Family affair for Scandiva

Is Scandinavia the most influential broodmare in Australia?

The Redoute’s Choice colt from her daughter Helsinge has been catalogued for the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale and he’s captured the imagination like no other yearling in living memory.  The colt is poised for a rock star reception when he arrives at Newmarket.  As a three quarter brother to Black Caviar and All Too Hard, that’s his due.

Helsinge’s branch of the family isn’t the only part of the pedigree on fire.  Scandinavia produced yet another Group winner on Saturday when Scandiva captured the G2 Magic Night Stakes at Rosehill thus joining her three quarter brothers Magnus and Wilander on the black type stage.

A Group 1 winning sprinter himself, Magnus is joint leader of the Australian second season sires’ chart by winners alongside Casino Prince and Danehill Express.

Scandiva (2f Fastnet Rock – Scandinavia by Snippets) scored by a short-head at Rosehill and the timing of her win wasn’t lost on owner-breeder Robert Crabtree.  He will sell – via Eliza Park’s Easter draft – her three quarter brother by Redoute’s Choice on Wednesday, April 10.

Another Crabtree’s homebred with potential is Iconic (Bel Esprit) who won the $250,000 VOBIS Gold Rush a fortnight ago.  He is out of Scandinavia’s first foal Danavia.

And last, but certainly not least, is Itameri who finished just a length off the pace in the Magic Night Stakes.  Jockey Kerrin McEvoy feels the Exceed And Excel filly is poised for stakes success during the Sydney carnival.  Her dam Baltics is another daughter of Scandinavia.