Weather permitting, Perth mare Kissonallforcheeks will travel to Sydney following her breakthrough victory in the G3 Shaftesbury Avenue Hcp (1400m) in Melbourne last Saturday.
Kissonallforcheeks (4m Written Tycoon – Rosie Rocket by Blackfriars) is arguably the best mare in the west and Dan Morton rates her as good as any mare he’s trained. “The trip away can do them the world of good and she was pretty impressive on the weekend,” Morton said after her dominant victory first-up at Flemington. “She’s a high-class mare and got the job done.
“With a bit of luck, the rain clears up in Sydney and we can head north. I’ve got no doubt she can win a Group 1 up there.”
Ideally, Kissonallforcheeks would run in the G2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on March 26 as a dress-rehearsal for The Championships. She holds Randwick Group 1 nominations for the Doncaster Mile (April 2) and Queen Of The Turf Stakes (April 9).
Dawson Stud’s Graham Daws bred and sold her for $120,000 through the Newhaven Park consignment to the 2019 Gold Coast Magic Millions where Morton bought her on behalf of part-owners Jill O’Sullivan and Darren White.
The Shaftesbury Avenue result was her 9th win in 19 starts for earnings of $910,290 and that includes $154,240 in Westspeed Platinum Bonuses.
Dawson’s lovely Russian Revolution – Rosie Rocket colt didn’t reach his reserve at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale in February. He’s back in WA and, being by a red-hot first-season sire, is on the market so Dawson can continue to invest in upgarding its broodmares.
Rosie Rocket is having a year off after foaling a filly by All Too Hard in October.
Two hours after the Flemington win, Dawson struck again with Sight Success in the Lam Tsuen Hcp (1200m) at Sha Tin.
The John Size-trained sprinter was winning for the fourth time in Hong Kong this season and looked right at home in Class One company.
Sight Success (5g Magnus – Tarp by Bletchley Park) has risen from a mark of 83 at the start of the season to his current rating of 105. “He won it at the start,” jockey Karis Teetan said. “He jumped quickly so I got him across and he relaxed. After that, I just had to wait on him in the straight and, as soon as we balanced, he opened up the engine.”
Dawson sold him for $45,000 at the 2018 Perth Magic Millions and the latest win sent his earnings to the equivalent of AUD 1.70 million for owner Tam Wing Kun. His dam Tarp had a yearling colt by Jimmy Choux (NZ) sell for the same amount to Commercial Bloodstock’s Noel Carter at the 2022 Perth Magic Millions.
Tarp foaled a Long Leaf colt in October and was then bred back to Magnus at Widden Stud’s Victorian base in Riddles Creek.