Stacks of winners by Saxon

Heytesbury Stud has issued its 2013 roster on the back of another smart city winner by Saxon.

Resident stallions Saxon (Danehill) and Husson Lightning (Hussonet) will both stand for $5,500 (inc gst) service fees this season

Stacks On (4m Saxon – Zany Lady by Zeditave) was always travelling like a winner in the Robert Mortimer Hcp (1200m) at Ascot on Saturday.  A change of scenery helped the Heytesbury homebred after three unplaced efforts earlier this year.

“We had been giving her a break from the stable between runs but decided to keep her at Ascot full-time,” trainer Dion Luciani said.  “That switched her right on and she was never going to get beaten today.

“She is the first horse we’ve trained for Heytesbury and that was probably the best run of her career.  This will be her last campaign and she might have a few runs at Belmont before she retires.”

Saxon sired the mare from a winning daughter of G2 WATC Champion Fillies winner Mercurial Madam (Is it True).  Another Heytesbury filly in the immediate family is G1 WATC Derby winner Capricious Lass (Carry a Smile).

Stacks On is an older half-sister sister to last-start Kalgoorlie winner Hussars (Husson Lightning).  Their dam Zany Lady has a yearling colt by Saxon and a colt on the ground by Von Costa De Hero.

Saxon was a G2 winner the 2005 Queensland Guineas and was Sunspeed’s Champion freshman sire in 2010-11.  There have been 33 winners of 56 races from his first two crops in Australia.

His current batch of two year-olds is headed by the Luciani trained Bonny Zara who was beaten a whisker by stakes winning colt Petrol Power on debut at Belmont in October.

The Saxon filly scored second-up at Ascot a fortnight later before going out for a spell.  The beaten division that day – Busimiss, Oratism and Vital Importance – have all franked the form with subsequent wins at Ascot.

– Karl Patterson