The star of Ascot yesterday was the brilliant War Chant mare Dainty Tess barnstorming home from last on the corner to win the $150,000 Group 3 Prince Of Wales Stakes for the second time. Her win took her prize money and bonuses to $1,077,650. Not bad for a horse that was passed in at the Magic Millions Sales when bidding stopped at $25,000.
War Chant was a shrewd purchase for Ron Sayers’ Yarradale Stud. He entered stud in Australia in 2011 after a successful career in the United States. He is the sire of 714 progeny to race, for 491 winners (68.0%), earnings of over $57 million. He has produced 39 stakes winners and 43 stakes placegetters.
War Chant stands this season for $11,000.
Oakland Park Stud and Mogumber Park Stud look like they have a stallion in the making with Safeguard notching up his first winner with the impressive win of Specialism. The 2YO filly out of the talented race mare and now successful broodmare Clarecastle looks to have inherited her Mum’s ability.
Safeguard, the Group winning son of Champion stallion Exceed and Excel, stands in partnership for Oakland Park and Mogumber Park. He stood his first two seasons at Mogumber Park and now resides at Neville and Susan Duncan’s Oakland Park.
Safeguard looks a good bet if you are looking for a youngster that may run early. He stands for $6,000 this season.
Four local stallions produced winners on the day – War Chant, Safeguard, Oratorio and Izmar.
Race 1 1100 Open –Specialism – 2f Safeguard x Clarecastle (Tribu)
Race 2 1000 Rest 1 Metro Win – Lord Greystoke 3c Oratorio x Bantry Bay (Tale Of The Cat), $100,000, sold by Mungrup Stud
Race 3 1200 BM72+ Seannie – 4m Sebring x Uncanny Choice (Choisir)
Race 4 1200 Rest 1 Metro Win – Pearls And Prawns – 4m Super Easy x Pussycat Holiday (Private Call)
Race 5 1400 BM66+ Freo – 5g Izmir x Mexican Lass (Verglas)
Race 6 1400 Group3 – Galaxy Star – 6m Redoute’s Choice x Galaxy Queen (Jeune)
Race 7 1000 Group3 – Dainty Tess – 5m War Chant x Classic Smile (Bletchley Park), passed in $25,000, reserve $30,000, Vendor Queenslea Park Thoroughbreds
Race 8 1600 BM72+ Mississippi Delta – 5m High Chaparral x Mississippi Belle (Marooned)
Photo: War Chant