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Premio Loco - Lingfield 24.03.2012

Premio Loco: the gelding is by now-retired Breeders' Cup Turf winner Prized

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Prized gelding Premio Loco wins Winter Derby

Blue Square Winter Derby (Group 3) Lingfield, 1m2f

Winner: Premio Loco
(8yo ch g Prized - Crazee Mental, Magic Ring)

PREMIO LOCO got his eighth stakes win on the board by holding off an unlucky-in-running Cai Shen in the Group 3 Winter Derby at Lingfield.

The Chris Wall-trained gelding seems to be losing none of his spark at the age of eight. After graduating from handicap company, he won two Listed races plus two Group 2s, the Darley-Oettingen Rennen and Europa Meile, at five.

At six Premio Loco won the Group 3 Criterion Stakes and Group 2 Summer Mile, and last year aged seven he landed the Group 2 Park Stakes.

Premio Loco shares his durability with Brass Hat, another son of the Kris S stallion Prized. Brass Hat was a consistent and high-class mile to middle-distance performer in the US, winning Graded stakes between the ages of three and nine.


Prized won the 1989Breeders' Cup Turf but seldom produced offspring who replicated his own talent. He finished his stud career standing in West Virginia at just $3,500 last year, before being moved to the Old Friends thoroughbred retirement facility.

Premio Loco is out of the Magic Ring mare Crazee Mental, who finished runner-up in the Queen Mary, Cherry Hinton and Cheveley Park Stakes at two in 1997. This is the further family of Hardwicke Stakes runner-up Midnight Legend and Irish 2,000 Guineas hero Wassl.

He was sold at the 2005 Tattersalls December yearling sale for 19,000gns, from the consignment of Voute Sales.

bluesquare.com Spring Cup (Listed) Lingfield, 7f

Winner: Gusto
(3yo b c Oasis Dream - Pickle, Piccolo)

GUSTO gave hope that he could beas good as Richard Hannon's other recent winners of the Spring Cup, Dubawi Gold and Paco Boy, with a game front-running victory in this 7f contest.

Gusto is the second Lingfield Listed winner of the year for his sire Oasis Dream, after last month's Cleves Stakes scorer Oasis Dancer.

Gusto was bred by a partnership including Mount Coote and New England Studs out of Pickle, a daughter of Piccolo who won four races in Britain for Stuart Williams before being transferred to the US, where she won two Grade 3 contests on the turf over 1m-1m1f.

Pickle is a half-sister to last year's Tattersalls Millions 3yo Trophy winner Auld Burns out of a half-sister to Warwickshire Oakswinner Ronaldsay.

Further back it is the family of Moyglare Stud Stakes heroine Bianca Nera and Fillies' Mile winner Simply Perfect.

Pickle, bought by Kern/Lillingston for 115,000gns at the 2006 Tattersalls December breeding-stock sale, has endured hard luck in recent seasons, returning barren to Danehill Dancer in 2010 and barren to Fastnet Rock in 2011.

Gusto was purchased by Hillwood Bloodstock out of the New England Stud draft at the 2009 Tattersalls December foal sale for 67,000gns, and was resold by Rathmore Stud to John Warren for €120,000 at the 2010 Goffs Orby yearling sale.

Get Your Bet On At Blue Square Hever Sprint Stakes (Listed) Lingfield,5f

Winner: Fratellino
(5yo ch h Auction House - Vida, Wolfhound)

BARGAIN buy Fratellino landed £18,714 for his connections, to add to his £48,000 career earnings, with victory in the Listed Hever Sprint Stakes.

He was picked up as a yearling by his trainer Alan McCabe for just £2,200 at the DBS October sale in 2008.

Fratellino was bred by Llety Stud in Carmarthenshire out of Vida, a daughter of Wolfhound who was well beaten in all of her six starts in Ireland for Frank Berry and was sold to cash for €1,800 at Goffs in November 2002.

Vida, a half-sister to 100-1 Ebor winner Mudawin, has proven a better broodmare, producing four winners from five runners, all by Auction House: Focus Star, who scored in Sweden, Princess Seaweed, who won in Italy, and Common Diva and Frattelino.

The mare also has a two-year-old filly and a yearling colt by Auction House.

Auction House, a Champagne Stakes-winning son of Exbourne, was a fine servant for Llety Stud until his death aged 15 last year. He also sired prolific winners Buxton, Kaeruka and Lucky Punt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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