Australian influence for English Derby winner


Global influence is the norm in the thoroughbred industry with Asian Racing Federation countries in the forefront of breeding and racing with international bloodlines.

While dual hemisphere stallions usually the first thought of there was a powerful example of broodmares crossing the equator last weekend when the Galilio (IRE) colt Anthony Van Dyck (IRE) out of the Australian-bred Exceed And Excel mare Believe'n'succeed (AUS) won the Group 1 English Derby (2400m) at Epsom Downs Racecourse in England.

Coolmore Stud had purchased the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (f) winning mare in Australia and sent her to their Irish headquarters to be mated with their champion sire Galileo. The result was a triumph for breeding on both sides of the world when the Aidan O'Brien colt won the bred-shaping Classic.

Back in Australia there might be another Derby example of international bloodlines with Japan's Northern Farms considering running their Camelot (GB) filly Re Edit in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) at Eagle Farm in Brisbane this coming Saturday.

Northern Farm's Katsumi Yoshida will decide this week if he will enter the Chris Waller trained Re Edit in the Queensland Derby. Certainly the filly has the bloodlines on both sides of her pedigree for a Derby.

Re Edit is out of the Group placed High Chaparral mare So Divine (NZ), so with Camelot winning the English Derby in 2012 and High Chaparral in 2002 there is no question as to her stamina input.

The Australasian influence of this year’s English Derby winner is continued with Believe'n'succeed the dam of New Zealand Group 1 winner Bounding (Lonhro) who was sold to the USA’s Stonestreet Farm and who now resides in Kentucky.

To round out the trans-Tasman aspect So Divine gained her black type in New Zealand.