Bob Scarborough-Bred Colt Wins Final Group 1 of the British Flat season

Mark Smith - Sunday October 28

Bob Scarborough may have sold his showpiece Wood Nook Farm in Nagambie but the former Moonee Valley Racing Club chairman is still making his presence felt in the breeding world.

At Doncaster on Saturday the Wood Nook Farm bred colt Magna Grecia won the final Group 1 of the British Flat season, the Vertem Futurity Trophy (formerly the Racing Post Trophy).

The Aidan O'Brien-trained son of Invincible Spirit was making his third start having won a maiden at Naas by three and a half lengths before finishing second to the promising Kingman colt Persian King in the Group III Autumn Stakes over a mile at Newmarket on October 13. (photo Sporting Life).

Scarborough sold Magna Grecia through the Norelands Stud draft for 340,000gns at the 2016 Tattersalls December Foal Sale to MV Magnier, Peter and Ross Doyle and Mayfair Speculators.

He had purchased Magna Grecia's dam Cabaret for 600,000gns at the 2011 Tattersalls December Mares Sale.

A daughter of Galileo, Cabaret won the Group III Silver Flash Stakes over seven furlongs as a juvenile.

Cabaret is catalogued in the Norelands draft for the upcoming Tattersalls December Mares Sale but Noreland's Harry McCalmont told The Racing Post he hopes Scarborough changes his mind on selling.

"It's a lovely problem for Bob to have but you know what this game is like, it brings you up and it crashes you down. At the moment though, it's onwards and upwards," McCalmont said.

"I think he's got to sleep on this decision, but I hope he will maybe pull her and keep breeding from her now that she's bred a Group 1 winner."

Aidan O'Brien was celebrating his ninth win in the race.

"I'm delighted with him, he's still a bit babyish but he's coming forward lovely," O'Brien said

"We think a mile will be his thing next year."

More Reading...
He’s No Poor Relation
Blood can sometimes overcome pedigree to produce a seriously good horse.
First Season Favourites –Trapeze Artist
The recent Inglis Chairman’s Sale for elite broodmares provided an enticing sample of what’s to come in terms of quality mares in foal to last season’s vintage offering of first crop sires headed by the big three – Trapeze Artist, Justify and The Autumn Sun.
A Class Above
Four year-old Sebring mare Emeralds contested some of the best three year-old fillies races last season and was never beaten far, so always looked a good thing in a Benchmark 72 race at Canterbury on a Wednesday.
Promising Winner for Bennelong Bloodstock
Bennelong Bloodstock have bred some nice horses including Group II winner Jessy Belle, whose three year-old half-brother Tectonicus carried their colours to victory at Canterbury on Wednesday.
Sires With Winners - Wednesday August 5
Here is the full list of 35 stallions which had winners throughout Australasia today with winners and result details.
A Closer Look at a Rare Bird
The Group I Epsom Derby is not a race that Australian breeders see as having a huge influence on our breeding industry, but the reality is the winner of that race in 2002 is having a profound effect.
Mission Accomplished - Invincible Spirit Blue Blood Captures Centaurea Stakes
Trainer Archie Alexander was given a brief to earn some black-type in three starts with the imported mare Clearly (GB) and both came through with flying colours when the daughter of Invincible Spirit finished best in Saturday's Listed Centaurea Stakes (2040m) at Morphettville.
Wyndspelle on Parade
Group One winner Wyndspelle will be on parade at the Hawera racecourse on Saturday ahead of his debut season at stud.
New Winner for Shalaa
Arrowfield Stud shuttler Shalaa (IRE) was making news this week when siring the top lot at the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale and featured overnight with a new winner in Cream of the Crop.
Now That Is An Exciting Debut
A son of Wootton Bassett out of the Australian-bred, Manhattan Rain mare, The Hunt Is On, Midlife Crisis was the talk of Deauville on Tuesday when he bettered a field of bluebloods by a widening five lengths over 7-furlongs at his career debut.