First winner by Caught Courting

They don’t come much better bred than Greenvale Park sire Caught Courting.

The Queensland stallion is a son of Danehill over champion mare Let’s Elope and his first winner arrived on Wednesday when Unspoken claimed the Good Guys Maiden Plate (2220m) at Doomben.

Let’s Elope foaled Caught Courting a year after G2 Moonee Valley Vase winner Ustinov and, although not up to that lofty level, he did win four races in Sydney and was stakes placed in Perth.

He is based at Greenvale Park in East Greenmount and stands for a $3,300 service fee.

Unspoken (3g Caught Courting – Redemptress by Red Ransom) is trained by Alistair Barnes at Ipswich and had been unplaced at all five starts before causing a $26 upset on Wednesday.  His dam is a half-sister to recent LR Bernborough Hcp winner Alma’s Fury and G3 Doomben Classic winner Enforced.

Another half-sister Hop (Snippets) is the dam of a Bushranger filly being offered as Lot 55 by Armidale Stud at next week’s Tasmanian Magic Millions.

Let’s Elope (Nassipour) was pensioned by her owner Dennis Marks in 2008 shortly after foaling a filly by Elvstroem.  Named Karata, she became the sixth and final winner for the grand old mare in a Seymour maiden last week.

Belatedly elected to the Australian Hall Of Fame last year, Let’s Elope is 25 and enjoying a quiet retirement at Lauriston Park in Euroa.

– Karl Patterson

CAUGHT COURTING
Greenvale Park sire wins in Sydney