Swettenham Stud stallions worked overtime on the weekend with Kaphero, Host and Bianconi all siring city doubles around Australia.
KAPHERO was 2008 Moonee Valley Horse of the Year and he struck first with Tankster. The unbeaten colt had won on debut at Cranbourne in August and looked a particularly nice type taking a strong sprint at Moonee Valley on Friday night.
Swettenham clients Todd and Sue Lichti bred and sold Tankster as a foal through the 2011 Inglis Great Southern Sale. He was later pin-hooked by a Kiwi buyer and Melbourne trainer Ray Cleaver bought him for $28,000 at the 2012 Ready To Run 2YO Sale at Karaka.
Kaphero was straight out of the blocks in the opening event at Morpettville on Saturday. His Ballarat based colt Kapaulenko crossed the border to win at the first time of asking for trainer Paul Preusker.
Kapaulenko was a $15,500 purchase buy at the 2012 Adelaide Magic Millions and he defeated Kaphero filly Foxy Claudia who was also making her debut for David Hayes.
HOST (Chi) sired back-to-back winners at Elwick on Sunday when Miss It And A Bit and Player One were successful.
Miss It And A Bit is a flashy chestnut and she has found form for owner Daryl Walsh in Tasmania. The Host mare opened her account on Melbourne Cup day and then strolled home by four lengths on Sunday.
Player One doubled up with a well-deserved victory for Brighton owner-trainer Max Cohen. The Host gelding has always shown above-average ability but always seemed to find one better on raceday.
He finally put it all together when apprentice Rhonda Mangan sent him on a searching run at the half-mile on Sunday. He refused to wilt when challenged and ran out a convincing winner over 1600m.
BIANCONI (USA) sired a coast-to-coast double with Fillydelphia (Eagle Farm) and Ejay’s Girl (Ascot) on Saturday.
Fillydelphia has been a remarkable galloper for her sire. The six year-old mare has won a race every season since a Doomben 2YO Maiden in June 2010. She had been sidelined with an eye injury but appeared as good as ever when bursting through an inside gap to win the Desiree Gill Memorial (1400m).
Among her 10 wins have been the G3 Rough Habit Plate (2020m) and LR Brisbane Handicap (1600m) for prizemoney totalling a few bob shy of $500,000.
Perth mare Ejay’s Girl came from the clouds to complete a Bianconi double later in the day at Ascot. The lightly-raced five year-old has won 5 of her 11 starts for trainer Gino Poletti and the Horrocks family.
Broodmare owners who intended to leave their mares empty this season are invited to contact Swettenham Stud for late season deals. Call Chris Belli on 0417 514 552 to discuss the offers available.