Historic Manikato Stakes Win By Loving Gaby

Classy I Am Invincible filly Loving Gaby gave international investors Phoenix Thoroughbreds their first Australian Group One victory in the $1 million Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

Loving Gaby
Loving Gaby Picture: Racing and Sports

Trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, Loving Gaby took her career earnings top more than $1.3 milion when she produced an explosive turn of foot to become the first 3YO filly to win the Manikato Stakes.

It was her third win in eight starts and adds to her G1 record that includes placings in last season's ATC Sires Produce and Champagne Stakes at Randwick.

Loving Gaby was sourced by Dermot Farrington at the Sydney Easter Yearling Sale last year.

Farrington recommended the fily to Amer Abdulaziz, the Dubai-based principal of Phoenix Thoroughbreds, his global enterprise that is a significant player in the Us and Europe.

Ciaron Maher is his Australian trainer and he supported Farrington's purchase of the filly for $500,000 on behalf of Bahrain-born Abdulaziz from the draft of Ananda Krishnan's Kia Ora Stud.

Kia Ora co-bred the filly with Alan Bell from the Mastercraftsman mare Maastricht, a half-sister to the G1 winner Velocitea (Volksraad) and Listed winner Weaponry (Declaration Of War). The family also includes the G1 winner Orange County (Volksraad).

Maastricht was sold to Coolmore Stud and James Bester Bloodstock at this year's Chairman's Sale in Sydney for $2.25 million. She was offered in foal to I Am Invincible having foaled at Sebring filly last year and was booked to be covered by Justify this spring.

Loving Gaby is the ninth G1 winner by I Am Invincible, joining the likes of Brazen Beau, Viddora, Hellbent, Oohood and Invincibella. He is standing this season on an Australian high fee of $247,500.

Loving Gaby was named after Tessa Star, Phoenix Thorougbred's legal advisor, lost her best friend Gabrielle Harris to cancer.

She is the third G1 winner since Eustace joined Maher as his co-trainer in  August last year, following Kenedna's victories in the G1 Queen Of The Turf and G1 Doomben Cup last season.


Racing and Sports



Moonee Valley

Friday, 25th October 2019

7
21:30
(local)

Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes (G1)

Type: OPEN
AUD $1,015,000
1200m TURF GOOD
7
21:30
(local)
AUD $1,015,000
1200m GOOD

Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes (G1)

Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 11. LOVING GABY (AUS) 3yo F
I AM INVINCIBLE (AUS) - MAASTRICHT (NZ)
CRAIG WILLIAMS
CIARON MAHER & DAVID EUSTACE
$7.00
51.0kg
Phoenix Thoroughbred (Mgr: A A Salman)

Sales Information

2nd 5. VITAL SILVER (AUS) 6yo G
WANTED (AUS) - VINTAGE SILVER (AUS)
BEN MELHAM
DANIEL & BEN PEARCE
$31.00
58.5kg
B M Pearce, T D Forrest, D S Emmerson, A J Duffy, P R Brace, G J Foster, R K Foster, M S Deaves, R G Lynn, M F Hunt & Ms H C Hunt

Sales Information

3rd 10. ANAHEED (AUS) 3yo F
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - ROSTOVA (AUS)
TIM CLARK
PETER & PAUL SNOWDEN
$12.00
51.0kg
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum
4th 1. ROCK MAGIC (AUS) 10yo G
REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS) - ROCKABUBBLE (AUS)
JARRAD NOSKE
CHRIS GANGEMI
$41.00
58.5kg

Sales Information

5th 2. THE BOSTONIAN (NZ) 5yo G
JIMMY CHOUX (NZ) - KEEPA CHEVAL (NZ)
DAMIAN LANE
TONY PIKE
$7.50
58.5kg

Sales Information

6th 9. BIVOUAC (AUS) 3yo C
EXCEED AND EXCEL (AUS) - DAZZLER (AUS)
KERRIN MCEVOY
JAMES CUMMINGS
$1.80
53.0kg
7th 7. WINTER BRIDE (AUS) 5yo M
NOT A SINGLE DOUBT (AUS) - AMBERINO (AUS)
TOMMY BERRY
A J & T EDMONDS
$41.00
56.5kg
8th 3. FAATINAH (AUS) 7yo G
NICCONI (AUS) - ALQWAH (IRE)
JAMIE KAH
D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG
$26.00
58.5kg
9th 6. TROPE (AUS) 4yo H
MORE THAN READY (USA) - PERSONIFY (AUS)
DWAYNE DUNN
MICHAEL & WAYNE & JOHN HAWKES
$12.00
58.5kg

Sales Information

10th 4. ASHLOR (AUS) 6yo G
HARD SPUN (USA) - ANOTHER SHOT (AUS)
DANIEL STACKHOUSE
DANIEL MCCARTHY
$101.00
58.5kg
11th 8. MERYL (AUS) 4yo M
EPAULETTE (AUS) - ACADEMY IDOL (AUS)
DEAN YENDALL
L W CURTIS
$41.00
56.5kg

Sales Information

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