3 days ago

Sun Stud

Fresh from a city double on Saturday, Sun Stud gun, FIGHTING SUN, is gearing up for a successful few months with the emergence of some outstanding 2YOs – hailing from the stallion’s third crop.

One to definitely watch out for – as soon as this Saturday – is the Robbie Laing trained colt, Celestial Sol, who is poised to line up in the Listed Merson Cooper Stakes over 1000m at Sandown.

Bred by Greta West Stud from the Stravinsky mare, Lady Phoebe, Celestial Sol trialled at Cranbourne on Monday and absolutely blitzed his rivals, racing away to score by 5 lengths.

The bay colt’s overall time was some 1.15 seconds quicker or 7.2Lengths quicker than the following two-year-old heat, with that winner also carrying a Merson Cooper nomination.

Working nicely into 4th in Celestial Sol’s heat was another Fighting Sun 2YO Lionel, for the Philip Stokes yard & with two trials under his belt, he should also prove hard to beat on debut.

Meanwhile, others hailing from the current 2YO crop include the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace trained Flinders River, who was hugely impressive when he debuted with a strong win at Morphettville last Saturday … there’s Tasmanian filly, Entrapped – bred, owned & trained by Graeme McCulloch – who was a solid trial winner at the end of October AND … also keep an eye out for Gary Colvin’s promising youngster, Eastern Wind, who ran in the Group Three Maribyrnong Plate at Flemington last Saturday.

FIGHTING SUN stands at a fee of just $13,750 inc. GST, with no payment until live foal.
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5 days ago

Sun Stud

Sun Stud stallion, FIGHTING SUN, is popular with breeders from coast to coast but is particularly in favour with South Aussies after a brilliant double today at Morphettville Racecourse.
McEvoy Mitchell Racing’s black flyer, The Pugilist, scored as odds on favourite in the Channel 7 3YO Plate over 1400m, while two races on, the Sun Stud bred and raced 2YO, Flinders River, produced an outstanding debut to snare the Holdfast Insurance Brokers 2YO Plate over 1000m for Ciaron Maher Racing and David Eustace.
The final foal for Rory’s Jester mare, Sister On The Edge (who has produced eight winners), The Pugilist hails from the family of Racer’s Edge, Vintedge and co., while Flinders River is the first live foal for The Copper Sun who produced a full sister to Flinders River last spring.
Standing at a fee of just $13,750 inc. GST – no payment until live foal – FIGHTING SUN covered 689 mares in his first five seasons at stud and with the emergence of rising stars like Flinders River, the best is yet to come.
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6 days ago

Sun Stud

Sun Bloodstock’s three-year-old filly GRAND SCHOLAR has destroyed her rivals first-up over 1200m at Cranbourne on Friday night.

Twice stakes placed as a juvenile, the daughter of Wandjina was in a class of her own as she cruised to a 3.5L victory with Jye McNeil easing her up over the concluding stages.

The Tony & Calvin McEvoy trained galloper was a $120,000 purchase by Sun from the Newgate Farm draft at the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

GRAND SCHOLAR advances her record to 5-1:1:1 $57,650, which includes a 3rd in the Listed Maribyrnong Trial (1000m) and 2nd in the Listed Redoute’s Choice Stakes (1200m).
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1 week ago

Sun Stud

BEL ESPRIT progeny are no strangers to the biggest stage and another of his classy sprinters in TACTICAL ADVANTAGE has shown his class with a brilliant performance down the Flemington Racecourse and Victoria Racing Club straight to capture the Listed MSS Security Sprint on Melbourne Cup day.
It was the 2nd stakes win for the Kris Lees Racing’ trained 6YO who has now won $750,000 in prizemoney from a career which includes 10 wins and eight placings.
Also multiple stakes placed in Sydney, Hawkesbury and Brisbane, Tactical Advantage was bred by Gooree Park Mudgee Stud and is out of the Group placed Encosta de Lago mare, Above Perfection.
Victoria’s most successful sire who has averaged 130 individual winners for the past 10 seasons, Bel Esprit has produced over 700 winners throughout his career – 27 stakes winners – and stands at a fee of just $11,000 inc. GST – no payment until live foal.
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