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My Kingdom Of Fife - Randwick (Australia) - 23.04.2011

My Kingdom of Fife, the northern-hemisphere import bought at Tattersalls last October for 60,000gns, winning a Group 1 at Randwick in April

  PICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER  

Record number of NH racehorses in Australia

IT is thought that a new Australian record for the most number of northern hemisphere-bred horses competing at metropolitan meetings on one day may have been established on September 3, 2011, according to www.racingandsports.com

A total of 16 imports, all having raced earlier in their careers in Europe, competed at Flemington (10), Warwick Farm (four) and Morphettville (two).

At Flemington fve imports ran in the Group 2 Makybe Diva Stakes and another five in the 2000m race concluding the card.

It is believed that northern hemisphere Australian imports have not been represented in such numbers in the Australian racing scene since the early part of last century - the 1918 running of the Melbourne Cup included eight such horses.

However, of the 16 imports running on September 3, only one was successful - the Irish-bred December Draw (Medecis), a three-time winner in Britain who achieved a career-high rating of 99.

He is out of New York, a mare by Danzero, a Danehill stallion who reverse shuttled to the UK in 2000 and 2001, and was bred by Mark Clarke's Wardstown Stud.

Sold to JC Bloodstock as a foal for €16,000, December Draw was bought by Amanda Skiffington as a yearling for €25,000. He was trained by William Knight for Brook House Stud before being being shipped to the southern hemisphere where he is now owned by a partnership including Richard Pegum, G. and M. Towzell and Brook House.

Pegum is particularly looking forward to an exciting Australian spring racing season with the Chris Waller-trained My Kingdom Of Fife, who was bought on his behalf by Kern Lillingston at Tattersalls last autumn for 60,000gns.

The son of Kingmambo finished second last weekend in Warwick Farm's Chelmsford Stakes (G2), being his first run back for the season.

Bred by The Queen and when in Britian trained by Sir Michael Stoute, My Kingdom Of Fife won three races and twice finished third at Group 3 level - in the Cumberland Lodge Stakes and the Winter Hill Stakes.

He achieved a career high official rating of 112.

After shipping to Australia last November, his race performances have included a win the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick, victory in the AD Hollindale Stakes (G2) on the Gold Coast and a second in the Group 1 Doomben Cup.

A son of Kingmambo (Mr. Prospector), he is out of Fairy Godmother (Fairy King), a half-sister to Blueprint.

 

 

 

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