More in Store for Rhythm to Spare

Stakes winning Pencarrow Stud graduate Rhythm to Spare (Pins x Stanica) added another win to his tally on Saturday with victory in the A$100,000 Antler Luggage Handicap (1600m), an undercard race on Flemington’s Group 1 Emirates Stakes day.

Trained by kiwi Mike Moroney at Flemington, Rhythm to Spare’s biggest win came last year in the Group 3 RA Lee Stakes. Debuting as a three-year-old in New Zealand with two consecutive second places, he has now been the winner of seven of his 26 starts and finished fourth in the Group 1 Queensland Derby.

“It was a really good win,” commented Moroney. “He has lacked a little bit of luck in his last few starts. This was a good effort, especially carrying 60kg, and it was a good ride by Damien Oliver.

“We will aim for the Kilmore Cup over 1600m and try to go on with him in this preparation, particularly if we get a bit of rain around Christmas we can continue on.”

Ridden by Damien Oliver from barrier 5, Rhythm to Spare went forward to take up the lead in the early stages. The first horse to enter the straight, the son of Pins was uncatchable as he dashed away to win by one-and-three-quarter-lengths over Defiant Angel (Dehere) with Setinum (Holy Roman Emperor) finishing third.

Paul Moroney purchased the six-year-old gelding at New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2011 Premier Sale for NZ$100,000 from Pencarrow Stud. He has now won A$417,809 for owners Ballymore Stables (Aust) Pty Ltd, G G Ltd, Mr J A O'neill, Carty Racing, Mr A Dunne, Mr M Pejic, Mrs J Pejic, Mr G Devonport, Ms J A N Lee, Mr R S Scheriani, Mrs A Scheriani, Mr B D Nettlefold, R & C Legh Racing Pty Ltd

Bred by Sir Peter Vela and Philip Vela, Rhythm to Spare is out of winning Zabeel mare Stanica, runner-up in the Group 1 Avondale Gold Cup, and the dam of four named foals, including seven-time winner Stanica Star (Danzero), Makarska (Keeper), the winner of six races and Rathausglockel (Pins), a winner of three races in Singapore.

He is from the same family as world champion racehorse Game on Dude (Awesome Again).

Pencarrow Stud will be offering a half-sister to Rhythm to Spare at New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2016 National Yearling Sales Series.

Rhythm to Spare joined three other kiwi bred horses to win at Flemington on Saturday, the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, including the feature Group 1 Emirates Stakes won by Turn Me Loose (NZ) (Iffraa), Group 1 winner Lucia Valentina (NZ) (Savabeel) winning the Group 2 Presto Matriarch Stakes and Divan (NZ) (Zabeel) winning an undercard race.

Fellow Pencarrow Stud graduate Fashion News (Pentire x Marie Claire) also won in Australia on Saturday in Geelong.