Forgotten sire Carpanetto helped Magic Millions pass a significant milestone at Northam on Thursday.
When Carpanetto gelding Makin’ A Racquet scored a narrow victory in the Thelma Winch Memorial Maiden (1100m), it took Magic Millions past 5,000 wins in Australia this season.
Makin’ A Racquet (3g Carpanetto – Badminton by Tribu) would be one of the cheapest of those Magic Millions graduates – he cost Kayla Farrell just $550 at the 2010 Perth Autumn Magic Millions.
Farrell also trained the gelding until May when he was transferred to Kelly Davis at Narrogin. He is the final foal of Badminton who won races at Bunbury, Pinjarra and Ascot.
Carpanetto (Peintre Celebre) was a juvenile winner at the Curragh and he returned the following year to finish second to champion stayer Vinnie Roe in the LR Ballyroan Stakes at Leopardstown.
Subsequently transferred to Bart Cummings, he went amiss prior to the 2004 Melbourne Cup and was purchased by Greenfields Stud owner Neil Randall to stand at the historic Capel nursery.
Greenfields is an icon of the Sunspeed industry having been home to champion stallions The Lampert, Filipino and Nauplia when the late Rowley Roberts owned the property.
Randall is a popular figure in Perth’s football and racing circles. He was a premiership player with Subiaco in the 1970s and has served as President of the Subiaco Football Club and the WA branch of the Australian Hotels Association.
Carpanetto has gradually fallen from favour and covered just a handful of Randall’s own mares last year.
Greenfields stallion sired the 5,000th winner for Magic Millions this season