Belmont winners Fly Away Home and Titian Queen put the finishing touches on a winning month for Dawson Stud on Wednesday and that success can go to a whole new level at the Melbourne Spring Carnival starting on September 17.
Dawson sold Fly Away Home as agent for Anita Vale Stud for $40,000 at the 2021 Perth Magic Millions and he broke through for a well-deserved victory in the TABtouch Maiden (1400m). Trained by Dan Morton, he’s a 3yo son of Belardo (Ire) and is a stablemate of Anita Vale’s Group 1 winning homebred Elite Street.
“All his runs have been good but he’s still learning the craft,” Morton said. “He’s been a bit of a slow burn but I think he will make a nice horse”
Fly Away Home is a half-brother to Listed winner London Line (Supremacy Stakes & Fairetha Stakes). Their dam Line Of Flight (Bletchley Park) is a half-sister to Morton’s multiple Group 1 winner Scenic Shot.
Titian Queen’s connections have also been patient and they were rewarded in the Schweppes Hcp (1400m). Their 5yo Snippetson mare’s last win was at Northam in July 2021.
“She’s had problems with her feet but has had no luck on wet tracks in Saturday races,” trainer Sharon Miller explained. “She was back in class today and Jason (Whiting) picked his way through the field from a wide barrier.”
Titian Queen was bred and catalogued for the 2019 Perth Magic Millions by Dawson Stud owner Graham Daws. She’s the final foal of USA-bred mare Sudden Headache (Southern Halo) and is a half-sister to winners by Alfred Nobel, Commands and Rock Of Gibraltar.
Other Belmont-winning mares from Dawson Stud in August included the Trevor Andrews-trained Beneath The Covers (Alfred Nobel) and Durrant Racing’s Finest Clobber (Zoustar).
Saturday, September 17 could be a Group 1 groundbreaker for Dawson Stud in the Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
It’s the goal of Kissonallforcheeks who will be coming off a promising first-up placing in the G3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield last Saturday. She was bred and sold by Dawson Stud for $120,000 through Newhaven Park at the 2019 Gold Coast Magic Millions.
The Written Tycoon mare has won 9 of her 22 starts earning prizemoney of $937,290 including Westspeed Platinum Bonuses of $154,240 for owners Jill O’Sullivan and Darren White. After moving to Melbourne earlier this year, she franked that form in WA with a G3 victory in the Shaftesbury Avenue St (1400m) at Flemington in March.
“She’s a high-class mare,” Dan Morton said prior to a transfer to Flemington trainer Nick Ryan. “She will be up against good fields but that’s always the case at this time of the year in Melbourne.”
After the Rupert Clarke Stakes, Kissonallforcheeks will continue racing with Ryan until the G1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on October 29 before returning home for more Group 1 targets at Ascot.
Graham Daws will have her dam Rosie Rocket (Blackfriars) covered in September after missing last year. She has a 2yo colt by boom sire Russian Revolution and a yearling filly by Vinery champion All Too Hard.