Alamosa carried Wellfield Stud’s colours to victory in the 2008 Toorak Handicap and his daughter Kirramosa has sported those same silks for his first Group 1 as a sire in the 2013 Victorian Oaks.
Alamosa (NZ) has been an instant success for Wellfield Stud winning New Zealand’s champion first season sire titles for prizemoney, winners and wins in 2012-13.
Kirramosa (3f Alamosa – Freyja by Danske) was bred by Wellfield owner Bill Gleeson and he races her with Matamata couple John and Glenda Reily and trainer John Sargent. She started a pronounced favourite in the Victorian Oaks after a lead-up victory in the G2 Wakeful Stakes on Saturday.
“She settled straight into a rhythm and the best stayer won,” jockey Nash Rawiller said at Flemington. “It was a great training effort off a light preparation and she could be the real deal in the autumn.”
Wellfield offered Kirramosa at the 2012 NZB Select yearling sale but she failed to make a $40,000 reserve. Her dam Freyja is an unraced half-sister to G2 Tulloch Stakes winner Zareyev (Zabeel) and her last foal is a 2yo colt by Road To Rock (Encosta De Lago).
Alamosa (O’Reilly) stands for a $12,500 service fee at Wellfield Stud in Palmerston North. His shareholders include Cambridge Stud, Curraghmore Stud, Fairdale Stud, Goodwood Stud, Hallmark Stud, Haunui Farm, Pencarrow Stud, Rich Hill Stud, Trelawney Stud, Belvedere Farm and Whakanui Stud.
“We couldn’t have got a better result for the New Zealand breeding industry or for myself,” Sargent said. “We have been doing it a bit hard with no Melbourne Cup runner this year, then out we come and win the time-honoured Group 1 Oaks.
“It’s a fantastic race to win with a New Zealand-bred horse, and now we are going to see a very good stallion in Alamosa.”
Alamosa will be represented by 13 lots at NZ Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs later this month.