Good Times For Tasmanian Stud

The brand of the famed Tasmanian nursery Armidale Stud was carried to victory twice on WS Cox Plate weekend at Moonee Valley by a talented in-form pair Double You Tee and Soul Patch.

Double You Tee
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The Patrick Payne trained Double You Tee, a son of Written Tycoon and Armidale's well related Flying Spur mare Kandy Korn, extended his winning streak to four with a big performance at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

It was win number eight - one which saw his prize money tally increase to beyond $330,000 - for the exciting galloper who was the sale topper at the 2016 Tasmanian Magic Millions fetching $115,000 to the bid of his initial trainer John Blacker.

Double You Tee was, at that stage, the highest priced colt ever sold at the Tasmanian Magic Millions. It was a great achievement for Armidale Stud which they matched this year with a striking Fiorente colt sold for the same price to Victorian syndicator Brad Spicer.

The dam of that colt, the stakes placed Savoire Vivre mare Love The Moment, and Kandy Korn, the dam of Double You Tee, have both visited Armidale's resident stallions.

Love The Moment produced a lovely Needs Further colt this spring whilst Kandy Korn has an outstanding Alpine Eagle colt being prepared for next year's MM sale.

Another eye-catching Alpine Eagle who also heads to the sales ring at the Melbourne Premier is a half-sister to Soul Patch, a dominant winner in Saturday's G2 Moonee Valley Vase.

Purchased by the astute Ken Keys from Armidale's draft at last year's Tasmanian Magic Millions, the son of Shamus Award is bound for Saturday's G1 Victoria Derby at Flemington.

Whilst taking great delight in cheering home Soul Patch and Double You Tee, the Whishaws were also extremely proud of Mystic Journey's game W.S Cox Plate fifth. She is by Needs Further, represented by a Launceston double on Friday.

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