Second Group 1 Win in Seven Days as Montefilia Captures Spring Champion Stakes

Mark Smith - Saturday October 10

It was a Group 1 double in the space of seven days for the Kermadec filly Montefilia who downed the colts in Saturday’s $1,000,000 Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick.

It was a shade cosy at the end (Steve Hart)

The Flight Stakes heroine looked to be in some trouble when Jason Collett had to wait for Lion’s Roar to clear her in the final 250 metres before securing a run.

She then knuckled down to her work and had the son of Contributer in her sights inside the final furlong to win by three-quarters of a length.

The Deep Impact colt Bucharest was a further three and three-quarters of a length back in third.

“Everything panned out perfectly, I got the barrier to suit, it was just a matter of getting her into the clear at the right time,” Collett said.


uo;As the favourite there was an expectation there to get the result. When I came to Sydney for Chris Waller, David gave me a lot of opportunities, I stuffed a few of them up, so I’m very glad to get this one.”

It was the second win in the race for trainer David Payne after Ace High in 2017.

Montefilia with the winners spoils (Steve Hart)

“She’s good, she will be even better next year because if you look at her she is quite a lean filly,” Payne said.

“I will have a look at the race in Melbourne (Oaks).

“You have to look at it. She has only had seven runs now but we’ll see how she is in a couple of days as we will be taking on the fillies again. I feel she will be better over 2500m.”

The daughter of Kernadec advances her record to 4 wins and a third from 7 starts with earnings of $1,010,925.

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 at the 2018 Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale 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 - Spring Champion Gr1 2000m

Randwick Track: Good(4) Time: 2:01.47
T: David Payne J: J R Collett 54.5
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
Lion's Roar
T: J A O'Shea J: B Avdulla 56.5
3g Contributer (IRE) x Minnaleo (NZ) (Black Minnaloushe (USA))
NZB Karaka Book 2 $65,000
V:Wellfield Lodge
B: Champion Thoroughbreds
T: C J Waller J: J B Mc Donald 56.5
3c Deep Impact (JPN) x Miss Finland (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Love Tap
T: R & M Freedman J: N Rawiller 56.5
3g Tapit (USA) x Smokey's Love (USA) (Forestry (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $110,000
V:Coolmore Stud Jerry's Plains NSW
B: Dynamic Syndications/Dean Watt Bstock (FBAA)
T: J G Sargent J: S Clipperton 56.5
3g Tavistock (NZ) x Lady Kipling (NZ) (Savabeel (AUS))
NZB Karaka Book 1 $230,000
V:Windsor Park Stud
B: Aquis Farm / DGR Thoroughbreds / Sargent Racing
T: Mark Newnham J: J Parr 54.5
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
Cherry Tortoni
T: Patrick Payne J: Ryan Maloney 56.5
3g Night Of Thunder (IRE) x Tortoni (AUS) (Strategic (AUS))
T: C J Waller J: Ms K O'Hara 56.5
3c Pride Of Dubai (AUS) x Lady Circles (AUS) (Ascot Knight (CAN))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $80,000
V:Erinvale Thoroughbreds, Buckley
B: Star Thoroughbreds / Randwick Bloodstock Agency (FBAA)
T: J A O'Shea J: K Mc Evoy 56.5
3c Tavistock (NZ) x Tricia'o (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $300,000
V:Maluka Thoroughbreds, Kilmore
B: Champion Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd
T: T Busuttin & N Young J: Tommy Berry 56.5
3g Tavistock (NZ) x Wild About Me (NZ) (Lonhro (AUS))
Street Dancer
T: A J Cummings J: Regan Bayliss 56.5
3c Pride Of Dubai (AUS) x Danehill Smile (AUS) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $220,000
V:Coolmore Stud Jerry's Plains NSW
B: Anthony Cummings Tbreds/Colm Santry Bstock
MM National Weanling Sale $210,000
V:Coolmore Australia Jerrys Plains NSW
B: James Bester Bloodstock
T: A J Cummings J: Ms L Day 56.5
3c Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Cryptic Miss (AUS) (Snippets (AUS))
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