Skilled

B 2007 16.1HH (1.65M)
By Commands – Dextrous (Quest For Fame)
$6,600 Inc GST Payment on Live Foal (conditions apply). Standing at Northwood Park
Superior on the track to his great sire. G1-winning juvenile – the only one by Commands. Fastest Champagne winning colt since 1985, having been touched off in the G1 Sires’ Produce. Dam also bred G1 horses Ambidexter and Sidestep. First juveniles are already winning with four individual winners from just seven runners.

Pedigree

SKILLED

COMMANDS

DANEHILL

DANZIG

NORTHERN DANCER

PAS DE NOM

RAZYANA

HIS MAJESTY

SPRING ADIEU

COTEHELE HOUSE

MY SWANEE

PETITION

GREY RHYTHM

EIGHT CARAT

PIECES OF EIGHT

KLAIRESSA

DEXTROUS

QUEST FOR FAME

RAINBOW QUEST

BLUSHING GROOM

I WILL FOLLOW

ARYENNE

GREEN DANCER

AMERICAINE

MANY HANDS

HANDY PROVERB

TWIG MOSS

SUMMER CREST

DELIBERATION

SHIFWAY

AMMO GIRL

By COMMANDS (1996) Missile S (G3), etc. Sire of 1,359 foals aged three and up, including SKILLED, EPAULETTE, APPEARANCE, COMMANDING JEWEL, EREWHON, PARATROOPERS, PURPLE, RUSSETING, UNDUE, ALTAR, AMBIDEXTER, COURT COMMAND, FIRST COMMAND, GREGERS, LAMASERY, MARCHING, PAXIMADIA, RAIN AFFAIR, VILANOVA, etc.

1st dam: DEXTROUS by Quest For Fame. 5 wins (1200m-1600m) at 2 and 3, Sandown Guineas (G2), Vanity H (G3), Eliza Park S, 3rd Angus Armanasco S (G2), Sires’ Produce S (G3). Dam of 9 foals, 4 to race, 4 winners:

SKILLED (c Commands), G1 winner, see Race record.

SIDESTEP (c Exceed And Excel) Champion two-year-old colt in Australia, 3 wins (1200m) at 2 and 3, 2014, Royal Sovereign S (G2), Pago Pago S (G2), Darby Munro S, 2nd Golden Slipper S (G1). Sire.

AMBIDEXTER (c Commands) 3 wins (1400m) at 3 and 4, Theo Marks Sprint (G2), Ming Dynasty H, 2nd Epsom H (G1), Frank Packer Plate (G3), 3rd Spring S (G3). Sire.

2nd dam: Many Hands by Handy Proverb. 5 wins (1600m-2400m), 3 to 5, 2nd Adrian Knox S (G3), Warwick Farm Spring Cup, 3rd Tattersalls Plate, Christmas Cup. Dam of 7 winners.

Light Work (f Danehill) 2nd AJC Oaks (G1), Australia S (G1).

More Haste (f Brief Truce) 3rd Emancipation S (G2). Dam of:

PROVERB (g Commands) Gunsynd Classic (G3), Dulcify H, 3rd Sandown Guineas (G2).

Bromide (g Canny Lad) 2nd Bribie H.

3rd dam: DELIBERATION by Shifway. Winner. Dam of 4 winners.

ACCUMULATION (f Last Tycoon) Waltzing Lily H.

4th dam: Ammo Girl by Gunsynd. Unraced. Dam of 5 winners.

EMANCIPATION (f Bletchingly) Australian Horse of the Year, All Aged S (G1), George Ryder S (G1), twice, Doncaster H (G1), George Main S (G1). Dam of:

ROYAL PARDON (c Vice Regal) Frank Packer Plate (G2). Sire.

ANIMATION (f Vice Regal) Winner at 4. Dam of: MAGNETO (g Scenic) Perrier Mineral Water S (G2). Grandam of: AMOVATIO (g Al Maher) Hawkesbury Gold Cup (G3), Weekend Hussler S.

Virage (f Kenmare) Placed. Dam of: VIRAGE DE FORTUNE (f Anabaa) Australia S (G1), Sires’ Produce S (G1)AVENUE (f Anabaa) R N Irwin S (G3), C S Hayes S (G3), 2nd Oakleigh Plate (G1)Grandam of: SLAPSTICK (f Anabaa) Keith F Nolan Classic (G3).

Felicitation (f Danehill) Unraced. Grandam of: RUMYA (f Red Ransom) Durban Golden Slipper (G1), Cape Fillies’ Guineas (G1); BADAWIYA (f Al Maher) Edward Manifold S (G2), 3rd The Thousand Guineas (G1); RAIHANA (f Elusive Quality) UAE Oaks, 2nd UAE Derby (G2), Al Fahidi Fort S (G2)

La Suffragette (f Palace Music) Unraced. Dam of: RAILINGS (g Zabeel) Caulfield Cup (G1), Metropolitan H (G1), 2nd HE Tancred S (G1), twice. Grandam of: PIMMS TIME (f Pins) Travis S (G2).

APPRECIATION (f Sovereign Rocket) Storm Queen S (G2).

Conformation

Race record

Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Two 6 3 1 - -
Three 11 - 2 4 1
Four 1 - - - -
Total 18 3 3 4 1

At 2

1st
Champagne S (G1), 1600m, Randwick, beating Sasa, Divorces, Anacheeva, Yosei, Beneteau, Toorak Toff, Kudakulari, Shadows In The Sun, Praecido, The Ruffian.
1st
T L Baillieu H, 1400m, Rosehill, beating Kudakulari, Sasa, Hour Of Peril, Alma’s Fury, Backgammon, Sincero, Zutara.
1st
Handicap race, 1200m, Randwick, beating Top Drop, Needs Further, Praecido.
2nd
AJC Sires’ Produce S (G1), 1400m, Randwick, by a nose, to Yosei, beating Hinchinbrook, Toorak Toff, Divorces, More Strawberries, Blackball.

At 3

2nd
Randwick Guineas (G1), 1600m, Warwick Farm, by a head, to Ilovethiscity, beating Light Brigade, Pressday, Praecido, Retrieve, Goldstone, Shootoff, Top Drop.
2nd
Gothic S, 1400m, Caulfield, to Mr Chard, beating Goldstone, Territory.
3rd
Royal Sovereign S (G2), 1200m, Randwick, by a nose and a nose, to Master Harry, Audacious Spirit, beating Ilovethiscity, Top Drop, Masquerader, Light Brigade, Pressday, Brightexpectations, Praecido.
3rd
Hobartville S (G2), 14oom, Rosehill, to Ilovethiscity, Retrieve, beating Masquerader, Praecido, Top Drop, Light Brigade, Slow The Flow, Somepin Anypin, Pressday, Straight Albert, American Crew, Audacious Spirit.
3rd
Caulfield Guineas Prelude (G3), 1400m, Caulfield, by a neck and a head, to Anacheeva, Toorak Toff, beating Intencion, Rekindled Interest, Hollowlea, Kudakulari, Backgammon, Innocent Gamble, Comanche Kid.
3rd
BTC Fred Best Classic (G3), 1350m, Doomben, to Falino, Spirit Of Boom, beating Skating On Ice, Under The Eiffel, Benny’s Buttons, Military Rose, Steel Zip, Pimpala Secret, Celtic Dancer, Gybe, Wonderful Lass, Run For Levi.
4th
Carbine Club S (G3), 1600m, Flemington, to Mr Chard, Goldstone, Condelago, beating Jalsah.

 

Best progeny

Video footage

Champagne S (G1), 1600m, Randwick, 24 April 2010
T L Baillieu H, 1400m, Rosehill, 3 April 2010

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