G1 2YO Winner for Staphanos

Media Release - Saturday April 1

Irishman Joe Doyle claimed the biggest win of his short riding career in New Zealand when he guided Pignan to an upset victory in the Gr.1 Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Awapuni.

Joe Doyle salutes as Pignan hits the line first in the Gr.1 Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m). Photo: Race Images – Peter Rubery

The two-year-old daughter of Novara Park Stud stallion Staphanos was overlooked in the betting for the race despite never being out of the money in five previous races including finishing third in the Gr.2 Matamata Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at her last start.

Doyle, who emigrated to New Zealand in November last year to further his development as a jockey, sits in the top 30 on the National jockeys’ premiership ladder with 18 wins and had won more than 180 races before arriving from County Tipperary, but none at the highest level.

That was rectified in accomplished fashion as he sat the Lisa Latta-trained runner in behind the pace from barrier one, before looming into contention early in the home straight,

After claiming the lead from favourite Trobriand, Pignan held out a late challenge from runner-up Aprilia and third-placed To Catch A Thief and set locals alight as they celebrated the success at odds of better than $23.

Latta admitted the victory continued on her run of success this season which includes taking the Gr.2 Auckland Cup (3200m) with Platinum Invador last month and the Gr.1 Thorndon Mile (1600m) with He’s A Doozy back in January.

“I’ve had a great season and I definitely can’t complain,” Latta said.

“She is a really good little galloper and he (Doyle) said to me he wasn’t concerned by the inside draw as he knew she would see the 1400m out.”

Purchased by noted bloodstock agent Adrian Clark for $15,000 out of the Westend Partnership draft during the 2021 National Weanling Sale at Karaka, Pignan is raced by former All White Andy Rennie, All Black legend Christian Cullen and Cullen’s former manager David Monnery.

Rennie was bouncing around the birdcage with excitement after the victory as he explained the win was the culmination of a plan set after Pignan won over 1100m at Trentham back in December.

“It is great to be involved with these guys (Monnery and Cullen), as we have probably half a dozen horses now,” he said.

“We knew this filly was tough and that she would get the 1400m.

“It was a great ride by Joe and we stuck to the plan all the way through after she won at Trentham (second start) and this was her grand final.

“We got a great draw, which makes a big difference and we tracked the favourite into the race, which helped.”

Doyle was beaming from ear to ear as he brought the filly back into the Awapuni birdcage, with his only regret being that his parents weren’t on hand to witness the win in person.

“I’m absolutely over the moon with that,” Doyle said.

“I’m so grateful to Lisa and her team, who have done a fantastic job with this filly as she has been on the go for quite awhile and doesn’t know how to run a bad race.

“I got onto Opie’s coat-tails (Bosson aboard Trobriand) and stayed there the whole way and my filly is as tough as nails.

“She showed that today and I’m just so excited for next season.

“Unfortunately, this came a week too late as Mum and Dad were here until last week, but I’m sure they will be drinking champagne to celebrate.”

Staphanos at Novara Park.

Pignan becomes the first stakes and Group One winner for Staphanos, a son of international sire sensation Deep Impact, from his first southern hemisphere crop after commencing stud duties at Luigi Muollo’s Novara Park Stud in Cambridge in 2019.

Staphanos himself was a maiden winner at two but went on to far greater things as he matured. He won three races up to Group Three level as a three-year-old, then was a multiple Group One placegetter in Japan and Hong Kong at the ages of four, five and six.

Pignan has now won two of her six starts and over $240,000 in prizemoney. – NZ Racing Desk

Advertisment

Race Result - Courtesy Ford Sires' Produce Gr1 1400m

Awapuni Track: Soft(6) Time: 1:23.93
1
Pignan
- 2f Staphanos (JPN) x Hirondelle (NZ) (Sepoy (AUS))
Tnr: Ms L Latta Rdr: Joe Doyle 55
2
0.8
Aprilia
- 2f U S Navy Flag (USA) x Miss Avalon (IRE) (Fantastic Light (USA))
Tnr: Andrew Forsman Rdr: Fred W Kersley 55
3
1.1
To Catch A Thief
- 2g U S Navy Flag (USA) x Stolen Gem (AUS) (Snitzel (AUS))
Tnr: G Richardson & R Norvall Rdr: C J Grylls 57
4
2.4
Trobriand
- 2c Kermadec (NZ) x Arboreal (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
Tnr: M W Walker Rdr: O P Bosson 57
5
2.6
Chantilly Lace
- 2f U S Navy Flag (USA) x On The Move (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
Tnr: C A Bambry Rdr: V A Colgan 55
6
3.6
No Rain Ever
- 2f No Nay Never (USA) x November Rain (NZ) (Stravinsky (USA))
Tnr: W J Thurlow Rdr: S T Collett 55
7
4.4
Tulsi
- 2f The Autumn Sun (AUS) x Talimena (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
Tnr: J Benner & H Wynyard Rdr: R T Elliot 55
8
5.2
Riproar
- 2c Charm Spirit (IRE) x Let Me Roar (NZ) (Rip Van Winkle (IRE))
Tnr: Andrew Forsman Rdr: N Callow 57
9
5.3
Sako
- 2g Ardrossan (AUS) x Miss Maren (NZ) (Stravinsky (USA))
Tnr: S B Marsh Rdr: C E Lammas 57
10
6.3
Great Escape
- 2f Iffraaj (GB) x Runway (NZ) (Pins (AUS))
Tnr: R J Bergerson Rdr: S R Weatherley 55
11
7.3
Lowe Flying
- 2f Tivaci (AUS) x Miss Selby (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
Tnr: J G Bary Rdr: W B Kennedy 55
12
9.1
Lantern Way
- 2c Satono Aladdin (JPN) x No More Doubt (NZ) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Tnr: Ms L Latta Rdr: J K Riddell 57
More Reading...
No Justify for Australia This Spring
Justify, the Champion 2YO Sire in North America and sire of outstanding Australian 2YO  colt Storm Boy, won’t be returning to stand at Coolmore Australia this spring and will remain at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Kentucky where he will cover a select book of mares to southern hemisphere time late in the year.
Fastnet Rock Blueblood Wins on Debut
Royally-bred Fastnet Rock filly My Xanadu still has plenty to learn, which adds further merit to her winning debut in the Roderick Insurance Maiden Plate (1212m) at Geelong on Wednesday.
First Winner for Staphanos
With a dominant performance at Trentham on Saturday, promising two-year-old filly Pignan became a fitting first winner for Novara Park stallion Staphanos.
Sioux Nation Filly Sioux Spirit Makes Exciting Debut
After winning her last two jumpouts, the 3-year-old Sioux Nation (USA) filly Sioux Spirit was favoured to make a winning debut in the Dean Holland Memorial Maiden Plate at Geelong on Wednesday and did not disappoint anyone.
Shall Be Takes Aim at Inglis Challenge
The promising 2-year-old Shalaa (IRE) colt Shall Be will target the $200,000 Inglis Challenge to be run on May 17 at Scone Racecourse after breaking his maiden in the New Era Technology Maiden Plate at Newcastle on Wednesday.
Kiwi Trained Invincible Mare Imwonderfultonight Headed for Adelaide G1
Sam Mynott has been ticking up the air miles over the Tasman Sea this week and she is hoping it will all be worth it when she lines up her first horse in Australia on Saturday.
G1 Filly Pignan Ready for Return
A week after launching Lantern Way into the three-year-old spotlight in last Saturday’s Gr.2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m), in-form trainer Lisa Latta is about to resume the racing career of a stablemate who has already proven herself to be an age-group standout.
Pedigree Watch – UK -3YO - Derby Hopeful
Spring is in the air in the UK with the Listed Betfred Blue Riband Trial (1m2f) run at Epsom overnight and there was some Aussie interest with Chief Little Rock, a Galileo colt from Australian Group I winning Fastnet Rock mare Amicus engaged, but he came up short finishing third to a promising colt by Sea the Stars.
$300,000 Mare in Foal to Too Darn Hot Tops Inglis Digital
Brae Sokolski secured the top lot in tonight’s ‘full’ Inglis Digital April (Late) Sale, buying proven broodmare Molto Allegro - in foal to Too Darn Hot – from the Oakland Park reduction for $300,000.
Sires With Winners - Wednesday April 24
Here is the full list of 47 stallions which had winners throughout Australasia today with winners and result details.