60 stakes winners by Street Cry

Street Cry synchronized a stakes winning double in Melbourne and Adelaide on Saturday.

The Sheikh Mohammed homebred Metastasio (ex Libretto by Singspiel) won the LR Chairman’s Stakes at Caulfield and minutes later Za Moulin Rouge (ex La Sizeranne by Stravinsky) claimed the LR Queen Adelaide Stakes at Morphettville.

The two year-old fillies were the 59th and 60th black-type winners for the Darley shuttler.

Metastasio had won on debut at Flemington a fortnight ago and she firmed from $17 into $6.50 for the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes after coasting to a similar front-running victory yesterday.  “She’s very talented but wobbled around the home turn and then got on her wrong leg,” trainer Peter Snowden said.  “She can’t afford to do that when she meets the A Grade two year-olds in the Diamond.”

Her dam Libretto (Ire) is an unraced half-sister to G2 winners Wareed (Longchamp) and Truly A Dream (Woodbine).  The mare had already foaled a couple of minor winners by Elusive Quality and she has a yearling colt by Street Cry and a filly foal by Exceed and Excel.

In Adelaide, Za Moulin Rouge made an eye-catching start to her career for trainer Mark Kavanagh.  Settled perfectly, she peeled off the pace in the straight and then stretched right out to score by more than three lengths.

“She’s bred to go over more ground but is obviously a bit more precocious than that,” stable foreman Levi Kavanagh said.  “She wasn’t nominated for the Blue Diamond – we thought she would be shin-sore and in the paddock by now.

“The  more work we give her, the better she gets.  We might give her one more start this campaign – she will be even better as a three-year-old.”

Za Moulin Rouge cost $320,000 from Trelawney Stud at the 2012 NZB Karaka Premier Sale.  Her dam  La Sizeranne won the 2006 Queensland Winter Stakes when it was still as Group 2 event.  She was also G1 placed in the NZ One Thousand Guineas.

Mark Kavanagh was active again at this week’s Karaka Sales and among his buys was a Street Cry colt from Westbury Stud for $220,000.  The Street Cry connections has been a successful one for the stable having generated G1 winners Shocking and Whobegotyou.

Saturdays’ double opened Street Cry’s metropolitan juvenile black-type account in Australia.  His only other two year-old stakes winner down here had been Sarthemare in the 2008 Canberra Black Opal Stakes.

– Karl Patterson

Street Cry filly wins at Morphettville