Sign up to the TDN daily edition

Enter your details below to subscribe to the TDN Australia & NZ daily edition.

Impressively bred 2YOs unveiled at trials

4 min read

Written by Paul Vettise

Niagara Falls (Danehill {USA}) has a near perfect record at stud and indications are that she can add to her tally. Her 2YO daughter Crystal Falls was one of a number of triallers to keep an eye on after the juvenile trials at Randwick and Benalla on Tuesday.

Five of her six foals to race have been winners with her stand-out representative Elite Falls (More Than Ready {USA), who won the G2 Reisling S., and finished runner-up in the G1 Oakleigh Plate and third in the G1 Golden Slipper S.

Elite Falls winning the G2 Reisling Stakes

Niagara Falls’ first foal was Queen Of The Falls (General Nediym) and she won on two occasions and is the dam of the recent G3 Australia S., winner Charge (Zoustar).

“We sold her in foal to Zoustar again for $160,000,” Turangga Stud manager John Ramsey said.

“We sold her in foal to Zoustar again for $160,000,” Turangga Stud manager John Ramsey said.

Niagara Falls’ latest representative to step on track is Crystal Falls (Medaglia D’Oro {USA}) and she made encouraging steps when successful in her first 745 metre trial at Randwick on Tuesday morning for trainer John Sargent.

“I broke her in myself and she wasn’t quirky at all, she’s always been professional,” farm manager John Ramsey said.

“She’s doing at all on her first preparation so we’ll see how she pulls up as to whether we give her a start.” – John Ramsey.

“She’s doing at all on her first preparation so we’ll see how she pulls up as to whether we give her a start.”

Niagara Falls was a $250,000 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale purchase for Turangga and she was a talented mare winning the G3 Carlyon Cup and finished fourth in the G1 Australasian Oaks.

“She was very handy and she had three starts at Caulfield and broke three track records,” Ramsey said.

Queen Of The Falls is the dam of recent 1300 Australia Stakes winner, Charge

A daughter of the G2 Champagne S., winner Bracken Bank (NZ) (Sir Tristram {IRE}), Niagara Falls was sold last year as part of Turangga’s Reduction Sale in 2017

“Richard McClenahan bought her and she’s got a Real Impact colt and a Capitalist colt so he’s hoping for a filly at some stage,” Ramsey said.

The other trial for juvenile fillies at Randwick was won by the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-prepared Not A Royal Doubt (Not A Single Doubt).

A half-brother to four winners, the filly was a $250,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase and is out of the Royal Academy (USA) mare Royal Pageant. The dam is a half-sister to the Listed winners Omnitrader (Unbridled’s Song {USA) and Stockade (Redoute’s Choice).

Snowden trial double

The heats for the 2-year-old colts and geldings went to the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained pair of Jonah (Hinchinbrook) and Smart Consort (Smart Missile).

The former was a $300,000 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale purchase for the buying group of the China Horse Club, WinStar Farm and Raffles Racing.

Jonah is a brother to the Group 2 winner Flippant and half-brother to the Group 3 winner I Am Excited (Snitzel) with their dam Lady Beckworth (General Nediym). It is the family of the multiple Group 1 winner Atlantic Jewel (Fastnet Rock).

Out of the Listed Gosford Slipper S., winner Ultimate Fever (Gold Fever {USA}), Smart Consort was secured at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale for $260,000 and is a half-brother to the G3 McKay S., winner Sprightly Lass (Snitzel).

Smart Consort as a yearling

Sunlight's sister ready for Cup day debut

Sisstar (Zoustar), a full sister to Sunlight from the second crop of Zoustar, showed she has inherited plenty of family ability after an eye catching trial at Benalla on Tuesday.

Jockey Luke Currie indicated that it was an easy trial from the daughter of Solar Charged who was wearing winkers for the first time. "She's a bit smaller than Sunlight and looks like she will improve with a bit of development," Currie said.

Sisstar has been earmarked to debut down the Flemington straight on Melbourne Cup Day.