Peeping Into History (But Only Briefly)

The victory of Peeping in Saturday’s Coolmore Classic at Rosehill Gardens was memorable on any number of fronts.

It was the first Group One success for jockey Sam Clipperton and for that evergreen star of Australian breeding, Redoute’s Choice, yet another notch at the elite level.

But it was also a reminder of the impact that Peeping’s breeder, Newhaven Park, has had on the nation’s landscape: certainly for as long as any of us can remember.

Run by the Kelly family – four generations thereof – winners off the farm are a constant and according to Tom Kelly, whose JW Kelly Suffolk Vale & Co. both bred and own Peeping, Newhaven Park has produced over 50 Group One winners since commencing operations from its Boorowa farm.

Four Golden Slippers, six Sires’ Produces, eight Champagnes, Derbies, Cups and, fittingly, a running double in the Coolmore Classic with Chlorophyll (1996) and Assertive Lass (1997).

“Peeping’s win was a tremendous thrill – great for everyone involved – and hopefully English can take out the Galaxy for us this Saturday,” Kelly said.

(Trained by Gai Waterhouse, English nearly became Newhaven’s fifth Golden Slipper winner when second to Vancouver last year, but Kelly believes she can break through the Group One barrier in the Galaxy on the back of her Group Two Challenge Stakes victory earlier this month.)

Despite Newhaven’s tremendous success over the years, Kelly is quick to divert the conversation from past glories and is clearly more focused on the road ahead than the rear vision: “Peeping’s dam, Miss Marielle, has a More Than Ready colt we’re selling at Easter, she has a weanling colt by Sebring and is in foal to MedagliaD’Oro,” Kelly reveals. “We’ve also got a close relation to Wylie Hall featuring at Easter too.”

Bred by JW Kelly Suffolk Vale & Co., Wylie Hall won the 2013 South African Derby and is a half brother to Champion Hong Kong Sprinter, Absolute Champion, who also originated from Newhaven.

The close relation Kelly referred to (Lot 292) is by Newhaven’s first season sire Delago Deluxe, a Champion 2YO Colt in South Africa, whom, naturally enough, the Kellys have high hopes for.

One thing is for sure, a lot of people will be having a peep at Newhaven’s Easter draft to see if they’re on the money again.

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