Montefilia Scales the Heights for Kermadec

Mark Smith - Saturday October 3

It’s been some day at Randwick for prominent owner Neville Morgan whose colours were carried to victory by Shaquero in the Group III Breeders’ Plate and Kolding in the Group II Hill Stakes and while the Group 1 Darley Flight Stakes winner Montefilia didn’t sport his silks the David Payne-trained filly did become the first stakes-winner for Morgan’s dual Group 1 winner Kermadec.

Gotcha - Montefilia downs Sacred Heart

In what was billed as a match race between the old foes Dame Giselle and Hungry Heart, Montefilia came with a barnstorming finish under Hugh Bowman to defeat Hungry Heart (Frankel) by a half-neck with Vangelic (Vancouver) two lengths back in third.

Montefilia was due to head to Melbourne for the Victoria Oaks but Payne said the filly would stay in Sydney and take on the boys in next weeks Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes before heading for a spell.

“At her last run she had just come out of the paddock and had a winter coat. I said to Hughie she is a couple of lengths better today,” Payne said.


original plan was the Oaks but when she won that mile, I thought we may as well have a go up to the mile. So, we ran her in the Tea Rose to get her here. Now that she has won the Group 1 we don’t have to worry about going to Melbourne.

“She will back up next week then head to the paddock.”

Montefilia was offered twice by Tyreel Stud, bringing $62,000 as a weanling at the 2018 Great Southern Sale, then selling to Payne Racing for $130,000 at the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Montefilia was a $130,000 yearling

She is the best of three winners from four to race out of the imported, stakes-placed, Shirocco mare Bana Wu (GB) whose dam My Way (Marju) is a half-sister to multiple Group II winner Strategic Prince.

Purchased by S Duke for $92,000 when carrying a Shalaa (IRE) colt. Which was purchased by Ciaron Maher Racing for $160,000 out of the Shadow Hill Thoroughbreds draft at this year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, Bana Wu has a yearling colt by Ribchester (IRE) before missing to that stallion last year.

Montefilia comes from the first Group by Teofilo’s dual Group 1 winner Kermadec who stands at Darley Stud this season at a fee of $13,750.



Race Result - Flight Stakes Gr1 1600m

Randwick Track: Good(4) Time: 1:33.04
T: David Payne J: J Bowman 56
3f Kermadec (NZ) x Bana Wu (GB) (Shirocco (GER))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $130,000
V:Tyreel Stud Agnes Banks NSW
B: Payne Racing Pty Ltd
Inglis Great Southern Sale - Weanlings $62,000
V:Tyreel Stud, Agnes Banks, NSW
B: Baystone Farm
Hungry Heart
T: C J Waller J: J B Mc Donald 56
3f Frankel (GB) x Harlech (GB) (Pivotal (GB))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $300,000
V:Yulong Nagambie Vic
B: Belmont Bloodstock Agency (FBAA)
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: Tim Clark 56
3f Vancouver (AUS) x Angel Bee (NZ) (Pins (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $400,000
V:Segenhoe Stud Australia Pty Ltd Scone NSW
B: Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing
Dame Giselle
T: P & P Snowden J: Tommy Berry 56
3f I Am Invincible (AUS) x Ballet Society (NZ) (Stravinsky (USA))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $500,000
V:Sledmere Stud, Scone
B: Go Bloodstock Australia Pty Ltd
T: C J Waller J: K Mc Evoy 56
3f I Am Invincible (AUS) x Limbo Down (NZ) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $330,000
V:Fairhill Farm, Mulbring
B: Star Thoroughbreds / Randwick Bloodstock (FBAA)
T: Mark Newnham J: J Parr 56
3f Redoute's Choice (AUS) x Condesaar (AUS) (Xaar (GB))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $460,000
V:Kulani Park Merricks North Vic
B: Rick Worthington
T: A J Cummings J: Regan Bayliss 56
3f Smart Missile (AUS) x Aloona (USA) (Smart Strike (CAN))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $360,000
V:Sledmere Stud Scone NSW
B: DGR T'bred Services/Anthony Cummings T'Breds
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