Ridgeport Farm sire Rommel has produced the first international pedigree update for the 2024 Perth Magic Millions Sale following the release of the catalogue earlier this week.
Rommel’s Hong Kong expat Tourbillon Prince broke through at Happy Valley on Wednesday night and that was a good-news result for Ridgeport Farm owner Santo Guagliardo and his team at their new digs in Waroona.
Tourbillon Prince (5g Rommel – Colleges by Elusive Quality) has a younger sister catalogued as Lot 226 for the Swan Valley Sale in February.
Their dam was unraced but is a perfect five-from-five at stud. Second-dam High School (Sadler’s Wells) is a sister to In The Wings.
Tourbillon Prince (aka Pale Rider) wins at Ascot in March 2022 / Photo: Western Racepix
Ridgeport manager Marj Ojapold is overseeing a consignment of 14 yearlings dominated by Rommel and interstate-sired fillies by Zoustar (Lot 152) and Dirty Work (Lot 237).
“The sister to Tourbillon Prince is an athletic filly with a lovely stride,” Ojapold reported. “And she’s been easy to deal with since we started the yearling preps. Colleges foaled a Rommel filly in September and she’s just returned another positive test to him.”
Tourbillon Prince made all and was a ready winner of the Kowloon Bay Hcp (1600m) for jockey Zac Purton. He was racing for a fifth time for trainer Benno Yung following a Perth career highlighted by a Group 2 second in last year’s WA Derby (2400m) won by Alaskan God.
He raced as Pale Rider for trainer Ted Martinovich and his daughter Simone Maloney before shipping off-shore. Guagliardo bred and sold him through the Chanti Creek consignment for $34,000 at the 2020 Adelaide Magic Millions.
Ridgeport Farm’s Zoustar – Run All Night (Charge Forward) filly was pin-hooked as a weanling by Guagliardo. Catalogued as Lot 152, she owns a precocious pedigree of black-type juveniles and will lure prospective buyers to Ridgeport’s consigment that will be stabled in Barns B and C.