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19/6/2017 Encosta de Lago gallops away with broodmare title

  GODOLPHIN bred and raced Impending’s win in the $1.5million Stradbroke (1350m) at Doomben on June 10 lifted the 3-year-old colt’s sire Lonhro (Darley, Aberdeen, Hunter Valley) into 12th spot by earnings on the national sires’ list for 2016-17. At the same time it confirmed that his mother’s sire Encosta de Lago has galloped away with the broodmare sire by money, winners and wins for the second successive year

  After the Stradbroke carnival weekend’s racing, Encosta de Lago’s national broodmare statistics for 2016 - 17 are 255 winners of 393 races and $16,891,410. With six weeks of the racing year to go, he has prospects of toppling Danehill’s national broodmare earnings record established in 2010-11 of $17,248,376.

RUBICK, a Teeley Assets bred MRC Schillaci Stakes winner by Encosta de Lago and from Sliding Cube, a Group 3 winning 3/4 brother to Redoute’s Choice coming up to his third season at Coolmore, Hunter Valley. He looked after 214 mares in 2015, his first season and will have a big collection of yearlings at 2018 sales.

   The Encosta de Lago stats for national racing in 2016-17 do not tell the whole of his broodmare contribution as his Australian sired daughters have also had offspring successful in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa. So far they have been represented for the year by 308 winners of (23 SWs – 15 Aust) of 472 races and $23,824,850.

  It is the second successive year that Encosta de Lago has been the most successful broodmare sire for Australian racing, earning the honour in 2015-16 with 248 winners (15 SWs) of 400 races and`$16,725,854. Taking in the overseas representatives, his broodmare figures added up to 293 winners (17 SWs), 479 wins and $22,545,498.

   His career broodmare stats for Australian sired stock currently reads approximately 1750 foals, 1520 starters,  875 winners of 2400 races and $92million. Black type contributors have been 70 winners, among them nine successful at Group1, including Impending and Divine Prophet, a Caulfield Guineas winner by Choisir who makes his debut as sire this year at Aquis Emirates, Murrurundi, Hunter Valley.

  Twice Champion Australian sire and runner up in four other years, Encosta de Lago has also included among his high level performers Chautauqua, Alinghi, Princess Coup, Sacred Kingdom and Northern Meteor

  The recently released edition of the 2017 edition of the Bluebloods published national sires’ book Stallions lists four Encosta de Lago sons at stud, Delago Deluxe (Newhaven Park, Boorowa NSW), Manhattan Rain (Blue Gum, Euroa, Vic), Needs Further (Armidale, Tasmania) and Rubick (Coolmore, Hunter Valley, NSW). There are two sires shown who are from his daughters, Divine Prophet and Distinction (a son of Exceed and Excel at the Queensland branch of the Sun Stud).

   One of the best Encosta de Lago race fillies has been Impending’s dam Mnemosyne, joint top filly in the 2005-06 Australasian 3Y0 Classification after wins in Melbourne in the Caulfield Thousand Guineas and in Sydney in the Queen of the Turf, Tea Rose Stakes, Furious Stakes and Silver Shadow Stakes.
  Bred by Ron Quinton, C Lee, David Lamond and W Jolly, Mnemosyne has supplied four winners, Impending (12 starts, won the Stradbroke, ATC Stan Fox, third Golden Rose, Arrowfield Sprint, Run For The Rose), Forget (Exceed and Excel, wins, Newcastle Cameron, five in Sydney), Memorial (Street Cry filly, two Sydney 2yo wins, second ATC Silver Shadow) and Eleuther (Commands, winner and placed in Sydney at two).

  Mnemosyne was the best of the seven winners, all her foals, produced by My Juliet, a Listed 2yo winner by Canny Lad and out of Perfect Draw, a smart Melbourne performer got by Whiskey Road (USA) from Proud Draw (1980), an unraced Vain half-sister to Golden Slipper, AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes and VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Full On Aces (1978) and his brother Top of the Pack (1979), a Sydney winner and second VRC Ascot Vale Stakes.

  They were the first three foals of Better Draw, a Better Boy (Ire) mare who had won ten races up to 2500m, including the VRC Queen Elizabeth, VATC Sandown Guineas and Tranquil Star Stakes, finished second in the AJC Oaks, VRC Mackinnon Stakes and Australian Cup and third in the MVRC Cox Plate. Tragically, it took her 15 years to produce another foal, a non-winning filly named Honest Draw.

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