Derby Trial Won by a Derby Breeder

Tara Madgwick - Wednesday September 23

The art of breeding stayers is not one practiced by many Australian breeders, but Trevor Delroy has achieved amazing success in that area over the years and has unearthed another promising three year-old in Cetshwayo, who scored a tenacious win in the $60,000 VRC Derby Trial at Flemington on Wednesday.

Cetshwayo wins the Derby Trial at Flemington - image Brett Holburt / Racing Photos

A homebred for Delroy’s Wyadup Valley Farm, the Danny O’Brien trained Cetshwayo was having just his second start in the 1800m contest for budding stayers following a debut eighth at Geelong on September 6.

The handsome bay son of Dundeel hit the line hard in a close finish to score a head win.


He went well at Geelong with no luck although didn’t know how to close off the race, but has been in work with us for four or five months and is a nicely bred stayer,” said Danny O’Brien.

“Trevor Delroy has bred some of the best staying horses in Australia and we’re very happy to be getting some of his young horses.

“I would love to think this horse will hold together and be here on Derby Day.”

Derby and Oaks success is not unfamiliar for Trevor Delroy, who has won some of Australia’s best staying races with horses such as Ethiopia, Gondokoro and Cedarberg as well as having bred and sold another Derby winner in Zabeelionaire.

Cetshwayo is the second winner from unraced Haraka, another homebred for Wyadup Valley Farm by Foreplay from imported Rainbow Quest mare Drawbridge (IRE).

Drawbridge left seven winners from seven foals to race, but none were stakes horses although she comes from a big international Black Type family being a half-sister to Group I winner Fastness from French stakes-winning stayer City Fortress.

Further back the family features many Group I winning stayers including Sought Out, North Light, Gamut, Tannery and Golan.


Cetshwayo looks a promising horse for former Champion 3YO Dundeel, who also had another smart winner at Eagle Farm with Pure Deal scoring his third successive win.

The champion son of High Chaparral (IRE) stands at Arrowfield at a fee of $66,000 this spring.



Race Result - Aami Victoria Derby Trial 1800m

Flemington Track: Good(4) Time: 1:50.15
T: D T O'Brien J: Jamie Kah 56
3g Dundeel (NZ) x Haraka (AUS) (Foreplay (AUS))
Tour Of Duty
T: M D Moroney J: M J Dee 56
3c Hinchinbrook (AUS) x Rippled (GB) (Dalakhani (IRE))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $150,000
V:Edinglassie Stud, Muswellbrook
B: Paul Moroney Bloodstock / Ballymore Stables
T: James Cummings J: W Pike 56
3c Teofilo (IRE) x Sung (AUS) (Anabaa (USA))
Hit The Shot
T: Matthew Cumani J: Fred W Kersley 56
3c Dundeel (NZ) x Tang (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $170,000
V:Arrowfield Stud, Scone
B: G Tao
T: M Price & M Kent Jnr J: M J Walker 56
3c Dalghar (FR) x On The Board (AUS) (Spectrum (IRE))
NZB Karaka Book 2 $50,000
V:Hyde Park
B: Import Racing
T: T Busuttin & N Young J: D Oliver 56
3g Tavistock (NZ) x Wild About Me (NZ) (Lonhro (AUS))
Token Spirit
T: R D Griffiths J: Damian Lane 56
3c Wandjina (AUS) x Miss Keepsake (NZ) (Keeper (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $300,000
V:Gilgai Farm Nagambie Vic
B: Griffiths Racing/Peter Ford T'breds (FBAA)
T: Nathan Hobson J: D Yendall 56
3g Warrior's Reward (USA) x Total Liberty (AUS) (Statue Of Liberty (USA))
Frankie Two Angels
T: Denis Pagan J: Lachlan King 56
3g Medaglia D'Oro (USA) x Kassama (FR) (Nayef (USA))
NZB Ready To Run Sale $150,000
V:Ohukia Lodge Ltd
B: Malua Bloodstock
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $100,000
V:Sun Stud, Kerrie
B: Ohukia Lodge
T: Ms C Alderson J: J Mott 56
3g Dissident (AUS) x Fortress Madonna (AUS) (Dylan Thomas (IRE))
Let's Karaka Deel
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: John Allen 56
3c Dundeel (NZ) x Tegwin (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $80,000
V:Wentwood Grange
B: Flying Start Syndications / Pinhook Bloodstock
El Santo
T: Dan O'Sullivan J: W Egan 56
3g Press Statement (AUS) x Lucha Libre (NZ) (Pins (AUS))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale Session 1 $36,000
V:Rushton Park Tatura Vic
B: Dan O'Sullivan Racing
T: T Busuttin & N Young J: L Currie 56
3c Dundeel (NZ) x No Mistaking (AUS) (Testa Rossa (AUS))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $120,000
V:Stockwell Thoroughbreds, Diggers Rest
B: First Light Racing / Busuttin Racing / Paul Willets Bloodstock Consultancy
Bak Da Man
T: M Price & M Kent Jnr J: Jye McNeil 56
3g Reliable Man (GB) x Bak Da Princess (NZ) (Danske (NZ))
NZB Ready To Run Sale $100,000
V:Leanach Lodge Ltd
B: Import Racing
Dubai Centre
T: D T O'Brien J: Craig Williams 56
3g Pride Of Dubai (AUS) x Queen's Fashion (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $260,000
V:Widden Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: Danny O'Brien Racing
T: P Donnelly J: Lewis German 56
3g Americain (USA) x Oak Park Goblet (AUS) (Dylan Thomas (IRE))
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