Blue Point Breaks the Ice

Mark Smith - Sunday February 25

After a frustrating run of placegetters, Darley Stud’s 4-time Group 1 winner Blue Point (IRE) broke the ice in Australia when Blue Rocket made a winning debut in the National Pump And Energy Plate (1000m) at Ascot on Saturday.

Ridden by Natasha Faithfull for Ben and Daniel Pearce, Blue Rocket led at every call to defeat the Showtime filly This'll Show Ya by two lengths, with the short-priced favourite Siren Assault (Rich Enuff) back in third.

Blue Point (IRE) sired the Group III Maribyrnong Plate runner-up Blue Stratum, Listed Talindert Stakes runner-up Reasonable Point, and the Max Lees 2yo Classic runner-up Efharisto, in addition to the placegetters Blue Illusion, Blue Eye Dame, Fast Blue, and Bosustow, before breaking through with his 17th Australian runner.


A homebred for Oakland Park Stud, Blue Rocket is the first foal of the Rogano mare Catherine Wheel, who won three and placed in three of her ten starts.


Blue Point (image Darley Stud)

A granddaughter of the Group III WATC Sires' Produce Stakes, Listed WATC Belgravia Stakes, and Listed WATC Gimcrack Stakes winner Paris Petard (Mujahid), from the family of Ranvet Stakes winner Arkady,  Catherine Wheel has a yearling brother to Blue Rocket and a colt foal by Shooting To Win.

After covering 101 mares at his fourth season at Darley Stud’s Northwood Park at a fee of $44,000, Blue Point (IRE) returned to Kildangan Stud, Ireland with a fee increase to €60,000 following a memorable first crop that included two Group 1 winners.


Race Result - National Pump And Energy Plate 1000m

Ascot Track: Good(4) Time: 0:58.03
Blue Rocket
- 2f Blue Point (IRE) x Catherine Wheel (AUS) (Rogano (AUS))
Tnr: D & B Pearce Rdr: Natasha Faithfull 55
This'll Show Ya
- 2f Showtime (AUS) x Caper (AUS) (Hinchinbrook (AUS))
Tnr: Mitchell Pateman Rdr: Holly Watson 55
Inglis Gold Yearling Sale $16,000
Seller: Bowness Stud, Young, NSW
Buyer: Mitchell Pateman Racing
Siren Assault
- 2f Rich Enuff (AUS) x Rebel Assault (IRE) (Excelebration (IRE))
Tnr: S & J Casey Rdr: Chris Parnham 55
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $80,000
Seller: Morningside, Wahring
Buyer: Yenrise Pty Ltd
Live Lucky
- 2f Written By (AUS) x Miss Tenpins (NZ) (Pins (AUS))
Tnr: D M Luciani Rdr: P Carbery 55
Boyz Lite Up
- 2g Playing God (AUS) x New Light (AUS) (Galileo (IRE))
Tnr: N D Parnham Rdr: S Parnham 57
Rise To Glory
- 2g Rommel (AUS) x Real Beauty (AUS) (I Am Invincible (AUS))
Tnr: Sue Olive Rdr: Jarrad Noske 57
Opal Tango
- 2f Smart Missile (AUS) x Musica Royale (NZ) (High Chaparral (IRE))
Tnr: Greg Cave Rdr: Ms L Staples 55
Spice Is Right
- 2g Gingerbread Man (AUS) x Fairview (AUS) (Trade Fair (GB))
Tnr: S & J Casey Rdr: C Johnston-Porter 57
Bondi Bay
- 2g Bondi (AUS) x Bellay (AUS) (Al Samer (AUS))
Tnr: Ms S L Miller Rdr: Jade Mc Naught 57
Kleva Conned
- 2f Snippetson (AUS) x Kleva Kezza (AUS) (Smart Missile (AUS))
Tnr: A W Maley Rdr: Michael Poy 55
Bubbles In Rio
- 2f I'm All The Talk (AUS) x Rio Flyer (AUS) (Oratorio (AUS))
Tnr: D R Harrison Rdr: Joseph Azzopardi 55
King Hit
- 2c Magna Grecia (IRE) x Sucker Punch (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Tnr: T M Andrews Rdr: P Harvey 57
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