Sun shines for Domesday

Darley sire Domesday notched his second winner when promising colt Giresun scored a half-length victory in the Bring The Family 6/3 Maiden (1300m) at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

Giresun (2c Domesday – Cherry Lodge by Grand Lodge) started at $21 on debut after a couple of mediocre hit-outs at Warwick and Rosehill.   “He got home OK in the trials and had been working well,” trainer Peter Snowden said.  “He’s going to be a nice horse as a three year-old.”

Domesday sired his initial winner when Backgammon scored an impressive debut win at Flemington in December.  Both youngsters are prepared by Snowden and are out of Grand Lodge mares.

Domesday (Red Ransom) defeated subsequent G1 winner Testafiable on debut at Caulfield and then scored a dominant win in the G2 Silver Slipper Stakes at Rosehill when he claimed the scalps of subsequent stakes-winning juveniles Flying Pegasus, Dr Green and Jet Spur.

Domesday hails from one of the most influential stallion making families in recent years.  His dam In The Past hails from the same family as champion sire Redoute’s Choice as well as Umatilla and Hurricane Sky, Al Maher and Spinning World.”

Giresun is a younger half-brother to Darley filly Kanzan (Commands) who defeated Shellscrape on debut at Hawkesbury last May and then doubled up at Randwick a fortnight later.  Snowden sent her to Melbourne for the spring carnival and she earned black-type when placed behind Avenue and Headway in the G3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes at Caulfield.

Their dam Cherry Lodge was a Ballina winner in a three-start career and she is a half-sister to SAJC Morphettville Guineas (LR) winner Mr Liberty Rose (Royal Academy).  She missed to Strategic in 2007 and ’08 and was covered by Bernardini last year.

Domesday covered 200 mares in his first three seasons but his book swelled to 139 last year when his fee was halved to $5,500.