Six G1 Wins for Avantage

Tara Madgwick - Saturday January 16

David Ellis was keen to secure the progeny of Fastnet Rock at Magic Millions this week signing for three cracking yearlings by the champion sire, who put him in the G1 winner’s list again at Trentham on Saturday.

Class prevailed when versatile Fastnet Rock mare Avantage was at her very best in taking out the Group I JR & N Berkett Telegraph (1200m) for the second year in succession.

Avantage makes it Group One win number six as she takes out the Gr.1 JR & N Berkett Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham Photo Credit: Race Images – Peter Rubery

The Jamie Richards-trained five-year-old had scored fresh-up in the Group I Sistema Railway (1200m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day to take her Group I winning tally to five and added a sixth as she defended the title she captured in 2020 with another superb performance.

Avantage has won more Group I races than any other stakes-winner for Fastnet Rock.

Leading rider Danielle Johnson was smarting after a narrow defeat on pin-up colt Brando, who finished a neck in arrears of quality filly Bonham in the Group I Levin Classic (1600m) earlier in the day and was determined to redeem herself on Avantage.

A good beginning from an outside barrier saw Avantage placed handily with cover in midfield before being angled into the centre of the track by Johnson to make her final claim.

Unleashed at the 200m she powered past Mascarpone and Tavi Mac to take control of the contest, running out a comfortable two-length winner.


“She’s just a pleasure to ride and words can’t really describe how exciting it is to get on her and win Group Ones,” said Johnson, who has won three Group I races on the mare.

“Everything seemed to work out well as we were three-wide but with cover.

“I knew what I had underneath me, but I wanted her to keep running to the line.

“1200m, 1400m, a mile or 2000m doesn’t matter to her as she just keeps winning and it’s a pleasure to be associated with her.”

 


 &

Advertisement
lt;

/p>

Richards echoed those sentiments when questioned after the race.

“She’s a great mare and has done us all proud as that was pretty special,” he said.

“It was a ten out of ten ride as well.

“She will go to Te Rapa in a month now (Gr.1 BCD Group Sprint, 1400m) but she has got time for a quiet week after this.

“She’s done a fantastic job for us and I would like to give her a chance to put a Group One in Australia on the board.

“I think she deserves the opportunity, so we’ll have to sit down and make a plan on how we get there.

“She can be a bit difficult behind the scenes and on raceday, but when we first saw her at the sales, we thought she might just be a two-year-old.

“She’s now justified everybody’s faith in her and has done a wonderful job.

“The best thing about her is her constitution and her willingness to be a racehorse.”

David Ellis of Te Akau Racing bought Avantage for $210,000 out of the Oaks Stud Premier draft at the 2017 Karaka Yearling Sale and she has the super impressive record of 13 wins and seven placings from 23 starts with earnings in excess of $1.7 million.

Avantage is a half-brother to stakes-placed Asathought and is the best of three winners for stakes-winning Zabeel mare Asavant, a daughter of Group III winner Pins ‘n’ Needles and half-sister to Hong Kong based Group I winning sprinter DB Pin.

Asavant is now in the ownership of Sir Owen Glenn’s Go Bloodstock and has a two year-old filly by Fastnet Rock called Mystic Mermaid and produced a colt by him last spring.  She was also one of 82 mares covered by Coolmore’s champion sire last spring.

Footnote: David Ellis in conjunction with Andrew Williams Bloodstock  purchased three Fasnet Rock yearlings at Magic Millions – a colt from Zoustar’s full sister Ciarlet for $825,000 and fillies from Blue Blue Sky and Joy of Joys for $600,000 each.

 

Fastnet Rock

Advertisment

Race Result - Jr & N Berkett Telegraph Gr1 1200m

Trentham Track: Dead(4) Time: 1:06.97
1
Avantage
T: J W Richards J: D S Johnson 56.5
5m Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Asavant (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
Fastnet Rock
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $210,000
V:The Oaks Stud
B: Mr DC Ellis
2
2.0
Spring Heat
T: L O'Sullivan & A Scott J: C J Grylls 56.5
6m More Than Ready (USA) x Emaurismo (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
More Than Ready
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $240,000
V:Sledmere Stud, Scone
B: Wexford Stables
3
4.0
Burgundy Belle
T: J W Richards J: S T Collett 56.5
5m Burgundy (NZ) x Spin 'n Grin (NZ) (Spinning World (USA))
4
4.3
Mascarpone
T: Team Rogerson J: R T Elliot 58.5
4g Shooting To Win (AUS) x Fromage (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
NZB Karaka - Book 1 $160,000
V:Westbury Stud
B: Team Rogerson
5
4.4
Tavi Mac
T: S A Sharrock J: T N Harris 58.5
5g Tavistock (NZ) x Bellaroof (NZ) (Maroof (USA))
6
6.9
Deerfield
T: C A Bambry J: S O'Malley 58.5
7g Falkirk (NZ) x The Dazzler (NZ) (Centaine (AUS))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $80,000
V:Phoenix Park
B: Tartan Meadow Bloodstock
7
7.4
New York Jazz
T: S Ralph J: J J Fawcett 58.5
5g Niagara (AUS) x Shesalljazz (NZ) (Coats Choice (AUS))
8
8.4
Khimar War
T: L M Robinson J: C W Johnson 58.5
5g Sweet Orange (USA) x Flame Of Atlanta (NZ) (Clay Hero (AUS))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $30,000
V:Highview
B: Mrs KL Spence
9
8.6
Enzo's Lad
T: M & M Pitman J: M J Mc Nab 58.5
8g Testa Rossa (AUS) x Sheerama (AUS) (Catbird (AUS))
MM National Yearling Sale Select Session $15,000
V:Royston Stud, Beaudesert, Qld
B: PR Stables
MM National Weanling Sale Select Session $0
V:Coolmore Australia
B: Withdrawn
10
9.6
Tobilicious
T: K & A Tyler J: K Asano 58.5
5g Natural Destiny (AUS) x Sophie Louise (NZ) (Postponed (USA))
11
10.6
Wekaforce
T: Ms T Rae J: L J Allpress 56.5
5m Showcasing (GB) x Spera (NZ) (Country Reel (USA))
Stallion Parade
More Reading...
Newmarket Renewal for Perth Elites
WA breeders Bob Peters and Robert Anderson will renew their Group 1 rivalry in the Newmarket Hcp (1200m) at Flemington this Saturday.
Three NZ Derby Runners for Bradbury Park
Bradbury Park principals Casey and Michelle Dando are fizzing ahead of the Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie on Sunday.
Nicks that Click – An Obvious Choice Delivers
When full brothers Deep Field and Shooting to Win went to stud in 2015 pedigree analysts were quick to notice the potential for these two Danehill free sires from the famed Eight Carat female family.
Breeders Move Away From Direct Danehill Line Sires
The list of Australia’s busiest sires for 2020 highlights the trend away from Danehill line stallions with only five of the Top 20 being direct Danehill male line descendants and include none of the top six that covered 200 plus mares.
It's Kris Lees and Australian Bloodstock again as Gem Song Wins the Newcastle Newmarket
The rejuvenated Your Song gelding Gem Song made it three consecutive wins for trainer Kris Lees and owners Australian Bloodstock with a heart-stopping win in Friday’s $160,000 Group III Newcastle Newmarket.
Second Australian Winner for American Pharoah
Popular Port Macquarie trainer Neil Godbolt can’t believe his luck in having an American Pharoah (USA) in his stable with leggy gelding Buck Pharoah opening his account at his home track on Thursday.
Widden Stud Expand into Victoria
The world’s oldest family-owned and run thoroughbred stud farm, Widden Stud is set to write a new chapter in 2021 with a well-considered expansion plan into the Victorian marketplace.
Inglis Classic First Season Sires
Another yearling sale and another domination for Cambridge Stud shuttler Almanzor (Fr), who has been an overwhelming success this season at sales in both Australia and New Zealand.
Everest Slot Up for Grabs
A rare opportunity to participate in the world’s richest race on turf has arisen, with a slot in The Everest up for sale.
Sires With Winners - Thursday March 4
Here is the full list of 35 stallions which had winners throughout Australasia on Thursday with winners and result details.