When You're Hot - You're Hot! More success for the Moore family

When you are hot you are hot, and that would be the only way to describe the descendants of Richard Moore's famous family at the moment.

Hot on the heels of Culminate(Elnadim- Solstice) taking out the Group Two NRM Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes, her close relation Eileen Dubh (Storm Creek-Vingtaine) grabbed a victory in the Group One Levin Classic.

Eileen Dubh

Picture by Trish Dunell

She becomes the latest group one winner to directly descend from Soliloquy joining Solvieg, Cross Swords, Gallic, Captivate and Culminate.

Not to be left out Run Like Al (Al Akbar – Night Mare) added to the tally of black type winners from this family with a victory in the Group Three Eagle Technology Stakes at Ellerslie the following day. He descends from another branch of this famous family, with his dam being a half sister to the Group One winner and successful sire Prince of Praise.

Eileen Dubh was bred by Richard Moore from Vingtaine (Centaine) a placed daughter of the group placed Solstice and therefore a half sister to Culminate, and offered her for sale at the 2008 Carnival Sale at Karaka where she failed to reach her reserve. She was then leased to young Irish trainer Francis Finnegan now based at Woodville.

In only his third season as a trainer this is his first group one success, and comes from a filly who has always shown ability, winning three races from just 10 starts, accumulating placings in the Group Three Gold Trail Stakes, and listed Wanganui Fillies Stakes on the way.

Eileen Dubh is the third winner produced by Vingtaine, her first foal King Sudurka (Sudurka) has won three races in Australia, and Douzaine (Minardi) is a winner in the South Island. She has an older sister Trickle who is unraced, and a two-year-old half sister by Bertolini. At this summer's Select Sale another half sister by Perfectly Ready will be sold by Soliloquy Lodge through the Haunui Farm draft.

The link between Eileen Dubh and Run Like Al, is Gabardine, the Gabador mare Richard Moore purchased in the 1960's. From Gabardine he bred Princess Patine the dam of Soliloquy and great grandam of Eileen Dubh, Acropolis (Alcimedes) a stakes winner of nine races, Welcome Edition (Sovereign Edition) a listed winner at two, and Gaberton (Hermes) who is the grandam of Run Like Al.

Gaberton was the winner of four races before being retired to stud where she produced six foals, including Prince of Praise. He was a son of the Habitat sire Crossways who stood at Brian Mollet's Progressive Farms which was situated next door to the Moore's property in Karaka.

As a two-year-old Prince of Praise won the Group One Ellerslie Sires Produce Stakes and as a five-year old won the Group One All Aged Stakes in Sydney, he retired to stud having won 10 races, and went on to be relatively successful at stud. Crossways was also the sire of the Champion racehorse Veandercross.

Prince of Praise was the only one of Gaberton's foals to be successful on the racetrack, and his four half sisters all went off to stud.

Night Mare by the Bletchingly stallion Mercury was sold as a yearling to another Karaka resident Kent Baigent who sent her to the races once, she commenced her stud career for him in the late 90's and produced a filly by Maroof Dream Princess. She won two races and has now gone to stud.

Night Mare was then sold to John Corcoran and visited Bahhare producing a filly before making a couple of visits to Al Akbar (Success Express – Gala Night) where the second mating produced Run Like Al. He was purchased at the Festival Sale in 2006 by Paul Moroney for $30,000 for stable clients Chris and Carol Chamberlain, Murray and Gaye Gibson, and Lyle and Leonie Smart. Chris Chamberlain liked the yearling so much that before he raced that he decided he might like to buy the mare.

John Corcoran had already sold the mare to Counties Racing Club Chairman Brian Collins who along with his partner Sandra Townsend and friends Murray and Mireille Gilmore bred her to Al Akbar and produced a filly. Named Majikat she is now three and is in work with Ben Foote at Byerley Park.

The Chamberlain's then sent Night Mare to King's Chapel and the resultant colt will sell in the Select Yearling Sale this summer, and Night Mare is in foal to Thorn Park.

Run Like Al's win in the Group Three Eagle Technology Stakes was the fourth career win for the five-year-old and the second in a row for the season. As a three-year-old he won a couple of races before running second in the Group One Beyer Classic, behind Keepa Cruisin, and then later in the season ran third behind her half sister Seachange in the Group One Waikato Draught Sprint.

As a four-year-old he failed to recapture that form and Paul Moroney suggested a change of environment, and stable. He was despatched to Kariotahi Beach and placed in the care of Jakki Good and has returned to the racetrack in winning form.

Harking back to Gaberton, her unraced Sky Chase daughter Heatherton, is still amongst the broodmare band at Soliloquy Lodge, and has produced two winners Cape da Cross (Cape Cross) and the Pins filly Tiverton who has won four races from the Moroney stable. She along with the likes of Eileen Dubh, Culminate and Panama (Traditionally-Cappie) another recent winner from the family will no doubt return to Soliloquy Lodge and help carry on this great legacy for the Moores.

- Michelle Saba


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