Everyone connected with grand old galloper Ulladulla has been a winner.
Now based in Far North Queensland, Ulladulla improved his strike-rate to 9 wins from 56 starts in the XXXX Gold Hcp (1000m) at Townsville on Tuesday.
Ulladulla (8g Mossman – Colonial Charm by Bletchingly) is a graduate of the 2005 Gold Coast Magic Millions yearling sale. He sold for $85,000 and Tuesday’s victory sent his earnings past $330,000.
“He’s a marvel,” trainer Janel Ryan said on Wednesday. “We will give him another run and then ease up before it warms up. He is going strong and we will be back for more next year.”
Ulladulla was bred by Peter and Wendy Moran. The Queensland couple raced his sire Mossman to a G1 victory in the 1998 QTC Classic and he added a G2 later that year in the MVRC AAMI Vase.
Mossman (Success Express) retired to Vinery in 2000 and the Morans sent their Bletchingly mare Colonial Charm to him in his first three seasons at stud. She foaled the winning fillies Miss Morgan and Boderek and then struck gold with a flashy chestnut in the third season.
They sold Ulladulla for $85,000 to Gai Waterhourse at the 2005 Gold Coast Magic Millions. He won a Wyong Slipper in the Star Thoroughbreds colours before moving to Queensland.
Eagle Farm trainer Kelly Schweida bought him on behalf of long-time clients Kevin and Joanne O’Keefe. It’s been a successful combination with Schweida and the O’Keefes winning recent city races with Why Not Now (Choisir), Round Up (Shovhog) and Hubert (Stromberg Carlson).
Ulladulla won races at Doomben (3) and Eagle Farm before the O’Keefes sent him to Ryan who trains at Atherton on the Tablelands.
Mossman has his latest crop of yearlings heading to the 2012 Gold Coast Magic Millions. The first is a Baramul Stud half-brother to Melbourne stakes winner My Middi (Lot 28).
They will parade after another winning month for Mossman in November. His colt Hendricus powered home in the $100,000 Inglis Bonus Mile at Warwick Farm and then Under The Eiffel completed a hat-trick in the G3 Sandown Stakes.
Mossman has sired 17 stakes winners. He stands for a $27,500 (inc gst) service fee at Vinery.