Royally bred Leebaz (Zabeel) provided breeders Windsor Park Stud with their second Anzac weekend black type success when taking out the Gr.2 AD Hollindale Stakes on the Gold Coast in Australia last Saturday.
A half brother to Gr.2 ATC Tulloch Stakes winner Polish Knight (Encosta de Lago), Leebaz is on track to go one better than last year in next month’s $650,000 Gr.1 Doomben Cup in Brisbane.
Leebaz and Polish Knight are both sons of the Gr.1 performed stakes winner Polish Princess (Polish Precedent), a member of one of Europe’s most sought after families that includes Gr.1 Royal Ascot winner Stagecraft (Sadler’s Wells), Opera House (Sadler’s Wells), winner of the Gr.1 Ascot King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes and more recently Australian 2YO Gr.1 winner Pasadena Girl (Savabeel).
On Monday, the Listed Feilding JC Anzac ‘1600’ H. winner Lady Le Fay (Thorn Park) provided another black type winner for graduates from Windsor Park Stud.
Bred in conjunction with longtime friends and clients John & Margaret Thompson, Lady Le Fay has recouped her owners more than three times the $25,000 she cost from Windsor Park Stud’s 2012 NZ Bloodstock Karaka yearling sales draft, not to mention the additional residual value she will now take to the breeding barn upon her retirement to stud.
Lady Le Fay’s progress through the grades this season suggests higher honours will be well within her compass when she resumes racing next spring.
Aside from Leebaz and Lady Le Fay other Anzac weekend winners bred by Windsor Park include Irish Gem (Volksraad), Windermere Lad (High Chaparral), Singapore winner Davinci (Mastercraftsman) and last Saturday’s smart Trentham 2YO winner Hover (Starcraft).
Although dropping back in distance the highly regarded Hover still proved too good for his opposition in the Mills Reef Winery 2YO Stakes. He has now won twice and finished second from three starts, with trainer Allan Sharrock nominating the Listed Castletown Stakes at Wanganui on May 30th as the next start for the impressive chestnut.