Former Yarradale Stud stallions Bradbury’s Luck and City Place (USA) both sired Stakes winners at Ascot last Saturday and its current residents Gingerbread Man and War Chant (USA) will vie for another feature event there tomorrow.
Bradbury’s Luck (Redoute’s Choice) notched his 11th Stakes winner when Burnya To Survive claimed the LR Bunbury Stakes (1400m) for trainer Jason Miller and jockey Lucy Warwick. He scored running away by three-quarters of a length from Carocapo (Husson) and Titan Blinders (All Too Hard).
“He had been on the easy list with a foot abscess and tightened up a fair bit after being placed first-up here a fortnight ago,” Miller said. “I was happy with his sectionals and it blew away the cobwebs for today.”
Burnya To Survive was bred by Gold Front’s Alan Olive from Ascot winner Baleen In Me (Flying Pegasus) and the mare foaled a filly by Gold Front sire Awesome Rock in September. It’s the extended family of Group 1-winning fillies Goleen (VATC One Thousand Guineas) and Judyann (WATC Oaks).
Bradbury’s Luck passed away at Yarradale twelve months ago and the best of his stock has been WA Horse of the Year Luckygray.
Burnya To Survive is a lightly-raced 5yo gelding with 7 wins in 11 starts for earnings over $277,000. “He ran through the line extra-well,” Warwick said. “He’s still hitting his straps and has plenty of upside moving forward.”
The Bunbury Stakes – Bunbury Cup meeting was transferred to Ascot for the second year running while the south-west racecourse is undergoing a $17 million redevelopment.
City Place (Storm Cat) sired his 13th Stakes winner when Blazing Away swooped late for a narrow victory in the LR Bunbury Cup (2100m). The David Harrison-trained stayer defeated No Apology (Declaration Of War) and Casino Seventeen (Casino Prince) to improve his career-card to 5 wins in 23 starts for prizemoney over $283,000.
“He’s been going super and I told Joe (Azzopardi) to leave it until the last second,” Harrison revealed. “He’s one of those horses that needs a bit of pace in the race so he can have last shot at them.”
Blazing Away is a homebred for Dandaragan-based Courtland Park owners Tony and Kerry Cockburn. They won a LR Pinjarra Cup in 2014 with his dam Malaika (Fighting Falcon) and her last three foals have been colts by Maschino.
City Place originally stood in Florida and covered over 140 mares in four books at Yarradale Stud until his death in February 2018.
Yarradale sire Gingerbread Man has Red Can Man ready to win first-up in the $100,000 Rock Magic Stakes (1000m) at Ascot on Saturday.
He has opened a short-priced $2.45 favourite and in-form trainer Steve Wolfe is confident while admitting the distance might be a bit short of his preferred trip.
Red Can Man’s owners will have something to really celebrate if he wins the $4 million The Quokka at Ascot. Photo / Western Racepix
“He’s going well and is coming off a strong hit-out at Albany,” Wolfe said. “The plan is to go to the Roma Cup and hopefully gets picked up for The Quokka next month.”
Red Can Man (6g Gingerbread Man – Brocky’s Ace by Surtee) was bred by Ellie Giles and signed off his latest Melbourne campaign with a close-up fourth in the G2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) at Flemington. He returned home and was last seen finishing fifth in the $1.50 million Gold Rush (1400m) at Ascot in December.
War Chant sprinter Mood Swings is also racing first-up in the Rock Magic but is quoted among the outsiders at $20. He was bred by Yarradale Stud in partnership with Waldeck Farms and took time to furnish for trainer George Dupre and owner Barry Evans.
Mood Swings (6g War Chant – Scarlet Storm by Commands) is one of 23 individual winners for War Chant this season and that’s taken his Australian tally to 150 among a world-wide total of 577 individual winners.