Best On Breeding

Mark Smith - Thursday October 22

A smorgasbord of the world’s best bloodlines awaits on Saturday for the WS Cox Plate, but it’s Friday nights Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) where we hope to build a bank

It is hard to believe that a filly that came out and thumped a future Everest winner by two lengths at her career debut would be still searching for a maiden stakes success.

Back on December 2018, Brooklyn Hustle stepped out for the first time over 1000 metres at Moonee Valley. She stormed home from last on the turn to defeat Yes, Yes, Yes by two lengths with the race-caller declaring ‘a star is born’.

Brooklyn Hustle (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

It took another six starts and 20 months for the daughter of Starspangledbanner to win again.

That came over the same course and distance on August 1, but she had raced consistently with little luck in-between times.

Trained by Jason Warren who is now in a partnership with Dean Krongold, Brooklyn Hustle was fifth in both the Group II Blue Diamond Prelude and Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes to round out her juvenile year.


At three she drew a blank in three starts; fifth in the Listed Poseidon stakes, third in the Group II Blue Sapphire Stakes and fifth in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes won by Exceedance from Bivouac and Libertini.

Her four-year-old season opened promisingly with a three and a half-length romp over 1000 metres at Moonee Valley.  She was a fast-finishing third in the Group II McEwen Stakes and then charged home into fourth place in the Group 1 Moir stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley won by Pippie from Trekking and Bella Vista who all line up against Brooklyn Hustle again on Friday night.

A homebred for Anthony Mithen’s Rosemont Stud, Brooklyn Hustle is by the resident stallion Starspangledbanner out of the imported mare Joint Aspiration (GB).

A daughter of the outstanding Pivotal, Joint Aspiration (GB) was a handy racemare winning a Listed race at Belmont and placing in Listed races at Newmarket and Kempton. She was highly enough regarded to contest the Group 1 Fillies Mile, Epsom Oaks, the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and The Curragh and the Nassau Stakes without ever really threatening in any of those.

Consigned to the 2007 Tattersalls November Mixed Sale, carrying a positive Test to Gone West (USA), Joint Aspiration (GB) was knocked down to French Bloodstock Agency for 320,000 guineas.

Starspangledbanner (Mark Smith)

Joint Aspiration (GB) is the best of three winners out of the Welcome Home mare Most Welcome, a half-sister to the dual Listed Stakes winner Two Clubs (First Trump) who is the dam of Red Clubs (Red Ransom) the Champion Sprinter in Europe in 2007.

Red Club’s six wins included the Group 1 Haydock Sprint Cup, Group II Diadem stakes and Group II Coventry Stakes and placed in three Group 1s the July Cup, Middle park Stakes and Phoenix Stakes.

Joint Aspiration (GB) has not set the world on fire to date. She had three foals before her importation, one of which, the Elusive City mare Reign (IRE) has joined her dam at Rosemont.

Reign (IRE) has kick-started her career with two stakes-winners from her first three foals.

Sopran Ival (Ivanwood) won a Listed race at two in Italy last year to emulate the deeds of her half-sister Gold Trail (Dream Ahead) two years before.  

Reign (IRE) missed to Starspangledbanner in her first season in Australia last year as did her dam Joint Aspiration (GB) who has a yearling filly by Tarzino.

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