At a time of the racing year when a stallion’s credentials are under intense scrutiny, two of the younger members of Darley’s Australian band stood tall last weekend.
Brazen Beau and Shooting To Win, both outstanding racehorses in past spring carnivals, had five winners between them on one of the biggest days on the Australian racing calendar, three of them at the most important meetings in the country.
For Brazen Beau his double thanks to Ideas Man and Sartorial Splendor, followed a series of good performances by his progeny at home and abroad.
Ideas Man got his career off to a flying start with an impressive win in the Listed Inglis Banner that was achieved thanks to an undeniable combination of tractability and blistering acceleration.
The colt settled comfortably behind the leader and when a run appeared for him at the 150m he put the result beyond doubt in a couple of strides.
Adding to the result for Brazen Beau was his daughter, Arctic Fire who produced a run of equal merit to the winner, storming home from last at the 200m to take third place.
A $575,000 purchase at the 2019 Inglis Premier sale, Ideas Man is out of the seven-time Stakes winner Innovation Girl who has also built a fine record as a broodmare with seven of her eight foals to race having won.
Ideas Man became Brazen Beau’s fourth Stakes winner – and only a couple of hours later the former champion sprinter, had his fifth when Sartorial Splendor won the G3 Australia Stakes.
Sartorial Splendor took up the running from the jump in his 1,200m event and had his rivals off the bit at the 200m where he produced another effort to race away from the placegetters Condo’s Express and Three Beans.
Both Ideas Man and Sartorial Splendor are out of Rubiton mares, the latter being from the Stakes winner Personal Ensign who has had seven winners from eight to race.
Shooting To Win’s highlight success came at Randwick where Kubrick claimed victory in the $1 million The Bondi.
In the dramatic style of his namesake, Kubrick found racing room where there appeared to be none, forcing through a gap along the rail to secure a one-length win over Pancho.
In third place was Brazen Beau’s Group-winning son Colada.
While the Bondi in its initial running was ungraded, it drew a high-class field of three-year-olds over which Kubrick proved triumphant.
One of Shooting To Win’s 17 individual winners, Kubrick is the first foal to race from his dam Alcatraz who is from the family of the multiple Stakes winner Twiglet, the dam of the G1 winners Fairy King Prawn and Easy Rocking and also of the stakes winner Crevette.
Shooting To Win’s weekend was added to by the restricted-class success – by 5-1/2 lengths - of Shooting Love at the Gold Coast and of Testino at Yarra Valley.
He also provided second placegetters in Mascarpone at Trentham (NZ) on Saturday and Shooting Roses at the Sunshine Coast (Queensland) on Friday night.
Darley Australia Head of Sales Alastair Pulford said the timing of the victories made them especially significant.
“For both Brazen Beau and Shooting To Win to have winners on such a big day was a tribute to them and very pleasing for our team,” Pulford said.
“For Brazen Beau they reflected his popularity in the sale ring which continued right through this year’s sales season and Shooting To Win has always had the confidence of our team.
“Kubrick has been one of the leaders of his generation, and to see him win as he did was very satisfying.”
Shooting To Win is standing the 2019 southern-hemisphere breeding season at a fee of $22,000 including GST at Kelvinside, NSW while Brazen Beau stands at Northwood Park, Victoria at a fee of $49,500, including GST.