Preferment’s win in Saturday’s Gr.1 Australian Cup, the jewel in the crown of Melbourne’s Autumn Racing Carnival, creates a huge update for Windsor Park’s Sydney Easter yearling draft. The Cambridge farm has a boutique draft of two yearlings, both with outstanding siblings - whose Gr.1 successes now total an impressive 13 victories.
Windsor Park are delighted to offer a half-brother to Preferment, who has now won three Gr.1 races at Flemington, after claiming the Victoria Derby in his classic year and this season’s Turnbull Stakes. Lot 198 is a strong bay colt from the outstanding producer Better Alternative, who is the dam of three foals to race – in addition to the triple Gr.1 winner Preferment, she is also the dam of group winner Rezoned (Gr.3 South Australian Fillies Classic) and Loophole, a winner of eight races and over $400,000 in prizemoney in Sydney. The colt is by Gr.1 producing stallion Rip Van Winkle (Galileo), sire of the exciting ATC Oaks bound Capella.
Windsor’s other blueblood offering is Lot 373 a three quarter brother to the International superstar So You Think, an exciting young sire in his own right. The son of High Chaparral has made a great start to his stud career with his early runners including Gold Rush winning the Gr.2 Matamata Breeders' Stakes over 1200m, stakes placed two year old filly Conscious who was 2nd on debut in the Trident Stakes at Flemington over 1100m and Bjorn Baker trained filly Too Fast For Love, an encouraging 4th in the Listed Inglis Nursery over 1000m behind subsequent Gr.1 Blue Diamond winner Extreme Choice.
The striking colt is by the late champion sire High Chaparral from So You Think’s half-sister La Souvenir.
Windsor Park has long been acknowledged as one of Australasia's leading thoroughbred nurseries - other sales graduates include the incomparable 10 time Gr.1 winner So You Think along with Dual Australian Horse of The Year and World Champion Stayer, Might And Power who was also sold through their Sydney Easter Inglis draft.