Lomar Park resident Arena sired his latest stakes winner when Coliseo in the $140,000 Wagga Gold Cup (2000m) on Friday.
Coliseo (5g Arena – Palace Capers by Archregent) was a $42,500 buy from Lomar Park at the 2008 Inglis Classic yearling sale and he has now won 6 races and earned over $190,000. “Everything worked out perfectly,” trainer Norm Gardner said. “The Canberra Racing Club put on a couple of extra long jump-outs for him and the synthetic track there also helps.”
Coliseo charged home off quick fractions up front to defeat Devised by a nose. “Norm’s got this horse firing well,” winning jockey Jeff Penza said. “The speed was on but they came back to us.”
Arena (Danehill) has sired 9 stakes winners of 20 black-type races headed by G1 winners Regal Cheer (STC Coolmore Classic ) and Rena’s Lady (AJC Australian Oaks).
Coliseo is one of six winners for Palace Capers who was Canterbury winner for Lomar Park owner Fred Peisah. She foaled a Valixir filly last October and was bred back to Arena.
Valixir (Trempolino) retired to Lomar Park in 2007 but covered a restricted book due to E.I. He matured as a late season three year-old and peaked at four with G1 triumphs in the Prix d’Ispahan (defeated Elvstroem) and the Queen Anne Stakes (defeated Starcraft).
The first Valixirs are also hitting their straps as autumn three year-olds headed by Perth stakes winner Lethal Jones. He won the LR Melvista Quality at Ascot in March and finished better than anything else at his next two starts in the G2 WA Derby and G1 SA Derby.
“Lethal Jones is such a relaxed horse,” co-trainer Dion Luciani said in the lead-up to his latest assignment at Morphettville. “He only had a couple of weeks in the paddock before his latest campaign and came back much bigger and stronger.”
Lethal Jones (3g Valixir – Grier Garsonne by Arena) came from last in a capacity field to finish sixth behind Zabeelionaire in the SA Derby on Saturday. He is from a sister to Vegas Star (Arena) who was Champion Singapore 2YO in 2006.
Stakes winning son of Lomar Park sire Valixir