Another Star Filly for Vandyke

Tara Madgwick - Sunday April 21
David Vandyke has a happy knack for getting the best from a good filly and might have another on his hands with Bacccarat Baby winning the Listed BRC Princess Stakes at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday after it was transferred from the abandoned Doomben meeting on Saturday.

The daughter of Casino Prince won five races in succession last year before finishing fifth beaten less than a length in the Group I ATC Flight stakes at Randwick.

Casino PrinceSpelled after that effort, she has taken a couple of runs to hit peak fitness and was third up from a spell in the Princess Stakes.

Baccarat Baby did best in a tight finish scoring a nose win over So You Think filly Word for Word from the powerful Chris Waller stable.

"When they hit the line I thought we had it but it's never a good thing until it's up in the frame" Vandyke said.

"That filly deserves that type of victory, she competed so well at Group I level in Sydney.

"She had a tough run today and for her to fight on and win like that is fantastic."

Baccarat Baby will now head towards another Black Type race in two weeks time targetting the $125,000 Listed Bracelet (1800m) at the Gold Coast.

Retained to race by her breeder, Baccarat Baby is the first winner for minor winning Johannesburg (USA) mare Meerlust, whose third dam is legendary matriarch Fanfreluche.

The Fanfreluche dynasty has given us champion sires Encosta de Lago and Flying Spur as more recent Group I winners such as Russian Revolution and I Am a Star.

Interestingly, Meerlust was covered last year by another member of the Fanfreluche dynasty in Holy Roman Emperor (IRE).

Baccarat Bay is the 16th stakes-winner for Vinery Stud's quiet achiever Casino Prince.

Stallion Parade
More Reading...
Super Saturday for Newgate Young Guns
Newgate Farm first season sires were in hot form on Saturday winning all three of the metropolitan juvenile races on the east coast of Australia with Stay Inside (Extreme Choice - Randwick) and Artorius (Flying Artie- Sandown) followed by Mystic Gem (Capitalist), who made a winning debut at Doomben, while Sneaky Shark (Capitalist) was second in the Karaka Million.
Unique Virtual Karaka Experience for Moroney
Paul Moroney has had a unique experience purchasing horses at New Zealand Bloodstock’s National Yearling Sale this year.
2021 Thoroughbred Sport Horse Classes Looking for Sponsors
Created in 2019 as the brainchild of respected showjumper and unabashed thoroughbred fan Krissy Harris, the Thoroughbred Sport Horse Association goes from strength to strength in working towards the goal of improving demand for retired racehorses as competition horses.
There's No Better Value Hunter Valley Sire Than Casino Prince
The Sunshine Coast Guineas has launched the careers of three Group 1 winners since 2015 and Baccarat Baby could make it four when she returns from a spell in the spring.
383 Still in the Hunt for Golden Slipper
The Australian Turf Club released a list on Monday of 383 juveniles which remain in the hunt for the Group I ATC Golden Slipper (1200m), the world’s richest event for two-year-olds at Rosehill on March 20.
Ladies Change Landscape in Perth
The changing face of racing in Perth went to a new level at the summer carnival when Watch Me Dance and her jubilant syndicate of female owners took centre-stage at Ascot.
Stakes Breakthrough for Sweet Deal
John Thompson’s gallant five-year-old mare Sweet Deal earned a well-deserved maiden stakes win in Friday’s $160,000 Group III Tibbie Stakes (1400m) at Newcastle.
Nicks that Click – Karaka 2021 - Let's Talk Tavistock
The late Tavistock has been one of the success stories of the New Zealand breeding industry in recent times and a new stakes-winner in Australia last Saturday in She’s Alight has us thinking about what nicks work best for the son of Montjeu outside of the much documented affinity he shares with Zabeel.
Best On Breeding
Since it’s elevation to Group III status in 2014 the Sunshine Coast Guineas boasts a very respectable honour roll.
$150,000 for Satono Aladdin Colt at Karaka Book 2
Wairarapa’s Ardsley Stud enjoyed a red-letter day at Karaka on Thursday as they produced two memorable pieces of magic in the auction ring.