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Margaret Trotter joins "The Party Stand"

The final day of the Auckland Racing Club's 2011 Cup Carnival will be one that Margaret Trotter will not forget, as not only did she breed the group one Nicolas Feuillatte New Zealand Stakes winner The Party Stand (Thorn Park – Cremisi), but another winner on the card Better Together (Volksraad-Morangie) from her former good race mare Morangie.

"Normally I can't watch when they are racing because I get so nervous, but last Saturday I had a good feeling about both of them so I really enjoyed watching them win," she told the NZTBA.

"I was so excited when Better Together won, Morangie lives on – and then when The Party Stand, won that was really exciting, such a thrill."

Morangie (Cache of Gold – Whisky Lass) was one of a number of good horses that Margaret has raced and bred over the years. She won nine races including the listed Rotorua Stakes and Matamata Cup, and also ran second in the group two Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes. Her full brother Sir Kingi won the Wanganui Cup and ten other races, and was group placed in Victoria.

Morangie died in 2009 and about the same time Margaret and her late husband Sir Ron Trotter scaled down their thoroughbred interests and sold most of their mares including Cremisi.

Windsor Park's general Manager Steve Till purchased Cremisi (Royal Academy – Redaria) for Margaret Trotter from a small sale in Melbourne for under $20,000.

According to Steve she was an impressive type of mare from a good Australian family descending from one of the original mares bred by Sir Tristan Antico of Baramul Stud ,Hot Rhythm.

Cremisi was unraced, but she was a half sister to five winners. Her dam Redaria (Red Anchor – Hot Rhythm) was also unraced but was a half sister to the stakes winners
Shannar (dam of Clayton's Bid), Hot Diggity, and Verdi, dam of the stakes winning sire Rigoletto, as well as the stakes placed Dancealot, the dam of the stakes winners Take Your Partner, Imperial Baron and Kenvain.

The Party Stand is the sixth foal from Cremisi and the best performed. It was back-to-back wins for the Roger James-trained Thorn Park mare who has now won six races. At her previous start she won the listed Stanley Group TRAC Stakes also over 2000 metres making it four for the season.

Thorn Park had a notable weekend picking up a treble of winners at Ellerslie including the group one Nicholas Feuillatte New Zealand Stakes with The Party Stand, the listed Starcraft@Arrowfield Mr Tiz Trophy with Magic Briar while promising galloper Veyron collected a double for the meeting in the rating 90 Cathay Pacific Airways 1400.

The Party Stand became Thorn Park's second group one winner in the space of a week, while Magic Briar became his 11th stakes winner, and Veyron, who has now won five races from six starts this season, looks likely to go on and get black type.

The Telecom Derby winner Jimmy Choux has pushed Thorn Park into a clear lead on the New Zealand sires premiership. The Windsor Park-based stallion is shaping up to be very versatile. He can now boast stakes winners at two, three and older, and over a variety of distances.

The Party Stand is a half sister to two winners - Raadisi (volksraad) and Madam Joan (Montjeu) - and three other placed runners. Raadisi won three races and showed enough ability to be added to Windsor Park's broodmare band. Her oldest foal is now three.

Following The Party Stand, Cremisi has left a three year old colt by Falkirk, who is with Shaune Ritchie, a two year-old filly by Volksraad who was purchased by Paul Moroney, before being sold in foal to King's Chapel in 2009. That mating also produced a colt.

These days Margaret has a 25% share in the mare Angel Dreamer (Street Cry – L'Extra Honor) with the Alchemy Family Trust and Windsor Park. She has a High Chaparral filly at foot and is in foal to Mastercraftsman.

She also has a 25% share with some friends in a King's Chapel three-year-old gelding in work with Jeff Lynds.

"He is a big chestnut not unlike Sir Kingi, and Jeff tells us he is a stayer in the making and to be patient, and patience is certainly something you need to enjoy this game."



- Michelle Saba