Former Coolmore Stud shuttler Cape Blanco (Ire) sired his first winner when Indrapura caused an upset at Brighton on Tuesday evening.
Indrapura had been tailed off on debut at Newbury last month but improved enough to defeat $1.25 favourite Street Duel in the J T Mackley Summer Spectacular Stakes (1400m). The Paul Cole trained colt is from Irish Group performer A Mind of Her Own (Danehill Dancer) and cost 43,000 pounds at the 2014 Doncaster Premier yearling sale.
Coolmore shuttled Cape Blanco between its Kentucky arm at Ashland Stud to Cambridge Stud between 2012 and 2014. He was transferred to Shizunai Stallion Station in Japan after a third and final southern book in New Zealand last year.
Cape Blanco (Galileo) won the G1 Irish Derby and G1 Irish Champion Stakes in his classic year and then relocated to the USA for a Group 1 hat-trick in the Man O’ War Stakes, Arlington Million and Joe Hirsch Turf Classic.
He covered 220 mares in his debut season at Ashford Stud – the most of any stallion in North America in 2012. He has been represented by 13 two year-old starters in the USA so far this year without troubling the judge.
The first NZ bred Cape Blanco yearlings sold to $450,000 at the Karaka Premier Sale earlier this year and his sole Inglis Easter Sale yearling was a $200,000 filly purchased by Team Hawkes.