Pencarrow Pedigrees Boosted by Group 1 Weekend

The weekend’s Group 1 races provided significant boosts to two Pencarrow Stud mares Indomitable (Danehill x Kwan) and Il Quello Veloce (Captain Rio x Nishaani).

Indomitable is the dam of Group 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas winner Turn Me Loose (NZ) (Iffraaj). Indomitable is currently on lease from Pencarrow Stud to George and Maryanne Simon who bred Turn Me Loose and sold him at last year’s New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale.

Turn Me Loose has staked his claim as one of New Zealand’s leading three-year-olds with three wins and three placings in his six career starts. The son of Iffraaj was the winner of the Group 2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas prior to Saturday’s victory in the Group 1 feature.

Co-trainer Murray Baker is confident he has the class to measure up in Australia as well, much like Atlante (Fastnet Rock) who won the Group 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas last year for Baker and training partner Andre Forsman.

“Both horses did come out of the Ready to Run Sale,” Baker said. “I have no doubt he can compete in Australia – I think he is good enough.”

In Australia, the Group 1 A$1million Darley Classic was billed as the race to determine the world’s best sprinter and it was Terravista (Captain Rio) who trumped his rivals to win the 1200m dash down Flemington’s famous straight course.

Pencarrow Stud recently purchased Terravista’s blood-sister, the Group 1 winner Il Quello Veloce. Terravista’s dam is the prolific producer Parfore, dam of Group 1 winner Tiger Tees (Dubawi) and dual Singapore Horse of the Year Super Easy (Darci Brahma). Il Quello Veloce’s dam, Nishaani, is a full-sister to Parfore and, with Terravista and Il Quello Veloce both being Captain Rio makes them blood-siblings.

Terravista’s trainer Joe Pride has always spoken highly of his galloper and was ecstatic with Saturday’s win.

“All I have known all along is that this is the best horse I've ever trained, I've been bullish about him and that is the way I play the game,” Pride said. “It is just lovely to see him pull it off today, he is a fantastic sprinter and he is ready to take on the world.”

Parfore further enhanced the pedigree page as Ball of Muscle (Dubawi) also won at Randwick on Saturday.

Il Quello Veloce was purchased in foal to exciting young sire Foxwedge, a son of boom sire Fastnet Rock, and is due to foal this month.