Street Cry sired the first leg of an international Group 1 double when Whobegotyou powered home to win the Yalumba Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
The Darley shuttler completed a tremendous 24 hours on Sunday morning (AEST) when his wonder mare Zenyatta maintained her unbeaten record in the Lady’s Secret Stakes (1700m) at Santa Anita.
Street Cry was a G1 winner of the 2002 Dubai World Cup and he added another later that year in the Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs. He shuttled to Australia for four seasons until 2006 and returned this year for what local breeders hope will be an extended second stint in the Hunter Valley. But they will have to pay a much heftier $110,000 fee for his services this time around.
Whobegotyou (4g Street Cry – Temple of Peace by Carnegie) claimed his first G1 in the 2008 Caulfield Guineas and had to wait exactly a year to log his second at the elite level.
He won the G2 AAMI Vase after the Guineas and will attempt another year-to-year double at Moonee Valley in the 2009 Cox Plate for which he is pre-post favourite.
Trainer Mark Kavanagh said he was hoping Whobegotyou was the right horse for the Cox Plate. He will also saddle up 2008 winner Maldivian who is on track to win it again.
“Whobegotyou has got a good record at Moonee Valley,” Kavanagh said. “He’s unbeaten in four starts there and it’s really exciting to have the two headline acts.”
Street Cry is also the sire of Predatory Pricer who was beaten a head by Efficient in the G1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington on October 3. The younger brother to Takeover Target deserves a Group 1 of his own and gets his chance in the Caulfield Cup next Saturday.
Across the Pacific, Zenyatta upped her career card to a perfect 13: 13-0-0 in winning the Lady’s Secret for the second year running.
Zenyatta was given a rock star’s welcome back to scale by an appreciative Santa Anita crowd. She equalled the unbeaten winning streak of Personal Ensign who also won 13 from 13 when she defeated Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Winning Colors in the 1988 Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
“Zenyatta does whatever is necessary,” trainer John Shirreffs said. “She’s a once in a lifetime horse, believe me. It’s a blessing, really.”
The Street Cry mare will have at least one more start before she heads off to the breeding barn. She won the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic (G1) last year and owner Jerry Moss has to decide whether to run against the mares again or go for broke and take on the males in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.