Super Saturday for Mungrup Stud

Mungrup Stud finished its foal watch for the season when the last of 173 foals was born at the Narrikup nursery on Monday night.

Western Australia’s busiest stud is also celebrating a Super Saturday of results at Ascot.

ROUGE DIOR (6m Stormy’s Son – French Vanilla by General Monash) struck first in the LR Jungle Mist Classic (1200m).  A homebred for Lex and Shirley Piper, she is a daughter of former Mungrup sire Stormy’s Son.

Stormy’s Son was one of 23 stakes winners by Mungrup’s ill-fated champion Metal Storm.  His Jungle Mist Classic winner is from French Vanilla who hails from a successful family developed by Newhaven Park.

French Vanilla has foaled three city winners from three to race by Mungrup sires – Rouge Dior, Frenchman (McFlirt) and Marchand (Oratorio).  The mare delivered another McFlirt colt in August.

WATERMAN’S BAY did best of the locals when third home in the G1 Winterbottom Stakes behind Buffering and Moment of Change.

His sire Eternity Range (USA) is from a half-sister to champion stallion Miswaki and has been based at Mungrup since 2000 apart from a short stint with Don Hammarquist at Walkaway.

Waterman’s Bay (5g Eternity Range – Parisian Princess by Ron Bon) is a homebred for John and Sharon Molloy.  Sadly, his dam died a fortnight after foaling a Dick Turpin colt in September

KING OF THE PALACE put the finishing touches on a winning Super Saturday for Mungrup in the Crown Lager Hcp (1200m).  He also completed a running double for trainer Trevor Andrews after Luckygray’s victory in the G1 Railway Stakes.

“He was my best bet of the day,” Andrews said.  “I told Jarrad (Noske) to ride King Of The Palace just like Shaun (O’Donnell) rode Luckygray in the Railway.

“His previous run was huge and, even though he was well back and three-deep, Jarrad had cover and saved him up for a last shot at the leaders.”

King Of The Palace (4g Danehill Express – Palace Alice by Palace Music) is a homebred for the Pipers and Mungrup’s Gray and Jan Williamson.  He is a half-brother to G2 Perth Cup winner Lords Ransom and Andrews paid $120,000 for their younger half-brother by Oratorio (Aus) at the 2013 Perth Magic Millions.

Palace Alice foaled another Oratorio filly on November 1.

Danehill Express is a rising star among Sunspeed’s stallion ranks.  With just two crops in play, he is third on the WA ladder this season behind established sires Blackfriars and Oratorio.

Mungrup studmaster Gray Williamson stands him for an $8,800 (inc gst) fee.  Danehill Express finished fourth on the Australian second-season winners’ premiership with 30 winners of 45 races in 2012-13.

– Karl Patterson