Rising 29 year-old stallion Success Express is alive and kicking at Vinery Stud and he bobbed up with a final black-type encore in Perth on Saturday.
His 32nd and, perhaps, last stakes winner arrived at Ascot when Beach Express blitzed the Listed WATC Stakes (1100m) by more than three lengths. The Adam Durrant trained gelding is the only foal from his sire’s last season at stud.
“He was left in front and was able to dictate from there,” Durrant said. “Dan (Staeck) broke them up on the turn and he was just too good for them.”
Beach Express (5g Success Express – Sengiggi Beach by Acecay) is part of a dwindling supply of starters by the 1987 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner. He’s had 3 winners from just 9 runners this season.
The Perth result was welcome news for the team at Vinery. “We were just saying the other day how well Success Express is going,” Vinery manager Emma Parkinson said on Tuesday. “He was retired in 2006 but looks a treat and still has his own yard down with the other stallions.”
Vinery stands his most successful sire son Mossman and, over at Rangeview Stud in Western Australia, his first-crop son Key Business is experiencing a revival of his own with brilliant sprinter Barakey.
Beach Express was a $30,000 graduate from Heytesbury Stud at the 2009 Perth Magic Millions and he has now earned $287,000 from 8 wins in 32 starts.
Heytesbury owner Robert Holmes a Court brought Success Express out here in 1989. He was initially based in Victoria before further ports of call at Trelawney Stud in NZ, Widden Stud in NSW and Noble Park in Queensland.
He has sired 459 winners of 1692 races at an outstanding 73% strike-rate. And his daughters have foaled Group 1 winners Savabeel, Duporth, Pinker Pinker, Gold Edition, Sea Siren, Wonderful World and Vouvray.
Noble Park owner Peter Moran bred three Hunter Valley sires from his Success Express mare Staging – Excites (Vinery), Tickets (Widden) and Duporth (Kitchwin Hills).
Success Express was pensioned after the onset of fertility problems in 2006 and Moran ensured the old boy has enjoyed a long and relaxed retirement at Vinery.
– Karl Patterson