Igraine Rewards Trelawney Stud

With stakes wins on both sides of the Tasman, imported European mare Igraine has earned herself a special place in Brent and Cherry Taylor's broodmare band and hearts.

Igraine winning the Group One Turf Bar (Bm65)
Igraine winning the Group One Turf Bar (Bm65) Picture: Trish Dunell

The Trelawney Stud principals are in the midst of a winter escape to Spain, but watched with delight as the Robert Priscott-trained Igraine scored a dominant victory in last Saturday's Listed Caloundra Cup in Queensland.

"It was a huge thrill to see her do that," Brent Taylor said.

"She's a mare we've always had faith in. We bought her for her broodmare credentials as much as anything else, but she tries so hard on the track, and you do get quite emotionally attached to the ones that give their all like she does."

Igraine was a £65,000 purchase at the 2017 Tattersalls Broodmare Sale in Newmarket, bought by Paul Moroney on the Taylors' behalf.

She made an auspicious New Zealand debut almost exactly a year ago, winning at Te Rapa on July 7. Since then she has won the Caloundra Cup and the Gr.3 Counties Cup (2100m), along with placings in the in the Waikato Cup (2400m), Chairman's Handicap (2000m) and Premier's Cup (2200m), all at Group Three level, in addition to the Listed Hawke's Bay Cup (2200m).

"She's added so much to her value," Taylor said. "She was always a very viable proposition, both in terms of racing and breeding. She's by Galileo and out of a Group One-winning mare (Iota) who's produced a Group One winner (Ito).

"So she always had a special position in our broodmare band set aside for her, but her performances have really exceeded our expectations and have certainly made her a very valuable mare.

"She's not the first horse we've imported out of Europe, we've been doing it for a few years now, but she's definitely the most successful on the racetrack.

"A few years ago there was Stella Livia, who was also trained by Robert. She won a couple of races, then produced the top-class Australian sprinter Spieth."

A breeding career now also beckons for Igraine, with the possibility of one final start in the Listed Grafton Cup (2350m) on July 11 before the curtain comes down on her racing career.

The likeliest candidate for Igraine's first mating is Fastnet Rock. The champion stallion's proven cross with Galileo mares has produced 17 stakes winners, at 25 percent stakes winners to runners, including Magicool, Zhukova, Qualify, Intricately, Unforgotten, Age of Fire and Rivet at the elite level.

"He'd be the obvious choice for her," Taylor said. "It's a cross that works particularly well.

"When we breed mares in Australia, we try to focus on proven stallions. He's certainly that and we've had good success with him in the past."

Despite their outstanding success with Igraine, the Taylors have no immediate plans to recruit more mares from Europe.

"We've bought quite a lot of fillies in New Zealand and in Australia in the last few years, so our numbers are up around 25," Taylor said. "There's not a lot of room for anything new out of Europe at the moment.

"We've got a few well-performed mares retiring to stud this spring – Indecision, who's been racing in Queensland recently as well, along with Vinevale and Astor."


Racing and Sports



Sunshine Coast

Saturday, 29th June 2019

7
16:33
(local)

Kendrick Racing Caloundra Cup (LR)

WT: 54.0kg Type: OPEN
AUD $175,000
2400m TURF HEAVY
7
16:33
(local)
AUD $175,000
2400m HEAVY

Kendrick Racing Caloundra Cup (LR)

WT: 54.0kg Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 5. IGRAINE (GER) 6yo M
GALILEO (IRE) - IOTA (GER)
R FRADD
ROBERT PRISCOTT
$4.25
54.0kg
B M Taylor & Mrs C N Taylor
2nd 6. SOPRESSA (AUS) 4yo M
SO YOU THINK (NZ) - HIDDEN STRINGS (AUS)
MATTHEW MC GILLIVRAY
CIARON MAHER & DAVID EUSTACE
$11.00
54.0kg
D Molloy, Mrs D Molloy, N Antonio, S Molloy, P Molloy, P White, C Matthews, B Molloy, A Molloy, A Thompson, G Wakefield, R Dickinson, Mrs P Dickinson, G Orr, R Orr, B Molloy, Boatmans Call Syndicate (Mgr: M Liston), L Stapleton & Gaire Pty Ltd

Sales Information

3rd 10. TRAVISTEE (NZ) 5yo M
TAVISTOCK (NZ) - JE SUIS (NZ)
RON STEWART
PAUL JENKINS
$6.50
54.0kg
P P Jenkins, K Wootten, G Wootten, M M Wootten, Miss L J Jenkins, A A Cossill & Mrs R L Vandenbrink
4th 2. EXOTERIC (GB) 6yo G
CHAMPS ELYSEES (GB) - SHORT DANCE (USA)
RYAN MALONEY
CHRIS WALLER
$26.00
57.0kg

Sales Information

5th 4. SAUNTER BOY (FR) 6yo G
MYBOYCHARLIE (IRE) - MARIE DES FLEURS (FR)
J LLOYD
KRIS LEES
$6.00
55.0kg

Sales Information

6th 1. BIG DUKE (IRE) 7yo G
RAVEN'S PASS (USA) - HAZARAYNA (GB)
LARRY CASSIDY
KRIS LEES
$3.00
60.5kg

Sales Information

7th 3. CASTERTON (IRE) 5yo G
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - CHENCHIKOVA (IRE)
BRAD STEWART
CHRIS WALLER
$21.00
55.5kg
8th 11. TERRA SANCTA (NZ) 4yo M
PIERRO (AUS) - GALSHAAN (AUS)
JIM BYRNE
TONY PIKE
$16.00
54.0kg
9th 7. MASTER ZEPHYR (GB) 7yo G
SHIROCCO (GER) - MISSY DANCER (GB)
GLEN BOSS
TONY HAYDON
$26.00
54.0kg

Sales Information

10th 14. GALAXY GURU (AUS) 6yo G
CAPTAIN SONADOR (AUS) - GALIMIST (AUS)
MARK DU PLESSIS
P DUNCAN
$51.00
54.0kg
11th 12. MYMMING (AUS) 4yo M
STRATUM (AUS) - WATCH MY LIPS (AUS)
MICHAEL HELLYER
STUART KENDRICK
$101.00
54.0kg

Sales Information

12th 13. TUCANO (IRE) 8yo H
MONSUN (GER) - TENDERLY (IRE)
LUKE TARRANT
TONY HAYDON
$101.00
54.0kg

Sales Information