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19/6/2017 Related Ipswich stars from historic family

    SELF SENSE, the David Brideoake Mornington bred, part owned and trained Street Sense (USA) gelding who won Saturday’s Ipswich Cup (2150m), goes back four generations through his dam Be My Person, a Personal Flag (USA) winner at 1600m at Moonee Valley, to Gay Juss, a Persian Garden 11 (GB) lesser light half-sister to the Le Filou (Fr) memorable race filly and matriarch Gay Poss.

  A winner of 11 races, including the AJC Oaks, Caulfield Stakes and Craiglee Stakes, Gay Poss has had a wonderful achievement record as ancestress of black type winners. One of the latest is the Darryl Hansen, Sunshine Coast trained Monsieur Gustave, the Al Maher (Danehill) 4-year-old gelding who was succeeding in a stakes for the first time when he claimed the Eye Liner Stakes (1350m), the event that immediately followed the Ipswich Cup.

   Bred by John Stuart Investments Pty Ltd, Queensland and sold for $34,000 through the Vinery Stud at the Gold Coast yearling sales, Monsieur Gustave has now won five of 14 starts and is a half-brother to three winners, including Outraged, a Choisir gelding successful in the Townsville Cup.

  Monsieur Gustave is the result of the mating of Al Maher, a VRC Australian Guineas winner with four Group1 winners among 33 progeny successful in stakes standing this year on $13,200 at Aquis – Emirates, Murrurundi, Hunter Valley, and Saigon Moonlight, an unraced sister by Stravinsky (USA) (Nureyev) to Estelle Collection, Group 3 winning dam of the Redoute’s Choice World rated sprinter and Australian Horse of the Year Lankan Rupee.

   Bought by Coolmore for $1,400,000 at the Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale in 2014, Estelle Collection is from Ana Zeel, a three times winner and Group 2 placed three-quarter sister to one of Sir Tristram’s greatest sons, Grosvenor, and his stakes winning siblings National Gallery, Kyrie Eleison and Garfunkel.

  They are among eleven winners from the 12 foals produced in New Zealand by My Tricia, an unraced daughter of Hermes (GB) (Aureole) and Gay Poss.There are over thirty stakes winners descending from My Tricia including the Octagonal giant of Australian racing and champion sire Lonhro, a resident with close relation Albrecht, a Redoute’s Choice Up and Coming Stakes winner and Golden Rose second, af Darley’s Kelvinside stud.

  The branch of the family under Gay Poss’s half-sister Gay Juss, ancestress of Self Sense, winner of Saturday’s Ipswich Cup and earlier the Kilmore Cup and third in the Albury Cup, and his Lago Delight Group 3 SAJC Auraria Stakes winning half-sister Shylight, has produced only one other stakes winner from forty plus foals. However he was the very good Sir Tristram performer Dalmacia, a winner of nine races in Sydney, including two Group1s, the Epsom Handicap and Rawson Stakes, and three Group 2s, the Frank Plate, Apollo Stakes and Chipping Norton Stakes.

  Be My Person, the dam of Self Sense and all told six winners from seven to race, won twice at 1600m, once at Moonee Valley, and is the only one to succeed on a city track out of the ten winners produced by her Melbourne winning dam Kiwi Rose. The latter mare is by the Mr. Prospector sire Straight Strike (USA), sire also of the dam of Lonhro. 

   Self Sense is inbred 4x4 to Mr. Prospector as his sire Street Sense is a great grandson. Used in five seasons, 2008-12, at Darley’s Kelvinside, Street Sense was a top racehorse in America by shuttled Street Cry (Ire), winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Kentucky Derby, Travers Stakes, Jim Dandy Stakes and Tampa Bay Derby (new track record time), finishing second in the Preakness and Blue Grass Stakes and fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

  The family that produced the Ipswich stakes winners Self Sense and Monsieur Gustave had a long history for producing excellence prior to the arrival of Gay Juss and Gay Poss, being established with the importation to New Zealand from England in the 1870s of a mare named Locket.

  One of her most distinguished descendants was Ziema, the Summertime (GB) gelding born in New Zealand in 1961 whose performances included wins in the South Australian Derby and Werribee Cup and seconds in the Melbourne Cup (beaten a half head by Light Fingers after a titanic battle in the last fifty meters), Caulfield Cup and Moonee Valley Cup.

  Ziema was from Najmi, a New Zealand GN Oaks winner from Meer Rose, unraced third dam of Gay Juss and fifth dam of Monsieur Gustave.

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