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Bernardini: leading American stallion is now making his mark in Australia


First Australian stakes winner for Bernardini

DARLEY'S leading Kentucky stallion Bernardini reached another milestone in his stud career on Saturday when a member of his first Australian crop, two-year-old Boban, obliged in the Listed Phoenix Stakes at Doomben in Australia to become the stallion's first southern hemisphere stakes winner.

Held up by Hugh Bowman, Boban swooped wide to cut down the favourite Hoss Amour and win by two and a quarter lengths. In doing so, the Anthony Freedman-trained colt improved his record to three wins from six starts.

A A$100,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling sale purchase by the BBA Ireland, Boban was bred by Mr A. B. Thomas and Mrs R. R. Thomas out of the Group 1 AJC Oaks winner Kenbelle. Kenbelle, a daughter of Kenmare, has a weanling filly by Teofilo and was covered by Authorized last season.

Boban's victory could mark the beginning of a good couple of days for Bernardini, who is represented by To Honor And Serve in Monday's Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont.

The multiple Grade 1-winning son of A P Indy is the sire of 15 stakes winners worldwide, including four at Group or Grade 1 level. He is standing the northern hemisphere season for $150,000 at Jonabell Farm in Kentucky and is set to command A$55,000 when he returns to Darley's Kelvinside base in Australia later this year.




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