Claire Beats the Colts
Tara Madgwick - Saturday, 24 March 2012

Hussonet (USA) was given his marching orders from Arrowfield Stud last year and is now based at Cornerstone Stud in South Australia, so Sam Hayes and his team would no doubt be cheering his recent run of success which extended to Rosehill on Saturday where his three year-old filly Colorado Claire captured the Group II ATC Phar Lap Stakes.

The John O'Shea trained filly improved sharply on her last start eighth in the Listed Canberra Guineas, finishing with a strong dash to take the 1500 metre event by a short neck for visiting Kiwi rider James McDonald.

"She's beaten the colts, but what helped was having this wonderful talent in James McDonald in the saddle. He's just a class act and a wonderful rider," O'Shea said.

The trainer said he was stumped as to what to do with the filly next.

"She's thrown a spanner in the works. I was planning on dropping her back to Listed grade," he said.

"She's an Inglis graduate so she's eligible for the Scone race (Scone Guineas)."

A $220,000 purchase for bloodstock agent Bill Mitchell from the Arrowfield Stud draft at the 2010 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Colorado Claire (pictured as a yearling) is raced by David Paradice and has the overall record of five wins from seven starts with prizemoney of $226,050.

Bred by Arrowfield in partnership with John Leaver's Planette Thoroughbred Trading, she is the 81st stakes-winner for Hussonet and is the first stakes-winner for her stakes-winning dam Lunaspur, a Flying Spur mare from a big European Black Type family.

Lunaspur has no yearling for the sales this year but did have a Manhattan Rain colt last spring and is back in foal to him again.

Colorado Claire is the third stakes-winner for Hussonet in the past eight days following on from a stakes double last Saturday for Rose of Peace and Werd.

He has seven entries for the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale including a colt from champion filly and Golden Slipper winner Miss Finland.

Race 8 - Spotless Phar Lap Stakes
Group 2 - 1500m

Class: Open. Track: Dead. Time: 1:32.29. Sectional Time: 0:35.15 at 600m.
Prizemoney: $175,000 - 1st: $105,000 2nd: $35,000 3rd: $17,500.
 1   Colorado Claire T: J A O'Shea J: J B Mc Donald
3f   Hussonet (USA) x Lunaspur (Flying Spur )
Not Offered
 2 0.2 Rekindled Alliance T: Paul Messara J: C W Brown
 3c   Redoute's Choice x Rekindled Affair (IRE) (Rainbow Quest (USA) )
Not Offered
 3 0.8 Wild And Proud T: Ms G Waterhouse J: N Rawiller
3g   Snowland x Blab (Flying Spur )
Not Offered
 4 1.3 Free Wheeling T: Peter Snowden J: J Parr
3c   Ad Valorem (USA) x Miss Carefree (Last Tycoon (IRE) )
 5 2.0 Huegill T: P G Moody J: L Nolen
3c   More Than Ready (USA) x Trust Antonia (SAF) (National Assembly (CAN) )
 6 2.3 Fontelina T: A J Cummings J: B Shinn
3g   Testa Rossa x Decipher (Timber Country (USA) )
 7 2.9 Benfica T: Peter Snowden J: K Mc Evoy
3c   Lonhro x Hut (Danehill (USA) )
 8 3.3 Isopach T: John Thompson J: M Rodd
3g   Magic Albert x Curvaceous (Zabeel (NZ) )
 9 3.6 That's The One T: C and C Alderson J: Craig Williams
3g   Snippetson x Chosen (Redoute's Choice )
 10 6.9 Niconoise T: D A Hayes J: D Oliver
3c   Redoute's Choice x Nicola Lass (Scenic (IRE) )
 11 8.6 Aeronautical T: Lionel Cohen J: J Bowman
3g   Encosta De Lago x Moon Fever (Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) )

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