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Preferment win boosts Rip Van Winkle Yearling
22 Mar 2016 | By

Racing and Sports reports that Preferment’s win in the Australian Cup at Flemington provided a huge update for a yearling colt from New Zealand’s Windsor Park Stud.

The Cambridge farm has a boutique draft of two yearlings to be offered in Sydney at the Easter Sale, both with outstanding siblings whose G1 successes now total an impressive 13 victories.

They are a half-brother to Preferment Lot 198, who has now won three G1 races at Flemington, and a three-quarter brother to the international star and sire So You Think lot 373

The half-brother to Preferment is a bay colt from the outstanding producer Better Alternative, who is the dam of three foals to race.

In addition to Preferment, she is also the dam of Group winner Rezoned (G3 South Australian Fillies Classic) and Loophole, winner of eight races and over $400,000 in prizemoney in Sydney.

The colt is by Galileo’s G1 producing son Rip Van Winkle.

So You Think, a son of High Chaparral, has made a great start to his stud career with his early runners, including Gold Rush winner of the G2 Matamata Breeders' Stakes, stakes placed Conscious who was second on debut in the Listed Talindert Stakes at Flemington and Too Fast For Love, an encouraging fourth in the Listed Inglis Nursery at Randwick behind subsequent G1 Blue Diamond winner Extreme Choice.

Windsor Park’s yearling colt is by the late outstanding sire High Chaparral from So You Think’s half-sister La Souvenir.

The  stud 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.

Preferment is only the sixth horse whose careers have encompassed wins in both the Victoria Derby and the Australian Cup,

He is also in line to become only the second horse to win all three of Flemington’s oldest top class races, the Victoria Derby (first held 1855), Melbourne Cup (1861) and Australian Cup (1863).

The first was Spearfelt, a Victorian bred son of the Carbine’s grandson Spearhead. Spearfelt captured the Derby in 1924, the Melbourne Cup in 1926 and the Australian Cup in 1927.

The others who have won the Derby/Australian Cup double are Trident, Dreadnought, Craftsman and Dulcify.

Preferment and Craftsman, a dual Australian Cuip winner, are remote relations, both being products of the family established in the 1880s with the importation of the German bred White And Blue to NSW.

Craftsman went back eight generations to White And Blue’s daughter Water Lily, a half-sister by Doncaster winner Rapid Bay to Somniloquist (Somnus), ancestress of Preferment.

A brother to G3 winner Rezoned and a half-brother to the Lonhro gelding Loophole (8 wins), Preferment is the third named foal from Better Alternative, a Flying Spur mare who had two wins on the racetrack.

She is a half-sister to Anabaa’s Villiers winner Dances On Waves and from Ancient Lights, a winning sister by Canny Lad to Ancient Song, a Gr.1 winning sprinting mare who produced Tampiko, a Gold Coast Prime Minister’s Cup winner by Lonhro.

The sixth, the Nilo sprinter Queen Of Egypt, was a half-sister to Pompilia (Abbots Fell), a winner of seven races at 1200m who went to Matrice and produced the South Australian star Pago Pago.

He won nine races in succession including the Golden Slipper and sired Gr.1 winners at stud in America and then Australia.

Another speedy performer from this branch of the White And Blue family was Apple Bay, a Newtown Wonder winner of the Doomben 10,000, AJC Challenge Stakes and VRC Lightning Stakes.

He was from Silver Words (Talking), a product of a sister to the third dam of Pago Pago and a grandaughter of a sister to Lady Medalist, a mare by St Alwyne bred in 1906 on Arrowfield Stud a Jerrys Plains. She won 12 races including the Caulfield Cup.

Preferment has now had four wins, five minor placings and $2,438,405 with five G1 cheques from wins in the Australian Cup, Victoria Derby and Turnbull Stakes, second in the Rosehill Guineas and fourth in the Chipping Norton Stakes.