Todd Lichti Has The Right Knack

Pedigree buff Todd Lichti has a successful knack in finding mares in foal. Take Miss Leonidas for instance.

I Am invincible mare Miss Leonidas is a daughter of Happy Play (Barathea {Ire}), who has left six other winners and she's a half-sister to the G1 Metropolitan H. winner Newport (Encosta de Lago).

Miss Leonidas winning the Caulfield Sprint
Miss Leonidas winning the Caulfield Sprint Picture: Racing and Sports

The Shaun Dwyer-trained Miss Leonidas, winner of Saturday's G2 Caulfield Sprint, was bred by Sue Lichti from a Barathea mare her husband picked up for $10,000 while in foal to  I Am Invincible, the boom sire who is now the most expensive advertised stallion at stud in Australia.

The mare Happy Play has a 100 per cent record at stud with all seven of her foals to race successful.

She is a half-sister to the G1 AJC Metropolitan and G2 Brisbane Cup winner Newport (Encost De Lago) and G1 placed Fresh Boy (Perugino), who went on to race successfully as Lim's Passion in Singapore.

Todd Lichti's success with similar mares has become a big profit maker for the family, having bred the G2 winner Villa Verde from another $10,000 mare.

"Todd trolls around for mares in foal and bought Villa Verde's mother in foal to Not A Single Doubt for $10,000 and he bought Miss Leonidas' mother in foal to I Am Invincible for $10,000," Dwyer said. "He's very, very good at it."

"A few years ago I bought Villa Verde and she went on to be very good and won $650,000."

A $95,000 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale purchase, Villa Verde was sold on her retirement from racing for $1.1 million at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

Streets Of Avalon winning the Moonga Stakes
Streets Of Avalon winning the Moonga Stakes Picture: Racing and Sports

* Classy sprinter Streets Of Avalon could be heading overseas after the son of Magnus added the G3 Moonga Stakes to his record at Caulfield on Saturday.

Trainer Shane Nichols suggested a trip to Dubai could be in the pipeline for Streets Of Avalon after the 5YO gelding took his record to seven wins with 15 placings from 38 starts.

Streets Of Avalon (Magnus x Kamuniak by Black Minnaloushe) bounced back to form with an impressive one length win over WA trained Variation (War Chant) and Godolphin's French G1 winner Royal Meeting (Invincible Spirit).

Streets Of Avalon is one of 20 stakes winners by Magnus, who stands at Sun Stud in Victoria.

He is co-owned by his breeder Warren Racing and is out of Kamuniak, a Black Minnaloushe mare who is a sister to the champion NZ 2YO Joker's Wild, a dual G1 winner of the Ellerslie Sires' Produce Stakes and Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes.

Their dam Miss Rory (Rory's Jester) is a three-quarter sister to the dam of the Listed winner and G2 placed Danehil filly Chuckle.

Nichols said he was loking at the idea of campaigning the gelding in Dubai between January and March where there are a range of races worth around $300,000.

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Racing and Sports



Caulfield

Saturday, 19th October 2019

7
15:45
(local)

McCafe Caulfield Sprint (G2)

WT: 53.0kg Type: OPEN
AUD $301,000
1000m TURF GOOD
7
15:45
(local)
AUD $301,000
1000m GOOD

McCafe Caulfield Sprint (G2)

WT: 53.0kg Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 4. MISS LEONIDAS (AUS) 5yo M
I AM INVINCIBLE (AUS) - HAPPY PLAY (AUS)
STEPHEN BASTER
SHAUN DWYER
$4.00
57.0kg
P E McLean, A E McLean, Mrs S L Lichti, M A Fletcher, T C Eddy, N W Humphreys, M A Weaver, V B Delahunty, T D Horsley, D J Lewis, S Hyatt, D Spedding, Est D R Patterson, P M Dearaugo, R J Wild, M Stubbings & J P Gallagher

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2nd 9. GOD OF THUNDER (AUS) 4yo G
MORE THAN READY (USA) - JOLIE BAY (AUS)
DWAYNE DUNN
MICHAEL & WAYNE & JOHN HAWKES
$4.00
53.0kg
M D Holland, J G Abboud, C J Barham, M T Bradley, R F Latta, P McIlwain, A Pino, C J Smith, H Y H Wut, 21st Century Trade Group Syndicate(Mgr: E Savaglia) & Darby Racing Jolie Bay Syndicate (Mgr: S G Darby)

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3rd 2. MALIBU STYLE (AUS) 8yo G
MAGNUS (AUS) - ORIGAMI (AUS)
MICHAEL DEE
NEVILLE PARNHAM
$11.00
58.5kg
N D Parnham, Mrs C A Parnham, M J Fagan, R C Pearson, I L White, Mrs K A White & S Thompson

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4th 6. BADAJOZ (AUS) 7yo G
COMMANDS (AUS) - JEREZANA (AUS)
DEAN YENDALL
JAMES CUMMINGS
$31.00
54.5kg

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5th 3. TACTICAL ADVANTAGE (AUS) 6yo G
BEL ESPRIT (AUS) - ABOVE PERFECTION (AUS)
DAMIEN OLIVER
KRIS LEES
$8.50
57.5kg
6th 1. CRYSTAL DREAMER (AUS) 7yo G
STRATUM (AUS) - CRYSTAL WIT (AUS)
DAMIAN LANE
MATHEW ELLERTON & SIMON ZAHRA
$9.00
59.0kg
7th 5. INTUITION (AUS) 5yo G
STREET CRY (IRE) - RADAR (AUS)
BEN MELHAM
JAMES CUMMINGS
$13.00
55.0kg
8th 8. NOT ENOUGH EFFORT (AUS) 4yo G
REWARD FOR EFFORT (AUS) - MOONLIGHT BALLET (NZ)
BEN ALLEN
SHARYN TROLOVE
$8.00
53.5kg
9th 10. MCLAREN (AUS) 3yo R
EXCEED AND EXCEL (AUS) - SERENADA (AUS)
CRAIG WILLIAMS
PETER & PAUL SNOWDEN
$9.00
53.0kg

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