Winning Debut by Knightstown Provides Timely Update for her Half-Sister at the Adelaide MM

Mark Smith - Sunday February 14

There was no shortage of anxious breeders watching Saturday two-year-old race over 100m at Morphettville with five of the eight starters having relations at upcoming yearling sales.

They included the winner Knightstown who made an explosive career debut.

Ridden by Ryan Hurdle for trainer Gordon Richards, the son of Cornerstone Stud’s Group II winning Fastnet Rock stallion Valentina, powered to the line to defeat the favoured Pride Of Dubai filly Hanabi by one and a quarter lengths with the Written Tycoon colt Hauraki Gulf a short-half-head back in third.

Passed in when failing to make his $25,000 reserve when offered by Summerset Park Stud at the 2020 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale, Knightstown has a half-sister by Magnus going through the same sale this March (lot 87).

They are out of the winning Hawk Wing mare Zaraya Rose who tasted success with a previous mating to Magnus leaving the stakes-placed Saccharo who won over 1600m at Flemington on January 9.



Race Result - Leconfield Hcp 1000m

Morphettville Parks Track: Good(4) Time: 0:58.99
T: G V Richards J: R J Hurdle 58
2g Valentia (AUS) x Zaraya Rose (AUS) (Hawk Wing (USA))
T: P Stokes J: P Gatt 56
2f Pride Of Dubai (AUS) x Notjustaprettyface (AUS) (Dehere (USA))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale $80,000
V:Bowness Stud, Young, NSW
B: World Wide Bloodstock/Phillip Stokes
Hauraki Gulf
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: Todd Pannell 58
2c Written Tycoon (AUS) x Bel Mer (AUS) (Bel Esprit (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $175,000
V:Rushton Park, Tatura, Vic
B: Sun Bloodstock
T: D Clarken & O Macgillivray J: Anna Jordsjo 56.5
2f Winning Rupert (AUS) x Hashmal (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale $10,000
V:Kitchwin Hills, Scone, NSW
B: James Jordan
My Khalifa
T: G V Richards J: Kayla Crowther 58
2g Pride Of Dubai (AUS) x O'Reilly's Charm (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
MM National Weanling Sale $17,000
V:Sledmere Stud Scone NSW
B: Gordon Richards Racing
Manhatten Times
T: L Macdonald & A Gluyas J: J Holder 58
2g Manhattan Rain (AUS) x Daily Flyer (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale $70,000
V:Willow Grove Stud, Woodside, SA
B: Macdonald Gluyas Racing
Courageous Hearts
T: L Macdonald & A Gluyas J: J Maund 58
2g Akeed Mofeed (GB) x Anya (AUS) (Distant Music (USA))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale $45,000
V:Goldin Farms, Angaston, SA
B: Macdonald Gluyas Racing
Golden Yen
T: K M Sweeney J: Sophie Logan 54
2f Wolf Cry (AUS) x Yen (AUS) (Haradasun (AUS))
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