Pentire sent his Group 1 tally into double figures when Rangirangdoo won the Doncaster Mile at Randwick on Saturday.
The Rich Hill based stallion sired his first NZ bred G1 winner when Pantani was successful in the 2002 South Australian Derby and since then it’s been ticking over with Art Success, King Mufhasa, Markus Maximus, Penny Gem, Pentane, Recurring, Xcellent and Zarita. He is also damsire of G1 AJC Australian Derby winner Shoot Out.
Rangirangdoo (5g Pentire – She Wishes by Kenfair) did best in a pulsating finish to defeat Road To Rock by a short-neck in Australia’s premier 1600m event.
The Chris Waller trained gelding was overdue to grab a Group 1. He won the G2 Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley in October and returned for another G2 in the Expressway Stakes at Rosehill in February.
He followed up with seconds to stablemate Danleigh (G2 Apollo St) and Theseo (G1 Chipping Norton & G1 Ranvet) but silenced the knockers in the Big Mile and, at the same time, sent his earnings past $1.73 million.
“I wasn’t on the best angle in the grandstand and thought he had run second again,” Waller said. “It’s so emotional to win a Doncaster.”
Rangirangdoo was bred by Rich Hill and was a $170,000 buy out of their draft at the 2006 NZ Bloodstock Premier Sale at Karaka. His dam She Wishes won at Ellerslie and is a half sister to G2 NZ Eight Carat Classic winner Satinka (Stravinsky).
She Wishes missed to Zabeel two years running after foaling Rangirangdoo. She died after foaling a filly by O’Reilly in 2007.
Rangirangdoo will back up in the G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick on April 24 if he does well in the stable this week. Waller believes he will run out a strong 2000m and has already mapped out a Cox Plate campaign for the spring.
Pentire is also the sire of Perth based colt Bridgestone who will be one of the favourites for the G1 WA Derby at Ascot next Saturday.