Montefilia pronounces herself a four-time G1-winner for sire Kermadec

A $130,000 yearling from the Tyreel draft at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, she has now won over $2 million in prize money

Gallant mare Montefilia scored her fourth win at G1 level when she won the G1 Ranvet Stakes over 2,000m at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney on Saturday, 19 March.

By Kermadec out of Bana Wu, Montefilia was already a winner of the G1 Flight Stakes, the G1 Spring Champion Stakes and the G1 Metropolitan at Randwick, with the addition of the G1 Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill another shining addition to the mare’s already impressive resume.

Jockey Jason Collett positioned Montefilia beautifully in fourth spot in the run and trainer David Payne was heard to say “they won’t beat her” on the home turn, even when hot favourite and Melbourne Cup queen Verry Elleegant peeled off her back to make a run.

Montefilia proved too strong on the heavy track and raced away to win by two lengths from Verry Elleegant.

The mare took her record to six wins and five placings from 18 starts, for prizemoney earnings of over $2.3 million, a 17-time return on investment for her owners.   

Montefilia was a $130,000 yearling purchase from the Tyreel Stud draft at the 2019 Gold Coast Yearling Sale to Payne Racing, who now races the horse with a passionate ownership group.

Four lots by Kermadec sold at the recent Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, highlighted by Lot 215: Kermadec x Sentimental Star (filly) from the Lauralyn Park draft who was snatched up by Suman Hedge, in partnership with Onfire Racing and Travis Double Racing.

Kermadec was also represented at the recent New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Sale, with Lot 96: Kermadec x Arboral (colt) from the Windsor Park Stud draft going for $260,000 to David Ellis to join the dominant Te Akau Racing stable.

Kermadec was a dual G1 winner on the track and is the only stallion to sire a Group double over the 2021 Melbourne Cup Week.

Kermadec will stand again at Northwood Park, VIC in 2022.