From Saturday until Monday, BLUE SKY BLOODSTOCK were represented by three exciting winners on the track; Prompt Return, Boundary and General James.
Having his second career start after a debut win at Bendigo over the 900m three weeks prior, the Danny O’Brien-trained PROMPT RETURN headed to Flemington to contest the Group Three Maribyrnong Plate over the 1000m straight course.
Ridden by James Wink, the colt bounded out of the gates and headed towards the inside rail, travelling in to the lead with the inside division, the colt skipped clear with 400m to go, recording an extremely impressive two length victory over the debutant Old Trieste in a time of 57.5, equal to that of previous winners Nadeem and Exceedingly Good.
Interestingly, during the week leading into the race, Prompt Return and Old Trieste had finished one-two in a barrier trial at Ballarat, qualifying themselves for the $200,000 Magic Millions 2YO Clockwise Classic (1000m) on November 22.
A look through the previous winners of the race reveals some exciting stallions highlighted by Bel Esprit, Testa Rossa and Canny Lad and going further back to the likes of Baguette, Vain and Biscay.
By Redoute’s Choice’s ill-fatted BENETEAU, himself a yearling purchase by Blue Sky Bloodstock, it was exciting to not only supply the stallion with his first winner, but also his first stakes winner!
Blue Sky Bloodstock’s association with the pedigree of the colt doesn’t stop there with Julian Blaxland securing PROMPT, the dam of Prompt Return at the 2011 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale before Diamond Glow, the first foal of the mare came out and won on debut before then finishing second to Miracles Of Life in the Listed Blue Diamond Preview at her second start.
Blue Sky Bloodstock would like to congratulate Prompt Return’s owners and long-time Blue Sky Bloodstock clients Mark Sowerby and Ron Hamer on the win, and all being well, the colt will head to the Clockwise Magic Millions race before being aimed at the $2 million Magic Million Classic on the Gold Coast in January.
Described by trainer Danny O’Brien as “bombproof”, the trainer was very taken by the colt when he first laid eyes on him, “When he walked off the float I thought, if this colt was by Redoute’s Choice he would be a $1 million colt.”
Less than two hours after Prompt Return had crossed the line in front, another Blue Sky Bloodstock yearling purchase in the shape of Manhattan Rain filly BOUNDARY was also impressive having her first start, strolling away with a length and a quarter victory at Geelong over 1318m.
Trained by Heath Conners, the Magic Millions purchase initially started her career with Heath’s father Clarry in Sydney before being transferred to the Melbourne stable of Heath as it was felt she handled the Melbourne way of going better.
Raced in partnership with Newhaven Park Syndicate (Mgr: R J Kelly, Mrs S Kelly, J W Kelly, R C Kelly, Mrs N Agostini, Mrs G Walker), V O C Racing Syndicate (Mgr: G Pignatelli), R K Hamer, N A Mukhi, M Rava, J A Lee and S C Waugh, the three-year-old filly is out of the Danehill mare One Dream, an impressive black type pedigree that includes Group One winners Sydney’s Dream and Charge Forward as well as fellow stakes winners Diamond Cove, Donna Natalia, Georgette Silk, Kidman’s Cove and Settlers Cove.
While Blue Sky Bloodstock didn’t have a runner on the Sunday, it was back into the winner’s stall on Monday when the New Zealand Bloodstock purchase GENERAL JAMES saluted the judge at his second start.
A short head second on his debut three weeks earlier, the Savabeel gelding stepped up in trip to the 1612m and after jumping away awkwardly, jockey James Winks took him forward to sit in second position.
With the race leader Anonymiss racing ungenerously in the lead, General James was able to real her in as they went for home, winning the race by a short neck, holding off the late charge of the second placed Brown Bombshell.
Bred to appreciate a trip, General James is out of the O’Reilly mare Splendid, a sister to the HK-Group Two Hong Kong Derby Trial winner Unique Jewellery, as well as to the dam of the Listed-winning, Group One placed Kingdoms, and also is a half-sister to the Group One Australasian Oaks winner Marju Snip.
It would be no surprise to see this gelding headed to the Classic races during his Autumn season and all at Blue Sky Bloodstock wish his large group of owners; Lucky Stew Racing (Mgr: M Harrington), Mrs L F Ashton, M L Duncan, C D Mathieson, P J Prendergast, S Wilson, B K Cameron, Cazjohn Racing (Mgr: J M Edwards), A W Bruhn, S D J Daniels, S J Giles, W Wilson, W Wessels, C J Meadmore, W K Thomas, J Steenhuisen, H W O'Meara and Ms V J Thomas the best of luck.
With all three winners purchased as yearlings and having either their first or second starts, it further highlights the success that Blue Sky Bloodstock have with their yearling purchases and with the Magic Millions Yearling Sale only a few months away, if you are interested in being kept up to date with our purchases, please contact Julian Blaxland via email by clicking here.