Go Baby Go headlined an international weekend for Yarradale Stud with a G3 victory in the Bauhinia Sprint Trophy (1000m) at Sha Tin on Monday.
The Hong Kong speedster is a son of Danehill sire Medal Of Honour who retired to Yarradale in 2002 but gradually dropped down the roster with the arrivals of more high-profile stallions.
Go Baby Go (5g Medal Of Honor – Miss Whirl by Pricelessly) has won 6 of his 9 starts down the 1000 metres straight course at Sha Tin. “I’m very pleased with the improvement he has shown this season,” trainer Dennis Yip said. “He took advantage of the small field and enjoyed a smooth run all the way.”
When rider Tye Angland pressed the button with 200 metres remaining, Go Baby Go quickened smartly to blow away his rivals in 56.19s. Second home was 2012 Champion Griffin Amber Sky (Exceed And Excel).
Last year’s Bauhinia Sprint winner Little Bridge (NZ) later won the G1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot but Yip indicated Go Baby Go will benefit from a short spell after a tough campaign.
Go Baby Go was given a solid grounding by Millendon owner-breeder Bill Fell before heading off-shore. His dam Miss Whirl was also bred in the neighbourhood by Milfordale Stud owner Tony Bartlett.
On Easter Saturday at Ascot, Flying Zoe led home a Yarradale quinella in the Budget Rent A Car Plate (1000m). She unleashed a brilliant burst to nail first-starter Street Bandit right on the line.
The first two home are by Darley sire Street Boss and were bred by Yarradale owner Ron Sayers. He also kept a share in both syndicates.
Flying Zoe (2f Street Boss – Miss Castaway by Marooned) finished fourth in the Perth Magic Millions 2YO Classic before a freshen-up and she will back-up in the G2 Karrakatta Plate this Saturday. “She was a long way off them at the turn but really attacked the line,” trainer Dion Luciani said. “And the second filly really gave her something to chase.”
Luciani believes Flying Zoe is an outside chance in the $500,000 Karrakatta. “We sent her down to Amelia Park after the Magic Millions and she only had one gallop and one trial before the win. She’s a November foal and will be on a seven-day back-up but I think she will be very competitive.”
Flying Zoe’s dam Miss Castaway has a yearling colt by Discorsi and is back in foal to Scandal Keeper.
Yarradale graduates also doubled up in Malaysia over the Easter long weekend.
Bukit Bintang (3g Heritage – Zatoree by Kaapstad) broke through at Selangor in Malaysia for trainer Frankie Maynard jnr on Saturday. He was the last horse catalogued for the 2011 Yarradale Stud Sale and his dam’s current yearling is a colt by Scandal Keeper.
Bukit Bintang is a stablemate of Jean Francois (De Troy) who also graduated from the 2011 Yarradale Stud Sale. He won a Selangor maiden in February.
On Sunday, Scandal Keeper expat Crazy Club won first-up for trainer Shaun Edwards at Selangor. He was a Perth winner this time last year when registered as Haldeman.
– Karl Patterson