Dundeel Hailed As The New Zabeel

Dundeel, the classic winning son of High Chaparral dubbed 'the new Zabeel’, sired his fifth stakes winner when his exciting 2YO son Castelvecchio won the $2 million Inglis Millennium at Warwick Farm on Saturday.

Castelvecchio (Dundeel x St Therese by Dehere) produced a super last to first win on a heavy track to win the first running of the sale restricted Listed race to remain unbeaten after two starts and give his 29-year-old trainer Richard Litt a career changing result.

A former Kiwi, Warwick Farm-based Litt took over the stable after his father Jim returned to New Zealand following the death of another son Jay.

“This is what we get up for,” Litt said. “This horse, he's the real deal.”

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Castelvecchio Picture: Racing and Sports

A $150,000 purchase from the draft of Arrowfield Stud at last year’s Classic Yearling Sale, Castelvecchio was knocked down to Litt’s clients Ottavio and Wendy Galletta under their Galletta Constructions Company banner.

Castelvecchio won on debut at Canterbury in similar last to first style. Saturday’s win gave Litt and Galletta a $1,194,000 prizemoney windfall.

"We put the horse with Richard because we believe that when we you put a horse with a young trainer in a small stable they get really good care,” said Wendy Galletta.

"He has been really patient but we thought we would give this race a go. To do what he did at just his second start is amazing.”

Named after a famous museum in Verona, Castelvecchio adds to Ottavio Galletta’s long and colourful journey since he migrated to Australia from Calabria in Italy in 1963.

He established his own construction company employing up to 200 people and began racing trotters and thoroughbreds in the 1970s. The 1976 Australian Harness Horse of the Year Don’t Retreat was among his first horses.

Galletta has since dabbled in breeding and has raced four home-bred winners from his mare Our Fiction as well as the G3 winner Malavio, by Snitzel.

Castelvecchio is one of five winners from eight foals to race from the Listed winner and G1 placed mare St. Therese.

They include last year’s G1 Spring Champion Stakes winner Maid Of Heaven (Smart Missile) and the G3 winner Mirrasalo (Redoute’s Choice).

St. Therese is out of the four-time winner Moon Scent (Aloe), a prolific producer led by the four time G1 winner Planet Ruler (Kaoru Star).

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Dundeel Picture: Arrowfield Stud

Castelvecchio continues the rise and rise in the stallion ranks of six-time G1 winner Dundeel.

The Arrowfield based stallion recently notched his first G1 winner Atyaab and he now boasts 19 Australian winners with $2.1 million earnings in 2018/19, placing him third on the 2nd Season Sires’ Premiership and third on the 2YO Sires’ table.

Arrowfield’s bloodstock manager Jon Freyer says Dundeel, produced from a Zabeel mare, is on the verge of a high performance stud career.

“He’s the new Zabeel, that’s what he is,’’ Freyer said.

“He’s got the favourite for the NZ Derby, he’s already had a Derby winner in South Africa, there’s this horse and multiple stakes winners.

“Castelvecchio could be one absolutely out of the box. The horse is a magnificent colt, he’s destined for big things.

“We’re delighted Ottavio bought him, he’s been a loyal client of the farm for a long time.”
Racing and Sports



Warwick Farm

Saturday, 09th February 2019

7
16:30
(local)

Inglis Millennium - 2yo R.L.

Age: 2yo Type: OPEN
AUD $2,034,000
1200m TURF SOFT
7
16:30
(local)
AUD $2,034,000
1200m SOFT

Laurels Function Centre Mdn

Age: 2yo Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 3. CASTELVECCHIO (AUS) 2yo C
DUNDEEL (NZ) - ST. THERESE (AUS)
JOSH PARR
RICHARD LITT
$21.00
56.5kg
Galletta Construction Co Pty Ltd (Mgr: O Galletta)

Sales Information

2nd 1. ACCESSION (AUS) 2yo C
BRAZEN BEAU (AUS) - READY AS ELLE (AUS)
HUGH BOWMAN
CHRIS WALLER
$2.38
56.5kg
Star Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd, Widden Stud Pty Ltd, Jacob Park Thoroughbreds, K B Farrell, R B T Aurisch, Mrs H A Aurisch, Paramount Racing, G Bebonis, Felgate Holdings, Boeara Holdings, M H Wood, Forbson Group, B Calabro & J G R McCrimmon

Sales Information

3rd 2. DAWN PASSAGE (AUS) 2yo C
DAWN APPROACH (IRE) - RAJA LANE (AUS)
BLAKE SHINN
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
$2.75
56.5kg
Ms H Waterhouse, D Healey, Mrs S E Healey, Ms K L Avison, Mrs E Murphy, R Murphy, J A McIntosh, C M Cygler, Miss N Healey, Bamboo Bloodstock (Mgr: W J Wendt) Gee Racing (Mgr: A J Guarrera), Just Fun Racing (Mgr: D C Halpin), Edge Water Racing (Mgr: R J Naylor) & Healey Bloodstock (Mgr: D Healey)

Sales Information

4th 10. AVON RIVER (AUS) 2yo F
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - LADY MELKSHAM (AUS)
GLYN SCHOFIELD
JAMES CUMMINGS
$21.00
54.5kg

Sales Information

5th 12. PRETTY BRAZEN (AUS) 2yo F
BRAZEN BEAU (AUS) - PRETTY PENNY (AUS)
COREY BROWN
TONY MCEVOY
$21.00
54.5kg

Sales Information

6th 14. LADY NATURALISTE (AUS) 2yo F
CHOISIR (AUS) - CALCATTA (AUS)
JAMIE KAH
MATT CUMANI
$41.00
54.5kg

Sales Information

7th 11. SALOME (AUS) 2yo F
UNENCUMBERED (AUS) - MAYBE I (AUS)
JASON COLLETT
C MAHER & D EUSTACE
$101.00
54.5kg

Sales Information

8th 13. MY FIRE PHOENIX (AUS) 2yo F
THE FACTOR (USA) - WILD SOIREE (USA)
TOMMY BERRY
J G SARGENT
$31.00
54.5kg

Sales Information

9th 9. BLAZING MISS (AUS) 2yo F
SIZZLING (AUS) - JAHRE (AUS)
TOM MARQUAND
MARK NEWNHAM
$31.00
54.5kg

Sales Information

10th 8. BISCARA (AUS) 2yo F
RUBICK (AUS) - LIZA (AUS)
BRETT PREBBLE
D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG
$41.00
54.5kg

Sales Information

11th 5. PANDANO (AUS) 2yo C
DUNDEEL (NZ) - MILANESA (AUS)
BRENTON AVDULLA
PAUL PERRY
$17.00
56.5kg

Sales Information

12th 6. SOAMI (AUS) 2yo G
SO YOU THINK (NZ) - LONGORIA (AUS)
JAY FORD
DAVID PFIEFFER
$101.00
56.5kg

Sales Information

13th 7. ESPAANIYAH (AUS) 2yo F
I AM INVINCIBLE (AUS) - CATALONIA (AUS)
TIM CLARK
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
$31.00
54.5kg

Sales Information

14th 15. MY SWEET FISH (AUS) 2yo F
SHAMUS AWARD (AUS) - IS IT A MOSQUITO (AUS)
ANDREW ADKINS
J G SARGENT
$101.00
54.5kg
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