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Lucky Owners caps big month for NZ-breds

Lucky Owners (Danehill-Miss Priority by Kaapstad) capped a tremendous few weeks for New Zealand-breds overseas when he won yesterday's $NZ2.74 million Hong Kong Derby 2000m HK-G1.

The four-year-old colt has now won eight of his 13 starts in Hong Kong, most notably December's international Hong Kong Mile G1, and has extended the already fine record of his female family in Australasia.

March has been a very good month for Kiwi-breds offshore. Lucky Owners' Hong Kong victory comes after Group & Listed Stakes wins in Australia Starcraft (Soviet Star), Burning Sands (Marju), Demographic (Gold Brose), Zabarra (Zabeel), Pantani (Pentire) and Sain Khapital(Entrepreneur).

At Moonee Valley on Saturday Sylvaner (Danasinga) comfortably took out the Sunline S. 1600m G2, while Our Egyptian Raine (Desert Sun) maintained her excellent Australian form with a hard-fought second to Regimental Gal in the Australia Stakes 1200m G1. The brilliant five-year-old mare has now won three Group 2 races and placed twice at Group One level for almost $A600,000 in prizemoney from her eleven starts in Australia. All eleven races have been at the sprint distances at which Australian horses are most intensely competitive.

And at Rosehill Daniel's The Man (Touching Wood) won the Sky High S. 1900m LR, Kingside(Kaapstad) ran second to Only Words in the Phar Lap S. 1500m G2, and Starcraft's consistent and classy half-sister Forum Floozie (Danasinga) was third in the Coolmore Classic 1500m G1, beaten by Shamekha and Private Steer. It was Forum Floozie's fifth Group placing from nine starts this season.

Lucky Owners was bred by Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan and sold for $A350,000 to Tony Vasil at the 2001 Australian Easter Yearling Sale. Miss Priority, a winning three-quarter sister to Australian Horse of the Year Might And Power and half-sister to G2 Matter of Honour, has made all her owners very lucky indeed, with five yearlings sold for a total of $A1million since 1998. The Hogans, who bought Miss Priority in foal to Danehill in 1999, have also sold her Zabeel colt (named Consignment) for $A360,000 and her 2001 Zabeel filly (named Deduction) for $A200,000. Cambridge Stud will offer her Stravinsky filly at the upcoming Easter Sale in Sydney.

Before Lucky Owners, the mare's best progeny was Miss Power Bird, winner of five races including a Listed Stakes event at Caulfield. Another member of this family is Peter & Philip Vela's two-year-old filly El Bulli (Zabeel-Grace and Power by Brief Truce-Tantum Ergo) who made her debut at Matamata last week after winning two trials. Tantum Ergo is a half-sister to Benediction.

The success of Benediction's progeny and descendants in Australasia is beginning to echo that of the Eight Carat tribe. Both mares were imported to New Zealand by leading studs, both left Australian Horses of the Year and won five NZ Broodmare of the Year titles among them, and both have daughters now extending the family's success into the next generation. However, it's unlikely that any broodmare is going to match Eight Carat's current tally of Australasian Group One-winning descendants any time soon. That record stands at 12 Group One winners: Danewin, Diamond Lover, Don Eduardo, Emerald Dream, Kaapstad, Marquise, Mouawad, Octagonal, Shower Of Roses, Tristalove, Viking Ruler and Viscount. These horses have won a total of 29 Group One races, all but three of them in Australia.

Benediction was sold and exported to the United States by Windsor Park Stud in September 1998, while Eight Carat died at Cambridge Stud two years later.

The NZTBA warmly acknowledges these information sources:
Arion Pedigrees, the New Zealand Stud Book Australian Stud Book and the Australian Bloodhorse Review

- Susan Archer


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