalist is the dam of multiple Group 1 winner Yell (Anabaa) and Listed winner Sung (Anabaa), who in turn produced ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) winner and now Darley stallion Microphone (Exceed And Excel). This is also the same family as Group 1 winner Holler (Commands) and multiple elite level scorer Anthems (Palace Music). 


2 c Street Boss - Anamato by Redoute's Choice
James Cummings
Breeder: Godolphin Australia, NSW
Owner: Godolphin

Anamoe will look to become the second consecutive winner of this race for his sire Street Boss (Street Cry) with his other son Hanseatic winning the Listed contest 12 months ago. The colt comes into the race having finished fifth in the Debutant Stakes (Listed, 1000m), in which he was doing his best work late. By looks of the colt’s pedigree he should only improve the further he goes, being out of SAJC Australasian Oaks (Gr 1, 2000m) winner Anamato (Redoute’s Choice), whose three winners are headed by Irish Listed winner Anamba (Shamardal). Anamato herself is a half-sister to 1996 Oakleigh Plate (Gr 1, 1100m) winner Drum (Marauding) and also hails from the same family as middle distance Group 1 winners Grand Armee (Hennessy), Yourdeel (Dundeel) and Dealer Principal (Flying Spur). 


Brazen Boy
2 g Brazen Beau - Cocoa Doll by More Than Ready
Phillip Stokes
Breeder: Mill Park Stud Pty Ltd, Max Basheer, Mills Thoroughbred Breeding Partnership, Alan Sheppard, SA
Owner: Mr A G Sheppard, Mr M R Basheer, Mills Breeding, Mill Park Stud, Mr J Sheppard, Ms H Papas

By Darley’s Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible) and having his first start, the gelding is a son of three-time winner Cocoa Doll (More Than Ready), who is herself out of stakes-placed mare Elusive Wonder (Elusive Quality). Elusive Wonder is also the dam of last season’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic (RL, 1200m) winner Away Game (Snitzel) and fellow juvenile Listed winner Modern Wonder (Snitzel). Elusive Wonder is a half-sister to Tantra (Royal Academy) and the dam of fellow Listed winner Oak Park (More Than Ready). The gelding’s third dam is Group 3 winner Freedom Fields (Bluebird), while this is the same family as Randwick Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Inference (So You Think). 


2 c Capitalist - Booklet by Tale Of The Cat
Anthony and Sam Freedman
Breeder: Mr N Vass, NSW
Owner: James Harron Bloodstock Colts, Love Racing, Mrs B C Bateman, P Mehrten, Doyles Breeding & Racing, S N Gillard, G1g Racing & Breeding, D Saab, Rockingham Thoroughbreds, J A Ingham, Mrs F A Ingham & Dr F Carnovale
Sale: Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale V: Newgate Farm P: James Harron Bloodstock, $750,000

Forbes was the most expensive yearling sold by Newgate Farm-based Capitalist (Written Tycoon) when his first crop of yearlings hit the sales ring earlier this year and it was no surprise to see James Harron go to $750,000 for the colt at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, with the agent having unearthed his Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winning sire at the same sale in 2015. Forbes is out of 2011 Adelaide Guineas (Listed, 1600m) winner Booklet (Tale Of The Cat), who has already produced one winner in Groundbreak (All Too Hard). The colt’s third dam is dual New Zealand Group 1 winner Spyglass (Sir Sian) and she produced fellow Group 1 winner Iron Horse (Zephyr Zip) and she is also the grandam of Listed winner Golden Snitch (Unbridled's Song). This is also the same family as Listed-winning duo Gingerbread Man (Shamardal) and Snitch (Lope De Vega). 


2 c I Am Invincible - Shaaheq by Redoute's Choice
Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes
Breeder: Shadwell Stud Australasia Ltd, NSW
Owner: Shadwell Stud

Qeyaady will be looking to hand his Yarraman Park-based sire a second victory in the race as a stallion, with his daughter Steal My Kisses having taken out the 2018 edition. The colt will also be attempting to go one better in the Listed contest than his Group 3-winning and Group 1-placed dam Shaaheq (Redoute’s Choice), who finished second in the race in 2009. Shaaheq has produced two foals to race, who have both been winners and she is herself out of dual Group 3-winning Last Tycoon (Try My Best) mare Damaschino. Damaschino is a half-sister to Bawalaksana (Smart Strike), who won twice at top-flight level in New Zealand. 


2 c Zoustar - Queen Of The Falls by General Nediym
Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr.
Breeder: Eureka Cambooya Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd, Qld
Owner: S Tsalikidis, Eureka Stud, Footy Racing Pty Ltd (Mgr: R C Benkel), C Cortese, D A Dickie, Fire Up (Mgr: T S Rocks), M A Gibson, N J Gibson, Abg Colts Syndicate No 1 (Mgr: M N Pratt), D M Spangler, Jm Maclean, Mrs A J Maclean, D J M Maclean, S B Maxwell & G R Bishop
Sale: Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale V: Eureka Stud P: Mick Price Racing, $150,000

Sunfall is the first foal out of dual-winning mare Queen Of The Falls (General Nediym), who was purchased by Eureka Stud’s Harry McAlpine for $155,000 at the 2018 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale carrying this foal in utero. Queen Of The Falls herself is already the dam of five winners, headed by 2018 Red Anchor Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) winner Charge - Sunfall’s brother. Queen Of The Falls is herself a daughter of Group 3 winner Niagara Falls (Danehill) and she is also the dam Group 2 scorer Elite Falls (More Than Ready). 


Autumn Rose
2 f Fighting Sun - Autumn Zest by King's Best
John Mcardle
Breeder: Bridsan Bloodstock, Vic
Owner: Redgum Racing Pty Ltd (Mgr: B J Clayton), J W Andrews, K R Andrews, D A Chamberlain, Mrs N O Clayton, M Cumming, Mrs K M Duignan, C L Hough, O Macredmond, C Mccalmont, A G Mccoy, P D Orchard, D A Page, Miss D A Smith, P H Smith, Mrs T Smith, Ying + Yang, At The Pub Syndicate & The Fighting Sons

By the late Sun Stud-based sire Fighting Sun (Northern Meteor), the filly is out of two time winner Autumn Zest (King’s Best), who has produced two winners headed by Macau Listed-placed gelding Luen On Eagle (Stryker). Autumn Zest is a daughter of Listed scorer Empower (Marauding). Further back this is the family of Grade 1 winner Dawn Of War (Catienus) and Listed-winning quartet Cadillac Women (Carr De Naskra), Southwest Lady (Sightseeing), Speedinthruthecity (City Zip) and Nitrous (Tapit). 


London Lemming
2 f Manhattan Rain - Beautiful Buns by Black Minnaloushe
Brian Mcgrath
Breeder: Deus Bros, Vic
Owner: Balius Farm (Mgr: Dr T Dieu)

The son of Manhattan Rain (Encosta De Lago) is out of Listed winner Beautiful Buns (Black Minnaloushe). The filly’s fourth dam is winning Clowning (Rory’s Jester), who in turn produced Listed scorer Chuckle (Danehill) - the dam of Group 2 winner Crack Me Up (Mossman) and Group 3 winner Hoofit (Mossman). Clowning is also the grandam of Group 2 winner Lady Royale (Captain Rio). 


Paper Dragon
2 f Charm Spirit - Daring by Encosta De Lago
Henry Dwyer
Breeder: Qatar Bloodstock, Vic
Owner: C Marks, E & Mrs M Twomey, D Kreutzer, M Barnett, D Storey, G Righetti, D & Mrs R Mcwhirter, M Love, Ms N Agent, S & Mrs R Lurati, A Carli, M Hicks, Ms C Hicks, Swettenham Stud (Mgr: A Sangster), Border Reivers (Mgr: D Armstrong), Kpm (Mgr: W Kratzmann) & Kratzie Racing No 11
Sale: New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka National Yearling Sale V: Windsor Park Stud  P: Henry Dwyer Racing / Matthews Bloodstock NZ$90,000

Paper Dragon is by Windsor Stud shuttler Charm Spirit (Invincible Spirit) and she is out of winning Encosta De Lago (Fairy King) mare Daring, who is herself a three-quarter sister to Listed-winning pair Order Of The Sun (Encosta De Lago), Risk Aversion (Encosta De Lago) and the dam of fellow Listed winner Summer Passage (Snitzel). The filly’s third dam is Subterfuge (Machiavellian), who produced dual Group 2 winner Shania Dane (Danehill) and Listed winner Scintillation (Danehill), while she is also the grandam of Listed-scoring trio Northwest Passage (So You Think), Beauty (Smart Missile) and Get To Work (Snippets). 

Super Aurora
2 f Super One - Arctic Light by More Than Ready
Brent Stanley
Breeder: T Martin, VIC
Owner: A D Fong, P Baalbaki, F M Bezzina, Mrs W Bezzina, G Mcdonald, C T Baldwin, E J Pinnuck, A Pearce, D Saragozza, G F Williams, B J Rogers, S G Hill, T Petrevski, Hopetoun Lodge Racing, Yesac Racing, More Mallee Misfits, Super Light Racing, Ellendee, H Y S T Syndicate & Retreat Racing
Sales: Inglis Premier Yearling Sale V: Supreme Thoroughbreds P: Slade Bloodstock, $80,000 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale V: Maluka Thoroughbreds P: Zamac, $21,000

By Newgate Farm-based sire Super One (I Am Invincible), the filly is out of dual-winning More Than Ready (Southern Halo) mare Arctic Light, who has already produced three winners. Arctic Light herself is a half-sister to stakes-placed filly Lamarr (Quest For Fame) - the dam of Screamarr (Street Cry). Further afield this is the same family as Listed winner Woppitt (Danzero).
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