Hussonet isn’t far behind his old Arrowfield associate Redoute’s Choice in the race to sire 100 stakes winners.
Redoute’s Choice claimed his 84th black-type winner with Maules Creek at Randwick on Saturday but Hussonet stayed right on his hammer with Rose Of Peace and Werd later in the day.
Hussonet (USA) is now based at Cornerstone Stud in South Australia by arrangement with Arrowfield. The cross-continent double took his stakes winner count to 80 and both of them are out of Danehill mares.
Rose Of Peace (4m Hussonet – Rose O’ War by Danehill) hit punters for six when she lobbed at $101 in the LR Wenona Girl Quality (1200m) at Randwick. “She did run third in the Surround Stakes this time last year,” trainer Gary Portelli said. “But she hadn’t reproduced that form so I just freshened her up and hoped for the best over a shorter trip.”
Her dam Rose O’ War was straight out of the top drawer winning seven races to G2 level at Moonee Valley. The Wenona Girl winner was bred by Arrowfield in partnership with John Leaver and was sold for $170,000 at the 2009 Inglis Easter yearling sale.
Werd brought up the second leg of the Hussonet double in the Listed WATC Stakes (1100m) at Ascot. He was well overdue for a feature win after placings in the G3 Colonel Reeves, LR Summer Scorcher and LR Cyril Flower Stakes earlier this season.
Werd (7g Hussonet – Messenger Miss by Danehill) had won on debut at Canterbury in January 2008 before transferring to the Swan Valley stables of John and Chris Gangemi. “He has returned a cheque in 23 of his last 25 starts,” Chris Gangemi said. “He usually leads but we decided to let him relax off the speed this afternoon.”
The pre-race plan worked out perfectly when Werd ranged up to the leaders to win by long head in 63.72s over 1100 metres. That smashed the race record previously held by Casper’s Cowboy in 64.77s.
Werd has earned over a half-million dollars since selling for $360,000 from the Arrowfield draft at the 2006 Gold Coast Magic Millions. He was bred by Arrowfield in partnership with Gainsborough Stud and his dam Messenger Miss is a three-quarter sister to G1 racehorse and sire Green Desert (Danzig).
Hussonet is represented by 7 lots at the 2012 Inglis Australian Sale highlighted by 5 colts from Arrowfield. They include the first yearling offered for sale from champion filly Miss Finland, the brother to G1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Reaan and the colt from G1 AJC Oaks winner Hollow Bullet.