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Quintessential in foal to Champion Stallion - by Adrian Clark
03 Jan 2014

Quintessential in foal to Champion Stallion

Quintessential, winner of the 2012 Queensland Oaks-Gr.1 and twice successful at last year’s Brisbane Winter Carnival at Group Race level, is in foal to Fastnet Rock.

The daughter of Fast ‘n’ Famous was retired on the eve of the 2013 Caulfield Cup after not racing up to her best form.  She was floated north to the Hunter Valley and walked out for a successful service from her new base at Mike & Kate Fleming’s Broadwater Farm at Scone.

Purchased at the 2010 New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Select Sale by this agency, Quintessential is owned by Greg Tomlinson’s Nearco Stud Ltd.

Quintessential was trained by John Sargent throughout her career for 6 wins and around $800,000 in prize money.  Her best win was the Queensland Oaks, but she also won the Eagle Farm Cup-Gr.2, Desert Gold Stakes-Gr.3 and Chairman’s Handicap-Gr.3.  Her placings included a second in the Queensland Derby-Gr.1, third the New Zealand Oaks-Gr.1 and second in the Brisbane Cup-Gr.2.

It is likely that Quintessential will remain in Australia for at least the next breeding season.

Quintessential winning at 1400 metres under Lisa Allpress at Awapuni as a three-year-old.

Upsetter receives a rousing reception - By Wally O'Hearn (The Informant)
30 Dec 2013Michael Walker was the star of the meeting at Rotorua today with three winners, but it was fellow jockey Reese Jones who attracted the most rousing reception after an upset win.

Jones was greeted in the birdcage by some of the excited owners of Lasting Touch as he returned to scale after winning the Bayleys Nationals 7s 1560 on the six-year-old mare at odds of almost 20/1.

Lasting Touch had won just once in 20 previous starts, that win being at Te Awamutu last April, and she had disappointed more than she had pleased her connections.

“I’ve sacked her twice, but the owners just wanted to give her one more chance,” said her Te Rapa trainer Damon Anaki. “This was going to be her last race and she goes out and does that.”

Lasting Touch is raced by Anaki’s family and friends and the cheering that went on from the stands as rider Reese Jones got her home by a head from Cops ‘N’ Coyote was one usually reserved for a hot favourite.

That excitement spilt down to the birdcage awaiting Jones to unsaddle the Golan mare and it was a reminder of the joy racing can bring.

“I can’t believe she’s won,” said Anaki as he was swamped with congratulations from family members. “I don’t know what I’m going to do with her now.”

Anaki, a former jockey, has pottered around training a horse or two over the years and had one previous winner before Lasting Touch entered his stable.

As well as her maiden win, Lasting Touch had been placed on seven occasions before today’s upset win. The most recent of those placings was last August when runner-up over 1400 metres at Waverley.

Jones gave the Lasting Touch crew some hope after the race. “She just wants the sting out of the ground and to be given some room,” he said. “She just keeps going.”

Walker, over from Melbourne on a busman’s holiday, kicked home three winners today, including two for the Matamata training partnership of John Sargent and Hayden Allen. His winners for the Matamata trainers came aboard My Mestari  and Svavarsson and he completed the day when taking the final event on Conchita for Cambridge trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young.

My Mestari’s win, like that of Lasting Touch, pleased a large group of people as she is raced by the Rewa Cos Syndicate along with Sargent.

She had hinted a win was close at hand when placed in four of her previous eight starts and lasted best today to win by a length.

Svavarsson, also part-owned by Sargent, kicked on best to record his first win in four starts and Walker believes he could develop into a handy stayer.

“He’s going out for a spell now and when he comes back her could be all right,” said Walker. “He wants to go further than today’s distance (1560m).”

Another winner headed for the spelling paddock is Fast ‘N’ Gorgeous, who also broke through in her fourth start. She won by a short neck and wasn’t pressured over the final stages by rider Craig Grylls.

“It was a good effort today because she stumbled at the start and lost a front plate,” said trainer Graham Richardson. “She hasn’t got the best action but she’s got ability.”

Bridget Grylls added to a successful association her family has had with the Sanders family over the years when winning on Bouvier, prepared by Graeme Sanders.

Grylls’ brother, Craig, served his apprenticeship at the Sanders’ stable and both her father, Gary, and late grandfather, John, kicked home many winners for Sanders and his late father, Bill.

Merry Christmas
24 Dec 2013

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Fetlock Injury Ends Kirramosa's Season - by Racing and Sports
24 Dec 2013

VRC Oaks winner Kirramosa won’t race again this season after suffering a fetlock injury.

Kirramosa wins the Oaks
Kirramosa wins the Oaks Photo by Racing and Sports

The filly had just started her build up for the autumn after a spell after returning to trainer John Sargent’s Sydney stable last week when she was found to have injured a fetlock joint.

“I was thrilled with her condition when she arrived back at the stable,” Sargent said.

“But after a couple of days trotting we noticed she wasn’t quite right in her action.”

Sargent said a vet examination of Kirramosa Horseform revealed a small bone chip that wil require surgery.

“She’s going for surgery on Monday and after that she’ll need a month being boxed, then a month in a yard.

“Another month in the paddock should see her right but it will be too late to have her back for any further three-year-old racing.”

Kirramosa has won $817,000 prizemoney from eight start producing four wins including the Wakeful Stakes-Oaks double at the Flemington spring carnival.

Fetlock chip ends Kirramosa's season - by: The Informant (Denis Ryan)
23 Dec 2013

Autumn plans for VRC Oaks winner Kirramosa have been scrapped due to a bone chip that came to light this week.

Only days after the Alamosa filly had returned to her Randwick stable after a month-long spell, trainer John Sargent has had to abandon plans centred on the ATC Oaks in April.

Kirramosa was an early favourite for the Randwick fillies’ classic after her dominant Wakeful Stakes-VRC Crown Oaks double during Melbourne Cup week.

“I was thrilled with her condition when she arrived back at the stable on Monday, but after a couple of days just trotting and limbering up we noticed she wasn’t quite right in her action,” Sargent told today.

“We had the vet check her out and pinpointed a problem in one of her front fetlocks. After a closer look, a small chip right at the front of the joint showed up. She must have done it in her Oaks win and it’s showed up with exercise.

“We could have medicated it but decided that for the longer term she would be better having it removed, so she’s going for surgery on Monday.

“After that she’ll need a month being boxed then a month in a yard. Another month in the paddock should see her right but that will be too late to have her back for any further three-year-old racing.”

Sargent is philosophical about the setback, figuring that she will come back bigger and better for spring racing. “She put on the best part of 50 kilos during her spell and I expect she’ll develop further over the next few months. From a spring racing perspective, that’s something to look forward to.”

Expectant mare set for Aust breakthrough - By Warwick Barr
12 Dec 2013

New Zealand mare Abeautifulred will be carrying more than the hopes of her backers who have made her favourite to win at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

The five-year-old is in foal to Exceed And Excel, the Darley stallion who also covered the champion racemare Black Caviar earlier in the Australian breeding season.

And by getting in foal, Abeautifulred has already fulfilled one purpose for her trip across the Tasman.

Now it is up to Randwick trainer John Sargent to make sure another one is achieved before her racing career has to draw to a close.

"She came over here to get in foal so the owners thought they would see if they could get some black type in Australia while she's here," Sargent said.

"She's going to have this run and another and then be aimed for the Belle of the Turf Stakes at Gosford."

Under Australian racing rules, mares can race in foal until the 120th day of their pregnancy.

Abeautifulred has been well backed in early betting on the Hyland Race Colours Handicap (1400m), firming from $4.60 to assume her place at the top of the market at $4.

The support backs up Sargent's appraisal of her first Sydney run and her subsequent progress.

Abeautifulred couldn't be properly tested racing between horses when sixth to Kristy Lee and she drops in class in an apprentices' only race on Wednesday.

"It was a nice run first-up and she's improved and although the best of her will be seen when she gets to a mile, I'm confident she should be going a big race tomorrow," Sargent said.

Sargent, who welcomed VRC Oaks winner Kirramosa back into his stable this week, has a second Warwick Farm runner in His Footprint.

His Footprint is a last-start provincial winner who has responded to a different routine between races.

"We did a bit of jumping with him yesterday and overall we've changed his training a bit the last few weeks and it seems to have worked," Sargent said.

Warwick Barr - AAP
Kiwi mare Abeautifulred racing in foal at Warwick Farm - by: Associated
12 Dec 2013

The New Zealand mare Abeautifulred will be carrying more than the hopes of her backers who have made her favourite to win at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

The five-year-old is in foal to Exceed And Excel, the Darley stallion which also covered the champion racemare Black Caviar earlier in the Australian breeding season.

And by getting in foal, Abeautifulred has already fulfilled one purpose for her trip across the Tasman.

Under Australian racing rules, mares can race in foal until the 120th day of their pregnancy.

Abeautifulred has been well backed in the Hyland Race Colours Handicap (1400m), firming from $4.60 to the top of the market at $4. AAP

Kirramosa back in work
10 Dec 2013VRC Oaks winner "Kirramosa" has returned to the Randwick stable after a four week break and has come in 40kgs better off and mature since her Oaks win.  Big offers have been turned down for the filly.  She will now be set for the AJC Oaks in the Autumn.
Champ and Challenger - By Tara Madgwick
25 Nov 2013

In the picturesque surrounds of boutique South Coast stud farm Bell View Park there are two three year-old fillies relaxing at present, who may well end up racetrack rivals come the autumn.


Kirramosa in the foreground with Marmelo

Enjoying the warm sunshine and lush grass resulting from recent heavy rains in the area are Group I VRC Oaks winner Kirramosa (Alamosa) and highly promising filly Marmelo (Duke of Marmalade (IRE), who also tasted carnival success at Flemington on Oaks Day winning a 1700 metre restricted race.


Kirramosa in the foreground with Marmelo 


"We spell horses here for John Sargent, which is how Kirramosa comes to be here and Marmelo is a filly we bred and then retained a share in after she was bought by Chris Waller at Inglis Classic for $45,000,” explained Adam Mackrell of Bell View Park Stud.

Kirramosa already has the runs on the board having won the Group II VRC Wakeful Stakes as well as the VRC Oaks, while Marmelo has won two of her three starts with Chris Waller declaring her an ideal Oaks candidate for the autumn.

The Group I ATC Australian Oaks in the autumn may well bring these two paddock mates back together!

News from Bell View Park
Dream Start for Alamosa with Group 1 Filly -
08 Nov 2013

Kiwi filly Kirramosa (NZ) (Alamosa) provided her young sire Alamosa with a dream start to his stud career, becoming the stallion’s first Group 1 winner from his first crop to race, with a resounding victory in the Group $1,000,000 VRC Crown Oaks (2500m) yesterday at Flemington.

Kirramosa Oaks

Kirramosa (NZ) triumphs in the Group 1 Crown Oaks yesterday at Flemington.

New Zealand-bred sire Alamosa stands at Wellfield Lodge, who bred and part-own Kirramosa, with the sire represented by 13 Lots at New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs later this month.

Trained by trans-Tasman trainer John Sargent, the Karaka Select Sale graduate started as race favourite for the three-year-old fillies’ showpiece following a decisive victory in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes last Saturday, the traditional lead-up race for the Group 1 Oaks.

“It was fantastic,” said a delighted Sargent. “We couldn’t have got a better result for the New Zealand breeding industry or for myself.

“We have been doing it a bit hard with no Melbourne Cup runner this year, then out we come and win the time-honoured Group 1 Oaks which is fantastic race to win with a New Zealand-bred horse, and now we are going to see a very good stallion in Alamosa.”

With top jockey Nash Rawiller aboard, Kirramosa broke well from the barriers and Rawiller used his judgment to settle the filly mid-field in the 10-horse event, handier than her last start win where she was dropped to the tail of the field.

A strong pace was set in the race with Kirramosa looming to the lead in the straight, but she had a titanic battle on her hands with second favourite Zanbagh (Bernardini) challenging on the inside. The kiwi filly eventually got the best of her rivals to triumph by a head at the end of the long Flemington straight.

“The problem was always going to be the back-up and we didn’t see her sprint like she did on Saturday,” commented Sargent. “It was more of a grinding win, which was down to having to back-up, but I probably had to do it because she was so well and it would have been tough to go from a mile to 2500m.

“I decided the Wakeful was the race to be in before the Oaks. 21 of the last 30 winners have come through the race so we went the same path.

“She has the constitution to do it, she has a great temperament and that probably got her there more than strength. She isn’t an overly robust filly yet but she will have six weeks out now and she will really bloom.

“She is a very tractable filly, very relaxed. I put the hood on three starts ago, she should have won all three but she won two and was a second in Group races.

“She is very laid back and wasn’t concentrating and all the riders that have ridden her have said that she is fantastic and a breeze, she is the right horse. She doesn’t get phased in the birdcage, she just walks around. I think attitude is 90% of a horse and she has got it.

“Any horse that can win first up you know has a bit of class and she showed that second up in the Manawatu Sires Produce. She has just gone from strength to strength since then and she is just getting stronger.

“The owners from Wellfield Lodge weren’t here on Saturday for the Wakeful but were yesterday so it will give them a big boost going into the Ready to Run and Yearling Sales knowing that Alamosa’s progeny can step up to the Oaks distance, if not they will be milers.

“Everyone was asking about the sire yesterday so it will give him a big boost and the whole New Zealand industry to have a winner like that at this Carnival. With Sacred Falls and a few others this weekend kiwis still have some good chances for more success.”

Kirramosa’s success was her fourth from eight starts. She started her career at Sargent’s New Zealand stable with a win on debut before running fourth in the Group 1 Manawatu Sires Produce. The filly travelled to Australia at the start of this season and has been consistent with three wins, a narrow second placing and never finishing further back than fourth.

She is owned by her breeders Wellfield Lodge in conjunction with John Sargent and Mrs G L Reily & Mr W J Reily, earning them A$834,328 in stakes money.

Kirramosa was sent to the 2012 Karaka Select Sale with a modest reserve of $40,000 that was unable to be met so Wellfield Lodge retained the filly. She is out of the unraced mare Freyja (Danske), a daughter of New Zealand Filly of the Year and Group 1 winner Olga’s Pal (Straight Strike). Freyja has left three winners to date with Kirramosa becoming her first stakes winner.

New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale, on 19 & 20 November, features over 100 stallions, including Alamosa, with catalogues and Breeze Up clips available online now along with the free iPad application. Catalogues and DVD copies of the Breeze Ups can be ordered by contacting


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