First Australian Stakes-Winner for Santos

Tara Madgwick - Sunday December 3

Champion sire I Am Invincible has a growing number of sons at stud and one of them is Santos, who was relocated from Aquis to Highview Stud in New Zealand earlier this year and sired his first Australian stakes-winner on Saturday at Doomben when West of Dalby won the $160,000 Listed BRC Mode Stakes (1200m).

Trained at Kembla by Benjamin Smith, West of Dalby was a good fifth at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day in a tough three year-old race over 1000m and then had a win and a second at her home track of Kembla before being sent to Queensland.

West of Dalby chimed in with a  good run for Brock Ryan and surged clear to win by a length.



three wins from seven starts and prizemoney topping $172,000, West of Dalby looks to have more wins in store.

Bred by Aquis, she was sold as a weanling in the Segenhoe draft at Magic Millions National for $55,000 to Valencia Park and then made $115,000 at Inglis Classic for Bhima Thoroughbreds when bought by ML Racing.

West of Dalby is a half-sister to Group III placed Lanigera and is the best of seven winners from seven to race from stakes-winning Exceed and Excel mare Chinchilla, who was on-sold in 2021 at the Magic Millions National Sale fetching $60,000 when bought by Merricks Station Pty Ltd/Group 1 Bloodstock Pty Ltd.

She produced another colt by Santos subsequently that was sold at Magic Millions this year for $100,000 to Anthony Freedman Racing/Julian Blaxland Bloodstock and has a yearling colt by Pierro.

The family appears at Magic Millions with Bowness Stud to offer a Prized Icon filly from West of Dalby’s half-sister Persia as Lot 1314.

West of Dalby is the second stakes-winner for Santos following on from his Kiwi Group I winner Ulanova and is his first in Australia.


Santos stands at Highview Stud at a fee of $7,500.




Race Result - Channel 7 Mode Stakes LR 1200m

Doomben Track: Soft(6) Time: 1:09.96
West Of Dalby
- 3f Santos (AUS) x Chinchilla (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Tnr: Benjamin Smith Rdr: Brock Ryan 56.5
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $115,000
Seller: Bhima Thoroughbreds, Scone
Buyer: ML Racing
MM Gold Coast National Weanling Sale $55,000
Seller: Segenhoe Stud, Scone, NSW
Buyer: Valencia Park
- 3f Rich Enuff (AUS) x Transonic (AUS) (Casino Prince (AUS))
Tnr: R L Heathcote Rdr: Martin Harley 56.5
Rich Enuff
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $75,000
Seller: Telemon Thoroughbreds, Innisplain, Qld
Buyer: First Light Racing/Robert Heathcote Racing
Mixed Spice
- 3f Russian Revolution (AUS) x Typing (AUS) (Sebring (AUS))
Tnr: Ms H Page Rdr: Taylor Marshall 56.5
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $200,000
Seller: Newgate Farm, Aberdeen, NSW
Buyer: Helen Page
Tiger Shark
- 3f Rich Enuff (AUS) x Langoustine (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Tnr: Natalie McCall Rdr: Damien Thornton 56.5
- 3f Lean Mean Machine (AUS) x Run Sally Run (USA) (Exchange Rate (USA))
Tnr: A J & T Edmonds Rdr: S Cormack 56.5
Minto's D'oro
- 3f Bolt D'oro (USA) x Sunny Desert (USA) (Wild Desert (CAN))
Tnr: L D Kelly Rdr: Adin Thompson 56.5
- 3f Written Tycoon (AUS) x Lucky Can Be (AUS) (Nadeem (AUS))
Tnr: T J Gollan Rdr: Angela Jones 56.5
- 3f Rubick (AUS) x Malaahy (AUS) (Medaglia D'oro (USA))
Tnr: K R Kemp Rdr: S T Collett 56.5
Party For Two
- 3f Sidestep (AUS) x Ponte Roma (NZ) (Pins (AUS))
Tnr: S O'Dea & M Hoysted Rdr: Cejay Graham 56.5
- 3f Encryption (AUS) x Just Destiny (AUS) (Conatus (AUS))
Tnr: R G Lipp Rdr: M Rodd 56.5
- 3f Written By (AUS) x Taghrooda (AUS) (Street Cry (IRE))
Tnr: T J Gollan Rdr: Ben Thompson 56.5
Miss Coota
- 3f Spirit Of Boom (AUS) x Rock Garden (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Tnr: Chris Munce Rdr: R Dolan 56.5
She's A Rogue
- 3f Nicconi (AUS) x Quelle Liaison (AUS) (Sequalo (AUS))
Tnr: Chris Munce Rdr: Kyle Wilson-Taylor 56.5
Mishani Royale
- 3f Kobayashi (AUS) x Girl In A Million (AUS) (Your Song (AUS))
Tnr: L G Ross Rdr: M R Du Plessis 56.5
- 3f Written Tycoon (AUS) x Infra Dig (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Tnr: G Waterhouse & A Bott Rdr: James Orman 56.5
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