Pedigree upgrades for Demerit

Weekend winners on the east and west coasts enhanced the pedigree pages of two Demerit yearlings at the 2014 Perth Magic Millions.

Demerit stands at Kent Johnston’s Taunton Vale Stud in Dardanup and there are 21 of his first crop going under the hammer next month.

His filly out of Damowin (Lot 247) is from the immediate family of General Truce.  He claimed a third black-type victory at Flemington in the LR Kensington Stakes on Saturday.

Closer to home, his colt from Salavat (Lot 362) is a half-brother to Terkel who won the Harcourts WA Hcp (1000m) a few hours later at Ascot.

The first Demerit to parade at the Magic Millions is Taunton Vale’s half-sister to G3 Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic winner Hard Ball Get (Lot 14).

Demerit is the first son of Champion Australian sire Lonhro to stand in Western Australia.  Along with stablemate Denman, he was part of Lonhro’s second crop and hit the ground running when runner-up to Black Caviar on debut in the LR Blue Sapphire Stakes at Caulfield.

Resuming as a spring three year-old, he won by the best part of four lengths at Cranbourne and then defeated Manhattan Rain and Starspangledbanner in the G3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m).

“At his peak, we thought Demerit was as good as Denman,” Darley trainer Peter Snowden explained.  “I consider him an outstanding stallion prospect.”

Denman is flying high with his first two year-olds this season.  The Gai-Waterhouse trained colt Law gave him a perfect start at stud in the LR Breeders’ Plate (1000m) at Randwick in October.

“Demerit was a genuine Group 1 horse,” Snowden added.  “It’s just a pity he was hampered by wet tracks as a four year-old.”

Fortunately, his progeny won’t have to sidestep too many soft surfaces in Perth.