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Scenic Blast - Royal Ascot - 16.06.09

Scenic Blast: his sire flourished after being transferred to Australia

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham  

Scenic Blast gives sire his first European Group 1

SCENIC BLAST powered to victory in this afternoon's King's Stand Stakes to become the first top-level winner by Scenic in Europe.

Owned by Sheikh Mohammed and trained by Barry Hills, Scenic was a member of the first crop of Sadler's Wells. His dead-heat with paternal half-brother Prince Of Dance in the Dewhurst Stakes helped Sadler's Wells become champion first-season sire.

Scenic was initially retired to Coolmore, and shuttled to Collingrove Stud in Australia before moving permanently to Durham Lodge, where he stood until his death in 2005 at the age of 19.

Durham Lodge bred the four-year-old Scenic Blast out of the 22-year-old Delgado mare Daughter's Charm.

Gilded Venom, the gelding's year-older half-brother by Golden Snake, developed into a top-class miler in the southern hemisphere in 2008, but was put down at the beginning of this year after suffering a bacterial infection.

Scenic also sired last year's Melbourne Cup winner Viewed, and top-notch Australasian performers Coniston Bluebird, Marasco and Scenic Shot.

He currently lies second on the 2008/09 leading sires list in Australia, behind Encosta De Lago but aheadof headliners Redoute's Choice, Zabeel and More Than Ready.

His southern-hemisphere success has eclipsed his record in Europe, where his best runners have included the smart hurdlers Magic Combination and Gralmano, Group winners El Lute and Beauty To Petriolo, and the Listed Heron Stakes winner Speedfit Too.




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