Taunton Vale stallion Demerit is raring to go for the 2016 stud season and he will attract a good book with the likes of Recoiled paving the way at Ascot.
Recoiled controlled the Carbine Club Of WA Hcp (1000m) with speed to burn on Saturday. He started an odds-on favourite after a winning debut last month and the result was never in doubt in the straight.
Demerit is gaining momentum after a serious hoof injury put his stud career on hold last year. “He was at Murdoch University for a month and there was another three months recovering at home,” Taunton Vale studmaster Kent Johnston recalled. “The stud season was just around the corner and it was too much of a risk putting him over mares.”
Recoiled was bred by Westbury Stud’s Phil Ibbotson and sold for $14,000 at the 2014 Perth Winter Magic Millions to a syndicate that includes Perth Cup winning owners Fred and Pat Castledine.
Demerit (Lonhro) was a top-class sprinter-miler for Sheikh Mohammed. He was runner-up to Black Caviar on debut in the LR Blue Sapphire Stakes and returned at three to defeat Manhattan Rain and Starspangledbanner in the G3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m).
His highly-touted filly Spangled Impact is ready to resume racing in the G3 Gimcrack Stakes (1100m) at Ascot this Saturday. She was unbeaten during a spring campaign that included a stunning victory in the Crystal Slipper Stakes in November.
Taunton Vale capped off a tremendous 24 hours on Sunday when Showy Chloe captured the LR WA Breeders 3YO Classic (1400m) at Bunbury. The Alfred Nobel filly won last year’s G3 WA Sires’ Produce Stakes and the latest black-type sent her earnings past $318,000.
“I wish all weekends were that successful,” Johnston said on Tuesday. “We bought Showy Chloe’s dam Special Kiseki two years ago and she has a Demerit colt on the ground and is back in foal to Alfred Nobel.”
Special Kiseki (Special Bond) foaled Perth stakes winner El Rijes (Eternity Range) earlier in her career and Taunton Vale received $55,000 for her yearling colt by Universal Ruler at last month’s Perth Magic Millions.
Johnston is counting on the potential of Recoiled and Spangled Impact keeping Demerit’s name in the frame this season. “We’re also hearing good things about several unraced ones out there,” he said. “Demerit has healed as good as gold and we’re really looking forward to building his book this year.”