Son of Helenus wins Australian Derby

Widely travelled stallion Helenus reached a career-high at stud when his son Ethiopia captured the G1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick.

Ethiopia (3g Helenus – Shona by Spectrum) is a homebred for Perth based businessman Trevor Delroy.  He went into the classic as a maiden but had earned black type with placings in the MVRC G2 Alister Clark Stakes and G2 MRC Autumn Classic before venturing to Sydney.

The Victorian based gelding came from last with a searching sprint to defeat Tulloch Stakes winner Polish Knight (Encosta de Lago) and Rosehill Guineas winner Laser Hawk (Artie Schiller).

“This fellow is very raw but is a classic stayer in the making,” trainer Pat Carey said.  “It was only his fourth start but he was fit and had done a lot of work so I wasn’t concerned.”

The Australian Derby came within a year of Carey and Delroy losing their G1 galloper Cedarberg.  The Helenus gelding won the 2011 BMW Stakes at Rosehill but succumbed to a heart-attack leading into the last spring carnival.

Helenus (Helissio) got both Group 1 winners from Spectrum mares.  “There’s a lot of comparisons between the two horses,” Carey said.  “Trevor and I were shattered after losing Cedarberg but you have to move on.”

The Mornington based trainer also prepares Helenus stayer Ulundi for Delroy.  He was a Listed winner of the Lord Stakes at his home track in December.

Helenus was a G1 winner of the Caulfield Guineas and Victoria Derby double in the spring of 2002 and returned the following autumn for another G1 triumph in the Rosehill Guineas.

Delroy manages the syndicate that has moved Helenus through three states and five studs since retiring to stud in 2004.  He stood at Heytesbury Stud and Alwyn Park in Western Australia before being repatriated to Victoria in 2010.  He was set to serve his first book at Independent Stallions but was re-routed to Woodside Park on the eve of the breeding season.

He transferred to Wattle Grove Thoroughbreds in the NSW Southern Highlands last year.  The Berrima based nursery stands him for a $6,600 service fee alongside G1 AJC The Galaxy winner Shellscrape (Dane Shadow).

Owners Trevor & Terrie Delroy with trainer Pat Carey