Aussie Miss leads Aussie expat success

Miss Wilson wins her Group 1 at Te Aroha (Trish Dunell)

Miss Wilson wins her Group 1 at Te Aroha (Trish Dunell)


Gallant mare, Miss Wilson, has continued the outstanding run of success from Australian-breds in New Zealand (and elsewhere around the world) this year by capturing the Group One Fiber Fresh New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes over 1600m at Te Aroha on Saturday.

Since the start of 2018, Australian-breds have taken home the Group One spoils from the Railway Stakes (Volpe Veloce), Levin Classic (Age of Fire), Telegraph (Enzo’s Lad), last week’s Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (Avantage) and now Miss Wilson.

Bred by Richard and Liz Wood, this was the first success for Miss Wilson at racing’s elite level, but the Stratum 5YO has been kept in the best of company throughout her career which now stretches to seven wins and seven placings from 25 starts.

Miss Wilson broke the stakes barrier in last March’s Group Three Cuddle Stakes before running a strong fourth to Australian-bred Charmont in the 2017 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes.

Since then, Miss Wilson produced another Group victory in the Red Badge Spring Sprint, a Group Two second in the Tuaranga Stakes and, leading into Saturday’s race, a third over 1400m at Hawke’s Bay on 1 March.

Clearly the month’s break between assignments has played in Miss Wilson’s favour.

“We decided to bypass the Cuddle Stakes this time around,” trainer John Bary points out. “I learned from last year and she is much better fresh.

“It’s great for Richard and Liz … they have been such big supporters of the stable. It means a lot to me and my staff – they work long hours and this is as much about them as me.”

Miss Wilson is a half-sister to four winners including New Zealand Horse of the Year for 2010/11 Jimmy Choux and is out of the Centaine mare Cierzo who was sold to Coolmore Australia’s Michael Kirwan for $95,000 at the 2014 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale.

That price could well be dwarfed on the first day of the 2018 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale with Coolmore poised to offer a Fastnet Rock three quarter sister to Miss Wilson (Lot 72) at Riverside.

The 2YO Fastnet Rock colt from Cierzo was sold in New Zealand last year for NZ$260,000 and, although unraced, is with the powerful Chris Waller stable.

Miss Wilson’s victory however, underscores the tremendous loss to the breeding industry of her sire, Stratum.

Miss Wilson becomes the sixth individual Group One victor for Golden Slipper winner, Stratum, who, in turn, produced a Golden Slipper winner – Crystal Lily – from his first crop of runners.

The former Widden Stud based Stratum has produced 458 winners (38 stakes winners) and total progeny earnings of nearly $60 million.

Since the stallion died in September 2016, he has had 13 stakes winners of 23 black type races and $13.6 million in earnings. His legacies have included Takedown (G1 Winterbottom), Stratum Star (G1 Kingston Town), Lucy Mae (G2 Karrakatta) and last month’s Group Two Kewney winner, Bella Martini.

Six Stratum yearlings are to be offered this week at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, while Widden Stud will be hoping the line continues via Stratum Star, who stood his first season in the Widden Valley last spring, covering 116 mares.

HOOF NOTE: With the 2018 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale having commenced on Monday, the achievements of Australian breds at home, in New Zealand and on the broader world stage over the weekend augurs well for a successful fortnight at Riverside.

On Saturday, Australia conducted 16 stakes races – 9 of those of Day One of The Championships – with 14 of those won by Australian-breds including all four Group Ones at Royal Randwick.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, the hugely talented Beat The Clock grabbed deserved Group Two honours with his victory in the Sprint Cup at Sha Tin, Hong Kong.

The Hinchinbrook 4YO has been Group One placed on two previous occasions and was originally sold for $70,000 at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

And finally, the Magnus gelding Volcanic General – another Melbourne Premier graduate – won the (Malaysian Group One) Tunku Gold Cup at Selangor for a second year in a row, while his half-sister – also a half to stakes winners Upbeat, Bella Martini and Alpha Beat – will be offered by Segenhoe Stud (on behalf of Dorrington Farm) during Wednesday’s third session of the Easter sale.

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