Astern - Island Pago
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I was impressed with some of the fillies by Astern which were offered at the Gold Coast Magic Millions Sale. However, I could not secure any. That may well finish up being a bonus as I secured this filly at the Inglis Classic Sale. She is a stunning filly and was highly rated by myself, Bill and James Mitchell and Tim Roberts. I was a bit stunned when I secured her for about $40,000 less than I was prepared to pay for her.
Astern was a terrific young horse winning the Silver Slipper and Kindergarten Stakes as a 2yo and the Group 1 Golden Rose as a 3yo. He also won the Group 2 Run To The Rose Stakes.
I often discuss what makes a really good sire in this country with Bill Mitchell. There are many factors but the best sires here are the really fast horses. This is an attribute Astern had in abundance. He won some of our best 2yo races and then trained on to be a very good 3yo. He won five of his nine career starts and was placed 2nd on two other occasions including the Group 1 Ascot Vale Stakes and the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes.
Astern is an impressive individual and stands at Darley's Hunter Valley Stud. He has as good a female line as we have in this country. He is out of the fast 2yo winning mare Essaouira by Exceed And Excel. She has also given us Champion filly Alizee and the stakes horses Tassort and Mogador.
The 2nd dam is the Group 2 winning Rory's Jester mare Alizes with the 3rd Dam being the Group 1 winner La Baraka. The 4th dam is Triscay by Marscay, one of the best fillies to ever race in Australia.
Darley think enough of Astern to shuttle him between the USA and Australia.
Island Pago is by Choisir. Choisir is doing a great job as a broodmare sire, although it is early days for him. He is represented by 31 stakes horses from his daughters including three at Group 1 level.
Medaglia d'Oro has crossed very well with Danehill with the Golden Slipper winner Vancouver coming from this cross. He also crossed very well with Thunder Gulch. I love Red Anchor in a pedigree. He was an outstanding horse. He is the dam sire of My Marebelle, this filly's 4th dam.
I've got to say there is a lot to like about this filly. Most importantly, she is an athlete.
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