More Success For Lope De Vega

Former shuttle sire Lope De Vega enjoyed more notable dual hemisphere success on the weekend with feature winners in New Zealand and Singapore.

Endless Drama winning the Foxbridge Plate
Endless Drama winning the Foxbridge Plate Picture: Trish Dunell

Classy import Endless Drama became the third stakes winner in New Zealand by Lope De Vega when he won the G2 Foxbridge Plate at his first start after returning from his G1 placing in the Stradbroke Handicap in Brisbane in June.

Lope De Vega, a son of Shamardal), shuttled to Australia between 2011 and 2014. He is the sire of 58 stakes winners worldwide including nine G1 winers with his best prodicts in Australia led by Santa Ana Lane, Vega Magic, Belardo and Zabeel Prince.

He is now standing at Ballylinch Stud in Ireland.

At Kraniji Lope De Vega's Australian-bred son I'm Incredible was thrown in at the deep end by trainer Shane Baertschiger in Sunday's Committee's Prize (1600m) but the Karaka sale graduate rose to the occasion in style.

Bought for $NZ260,000 from Curraghmore's draft at the 2016 NZB Premier Sale, I'm Incredible had won three of his first seven starts in Singapore but was facing a steep rise in class on Sunday.

Baertschiger trains I'm Incredible for owner Desmond Ong's Doha Stable and has the Singapore Gold Cup on November 10 as his goal with the El Dorado Classic (2000m) on September 20 his next target.

I'm Incredible began his career under the name Miraculous Moment and won two trials in Brisbane in 2018 before he was sold to the Doha Stable.

I'm Incredible is a half-brother to In A Twinkling (Fastnet Rock), a $250,000 purchase at Karaka in 2016 by Te Akau principal David Ellis.

He has been placed in three stakes races including the G1 New Zealand Derby.

The 8YO Endless Drama (Lope De Vega x Desert Drama by Green Desert) has recorded five wins in 26 starts with a further eight placings includes three in G1 events for earnings of almost $800,000.

He is one of five winners from the French Listed winner Desert Drama, a half-sister to stakes winners Sharpest Image (Exactly Sharp), Tycoon's Hill (Danehill) and Tycoon's Dolce (Rainbows For Life).

Endless Drama was bought for 45,000gns at the 2012 Tattersalls December Foals Sale in the UK by Yeomanstown Stud and is one of three stakes winners in NZ for Lope De Vega alongside Spanish Whisper and Rubira.

His second dam Tycoon's Drama (Last Tycoon) was a G3 winner and the dam of four stakes winners.


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Te Rapa

Saturday, 17th August 2019

6
15:35
(local)

Foxbridge Plate (G2)

Type: OPEN
NZD $100,000
1200m TURF SLOW
6
15:35
(local)
NZD $100,000
1200m SLOW

Foxbridge Plate (G2)

Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 1. ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE) 7yo H
LOPE DE VEGA (IRE) - DESERT DRAMA (IRE)
LEITH INNES
TONY PIKE
$7.50
58.5kg
Qatar Bloodstock

Sales Information

2nd 2. TE AKAU SHARK (NZ) 5yo G
RIP VAN WINKLE (IRE) - BAK DA CHIEF (NZ)
OPIE BOSSON
JAMIE RICHARDS
$2.11
58.5kg
D C Ellis, S Mace, C Russell, G Taylor, M Allenby, P Gallen, Mrs K W Fenton-Ellis, W S Knight, J F Hepburn, Mrs P L Hepburn, Mrs D Rudd, R Rudd, Mrs R Redwood, W Thrupp, T Wilson, Mrs L Wilson & Mrs K Young

Sales Information

3rd 4. COMEBACK (NZ) 5yo G
MAKFI (GB) - INTELLIGENTSIA (AUS)
CAMERON LAMMAS
GRAEME & DEBBIE ROGERSON
$51.00
58.5kg
Nz Thoroughbred Holdings Ltd

Sales Information

4th 8. MELODY BELLE (NZ) 5yo M
COMMANDS (AUS) - MELEKA BELLE (NZ)
M MCNAB
JAMIE RICHARDS
$4.25
56.5kg

Sales Information

5th 7. HELENA BABY (NZ) 5yo G
GUILLOTINE (NZ) - HOT STASH (AUS)
DONAVAN MANSOUR
JOHN BELL
$5.00
58.5kg
6th 12. MALAMBO (NZ) 5yo M
DUELLED (AUS) - DANCING SONG (NZ)
RYAN ELLIOT
GRAEME & DEBBIE ROGERSON
$31.00
56.5kg

Sales Information

7th 11. SENTIMENTAL MISS (NZ) 4yo M
RELIABLE MAN (GB) - NOSTALGIC (AUS)
CRAIG GRYLLS
MS L LATTA
$51.00
56.5kg

Sales Information

8th 5. SEVENTH UP (NZ) 9yo G
SHINKO KING (IRE) - REGELLE (NZ)
GRANT COOKSLEY
S HALE
$67.00
58.5kg
9th 10. SANTA MONICA (NZ) 6yo M
PER INCANTO (USA) - MONARCH (NZ)
TRUDY THORNTON
JOHN & STEPHEN RALPH
$61.00
56.5kg
10th 9. CONSENSUS (NZ) 8yo M
POSTPONED (USA) - KATE CROSS (NZ)
SAM SPRATT
STEPHEN MCKEE
$61.00
56.5kg
11th 3. AUTHENTIC PADDY (NZ) 10yo G
HOWBADDOUWANTIT (USA) - AUTHENTIC CROSS (NZ)
SAMANTHA COLLETT
MS L LATTA
$41.00
58.5kg
12th 6. SOUTHERN ICON (AUS) 8yo G
BIG BROWN (USA) - CATACLOPSE (AUS)
MATTHEW CAMERON
ALAN TAIT
$61.00
58.5kg

Sales Information

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