Grey Swallow: the son of Daylami stands at just A$4,400 in AustraliaPICTURE: Martin Lynch
Irish Derby hero Swallow sires first winner
GREY SWALLOW sired his first winner when grey filly Fine Cinders won the Caltex Gateway Handicap over 1m at Wodonga in Australia on Saturday.
Fine Cinders, a three-year-old filly out of the Gilded Time mare Gilded Asset, sat on the pace before holding out quick closer Haiti (Nadeem) on her fifth start.
She is a homebred for the Monishfamily and is trained at Flemington by Mat Ellerton and Simon Zahra.
Grey Swallow, a son of Daylami, was unbeaten at two finishing with an eight-length victory in the Group 3 Killavullan Stakes at Leopardstown. He returned to claim the Irish Derby in 2004 and then came back for another Group 1 triumph in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh in 2005.
Trainer Dermot Weld took him on the road in 2006 for a
Group 2 victory at Hollywood Park before he signed off with an unplaced effort in the 2006 Cox Plate won by Fields Of Omagh.
Grey Swallow was galloped on at Moonee Valley and was retired to Woodside Park. Far from being rushed off his feet, the grey stallion has averaged books of just 30 mares in five seasons at the Victorian stud.
Woodside Park is owned by former Toll Transport chairman Peter Rowsthorn and he has been forced to cut Grey Swallow's fee from A$16,500 to A$4,400 in that time.