Mungrup Stud and its clients celebrated the start of winter racing with a four-timer at Belmont on Saturday.
Ascot trainer Paul Jordan got straight into the winning groove with Right Time in the Gene Nicholson Birthday Hcp (1000m). After setting the pace first-up after 10 weeks, he lasted to score by a nose.
Right Time (3g Snippetson – Quite Right by Dolphin Street) was born and raised at Mungrup and was catalogued through Mogumber Park at the Perth Magic Millions. His dam Quite Right won 9 sprints in South Australia and her latest foals include a filly and a colt by Danehill Express.
Lark Hill local David Harrison did just that after Come Party did best in a hectic finish to the Gourmet Indulgence (1600m).
Come Party (5g Comfy – Not Tomorrow by Sackford) looked a nice type as a late-season three year-old when winning a Belmont 1600m maiden in July 2010. But injuries kept him sidelined for twelve months before Harrison could get him mobile.
Comfy (USA) was a son of Roberto line-sire Lear Fan and he was quickly out of the blocks as a summer two year-old winning the LR Acomb Stakes at York. A Juddmonte homebred, he was stationed at Mungrup for just two full seasons prior to his death in December 2008. His first crop included 2010 LR Raconteur Stakes winner Cheri Cheval.
Mungrup’s Gray Williamson bred Come Party and sold her for $10,000 at the 2008 Perth Magic Millions.
Long-time Mungrup Stud supporters Lex and Shirley Piper saluted with their homebred mare Rouge Dior in the Gemma Clark Hcp (1200m).
Rouge Dior (4m Stormy’s Son – French Vanilla by General Monash) came through the grades with a winning hat-trick during Belmont’s winter season last year. The latest result improves her strike-rate to 6 wins in 13 starts for earnings over $160,000.
Like Right Time, she was born and raised at Mungrup and was catalogued as a foal for the Perth Magic Millions Sale in July 2008.
Veteran trainer Noel Pateman has always gone Full Steam Ahead so it was appropriate he should prepare a winner by that name at Belmont.
Pateman was King of the Provincials in his hey-day. A master at placing horses, he found a Geraldton maiden for Full Steam Ahead and $4.60 was money for jam just before Xmas. Reappearing in March, the Trade Fair gelding won at Ascot and then doubled up at the opening of the latest Belmont season.
Full Steam Ahead (4g Trade Fair – Like A Steam Train by Warring Nations) is from the Mungrup bred mare Like A Steam Train. His damsire Warring Nations was based at Mungrup in the 1990s and his best was WA Derby – Perth Cup winner Crying Game.
His dam Like A Steam Train won in the Goldfields and she is a half-sister to LR Challenge Stakes winner Oxidation (Metal Storm) and the dam of G3 Belmont Sprint winner Beat The Storm (Scenic) and LR Mornington Hareeba Stakes winner Like An Eagle (Oratorio).