Sunspeed studmaster Phil Ibbotson has joined forces with Sir Patrick Hogan to stand Lucky Unicorn at Westbury Park in Pinjarra.
Lucky Unicorn is a stakes winning son of Redoute’s Choice and he will stand for a $4,400 (inc gst) service fee in 2013.
“He’s off to a good start at Cambridge Stud,” Ibbotson said. “He covered 141 mares in his first season and a total of 556 mares in five books – Sir Patrick is adamant there’s plenty more winners in the pipeline.
“And, as part of our association, Sir Patrick will also send four Lucky Unicorn foals across to Perth,” Ibbotson added. “They are all from Zabeel mares and will be entered for the 2014 Perth Magic Millions.”
Outstanding filly Capital Diamond heads Lucky Unicorn’s first crop after winning for the third time at Hastings on March 2. She was also G1 placed in the NZ 1000 Guineas and split Zurella and Quintessential in the G2 Sir Tristram Classic.
Zurella franked the form in Australia winning the G2 Let’s Elope Stakes at Flemington and Quintessential also crossed the Tasman to claim the G1 Queensland Oaks.
Another black-type performer from that first crop is rising stayer Red Shift. After winning at Ellerslie, he was sold to Simon O’Donnell’s OTI Racing for a G3 placing in the Grand Prix Stakes at Doomben.
Lucky Unicorn’s Hong Kong connection is also paying dividends. Front-runner Flying Unicorn was his first starter up there and he won a Griffin by four lengths at Sha Tin. The Tony Millard trained gelding then won 3 of his next 7 starts from 1200m to 1650m.
Lucky Unicorn (Redoute’s Choice – La Bamba by Last Tycoon) was bred by an Arrowfield partnership in the Hunter Valley and he kick-started an unbeaten juvenile campaign with a runaway victory over 1000 metres at Sha Tin clocking 58.70s.
Returning from Hong Kong the following year, he won the LR Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m) at Sandown in a slick 1.22.69s for 1400m. “He’s a well-bred horse,” trainer Tony Vasil said after the victory. “And, being a son of Redoute’s Choice, he’s a pretty decent stud prospect now.”
A knee injury forced Lucky Unicorn into retirement after 5 victories in a 15 start career and his winning range stretched from 1000m to 1600m.
Lucky Unicorn is bred on the same Redoute’s Choice – Last Tycoon cross as Master Of Design (Swettenham Stud) and Drumbeats (Lyndhurst Stud) and they are also on the threshold of successful stud careers.
He is a brother to Flemington stakes winning filly Provence and a three-quarter brother to G1 Hong Kong Sprint winner Inspiration (Flying Spur). The Group 1 influence continues a generation further back through his dam La Bamba who is a half-sister to Masked Party (AJC Galaxy Hcp) and Festal (WRC Telegraph Hcp).
“Pedigree wise, they don’t come much better than Lucky Unicorn,” Ibbotson said. “Sir Patrick feels he will click much better with our speedier mares and his runners will also be better suited on top of the ground in Perth instead of the heavier tracks in New Zealand.”
Broodmare owner can contact Ibbotson on (08) 9534 1215 or 0419 341 211 and at: email@example.com
– Karl Patterson
Son of Redoute’s Choice to stand at Westbury Park