Australian Breeding News: Eight Carat Still on Top
Last Saturday was a good day for the Eight Carat clan, more specifically for the prolific branch that stems from her wonderful unraced daughter Cotehele House.
A mare proving a strong line-breeding influence, Cotehele House was duplicated (a close 2 X 3) in the pedigree of Gr.3 winner Fair Trade whose sire Danewin is her son.
Having planned that mating, pedigree analyst Kristen Manning sought to replicate the success and having purchased Cotehele House’s great great granddaughter Miss Peligrosa sent her to Danewin’s half-brother Bramshaw.
It was a bit of a gamble with both Bramshaw and Miss Peligrosa being unraced but with the latter’s sire being Eight Carat’s great grandson Dangerous it looked an interesting mating!
Miss Peligrosa visited Bramshaw – then part of the Larneuk Stud roster – on three occasions, the first foal Rosie Clare showing ability only to be injured in a freak track work mishap. Her younger sister Zarazamora is in work, having been born a giant and given time!
Meanwhile the foal in between – christened Quilate (Spanish for ‘carat’) – was in winning form at Mornington Saturday, at just her second run back from a spell recording a dominant victory over 1500m enroute to a crack at stakes class in the Gr.3 Ladies Vase at Caulfield on October 18.
2 X 5 Cotehele House and 3 X 5 X 6 Eight Carat, Quilate was one of three Cotehele House descendants to win on Saturday.
A son of Medaglia d’Or, Underground stepped up to 2400m at just his fourth outing at Kembla Grange and whilst he had only three rivals he proved a class above – racing clear from the turn to salute by no less than 8 3/4 lengths.
A member of the Brad Widdup stable and nominated for the VRC Derby, Underground was a $320,000 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling bred by successful South Australian breeder Harry Perks.
A half-brother to metropolitan winner Gogo Grace, he is out of the Cranbourne Cup winner Starmon, great granddaughter of Cotehele House. Her owners had a crack at line-breeding to her last year with Shooting To Win but sadly the foal was born dead.
The third leg of the Cotehele House treble was Sure Deal, successful for the second time from just four starts when saluting over 1200m at the Gold Coast.
Trained by Michael Nolan, the $30,000 yearling is by Real Saga out of the two times winning Danzero mare Personal Guarantee, half-sister to the dam of Underground’s dam Starmon.
Meanwhile at Moonee Valley last Friday night True Excelsior earned black type with a game third in the Gr.3 Champagne Stakes. The daughter of Exceed And Excel is out of Eight Carat’s Group One daughter Diamond Lover.