Dual Group 1 winner Miracles of Life retires

Owner Stonestreet Stables has announced that dual Group 1 winner Miracles Of Life has been retired to stud.

The daughter of Not A Single Doubt and Dazzling Gazelle (by More Than Ready) was bred by Muzaffar Yaseen’s Teeley Assets and foaled at Arrowfield on 2 September 2010.

The cute-as-pie chestnut filly with the big white blaze, described in the Stud’s records as a “very nice first foal”, was considered a little too small to offer for sale as a yearling, so she remained in Arrowfield’s care until February 2012. She then left to be broken in and was sent to the Adelaide stable of Dan Clarken.

It wasn’t long before the filly, now named Miracles Of Life, began making headlines. She won her first start by 5.5 lengths at Morphettville on 22 December 2012, and returned two weeks later to score by 9 lengths.

it was clearly time for a trip to Melbourne where she stepped up to black type company and won the MRC Blue Diamond Preview LR on 26 January 2013. A month later Miracles Of Life lined up as favourite in the $1 million MRC Blue Diamond S. G1 and defeated a field that included Shamus Award, Dissident & Guelph to become Not A Single Doubt’s first international Group 1 winner.

It was a fairytale result for Clarken and jockey Lauren Stojakovic who rode Miracles Of Life in her first four victories. It was also the second Blue Diamond success for Mr Yaseen and his bloodstock manager Iris O’Farrell, 14 years after Not A Single Doubt’s champion sire Redoute’s Choice won the race at his second start.

The filly’s 3YO season yielded a fifth win, in the SAJC Euclase Classic G2 and three black type placings before she returned briefly to Arrowfield which prepared her for sale as part of the record-breaking Teeley Dispersal at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale in May 2014. 

Barbara Banke’s US-based Stonestreet Stables was the successful bidder for Miracles Of Life at $900,000 and elected to entrust her to Peter & Paul Snowden for a 4YO campaign.

That decision was quickly justified by a first-up dead-heat win in the MRC Caulfield Sprint G2, followed in the Autumn of 2015 by a sizzling 56.72-second, 2.3 length victory in the ATC Challenge S. G2. Two weeks later she powered home for third in Sweet Idea’s ATC Galaxy H. G1 and was freshened for her swansong performance on 2 May 2015, a tremendous last-stride win in the SAJC Robert Sangster S. G1.

Miracles Of Life, so far the best of Not A Single Doubt’s 23 stakeswinners, bows out with a race record of eight wins (five of of them Group races), four placings & more than $1.5 million prizemoney from 17 starts.

Teeley signs off with a Championship season

Most breeders would describe a season averaging more than a stakes win a month in ecstatic terms.

Teeley Assets Bloodstock Manager Iris O’Farrell has to think for a moment or two before replying matter-of-factly, “Yes, it is our best season.”

Her hesitation is not surprising, because the standards of Sri Lankan businessman Muzaffar Yaseen’s breeding and racing enterprise are rather high.  Its history began on a note few breeders ever reach, with a glorious home-bred colt who won the Group 1 Blue Diamond at his second start and now has a third Australian stallion premiership in his sights.

That’s Redoute’s Choice, and 16 of his relatives, ten of them broodmares, are among the 89 lots catalogued for the Teeley Dispersal & Reduction at the Magic Millions National Sale, beginning with the Weanling Sale on Sunday.

Such a sale at any time would attract attention, but the Teeley Dispersal has been preceded by the kind of marketing campaign that not even the creative skills of auction house Magic Millions and selling agent Arrowfield can match.

A total of seven Teeley-bred horses have compiled 12 Group or Listed stakes wins and seven stakes placings this season, and the dams of all but two of them are for sale next week. 

Teeley’s undoubted star in 2013/14 is Lankan Rupee (Redoute’s Choice-Estelle Collection by Stravinsky), whose rise to world champion status and sweep through Australia’s major Autumn sprints make him a leading candidate for Horse of the Year honours.  

Last year’s Blue Diamond winner Miracles of Life (Not A Single Doubt-Dazzling Gazelle by More Than Ready) and 2YO filly Lucky Raquie (Encosta de Lago-Monsoon Wedding by Danehill) opened Teeley’s season with placings in the Champagne S. G3 at Moonee Valley and the Gimcrack S. LR at Randwick.

Lankan Rupee soon picked up the pace with Group 3 and Listed stakes victories at Flemington and Caulfield in November. His subsequent $2.4 million Group 1 treble (Oakleigh Plate, Newmarket Handicap & T.J. Smith Stakes) has earned him a Timeform rating of 132 and an international ranking as the world’s best sprinter.

In January Finishing Card (by Platinum Scissors from the Quest For Fame mare Helen, sold several years ago) won the Barton S. LR at Caulfield. In March Lucky Raquie picked up the Canberra Black Opal S. LR and another 2YO filly, More Radiant (More Than Ready-Ravishing Choice by Redoute’s Choice) earned black type on debut in Melbourne for a group of owners including Neil Werrett and Steve McCann.   

3YO filly Tango’s Daughter (Redoute’s Choice-Tango Fire by Anabaa) took Group 2 and Listed events in Adelaide during April, and Miracles of Life returned to winning form in the Euclase S. G2 in early May.

One of the year’s most talked-about talents, 3YO colt Rubick (by Encosta de Lago, his dam Sliding Cube who died in 2012) won the Blue Diamond Prelude G3 before a fourth-placed finish in Earthquake’s Blue Diamond.

Last weekend, 2YO filly Elitist (Stratum-Silvery Hill by Red Ransom) became the latest Teeley-bred stakes performer, when third in the BRC Lancaster S. LR for Kelso Wood and the Devine, Morgan, Galante & Matthews families.

Given this level of recent success, a few twinges of regret about selling the entire Teeley broodmare band, including Estelle Collection carrying a full sibling to Lankan Rupee, would be understandable, but Iris views the prospect with equanimity.

“It is the best time to sell, when things are going so well. We’ve really enjoyed breeding, but now it’s time for other people to have fun with our horses and we can enjoy following them.”

However, Mr Yaseen remains in the ownership of stallions Redoute’s Choice, Manhattan Rain, Not A Single Doubt, Stratum & Echoes of Heaven, and his racing interests will keep those famous yellow, red, orange & lime silks visible for a few more years yet.

Home-bred fillies will be sold at the end of their racing careers, but Iris does not rule out future yearling purchases, although that presents a new test for Teeley Assets.

Iris explains, “Mr Yaseen loves the races, he loves his horses and he loves to bet. However, we’ve never bought a good horse, we’ve always bred them, so there’s a challenge for us!”

In the meantime, Team Teeley can look forward to the next racing season with Melbourne Spring campaigns planned for Lankan Rupee and Rubick.

Also of special interest to Teeley Assets will be the progress of Manhattan Rain, sire this season of debut 2YO Group winner Moonovermanhattan and stakes performers Chengdu and Light Up Manhattan from his first crop.

Thirteen of the Teeley Dispersal weanlings are by the Group 1-winning son of Encosta de Lago, and 22 of the broodmares are in foal to him. Notable among them are Charming Estelle (Lankan Rupee’s sister), Catshaan (dam of Australian Oaks G1 winner Absolutely), Liquid Desire, Modern Etiquette & Tango Fire (sisters and dam of Tango’s Daughter),  Invisible Choice (sister to G1 Cheeky Choice), Group winner Fritz’s Princess and stakeswinners Beauty School, Whisper Bay & Zipanese.  

It’s more than 15 years since Mr Yaseen’s first home-bred stakeswinner, and many top-class horses have joined him on the Teeley Assets honours board, but Iris has no hesitation when asked for her most memorable win.

“It’s Redoute’s Choice winning the Blue Diamond, from a wide barrier, against the odds, a week after his first start, and beating Testa Rossa. That was a big thrill!”

The Teeley Dispersal begins at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, with 28 weanlings, Lots 201 to 228, on Sunday 25 May. 
Online now are the pedigrees and the Teeley Dispersal Preview.

New stars promote Teeley Dispersal

The best publicity in the bloodstock business happens on the track. It’s an often-repeated maxim that the Teeley Assets’ racing team has taken to heart.

No sooner was it announced in early February that the Teeley Dispersal would be included in the Magic Millions National Sale, than a new group of stars emerged from the Teeley stable.

The latest is 2YO filly Lucky Raquie (Encosta de Lago-Monsoon Wedding) who charged to victory in Sunday’s Canberra RC Black Opal S. LR.

She arrived in the wake of Australia’s new sprinting sensation Lankan Rupee (Redoute’s Choice-Estelle Collection) who began his quick march to Group 1 success with a Group 3 win at Caulfield on 8 February. On the same day Rubick (Encosta de Lago-Sliding Cube) won the MRC Blue Diamond Prelude G3.

Two weeks later Lankan Rupee won the MRC Oakleigh Plate G1 and last Saturday’s dominant VRC Newmarket H. G1