Monsun highlight in Melbourne

German champion Monsun reached another career highlight when Fiorente scored a fighting victory in the G1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington.

Back in June, his filly Estimate created front-page headlines with an historic triumph in the G1 Ascot Gold Cup (4000m) carrying Queen Elizabeth’s royal colours.

They are posthumous awards for Monsun (Konigsstuhl) who was put down at Gestüt Schlenderhan in September 2012.  He has sired over 100 stakes winners including Group 1 European stars Manduro, Shirocco and Stacelita.

Fiorente (6h Monsun – Desert Bloom by Pilsudski) went into the Melbourne Cup with a point to prove following a close second to Green Moon in last year’s Cup.  He started the $7 favourite after winning the G2 Feehan Stakes and running placings in the G1 Turnbull Stakes and G1 Cox Plate.

Ridden to perfection by Damien Oliver, he took the lead half-way down the straight and did best in a duel with Red Cadeaux.  “We went into the race with a real live chance for the first time ever,” trainer Gai Waterhouse said.  “He’s a pleasure to train and never disappointed us.  It’s everyone’s dream and it’s been a burning desire of mine to win.”

Fiorente (Ire) won the G2 Goldsmiths Stakes at Newmarket in June 2012 for owner-breeder Ballymacoll Stud.  He was then sold to Gai and her husband Robbie Waterhouse after they got under the guard of Flemington trainer Mike Moroney with a successful last-minute offer.

His dam Desert Bloom has foaled two others winners – Masada (Key of Luck) and Roshanak (Spinning World).  She has a 2yo colt by Montjeu and a weanling by Australian shuttler Fastnet Rock.

Desert Bloom descends from Ballymacoll Stud’s blue-hen mare Hellenic (Darshaan).  She won the 1990 Yorkshire Oaks for Lord Weinstock and, at stud, foaled the Group 1 winners Islington, Greek Dance and Mountain High.

– Karl Patterson