The progeny of
Coolmore's High Chaparral (IRE) have been on a roll in recent weeks and a pair
of his sons completed a group race double over the weekend to take the number
of stakes races won by his progeny around the world to 75.
In Canada on Sunday Wigmore Hall claimed the G1 Northern Dancer Stakes at Woodbine for the second consecutive year to take his earnings over 1.2 million pounds (AUS$1.8 million). The Michael Bell trainee came with his customary late effort to claim his second career G1 victory in the 2400m contest. Something of a globetrotter having competed in G1 contests in seven different countries over a 27 start career, Wigmore Hall has consistently demonstrated an admirable appetite for racing and this was his seventh career win.
Just a day earlier at Doncaster in the UK, Toronado confirmed himself one of Europe's leading two-year-olds with an all the way win in the G2Champagne Stakes over 1400m. In maintaining his unbeaten record, the striking son of High Chaparral (pictured) took the scalp of last start group winner and odds-on favourite Dundonnell.
The Richard Hannon trainee clearly impressed jockey Richard Hughes; "I was in a Catch-22 situation as nothing else was going to make it but I didn´t want to just give them a lead. Making the running didn´t suit my lad but I loved the way he quickened up." Richard Hannon jnr, assistant to his Father added; "I would say he is probably as good a colt as we have got this year. All being well he could come back here for the G1 Racing Post Trophy."
Toronado is the 38th individual stakes winner to date for High Chaparral and he joins recent impressive Australian winners It's A Dundeel and Excluded as candidates to add further G1success to their sires record in the coming weeks and months.
From fewer than 80 runners in Australia, High Chaparral has already sired four multiple G1 winners and millionaires including international superstar So You Think. His first Australian bred crop, which contains siblings to a host of top-class performers, are now yearlings and considering his success to date, his future looks particularly bright.
High Chaparral stands at Coolmore Australia at a fee of $77,000 (incl. GST).
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