Tuvalu impressive in Stakes breakthrough

Kermadec four-year-old trounces Winter Championship Final rivals to give rising sire another black-type success

Tuvalu earned his first black type and gave his sire Kermadec his eighth Stakes win when he annihilated a smart field on Saturday, 2 July in the Listed Winter Championship Series Final over 1,600m at Flemington in Melbourne.

Jockey Jarrod Fry had no hesitation pushing forward from his outside barrier to take the lead and Tuvalu responded by racing away to easily beat Sir Davy and Mystery Shot in the $200,000 feature race.

Trained by Lindsey Smith at Warrnambool, Tuvalu took his impressive record to seven wins and four placings from just 11 starts for prize money earnings of $419,300.

The four-year-old gelding, out of Australian mare Hangin’ Tough, was offered by Merricks Station at the 2019 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale and bought for $200,000 by Boomer Bloodstock and Lindsey Smith.

Tuvalu has an unraced two-year-old half-brother by Lonhro (Shut It Down), a yearling half-sister by Lonhro and a weanling half-brother by Impending.

Kermadec was a dual G1 winner on the track and is quickly building his reputation at stud with Darley. He is already the sire of four-time G1 winner Montefilia, 2021 G1 VRC Oaks and G2 Wakeful Stakes queen Willowy, and Listen Bendigo Guineas winner Gundec.

Kermadec stands at Darley’s Northwood Park stud in Victoria for a service fee of $16,500, GST inclusive.