Sir Peter Vela Shares in Impressive Canterbury Winner
21 December 2021
Pencarrow principal Sir Peter Vela has shared in a number of impressive recent winners across the Tasman, and the latest addition to that list was a Chris Waller-trained three-year-old at Canterbury on Friday.
Sword Point (American Pharoah) lined up for the fourth start of his promising career in the A$50,000 Precise Fire Plate (1550m), and with James McDonald in the saddle, he unleashed a brilliant late burst from off the pace to score an emphatic victory by three and a quarter lengths.
With a win, two fourths and a seventh in four starts, Sword Point has banked over A$41,000 in stakes with the promise of a lot more to come.
Sir Peter Vela shares ownership of the colt with a group that also includes Coolmore, Wynaus, Westerberg, Joe Poulin, Chris Waller Racing, Lynque, Woppitt Bloodstock, Peachester Lodge, Rockingham Thoroughbreds, Kerry and Jenny Pooley and Robert McClure.
The partnership has celebrated a series of successes throughout the spring, most notably with the super-impressive three-year-old colt Home Affairs (I Am Invincible) in the Group One Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on October 30.
Sword Point is by Coolmore shuttle stallion American Pharoah, who ran into global racing folklore in 2015 with his clean sweep of America’s fabled Triple Crown – the Kentucky Derby (2000m), Preakness Stakes (1900m) and Belmont Stakes (2400m). He became the first horse to achieve the feat since 1978, and he later ended his triumphant career on another high with victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (2000m).
American Pharoah has made an outstanding start to his stud career as well, siring 179 winners worldwide including 23 at stakes level – headed by Group/Grade One winners Cafe Pharoah, Harvey’s Lil Goil and Van Gogh.
The dam of Sword Point is Jazz Song (Fastnet Rock), who won three races including the Group Three Typhoon Tracy Stakes (1200m) and Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic (1350m).
Jazz Song is a half-sister to the South African Group One placegetter Shaama (Redoute’s Choice), while their dam Absolut Glam (Snowland) won the Group One Tatt’s Tiara (1400m) and Group Two Moonee Valley Fillies’ Classic (1500m) and placed in the Group One Manikato Stakes (1200m).
Sword Point is Jazz Song’s second winner from two foals to race. His older half-brother Italian Tune (Pierro) has won four races.
Jazz Song has subsequently produced the unraced two-year-old American Jazz (American Pharoah), and was served by Wootton Bassett this spring.