Black type results: Flemington and Hawkesbury

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G1 Kennedy Oaks, $1,000,000, 2500m

Really catching the eye as she headed out onto the track en route to her G3 Wakeful S. success on Saturday, Willowy (Kermadec {NZ}) looked just as good on Thursday - that James Cummings polish there for all to see!

Becoming the fourth Wakeful winner in the last 10 years to back up with G1 VRC Oaks success, Willowy showed plenty of determination lifting over the final stages to nab a brave Douceur (No Nay Never {USA}) (who was third in the Wakeful) right on the line.

It was a third VRC Oaks second for the red/white cap colours of the Tait family with their terrific mare Whisked (Tie The Knot's {Nassipour {USA}} dam by Whiskey Road {USA}) splitting Weekend Delight (NZ) (Racing Is Fun {USA}) and Triscay (Marscay) back in 1990. And in 2013 Zanbagh (Bernardini {USA}) was only just beaten by Kirramosa (NZ) (Alamosa {NZ}).

Tough and classy, Willowy has now won three of her six starts - all in this, her debut campaign; one which kicked off with a fast-finishing Kensington maiden third in late August.

The second Group 1 winner for Darley Victoria's G1 Doncaster H. and G1 George Main S. winner Kermadec (NZ) (Teofilo {Ire}) with his first Montefilia contesting last year's VRC Oaks - as favourite finishing third to Personal (Fastnet Rock).

Willowy is the final foal produced by the terrific mare Dextrous (Quest For Fame {GB}), winner of five of her 10 starts including the G2 Sandown Guineas and the G3 Vanity. On both occasions she was ridden by Darren Gauci who was riding for his bosses Bob and Jack Ingham - and there is no doubt that Dextrous would be an important horse for the Ingham family as Jack passed away just a few months after her Vanity win.

Retired to stud in 2003, Dextrous produced as her third foal the G1 AJC Champagne S. winner Skilled (Commands), the following year by the same stallion producing the G2 Theo Marks winner Ambidexter.

Two years after that Sidestep (Exceed And Excel) came along and he won twice at Group 2 level as well as finishing second to Overreach (Exceed And Excel) in the G1 Golden Slipper S.

All three of Dextrous' classy sons are at stud and each of them have been represented by stakes winners.

It was an eight year period between Sidestep and Willowy but in between Dextrous foaled the city winner Deft (Exceed And Excel) and the Group 3-placed Flexible (Hallowed Crown) who was fourth in this year's G1 Australasian Oaks.

Sadly Dextrous died last year but her final foal is certainly doing her - and Godolphin - proud!

Hailing from the same family as the champion Emancipation (Bletchingly), Willowy is bred on the same Galileo (Ire)/Rainbow Quest (USA) cross as Frankel (GB) and the same more specific Teofilo (Ire)/Rainbow Quest cross as the big race winners Exultant (Ire), Scope (Ire), Quest For More (Ire) and Parish hall (Ire).

Also of interest in Willowy's pedigree is the combination of Fuji Kiseki (Jpn) and Blushing Groom (Fr) with both stallions being descendants of the influential matriarch Black Ray (GB) (Black Jester {GB}).

G3 Ottawa S., $200,000, 1000m

See You In Heaven (Divine Prophet) appeared to be one of the most laid-back horses in the yard before the race and she ran up to her looks with a dominant performance at debut.

Bred by Aquis Farm and G1G Racing And Breeding, See You In Heaven made her way through the sales ring on two occasions, fetching $27,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Weanling Sale (purchased by Kestrel Thoroughbreds) and $90,000 as a Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling, bought by Richard and Chantelle Jolly.

Already winning more than her purchase price, See You In Heaven hails from the second crop of Choisir's G1 Caulfield Guineas winner Divine Prophet... and she is his first stakes winner for the Aquis-based horse.

Recently foaling a colt by Cliff's Edge (Canford Cliffs {Ire}), See You In Heaven's dam is the dual city winner Shine On Anna (Anabaa {USA}) who enjoyed her own Flemington success in August 2008.

Changing hands last year for just $6000, Shine On Anna is also the dam of the metropolitan winners Annaman (Mossman) and Alaskan Sun (Hinchinbrook). Her dam is the stakes-placed Shine On Me (Ire) (Machiavellian {USA}), daughter of the stakes-placed Seranda (Ire) (Petoski {GB}).

A descendant of the star mare Pearl Cap (Fr) (Le Capucin {Fr}), See You In Heaven can boast amongst her relations the Group 1 gallopers Contributer (Ire) (High Chaparral {Ire}) and Shaka (GB) (Exit To Nowhere {USA}).

See You Heaven is bred on a 5 X 3 Danzig (USA) cross whilst also carrying duplications of the influential mares Natalma (USA) (Native Dancer {USA}), Lalun (USA) (Djeddah {Fr}) and Almahmoud (USA) (Mahmoud {Fr}).

G3 Red Roses S., $300,000, 1100m

Flying Evelyn (Not A Single Doubt) had not been having the best of luck leading up to this contest but all was forgotten as she charged to the line for a game victory, her first at stakes level.

Bred by Arrowfield Pastoral and purchased for $500,000 by John Sadler Racing at last year's Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, she has plenty more to offer with this win coming at just her sixth outing.

She is the 78th stakes winner for her retired sire Not A Single Doubt who was a strong influence on Oaks Day - being the grandsire of the exciting Espiona (Extreme Choice) and the dam sire of the Flemington straight specialist Halvorsen (Magnus).

Flying Evelyn is the fourth foal for the American-bred Champagne Run (More Than Ready {USA}) who has also produced the Group 3-placed Cristal Eyes (All Too Hard).

Served last spring by The Autumn Sun, Champagne Run was secured by Arrowfield for $220,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale. Her next two foals are yet to be named fillies by Pariah and The Autumn Sun.

This is a family well known to Australians with Champagne Run's dam being the G1 Coolmore Classic winner Bollinger (Dehere {USA}) (also dam of the Group 2 winners Friesian Fire {USA} by A.P Indy {USA}) and Villermont by All Too Hard) whose dam is the G1 Golden Slipper heroine Bint Marscay (Marscay).

Also dam of the Group 3 winners Sheraton (Woodman {USA}) and Mannington (Danehill {USA}), Bint Marscay continues to be of influence with her descendants including the G1 VRC Derby winner Benicio (More Than Ready {USA}) and the Group winners Romneya (Red Ransom {USA}), Roheryn (Lonhro), Allways Allison (More Than Ready {USA}) and Rosa Imperial (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}).

Listed Desirable S., $175,000, 1400m

The astounding run for Newgate's Extreme Choice continued at Flemington yesterday with a simply stunning performance by his exciting daughter

Odds-on favourite on the back of an easy debut win at Warwick Farm, she came with a withering run out wide, racing away by 6l.

She is stakes winner number six from the small first crop of her remarkable sire who has also been represented by the G1 Golden Slipper S. winner Stay Inside, the G2 BRC Sires' Produce S. winner Tiger Of Malay, the G3 Blue Sapphire S. winner Extreme Warrior, the Listed Gothic S. winner Extreme Flight and the Listed Woodlands S. winner Xtremetime.

From his first 25 runners, the G1 Blue Diamond S. and G1 Moir S. winner Extreme Choice has had 10 winners of 20 races; a good effort by any young stallion let alone one with just 48 foals in his debut crop.

Bred by Torryburn Stud and Frank Cook, she was purchased for $190,000 by Star Thoroughbreds and Randwick Bloodstock at the 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

She is the first foal for the lightly raced Warwick Farm winner Dahooil (NZ) (O'Reilly {NZ}) who Chris Waller purchased as a yearling for NZ$340,000 at Karaka. She produced a colt by Capitalist less than two weeks ago and is booked in to visit Farnan.

Dahooil is one of six winners (from as many to race) for Pretty (NZ) (Pins), also dam of the Listed winners Bonny O'Reilly (NZ) (O'Reilly {NZ}) and Pretty To Sea (NZ) (Ocean Park {NZ}). Pretty's Group 3-placed dam Escada (NZ) (Centaine) produced the dual Group 1 winners Vision And Power (NZ) (Carnegie {Ire}) and Glamour Puss (NZ) (Tale Of The Cat {USA}) whose grandson Forgot You (NZ) (Savabeel) has won two Group 2 features this spring.

Espiona is a great advertisement for female line-breeding, bred on a 4 X 4 cross of Easy Date (Grand Chaudiere {Can}) and a 7 X 6 cross of Best In Show (USA) (Traffic Judge {USA}).

Listed Century S., $175,000, 1000m

Halvorsen (Magnus) returned to his brilliant best with this convincing first-up victory, his second stakes success (the G3 Standish the first) down the famed Flemington straight.

One of the 24 stakes winners for his reliable Widden Victorian-based sire Magnus, Halvorsen was bred by his co-trainer Robbie Griffiths who has enjoyed great success with the breed.

And with the family, Griffiths - who now trains with Mathew de Kock - also training and breeding Halvorsen's dual city-winning dam Flourishing (Not A Single Doubt) and her Listed Cleary S.-winning half-brother Beltrois (Bel Esprit). He had a good opinion of Flourishing's lightly raced dam Vaingt Trois (Noalcoholic {Fr}) who was injured at just her second start having impressed at debut.

Recently foaling a full brother to Halvorsen, Flourishing has another two Magnus colts yet to be named and she was again served by him on the weekend.

Like the previous winner Espiona (Extreme Choice), Halvorsen is line-bred to the terrific Easy Date (Grand Chaudiere {Can}) via her son Snippets and grandson Not A Single Doubt.

Also carrying a 3 X 4 Danehill (USA) cross, Halvorsen hails from a lovely old Australian family with his stakes-placed fourth dam Foreshow (Showdown {GB}) being a full sister to the multiple Group 1 winner Tontonan (Showdown {GB}).

Listed Ladies' Day Cup, $150,000, 1600m

The outsider of the field, Blue Soldier (USA) (War Front {USA}) showed plenty of heart with this determined on-pace victory - his third success coming at his 15th start.

Making his debut for the David Payne stable, the imported gelding bred by Orpendale, Chelston and Wynatt had not won since a Listed success at Dundalk in October 2019.

Formerly racing as Fort Myers, he was highly thought of in the Northern Hemisphere, contesting several stakes races including the 2019 G1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf in which he was seventh, just 2.5l behind Structor (USA) (Palace Malice {USA}).

One of the 100 stakes winners sired by Clairborne's star stallion War Front (USA) and his second stakes winner in Australia (the dual Group 1 winner Homesman {USA}) the other), Blue Soldier is a son of the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas winner Marvellous (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}).

Marvellous is one of the six stakes winners by Galileo (Ire) out of the G2 Cherry Hinton S. winner You'Resothrilling (USA) (Storm Cat {USA}), the others being the European Champion 2-Year-Old Colt and European Champion 3-Year-Old Miler Gleneagles (Ire), the European Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Happily (Ire), the G1 French Oaks winner Joan Of Arc (Ire), the triple Group winner (in Australia) Taj Mahal (Ire) and the G3 Park S. winner Coolmore (Ire).

What a family this is, You'Resothrilling being a full sister to the champion Giant's Causeway (USA) (Storm Cat {USA}).

Black type results
Flemington
Hawkesbury