Kermadec lands first Stakes success as a stallion in Randwick Group One

Montefilia races into Classic contention after Flight Stakes victory

The star racehorse Kermadec has produced his first Stakes winner as a stallion thanks to the brilliant turn of foot of the filly Montefilia in Satruday’s G1 Darley Flight Stakes at Randwick.

Racing over the same course and distance at which her sire scored his most important win in the G1 Doncaster Handicap, Montefilia came from last at the 400m with a flashing late run, overpowering her opposition in the final few strides.

The filly beat Hungry Heart by a half-head with Vangelic in third place.

Kermadec, a son of Teofilo, won twice at the “mile”, retiring to stud in 2016 with Montefilia a member of his first crop.

The filly, who was initially sold at auction as a weanling for $62,000, went through the ring again as a yearling, selling for $130,000 to her trainer David Payne.

After showing considerable promise in a debut, juvenile win at Newcastle in March, she was spelled after one more start before winning at her first attempt as a three-year-old in August.

She has since been the subject of a seven-figure offer that was refused and is now on target for next month’s G1 VRC Oaks.

Kermadec is standing the current southern hemisphere breeding season at Kelvinside, NSW at a fee of $13,750, including GST.