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Oaks Success For Veteran Breeder

Verry Elleegant’s triumph in the $1.5 million ATC Oaks at Randwick was an outstanding result for veteran Auckland-based breeder Don Goodwin.

Oaks Success For Veteran Breeder

Verry Elleegant’s triumph in the $1.5 million ATC Oaks at Randwick was an outstanding result for veteran Auckland-based breeder Don Goodwin.

Verry Elleegant
Verry Elleegant Picture:Steve Hart

The octogenarian Goodwin maintains an ownership interest in the Zed filly as the manager of the Ellee Syndicate and made the trip to Sydney to savour the victory with a large group of fellow owners.

His partners bought into the talented Kiwi filly after the promise she showed in New Zealand under the tutelage of her former trainer Nick Bishara, another who shares in the ownership.


Goodwin purchased Verry Elleegant’s dam Opulence at the 2011 New Zealand Bloodstock May Sale for only $14,000.

A daughter of Danroad, Opulence is from the great Eight Carat family. Her second dam Chalet Girl (Imposing) is a daughter of Cotehele House, the dam of the notable pair Commands and Danewin.

A two-time winner, Opulence was bought with a view to being mated with Grangewilliam Stud’s Zabeel stallion Zed, also from the Eight Carat/Cotehele House family and a stallion Goodwin has held an ownership interest in from the outset.

Out of the G1-winning Danehill mare Emerald Dream, a granddaughter of Cotehele House, Zed retired as the winner of just one of his four career starts with injury preventing him from reaching his undoubted potential.

Zed is the sire of 10 stakes winners including the G1 winner Survived.

The first three live foals of Opulence have all been winners with Verry Elleegant preceded by the three-win mare Black Lace (Towkay) and Verry Elleegant’s year older brother Verry Flash, a promising four-time winning stayer.

Opulence also has a 2YO by Haradasun in training in NZ.

Goodwin has unsurprisingly gone back to the successful Zed mating with Opulence having a colt foal by the stallion and is again carrying to Zed.

Verry Elleegant’s second dam Mulan Magic (King’s Theatre) is a half sister to the stakes-placed Monards (Danehill) and Starnui (Brave Lad), dam of the Listed winner Starmon (Monolith).

Verry Elleegant Horseform has six wins and three placings from 11 starts for $1,163,619 in earnings. She ran seven times for Darren Weir, winning three races.

She has won three of her four starts for Chris Waller and is perfectly placed to fill the void in his stable left by the retirements of champion stablemates Winx and The Autumn Sun.

”I think we have unveiled an excellent staying filly. She has come to us through the Weir stable and she will take further improvement,” Waller said.

2019 - Australian Oaks - Verry Elleegant


Racing And Sports




153120
R6 RANDWICK 13 April 2019
Australian Oaks 3F , 2400m
Race Synopsis: Verry Elleegant is now the winner of her last three starts and she followed up her success in the Vinery Stud Stakes (Gr 1, 2000m) at Rosehill on March 30 with an impressive performance in taking out this Group 1. She settled quite well for James McDonald back in tenth place before tracking into the race (wide with cover) from the 700m. She sprinted strongly to take the lead approaching the 100m and then drew clear to score comfortably. Mark Newnham-trained filly Scarlet Dream settled nicely in ninth spot (on the rails) from her inside barrier (1) before tracking up (wide with cover) from the 600m. She switched deeper and into clear running at the 200m and then ran on strongly for second in a really smart effort at her seventh race start. Frankley Awesome settled back in fifth place but made a quick move to take the lead at the 1200m due to the slow pace. She was challenged at the home turn and then kept battling back well for third. Aliferous raced in eighth place, improved between runners rounding the home turn, was in a challenging position at the 200m and then battled on nicely for (5.1 lengths) fourth.

FP
 
Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
1. VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ)
3yo Filly
CHRIS WALLER
JAMES MCDONALD
56.0
$2.00
 
ZED (NZ) - OPULENCE (NZ)
Jomara Bloodstock (Mgr: M Carter), Ellee Syndicate (Mgr: J D Goodwin), Balmerino Racing (Mgr: J Rosham), M Wanzare, T K Barry, B F Sokolski, A Kheir, K M Stocker, Honeycomb Stud (A Whittingham), J O'Neill & V Kheir
2nd  
7. SCARLET DREAM (AUS)
3yo Filly
MARK NEWNHAM
BLAKE SHINN
56.0
$12.00
 
SEBRING (AUS) - ASYLUM SEEKER (SAF)
A Saric, A Williams, T Djoneski, Saric Racing (Mgr: S Saric), F A L Racing (Mgr: A Falcone) & Ursino Racing (Mgr: D Ursino)
3rd  
3. FRANKELY AWESOME (AUS)
3yo Filly
KRIS LEES
HUGH BOWMAN
56.0
$5.00
 
FRANKEL (GB) - STREET SECRET (USA)
 Cressfield (Mgr: B W Neill)
4th  6. ALIFEROUS (AUS)
3yo Filly
KRIS LEES
KERRIN MCEVOY
56.0
$26.00
5th  5. MARACAIBO (AUS)
3yo Filly
TRENT BUSUTTIN & NATALIE YOUNG
STEPHEN BASTER
56.0
$41.00
6th  8. CLEMENTINA (NZ)
3yo Filly
MURRAY BAKER & ANDREW FORSMAN
OPIE BOSSON
56.0
$26.00
7th  9. AUTUMN (AUS)
3yo Filly
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
TIM CLARK
56.0
$21.00
8th  14. MISS MOANA (NZ)
3yo Filly
J G SARGENT
BRENTON AVDULLA
56.0
$101.00
9th  11. ROMANI GIRL (NZ)
3yo Filly
CHRIS WALLER
TOMMY BERRY
56.0
$67.00
10th  10. ROCKNAVAR (AUS)
3yo Filly
MATTHEW DUNN
JASON COLLETT
56.0
$51.00
11th  2. ARISTIA (AUS)
3yo Filly
MATHEW ELLERTON & SIMON ZAHRA
DAMIAN LANE
56.0
$5.50
12th  15. HAPPY EVERY DAY (AUS)
3yo Filly
GARY MOORE
TRAVIS WOLFGRAM
56.0
$201.00
13th  4. IMELDA MARY (NZ)
3yo Filly
VANESSA HILLIS
GLEN BOSS
56.0
$81.00
99th  13. BYE BYE BELLE (NZ)
3yo Filly
MICHAEL KENT
J ALLEN
56.0
$101.00

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