Swift start for Akaroa Alliance

The Gooree Stud brand can continue its brilliant start to the season when the first two year-olds by Swift Alliance debut in the coming months.

Grafton based Akaroa Thoroughbreds studmaster Brent Davenport stands Swift Alliance in association with Gooree owner Eduardo Cojuangco.  He is priced at a $4,400 (inc gst) service fee this year.

Swift Alliance won Group 3 sprints at Rosehill and Flemington and his younger half-sister Sultry Feeling will add more black-type for the family after an eye-catching first-up victory at Canterbury on Wednesday.

The Bart & James Cummings trained filly will embark on a Princess Series campaign that includes the G2 Furious Stakes and G1 Flight Stakes at Randwick.  “She was Group 2 placed in the Magic Night Stakes in March but was doing it on raw ability as a two year-old,” James Cummings said at Canterbury.  “She’s fleet footed and we were relatively confident today.”

Gooree four year-old Rock Sturdy is another family member on course for feature spring assignments.  He is unbeaten this season after a Randwick victory on Saturday and a Group 1 Epsom Handicap campaign hinges on how he performs in the G2 Tramway Hcp on September 6.

Rock Sturdy (Fastnet Rock) is from an older half-sister to Swift Alliance and Sultry Feeling proving the pedigree is improving all the time.

Swift Alliance (Don Eduardo) served a handful of mares straight off the track in the spring of 2011 and three of those foals are in work with Gai Waterhouse.

“It was too late in the season to properly promote him so Mr Cojuangco decided to put him over a few of our own mares,” Gooree manager Andrew Baddock explained.  “He won 9 races from just 19 starts and was a real favourite at Tulloch Lodge.”

“Gai said she would have loved a stable full of horses like ‘Swifty’ and now she has three of his first two year-olds getting ready for the spring.

“They’re all progressing  and the colt we’ve just named Righteous Cause is a very forward type.”

Righteous Cause (2c Swift Alliance – Meditation by Elusive Quality) is from a precocious family of juvenile stakes winners Langoustine (G2 VRC Maribyrnong Plate) and One World (G3 VRC Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes).

“Gooree isn’t a commercial stud and, after being test-bred to those mares in 2011, Mr Cojuangco was only too happy to stand him with Brent at Akaroa Thoroughbreds.”

Davenport worked at Gooree Stud in the 1990s and he jumped at the chance to stand Swift Alliance.  “He’s a perfect match for breeders looking for a BOBS stallion in the $4,000 bracket,” Davenport said.  “He had a brilliant turn of foot and used it to full advantage.”

Broodmare owners can contact Davenport for more details on 0438 412 929.