Comeback gelding Showmanship (Showcasing [GB]-Khales) rewarded his connections for their patience when he won the Gr.3 ATC Show County Quality recently.
It was also a big thrill for Tom Lane and Campbell Crisp who own his dam Khales.
“It was good to see him back racing after that tendon injury a few years ago,” Lane said.
The lightly raced son of Showcasing suffered a tendon injury in 2022 and was off the scene for some time, making his return to racing in May at Warrnambool with a third in the Listed Wangoom Handicap.
Prior to his injury in he had racked up seven wins from eight starts for well known West Australian racing identity Bob Peters and with his latest win his racing statistics are eight wins from 10 starts.
Showmanship was bred by Haunui Farm and is the sixth foal from the Don Eduardo mare Khales. Khales only raced once and is a sister to Lara’s Glitter who won four races and was stakes placed twice. Her dam Precious Glitter (AUS) is a Danehill (USA) mare who won two races including the Gr.2 STC Magic Night Stakes, and she in turn is a half-sister to Beauty Watch who was placed three times at Group One level and won the Gr.3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup. This family also produced last season’s Gr.1 SAJC Schweppes Oaks winner Princess Jenni.
After she foaled Showmanship and while in foal to Super Easy, Khales was offered for sale in the 2016 NZB National Broodmare sale where she was purchased by Lane for $8,500.
Lane, a rural property salesman in Gisborne, had previously lived in Karaka where he had a successful equine agistment business specialising in breaking in. He had broken in one of Khales’ foals and was taken with her so when the mare came on the market, he took the plunge and purchased her.
As luck would have it that was La Mouline (Showcasing[GB]) and following her placing in the Gr.3 Taranaki 2YO Classic she was purchased by Bob Peters as well. Bahana, her second foal became the Champion Stayer in Singapore and her fifth foal La Grazie, by Zacinto (GB) has gone on to win two races.
Bahana is by Elusive City (USA) and has won seven races including the Listed Singapore Gold Cup, El Dorado Classic, and Solutions Stakes.
Teaming up with his good friend Campbell Crisp, and on the back of the success of La Mouline, they sent Khales back to Showcasing in 2018 and were rewarded at the 2020 Karaka Sales with a Book 1 colt who was sold to Ciaron Maher Bloodstock and Astute Bloodstock for $500,000.
“The cross with Showcasing and Don Eduardo mares was proving to be an incredible cross so we sent the mare back there,” he said at the time.
“The best thing is the magic of this breeding industry we knew we had a good cross, and a mare who had produced winners to three different sires, it was just a matter of having good luck and good fortune.”
Khales is the only broodmare owned by Lane and Crisp and she resides at Haunui Farm and is currently in foal to Per Incanto (USA).
“She is due to foal down in mid-October,” Lane said. “She is getting on a bit and we didn’t think she was in foal so it’s a nice surprise.
“We sent her to Berlardo (IRE) twice, the first filly Vivaldo, Haunui has a share in, and the second filly we have kept. She will be broken in in a few weeks and she will be the one that will carry on from Khales.
“We will give Khales one more shot, not sure we where will go and as it will probably be her last foal it won’t matter if it’s a late foal.” -Michelle Saba, NZTBA