Chatswood Stud shuttler Rakti enjoyed another winning month in Europe during May. When Interakt scored at Brighton last Thursday (May 27), it increased his northern-hemisphere first-crop winner tally to 12.
Interakt (3f Rakti – Amelie Pouliche by Desert Prince) recovered from a slow start to win by a half-length over 1400m at Brighton. The Mick Channon trained filly started a short-priced favourite after connections decided to try her over a sprint trip third time out this year. She had been tried over 2000m without success in April.
Two days earlier, Rakti gelding Law To Himself lived up to his name with a narrow victory over 1600m at Ripon. The lightly raced galloper unseated his rider and ran loose before being rounded up by the clerk of the course. He chased the leaders and stayed on strongly to edge out Kathlatino (Danbird) on the line.
Law To Himself (3g Rakti — Samhat Mtoto by Mtoto) is a half-brother to two winners by champion sire Cape Cross. They are from a half-sister to the dam of G1 winner Ameerat (English 1000 Guineas).
Earlier in the month, Rakti’s promising filly Tuiga staked her claimed for the G1 Preis der Diana (German Oaks) with a very impressive victory over 2000m at Dortmund. She spaced the placegetters by seven lengths!
Tuiga (3f Rakti – Tocopilla by Medaaly) is from a Listed Longchamp winner and is prepared by leading trainer Peter Schiergen. He won the German Oaks as a jockey in 1994 (Risen Raven) and as a trainer with Iota (2005) and Rosenreihe (2008). This year’s G1 Preis der Diana will be run at Dusseldorf on August 1.
Another Rakti filly aiming for more black-type is Newmarket based Carioca. She was a Listed winner of the Premio Seregno in Milan in April and earned more black-type when runner-up in the Listed Michael Seely Memorial during York’s Dante meeting on May 14.
Carioca (3f Rakti – Cidaris by Persian Bold) has been nominated for the G3 Brownstown Stakes at Fairyhouse on June 30.
Rakti is a Danzig-line sire and he was a Group 1 winner of the Champion Stakes at Newmarket, Lockinge Stakes at Newbury plus the Prince of Wales Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot before shuttling between the Irish National Stud and Chatswood Stud. He has been very popular at the Seymour based nursery covering a total of 270 mares in 2008 and 2009.