Sea Change for Sunspeed

WA owner Keith Biggs did the Sunspeed breed another good turn when his filly Sea Siren won the G1 BTC Cup at Doomben.

Biggs won a Melbourne Cup and a Caulfield Cup with NZ bred Doriemus but his fillies and mares are a constant reminder in their pink and blue hooped silks.

Starting back in the 1980s, they include Paklani (Haulpak), Palatious (Semipalatinsk), Danelagh (Danehill), Dizelle (Zabeel), Serenade Rose (Spinning World) and more recently stablemates Elite Falls (More Than Ready) and Sea Siren (Fastnet Rock).

Sea Siren (3f Fastnet Rock – Express A Smile by Success Express) is a younger half-sister to Sunspeed sires Discorsi (Yarradale Stud) and Oratorio (Mungrup Stud).  Their dam Express A Smile was an unraced daughter of Heytesbury Stud’s Horse of the Year Hold That Smile.

Oratorio (Stravinsky) heads the roster at Mungrup Stud and he starred at the 2012 Perth Magic Millions with the three top-priced lots among local sires.  Ascot trainer Dan Morton paid $205,000 for the Oratorio – Zenda half-brother to G2 WA Guineas winner King Saul.

Mt Hallowell Stud owner Craig Thompson weighed in with $180,000 for Mungrup Stud’s stunning Oratorio – Scuffs colt.  He also paid $110,000 for an Oratorio filly out of Klazig.  “My Oratorio colt is the best sprinting prospect from the sale,” Thompson said.  “I really admired Scuffs as a racehorse and Oratorio is doing everything right as a sire.”

Leading agent John Chalmers outlaid $150,000 for the Oratorio – True Surrender colt from the same consignment.

Oratorio (Aus) was bred by Keith Biggs and trained by Lee Freedman to win the Listed Tommy Smith Slipper at Doomben and the Adelaide Magic Millions as a two year-old and the G3 C S Hayes Stakes at Moonee Valley at three.

Oratorio has sired 74 individual winners of 182 races at a 52% strike-rate.  He stood for a $27,500 fee at Mungrup last year.