Memorable Boxing Day for Morning Rise

Mark Smith - Sunday December 27

It was a Boxing Day to savour for Robert and Barbara McClure’s Morning Rise Stud with their homebred Splendoronthegrass winning at Eagle Farm before Splendoronthegrass’ half-sister Jazz Etude made a winning debut in Japan.

On the Group 1 Hopeful Stakes undercard at Nakayama, the 2yo I Am Invincible filly Jazz Etude made the best possible start to her career when leading at every call over 1600m.

Ridden by Yukito Ishikawa for trainer Yoichi Kuroiwa, Jazz Etude defeated the favoured Italian-bred Danon Ballade colt Ballade in Milano by one and a quarter lengths with Fenomeno colt Shining Mars a further seven lengths back in third.


Owned by Kazuko Yoshida, Jazz Etude was bred by Morning Rise Stud and was consigned by Coolmore Stud to the 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Katsumi Yoshida had the last say at $650,000 for the daughter of I Am Invincible, and two months later she was on a plane to Japan.

Jazz Etude was a $650,000 Gold Coast yearling

The McClure’s raced the dam of Splendoronthegrass and Jazz Etude, Mumbai Rock.

The daughter of Fastnet Rock was purchased through bloodstock agent James Bester for $1,550,000 at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

She returned just $29,735 of that on the track,with a lone win at Kembla Grange but there are exciting times ahead.

Morning Rise Stud will consign a full-sister, again through the Coolmore draft, to the upcoming Magic Millions in January.

On October 6, Mumbai Rock produced her fifth consecutive filly, a daughter of Zoustar.

And to top it off, the David Vandyke-trained Splendoronthegrass has won five and been runner-up four times in a 17-start career to date that has netted $237,000. The 4yo daughter of So You Think will be chasing some black-type following her win over 1400m at Eagle farm under a peach of a ride by Stephanie Thornton.

Previously trained at Lindsay Park, Splendoronthegrass was winning for the second time in three starts for her new stable.


Race Result - Sky Racing Hcp (C6) 1400m

Eagle Farm Track: Good(4) Time: 1:23.38
T: David Vandyke J: Ms S Thornton 57.5
4m So You Think (NZ) x Mumbai Rock (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
T: T J Gollan J: Ben Thompson 54.5
5m Shamus Award (AUS) x Badabing Badaboom (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Hard Labour
T: A J & T Edmonds J: R Fradd 56.5
4m All Too Hard (AUS) x Laynlow (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
T: A J & T Edmonds J: M Cahill 59
4m Epaulette (AUS) x Dandy Warhols (AUS) (Distant Music (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Book 2 $150,000
V:Eureka Stud, Cambooya, Qld
B: Ontrack Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd
T: L J Hatch J: Justin P Stanley 54
5m Wicked Style (USA) x Mataranka (AUS) (Orpen (USA))
T: H J Norman J: Ms R Palmer 54
4m Ghibellines (AUS) x Zigalong (NZ) (Danzighill (AUS))
Countess De Galvez
T: M A Currie J: B N Stewart 57.5
5m All Too Hard (AUS) x Galvez (AUS) (Zizou (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $50,000
V:Turangga Farm Scone NSW
B: B2B Bloodstock
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