Sea Lord lands Australia Stakes

Sea Lord scored a tough, front-running victory to maintain his unbeaten record at Moonee Valley on Friday night.  The G2 Australia Stakes (1200m) extended his winning streak to four from four at the Valley.

Sea Lord (5g Street Cry – Dream Lass by Dream Well) used an inside draw to full advantage and, although attacked up front by Pinwheel (Lonhro) and Undeniably (Fastnet Rock), he still found an impressive kick to win in good fashion.

The victory provided former Darwin based conditioner Stephen Brown with some welcome black type after moving to the competitive Melbourne training ranks earlier in the season.  Brown won two Group 1 races during a stint in Macau but Sea Lord’s win was his first Group success in Australia.

“The rail was the place to be so I told Luke (Currie) to go forward,” Brown said.  “It’s good to have horses like him in the stable.  He just keeps getting better.”

Sea Lord was bought as part of a package that included Winter King and Bushcraft from the David Payne stable last year.  “Winter King was the horse I really wanted,” Brown admitted.  “But I’m glad Sea Lord was part of the deal.”

The Street Cry gelding was originally purchased by the late Les Samba for $400,000 at the 2009 NZ Bloodstock Premier yearling sale and has now earned over $506,000.  From one of New Zealand’s leading families, his dam Dream Lass is a half-sister to stakes winners Vigour, Joey Massino and Vincent Mangano.

Sea Lord was part of the Seaton Park draft at Karaka and the Morrinsville based nursery will offer 6 yearlings at the Karaka Premier Sale starting this Monday including Lot 196, a Pentire colt out of G2 Eight Carat Classic winner Kainui Belle (Kashani).