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    Posted: 27 Dec 2010 at 5:53pm
sired his first gr 1 winner yesterday with booming in the zabeel classic in nz, showed his versatility by also siring on the day a listed winner over 1200m.
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Can Swift Alliance add to his group 1 tally next year ?


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can't see why not, he's tough, consistent & in form, has the form around the right horses also.

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Boom times ahead for Don


It could be argued that the racing at Ellerslie over the Christmas/New Year Carnival is, like so many things in life, not what it used to be, with the Boxing Day programme lacking the New Zealand Derby and the New Year’s Day card shorn of the Auckland Cup, but that observation would be less than fair: the sport there is still first-class, so it was a fine achievement by the exciting young stallion Don Eduardo to sire two stakes winners on the Boxing Day card, headed by Booming, winner of the Group One Galaxy Stakes, writes John Berry.

It has long been noticeable that Zabeel, who is now aged 24 and who has been for so long the pre-eminent stallion standing in New Zealand, has been much more notable as a sire of racehorses than of sires. The most obvious reason for this is that the majority of his best sons have raced as geldings, which obviously has disqualified them from doing anything to extend their father’s line. Zabeel is, even so, now more than old enough to have several good sire-sons established at stud, and in recent years his flag has been most notably flown by the promising young stallions Reset and Savabeel. Each was a top-class racehorse (Reset was a Group One-winning sprinter who remained unbeaten, albeit only during an unsatisfactorily short racing career, while Savabeel won the Cox Plate as a three-year-old) and each is very well bred, being a son of a Group One-winning filly. Zabeel’s best son, the 10-time Group One winner Octagonal, also continues to come up with some decent horses, despite having completely failed to live up to the hugely promising start to his stud career which saw his first winner, Lonhro, going on to win 11 Group One races.

While Zabeel thus arguably continues to be under-represented by sons who have proven themselves as good stallions, it was very pleasing to see another Zabeel stallion sire his first Group One winner at Ellerslie on Boxing Day: Don Eduardo, whose first-crop son Booming beat a field containing most of New Zealand’s best middle-distance weight-for-age stars to win the Galaxy Stakes over 2000m and whose first-crop daughter Dashing Donna won the Newmarket Handicap over 1200m.

As Zabeel is, and has been for a long time, a proven top-class stallion, it is inevitable that nearly all his offspring are well-bred, because he nowadays rarely, if ever, covers a mediocre mare. With Octagonal, Reset and Savabeel each being as blue-blooded as he was talented, the same also applies to Don Eduardo, whose yearling price of $3.6 million (the top price in New Zealand in 2000) spoke volumes for his lineage as well as for his physique and conformation. Principal among the yearling Don Eduardo’s credentials was that he was very closely related to Octagonal, whose tremendous exploits were still fresh in the mind. Octagonal had helped his English-bred dam Eight Carat (whose dam Klairessa had been a full-sister to the high-class sprinter D'urberville, winner of the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in 1968, and who herself was a half-sister to the 1984 King’s Stand Stakes winner Habibti) to collect a Broodmare of the Year award, but she could be viewed as a true blue hen even without Octagonal’s achievements. She ranks as arguably the best broodmare ever to have lived in New Zealand, thus serving as a reminder that class so often flows down through the generations: she is a descendant of the old Aga Khan’s great filly and foundation mare Mumtaz Mahal, via Tessa Gillian who bred the high-class UK-trained racehorse and NZ-based stallion Test Case and who was both a full-sister to the hugely influential stallion Royal Charger and a very close relative of the even more influential sire Nasrullah. Eight Carat, who had failed to win during her own racing career, had bred Cotehele House in Britain before heading down under, and Cotehele House, after her own export, became the dam of the 5-time Australian Group One winner Danewin. Eight Carat’s antipodean foals in turn included the Group One winners Diamond Lover, Kaapstad, Marquise, Octagonal and Mouawad.

Diamond Lover, winner of eight races including what is arguably New Zealand’s most prestigious sprint, the Group One Railway Handicap at Ellerslie, was Eight Carat’s first Group One winner. A daughter of the only Star Kingdom-line stallion whom Eight Carat ever visited (the former top-class sprinter Sticks And Stones), Diamond Lover was thus a very exciting broodmare whose early foals included the champion Sir Tristram filly Tristalove, a Group One winner at both two and three – so one can understand the interest aroused by Don Eduardo, being as he was a son of Zabeel (by whom Eight Carat had produced Octagonal and Mouawad) and a grandson of Zabeel’s sire Sir Tristram (by whom Eight Carat had produced Kaapstad, and by whom Diamond Lover had produced Tristalove).

The successful bidder when Don Eduardo went up for auction at the Karaka Yearling Sale in 2000, consigned by his breeder Cambridge Stud, was Eduardo Cojuangco, the influential businessman and politician from the Philippines whose most important role is chairman of the San Miguel Corporation but who is best known within racing circles as proprietor of Gooree Park Stud near Mudgee in New South Wales. The esteem in which Cojuangco (wisely) held his purchase was shown not only by the sum which he paid for him, but also by the fact that he chose to name him Don Eduardo. The next couple of years showed that the horse was a worthy bearer of this name.

Sent into training in Victoria with Lee Freedman, Don Eduardo was not one of the stable’s more forward two-year-olds, but that was no bad thing. Instead, he raced (unsuccessfully) only once at two; and didn’t fare much better early in his three-year-old career, sustaining a further three defeats before Freedman sent him to the country (to Bendigo, a provincial track 100 miles north of Melbourne which prides itself on being the ‘Nursery of Champions’ as a result of the large number of future stars who record their first victories around its gentle turns and on its well-maintained surface) to break his maiden as a three-year-old. That victory over 1300m proved to be the first of five wins which Don Eduardo recorded as a three-year-old, each in a higher grade than its predecessor. Come February, he was ready to step up to Listed company, which he did in style by winning the Schweppes Cup over 1600m at Caulfield. He then stepped up again in both class and distance to land the Group Two Autumn Stakes over 1800m at the same track, a victory which emboldened Freedman to send him to Sydney on the Australian Derby trail. There were some tremendous three-year-olds in Sydney that season, and none more so than Octagonal’s son Lonhro. However, ‘The Black Flash’ was never a 2400m horse even in maturity, and that autumn he was absent through illness anyway. That meant that Canterbury Guineas winner Carnegie Express was the one to beat and, while that horse came home ahead of Don Eduardo in the Rosehill Guineas over 2000m, Don Eduardo had his revenge in the AJC Australian Derby over 2400m at Randwick, albeit in controversial circumstances. Jim Cassidy was widely criticized for his ride on Carnegie Express, having sent his mount into a clear lead over 600m from home, only to be over-hauled in the final strides by Don Eduardo, whom Damien Oliver appeared to have ridden with considerably more patience.

Sadly and disappointingly, Don Eduardo proved unable to maintain his improvement as a four-year-old. During the 2002/’03 season, he raced eight times but only finished among the placings twice, on each occasion finishing third in Melbourne behind the West Australian-trained champion Northerly. One of these races was, though, the Group One Australian Cup (over 2000m) which added a degree of respectability to his campaign, but overall this was very disappointing. However, it could not detract from his achievements during his Classic campaign (nor from his pedigree nor looks) so he retired to stud in September 2003 as a very worthy stallion prospect. Understandably, bearing in mind that Don Eduardo’s strongest suit had been his stamina and that that commodity historically has always been better appreciated in New Zealand than in Australia, Eduardo Cojuangco decided to repatriate his namesake, rather than stand him himself at Gooree. Thus the horse took up stud duties, still owned by Cojuangco, at Fayette Park Stud, which property he had to vacate two years later when proprietor David Benjamin disbanded the operation. Don Eduardo, who had been well supported at Fayette Park with a strong first book of mares which reportedly included 18 Group One winners, then moved to Haunui Farm, where he remains to this day.

It would be overstating Don Eduardo’s success to say that he has made a flying start to his stud career. As he didn’t make a flying start to his racing career, it would have been unrealistic to expect him to lead the new sires’ rankings from the outset. In fact, when his first youngsters started racing in 2006/’07, he didn’t even have a winner until late May, when the Lee Freedman-trained Ditas won a provincial maiden race. However, in time, and in many cases once they started racing over more ground, various members of that crop began to make their presence felt. Booming, who was bred by Fayette Park Stud, now has to be regarded as the star, following his recent Group One Galaxy Stakes victory, and also following his second place in last season’s Group One Auckland Cup. Other Group winners from the crop include Divine Rebel, winner of last season’s Chairman’s Handicap at Randwick and a Group One runner-up in the past two Sydney Cups; Hawke’s Bay Cup winner All In Black; and Taranaki Cup winner Vickezzchardonnay. The same crop also contains the Listed-winning sprinter Dashing Donna, who was runner-up in the Group One Railway Handicap at Ellerslie as a four-year-old, and Moti, a three-time Listed winner in Australia. Star of Don Eduardo’s second crop to date is Swift Alliance, who was bred and is raced by Gooree Park Stud. He has won two Group Three sprints in Australia and he was Group One placed last season in the Galaxy over 1100m at Randwick (in which he finished third but was promoted to second on the disqualification of Ortensia).

Bearing in mind the progressive profile of most of his better offspring, it is likely that Don Eduardo will continue to enhance his reputation as a sire. As this happens, he will further bolster the reputation of Zabeel as a sire of sires, and also continue the tradition of success of Eight Carat’s descendants. Although she has proved most notable as an ancestress of racehorses rather than specifically of stallions, her other male descendants at sud include or have included one top-class stallion (Commands) and the very good sires Kaapstad, Danewin and Octagonal, as well as Viking Ruler and Viscount (who both have Don Eduardo's dam Diamond Lover as their second dam), while other stallions from the family include the promising Kempinsky (another with Diamond Lover in the second generation) and De Beers, and also Octagonal’s unraced full-brother Colombia. The omnipresence of this family was reinforced, incidentally, by Booming’s recent Group One victory, because it was gained at the expense of Viking Ruler’s best son, Red Ruler – while Swift Alliance’s victory in the Razor Sharp Handicap at Randwick the Saturday before Christmas saw the trifecta sired by stallions from the family, as he was followed home by Keen Commander and Kanzan, two sons of Commands!




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have an outstanding Don Eduardo weanling filly to sell at melbourne weaners 2011 out of a 1/2 sister to Ready To Lift
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Commands "top class" but Danewin and Kaapstad merely "very good"  -what pub does the writer live in?
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Don Eduardo, the slowest Derby winner in the History of Australian Racing.    How goods NZ going then.?

Good luck.

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Originally posted by dennis dennis wrote:

Don Eduardo, the slowest Derby winner in the History of Australian Racing.    How goods NZ going then.?good luck.
 
As best as I can figure all those Australian breds that finished behind him actually ran an even slower timeWink
  
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Originally posted by dennis dennis wrote:

Don Eduardo, the slowest Derby winner in the History of Australian Racing.    How goods NZ going then.?

Good luck.


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DON EDUARDO (NZ) 1998 Bay colt
by Zabeel - Diamond Lover, by Sticks and Stones

 

Sire Summary

Named FoalsStartersWinnersWinsPlacingsSW (GW)EarningsAEI
231164731743107 (5)over $4.3m.1.27
per foals71.0%31.6%0.81.33.0% (2.2%)$18,772 
 per starters44.5%1.11.94.3% (3.0%)$26,442 

Commenced stud duties in New Zealand in 2003

BOOMING (04g, Grosvenor, Vice Regal). 7 wins from 1200m to 2300m to 2010-11, NZ$412,525, A$10,000, ARC Zabeel Classic, Gr.1, Manawatu RC Murphy Properties H., Marton JC Farmlands Dow Agri Sciences H., Plasma Biotech H., 2d Auckland Cup, Gr.1, ARC Race a Horse With Te Akau H., Hawke's Bay Bluewater Hotel H., 3d AJC Japan Racing Association P., L, New Zealand St Leger, L.

DIVINE REBEL (04f, Success Express, Double Jump). 6 wins from 1400m to 2600m, NZ$17,425, A$584,788, AJC Chairman's H., Gr.2, STC Epona S., L, MVRC Pulse Pharmacy H., Hambros & Cahill Lawyers H., 2d AJC Sydney Cup, Gr.1-twice, VRC Matron S., Gr.3, MRC Redoute's Choice Cup H., 4th MVRC Sunline S., Gr.2.

SWIFT ALLIANCE (05c, Silver Deputy, Gulch). 8 wins at 1100m, 1200m to 2010-11, A$544,900, VRC Hong Kong Jockey Club S., Gr.3, STC Sebring S., Gr.3, AJC Show County H., L, Razor Sharp H., L, Sydney City Toyota H., STC Rosehill Gardens Event Centre H., Great Steaks at The Freeway H., Rosehill Event Centre H., 2d AJC Galaxy H., Gr.1, Shed Enterprises H., 4th AJC Challenge S., Gr.2.

VICKEZZCHARDONNAY (04f, Conquistarose, Namnan). 5 wins from 1600m to 2100m, NZ$210,377, Taranaki Cup, Gr.3, ARC Ashford Lodge H., 2d CJC Warstep S., L, ARC Lindauer Cuvee Riche H., 3d New Zealand Cup, Gr.2, ARC Ellerslie Oaks, Avondale JC York Cup, 4th Auckland Cup, Gr.1, Wellington Cup, Gr.2, Cambridge JC Travis S., Gr.2, Rotorua Cup, Gr.3.

ALL IN BLACK (04f, Prized, Sir Godfrey). 5 wins from 1200m to 2200m, NZ$121,438, Hawke's Bay Gold Cup, Gr.3, BOP RC Bayleys Waikato H., 3d Hawke's Bay Glen Aros Country Estate H., WRC Actrix for Internet H., 4th Rotorua Cup, Gr.3.

MOTI (04f, Last Tycoon, Yeats). 8 wins to 1500m to 2009-10, A$311,800, AJC Toy Show H., L, Newcastle JC Tibbie S., L, Wyong RC Mona Lisa S., L, AJC Lake Moore H., Edensor Park H., STC Canterbury Night Racing H., 2d AJC Princesses Stop at Nothing H., STC Boat & Trailer Show H.

DASHING DONNA (04f, Epidaurus, Nuclear Pulse). 7 wins from 1200m to 1600m to 2010-11, NZ$237,712, ARC Newmarket H., L, Dave Carter Memorial H., BOP RC Mega Auction H., Matamata RC Pertab Bloodstock H., 2d ARC Railway S., Gr.1, Wanganui JC Carters-Gib S., L, ARC Leila Macdonald H., Waikato RC Foster Construction 3YO H., Loch Haven Thoroughbreds H., 3d Avondale JC Concorde H., Gr.2, BOP RC Morton Estate Sparkling H., ARC Singer Group H., Pulse Engineering Services H., 4th ARC Easter H., Gr.1, Cambridge Breeders' S., Gr.3, ARC Westbury Classic, L, Waikato RC Sprint H., L, BOP RC Tauranga Classic, L.


Not really living up to opportunity, I would say.


By comparison:

Danewin (one of my fav stallions): 24 SW from 371 nmd foals (6.5%) 6 Gr1 winners

Kaapstad: 46 SW from 692 nmd foals (6.6%) inc 9 Gr1 winners plus titles:

Champion Aust. Sire (AEI) in 1992-93. Second on NZ Sire List (AEI) in 2000-01, third in 2008-09. Third on NZ Sire List (Aust. & NZ figures combined) in 1995-96, 1997-98.Third on NZ Sire List in 1997-98, 2000-01.

Commands: 36 SW from 882 nmd foals (4%) inc 6 Gr1 winners

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Could he be in the wrong place reng? Obviously like Relic, Nijinsky, Mr P etc so may suit Aust better. A move to Widden maybe?
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Yeah perhaps.  He's owned by Gooree isn't he?
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Which makes it all the more interesting that they decided he would do best in NZ. (Or they couldn't find any takers among the Australian studs, maybe).
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El Don who won impressively today, has the very rare duplication of Valderna. She could well be the catalyst to spark life into this sire Smile

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