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Best of the Week: Cedar Manor, Our Egyptian Raine & Sunline's foal

Cedar Manor's sire Oregon

Cedar Manor's sire Oregon
Sunline's safe delivery of her filly foal by Rock of Gibraltar at Cambridge Stud on Monday 18 October was nicely timed after a thrilling Caulfield Cup day, and the best raceday for Kiwi-breds in Australia so far this season. Cedar Manor (Oregon; bred by the FairdaleTrust) and Our Egyptian Raine (Desert Sun; Chris Ball, Mal Barratt, Kenny Rae & Nick Rodokal) added two Group wins for the (NZ) team, Pretorius (Volksraad) and Star Of Gretchen (Bahhare) ran second and third in the Coongy Handicap G3 and three-year-old filly Mango Daiquiri (Cape Cross) won the $A75,000 Sky Blue Plate over 2000 metres.

It seems appropriate that Sunline would make her debut as a mother in the week during which, for four years from 1999 to 2002, she was preparing for the Cox Plate. Cambridge Stud's lovely photo of mother gently nuzzling daughter gives the lie to the frequently repeated nonsense that Sunline the racehorse was freakishly un-female - as if a creature so powerful could not be anything but male in some kind of disguise!

As a two-year-old in New Zealand Our Egyptian Raine certainly reminded this writer of a young Sunline and she remains the only Desert Sun to do so. Her career has been simply splendid and she deserves particular admiration for competing so well at the sprinting distances Australian horses excel at.

A two-time stakes-winning juvenile, she has improved with age, winning the ARC Railway S. G1 at four before her sale for a reported one million dollars to Australian owners The Written Bloodstock Syndicate and L.E. & P.E. King. At five Our Egyptian Raine won two G2 sprints, the Moir at Moonee Valley and the Linlithgow at Flemington, and notched up four Group One second placings in three states: the Lightning, the William Reid, the All Aged and the Doomben 10,000. She has added two more Group One placings this season, including a typically courageous second in the Epsom Handicap at Randwick. Her victory in Saturday's Tristarc S. 1400m G3 was thoroughly well-deserved and takes her record to ten wins and 16 placings from 37 starts, and Australian earnings of almost $A1.1 million. Both her Australian and former New Zealand owners can be enormously proud of her - and there is no sign she is finished yet.

MRC Norman Robinson S. 2000m G2 winner Cedar Manor has made rapid progress for his owners Graeme Rogerson, D.J. Ferrow and W.R. Schwamm since he won the Levin RC Ryder S. LR as a late two-year-old in July. His dam Great Status, by the increasingly valuable broodmare sire Centaine and carrying Cedar Manor, was sold to the Fairdale Trust by a partnership including Fairdale Stud for $7,000 in 2001. He was then sold for $30,000 at the 2003 New Zealand Select Colts yearling sale.

This is a family that has served Fairdale well in the past. Cedar Manor's third dam, Showstopper left dual Australian Group One winner Riverdale and, to Oregon, the stakes-winning stayer Ruy Lopez. One of her daughters has left SW Glorious Day, while Cedar Manor is descended from her winning Sir Tristram daughter Social Symbol.

Fairdale Stud owns Cedar Manor's sire Oregon (Halo-Three Troikas) but he is now based at Soneri Lodge, East Levin. He has quietly compiled a respectable list of 14 stakeswinners, headed by G1 Oregon Power, Singapore Horse of the Year (twice) Ouzo, the very good Melbourne sprinter Rock You, Group 3 winners Yacquina Bay and Oregon Seal and this year's Singapore Derby winner Dreyfuss.

In New Zealand two four-year-old mares added to their good records last Saturday, and became their respective sires' leading New Zealand earners for the season to date. Bridie Belle (Al Akbar; John Corcoran) won her third Group race for her owners L.D. & Mrs M. Pettifer when she took out the Egmont RC Evergreen S. 1400m G3 for fillies and mares. She has compiled four wins, five placings and around $130,000 from 16 starts. John Corcoran's record as a breeder is excellent, but he's had no luck in the sale-ring with the three Al Akbar fillies he's bred from the Crested Wave mare Golinda. Bridie Belle was sold as a yearling for $3,000, and her two younger sisters were sold as weanlings for $1,250 and $3,000 respectively. She is one of seven stakeswinners by Al Akbar who is currently eighth on the New Zealand General Sires' list by earnings. He stands at the Corcoran family's Grangewilliam Stud, Wanganui at a fee of $5,500.

Tickle (Danasinga; Barlow Thoroughbred Ltd), who scored the best of her career in Saurday's RRC Rotorua Challenge Plate 1900m G3, was similarly unwanted in the sale-ring, being passed for $9,000 at the NZ Select Yearling Sale. Unraced at two, she has won six races and placed four times from 16 starts. She's among 19 stakeswinners by Danasinga who has established himself as one of New Zealand's most useful and versatile sires with 19 stakeswinners and is now sixth on the New Zealand General Sires' list. Waikato Stud has reduced Danasinga's fee this season to $12,000.

- Susan Archer


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