Astern and Frosted double the excitement at Darley


THERE is always an air of excitement at studs when a highly regarded stallion has his first progeny to the sales and there is a double dose of it at Darley with Astern (Medaglia d’Oro (USA)-Essaouira by Exceed and Excel) and Frosted (USA) (Tapit-Fast Cookie by Deputy Minister) due to have debut crop members head through the ring at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.

Darley’s head of sales Alastair Pulford is one of many excited to see how the youngsters by each highly rated stallion are received, confident on the back of the many rave reviews from breeders.

“Everyone who has an Astern or a Frosted tells us they have a good one,” he said, also happily reporting that Godolphin has a number of quality foals of its own. “Our best foal at Northwood for example is a Frosted, he is an absolute beauty.”

A triple Gr.1-winning son of champion sire and A.P. Indy grandson Tapit (117 stakes winners), Frosted has been well supported in Victoria, the eye-catching grey serving 183 mares in his first two seasons. His first crop of weanlings are the sons and daughters of a lovely group of mares including the stakes winners Miss Steele, Fuchsia Bandana, Like It Is, Obsequious, Quidnunc, Princess Gisella, Antarctic Miss, Applegate, Very Discreet, Whateverwhenever and Serenely Discreet. Also amongst his first harem were the dams of the stakes winners Santa Ana Lane, Le Romain, Crown Prosecutor, Waging War, Gamblin’ Guru, Ringerdingding, Meteoroid, Charlevoix, Viridine, Nediym’s Glow, Red Colossus, Cavaloce, Dodging Bullets and Willow Creek.

Three of Frosted’s weanlings are due to be sold at the Magic Millions (May 22-24). They are:

Lot 12, a bay filly from Benatar (Distant Music); this weanling is a half-sister to the dual stakes winner Meteoroid and the metropolitan winners Ben Hercules and Champagne Charlee, out of a Gr.3 placed five times city winner from the family of Palentino.

Lot 184, a chestnut filly from Gloray (Street Hero); the second foal of a dual winner who is a half-sister to the stakes placed gallopers American Joy and El Venetian. Second dam is a half-sister to the VRC Oaks-Gr.1 (2500m) winner Arapaho Miss, dam of tough stakes winner De Little Engine.

Lot 454, a chestnut colt from Riptide (Exceed And Excel); he is a half-brother to this year’s NZ Derby-Gr.1 (2400m) winner Crown Prosecutor. Dam is a Flemington-winning half-sister to the dual stakes winner Cross Current. Even busier than Frosted, serving 309 mares in his first two seasons, is the Golden Rose Stakes-Gr.1 (1400m) winner Astern whose progeny are also bound to be keenly sought after at the Magic Millions. His weanlings on offer are:

Lot 41, a bay or brown filly from Camille’s Appeal (USA) (Valid Expectations), she is out of an imported dual stakes winning daughter of the stakes winner Belle Visage, half-sister to four times stakes winner Urban Dancer.

Lot 76, is a bay colt from Compliant (Lonhro); he is the first foal for a sister to the dual Group winner Obsequious and half-sister to the multiple city winner Esperance.

Lot 102, a bay filly from Demilune (Domesday), she is the first foal of a half-sister to the Gr.3 placed multiple city winner Forolitos, from the family of Charge Forward.

Lot 168, a bay or brown colt from Fleur Fatale (Commands), he is the first foal for a metropolitan winner whose dam is the Gr.3 winner Rose Ceremony.

Lot 195, a brown or grey filly from Greytfilly (Ferocity), she is out of a Gr.3 placed city winner whose metropolitan-winning dam Sun Kisses is a half-sister to the Group winners Bring Me The Roses and Face Value.

Lot 202, a bay colt from Helsingor (Dane Shadow), he is a son of a city placed juvenile who was fourth in a Blue Diamond Preview-Gr.2 (1000m). This is the family of popular Myer Classic-Gr.1 (1600m) winner Hurtle Myrtle.

Lot 204, a brown filly from Heritage Lane (Charge Forward; she is the second living foal of a half-sister to the stakes placed Musigny and to the dam of the Gr.2 winner El Daana, in turn dam of dual Group winner Wawail.

Lot 270, a bay or brown colt from Laughing (Distorted Humor); he is the son of a city-winning half-sister to Panama’s Champion Imported 3Y0 Filly Outskirt Lady, from the family of dual Gr.1 winner Better Lucky.

Lot 315, a bay filly from Megawatt (Shocking); she is the first foal for a Gr.2 placed triple-winning half-sister to stakes winner Pocket Diary, from the family of Buffering.

Lot 363, a bay colt from My Type (Zabeel); he is a half-brother to the Listed winner Typing and the city winner Fairlighting, out of a daughter of the triple Gr.2 winner On Type.

Lot 402, a bay filly from Parfaits (Strategic); she is a half-sister to Queensland Derby-Gr.1 (2400m) winner Sonntag, out of a dual city-winning half-sister to the Gr.1 winner Flavour.

Lot 410, a bay filly from Pentolite (Pentire); she is out of a half-sister to the Gr.3 winner Molly Dot Com, dam of the dual stakes placegetter Mr Cha Cha.

Lot 496, a bay colt from She Must Be Obeyed (Commands); he is out of a city-winning daughter of the Gr.3 mare Yvonne, from the family of Lord Reims.

Lot 557, a bay colt from Syrahbeel (Savabeel); he is a son of a three times winning half-sister to the Thorndon Mile-Gr.1 (1600m) winner A Touch of Ruby, from the family of Queensland Oaks-Gr.1 (2400m) winner Vouvray.

Lot 575, a bay filly from Thud (Snitzel); she is out of a city winner from the family of big race winners Waky Nao, Park Express, Shinko Forest and New Approach.

Lot 643, a bay colt from Zrinski (Redoute’s Choice); is the first foal for a winning daughter of the VRC Oaks-Gr.1 (2500m) winner Brazilian Pulse.

Lot 656, a bay or brown colt from After The Dream (Mastercraftsman), he is the second foal of a half-sister to the Listed winner Royal Ocean, from the family of Flying Spur, Encosta de Lago and Holy Roman Emperor.

Lot 669, a bay colt from Anna Lizzie (Mearas); he is the second foal of a stakes placed multiple city-winning daughter of the stakes placed Strange Aura, from the family of Metropolitan Handicap-Gr.1 (2600m) winner In Joyment.

Lot 671, a bay colt from Arabian Night (GB) (Oasis Dream); he is the first foal for a half-sister to the US Gr.2 winner Olaya, dam of the Listed winner Glenard.