Another Crystal Stakes-Winner for Contract

Tara Madgwick - Saturday August 31
David and Jenny Moodie of Contract Racing have bred a lot of good horses carrying the 'Crystal' prefix including Golden Slipper winner Crystal Lily and cheered home her three-quarter brother-in-blood Crystal Dreamer to win the Group III MRC Heath Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

A seven year-old gelding by Stratum, the Matt Ellerton and Simon Zahra trained Crystal Dreamer has had his share of niggling injuries and was resuming from a long spell of nearly a year in the 1100 metre sprint.

Crystal Dreamer - images Grant CourtneyCrystal Dreamer raced up on the pace and always looked a contender before forging clear to win by half a length.

"He's not the soundest horse, although you'd never know it looking at his record," said Matt Ellerton adding a suspensory ligament had been the latest issue to sideline Crystal Dreamer.

"It's just fantastic to see him back like that today."

With 11 wins and eight placings from 28 starts, Crystal Dreamer has been very consistent and while he might lack the glamour of the ill-fated Crystal Lily, he has banked over $590,000 for connections.

A multiple stakes-winner, Crystal Dreamer is the best of six winners from stakes-winner Crystal Wit, a half-sister to Crystal Lily and stakes-winners Amaethon and Crystal Web from top producer Crystal Snip.

Crystal Wit has a two year-old colt by Written Tycoon and was covered last spring by Shalaa (IRE) after missing to Zoustar.

Crystal Dreamer is one of 41 stakes-winners for Widden Stud's much missed sire Stratum, whose place on the Widden roster has been filled by his dual Group I winning son Stratum Star.

More Reading...
Egyptian Symbol Wears The Crown at Last
Third in the Magic Millions Guineas at three, sixth in the Magic Millions Fillies and Mares at four and third in the Magic Millions Sprint at five, the Bjorn Baker-trained Egyptian Symbol made her fourth trip to the Magic Millions race day count when powering home from the rear of the field to win Saturday's $1,00,000 Magic Millions Snippets Sprint (1200m).
A Closer Look at Replacing Like with Like
Our "Closer Look" statistical sire stories have been a huge hit with our audience and this week we’re looking at two outstanding stallions.
Evans remembered for her massive input as owner-breeder
Emma Evans didn’t get the send-off her long-time trainer Wayne Hillis had hoped to provide for her at Matamata on Saturday, but she will be long remembered for her involvement in the racing industry as a passionate owner and breeder.
Why the Aussie Bred Rules the Roost
Australian bred sires filled the first ten places on the Australian General Sires List this year giving rise to a pride filled Tweet from Aushorse highlighting this fact, but before you go all anti- shuttle, do have a thought on how those Australian stallions were made and consider a few facts on how tough it is for a shuttle stallion to succeed.
Another Widden Bred and Sold Stakes-Winner
The Listed SAJC Queen Adelaide Stakes at Morphettville on Saturday was won in good style by promising Stratum filly Absolute Flirt, a $100,000 Magic Millions Book Two purchase from the Widden draft for O’Brien Thoroughbreds.
Cream Rises in First UK Group I – Nicks that Click
Group I racing returned to the UK overnight with the running of the Coronation Cup Stakes (1m4f) at Newmarket with two of the world’s best sires combining to produce the winner Ghaiyyath, who carved out a new course record in beating last year’s Epsom Derby winner Anthony Van Dyk and champion long distance stayer Stradivarius.
Kiwi Prizemoney Boosted by ARC
The Auckland Racing Club (ARC) has announced that it will be increasing stakes above minimum levels for this season by contributing close to $1,000,000 of its own monies.
New Stakes-Winner for Sir Prancealot
Cornerstone Stud shuttler Sir Prancealot (IRE) featured in Ireland overnight with a new stakes-winner after promising 2YO Miss Amulet took out the Listed Marwell Stakes (5f) at Naas.
Ocean Park Book Full
Waikato Stud has confirmed that the 2020 book is full for rising star stallion Ocean Park (NZ). The Cox Plate winner served 153 mares in 2019 and had been available for a service fee of $20,000 for the upcoming breeding season.
Stratum's Legionnaire Breaks Maiden in Exford PLate
The deceased Widden stallion Stratum came close to having a stakes-winner from his final full crop when Absolute Flirt was a luckless second on the Listed Cap D'Antibes Stakes at Flemington but thirty five minutes later he struck with the John Moloney-trained Legionnaire who broke his maiden in the Listed Exford Plate (1400m).