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Glenlogan Gold Coast 2yos to Add to Tale of the Cat



NEW pages in the world wide history of Tale of the Cat, one of the most successful sires by giant of breeding Storm Cat, have good prospects of being written in two directions by 2-year-olds listed to be submitted by the Glenlogan Park stud at the Magic Millions National Horses In Training Sale at the Gold Coast on Wednesday and Thursday of this week, October 31 and November 1.


Glenlogan has one of the five lots by former Coolmore shuttler Tale of Cat in the catalogue, a colt that is a half-brother to Sydney winner Charing Cross and from the Fusaichi Pegasus Adelaide 2yo winner and stakes placed Coogee Beach, and also two of the twelve booked in that are from the first crop of one of his most brilliant  sons, Real Saga.  Only raced at two, a year his six outings comprised wins in the Breeders’ Plate (Randwick, 2.3  lens), a 2yo Handicap (Randwick,1.3 lens), Blue Diamond Prelude (Caulfield, 3.0 lens) and Todman Slipper Trial (Rosehill Gardens, 2.8 lens), a second in the Blue Diamond Stakes (Caulfield) and fourth as favourite in the Golden Slipper, Real Saga is one of a juggernaut of seven talented Australian bred sires currently in the stallion yards at Glenlogan Park in the Innisplain valley near Beausert in Queensland.


The others are established sources of good winners Show a Heart (three times champion Queensland sire; Star Kingdom male line), Falvelon (by Glenlogan’s illfated  Alannon – died after one season), Bradbury’s Luck (by Redoute’s Choice) and Jet Spur (Flying Spur) and yet to be represented Red Element (Typhoon Tracy’s brother by Red Ransom; books of 121 in 2010 and 135 in 2011) and Rothesay (by current Australian champion sire Fastnet Rock; put over 152 mares in his first season last year).  Show a Heart, Falvelon, Jet Spur – each sires who have had double figure juvenile years and Bradbury’s Luck, like Real Saga are represented in the 382 lot Magic Millions National Horses In Training catalogue.


Taking in his own precociousness and fleetness of foot, Real Saga is expected to maintain the Glenlogan stature for juvenile sires with his first crop, one which has over a hundred potential runners.  Among the quality mares with Real Saga 2-year-olds are the two from the stud available at the sale.  They are colts from Daninkling (Danehill Adelaide winner and Group 2 placed) and Priscilla (Thunder Gulch Sydney winner, STC Winter Cup second and dam of Brisbane Jet Spur winner Tabassi).


The Real Saga – Priscilla colt has as an awesome 4x4 inbreeding pattern, doubling up both Storm Bird and Mr. Prospector. Tale of the Cat is by Storm Cat (by Storm Bird) and from a Mr. Prospector mare and Kentucky Derby winning Thunder Gulch is by Mr. Prospector and from another Storm Bird mare.  Glenlogan’s Tale of the Cat colt from Coogee Beach is even closer inbred to Mr. Prospector, carrying him 3x3. Another of his Kentucky Derby winning sons used in Australia being Fusaichi Pegasus.  Fusaichi Pegasus was a visitor to Coolmore, the Hunter Valley base for ten seasons, 2003 – 2010, for Tale of the Cat, a sire from use out here and in Kentucky of over 1000 winners (77 SWs, 99 SPs) of  2,750 races and $106million.


Besides Real Saga, his Australian sired progeny have included Glamour Puss (million dollar earner, three Group1 sprint wins), Gathering (won WATC Railway Stakes-Gr.1, second Spring Champion Stakes-Gr.1), Falkirk (won QTC Cup-Gr.1, STC Theo Marks-Gr.2; fourth Royal Ascot King’s Stand Stakes-Gr.1), Tell A Tale (Champion 3YO NZ, won NZ 2000 Guineas-Gr.1, second Singapore Gold Cup, third NZ Derby), Trusting (won AJC Warwick Stakes-Gr.2, second STC Golden Rose, AJC George Main Stakes and Epsom Handicap) and Purrealist (five starts, won Caulfield Guineas Prelude, Sandown Canonise Handicap, three stakes placings).


Trusting is in his first season as a sire at Patinack Farm, Benobble,Queensland and Purrealist is a promising sire at Makybe stud, Gnarwarre, Victoria with his oldest three.  Like Danehill, Tale of the Cat has provided good performers for most distances. One of America’s most outstanding eight to ten furlongs performers of recent years has been his son Gio Ponti, a 2005 foal who entered stud in Kentucky and Arrowfield, Scone this year.  Three Times an American Eclipse Award winner - Twice Champion Turf Male, 2009 Champion Older Male, Gio Ponti in earning over $6million included seven Group1 wins and seven Group1 seconds among his efforts.  

 Courtesy of Brian Russell Bloodstock Media Service 

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