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Due Sasso worth a look in WA
The Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale catalogue has arrived on my desk. The sale has been moved earlier than usual, starting on Wednesday, January 27.
A quick peruse of the 630 lots (sold over four days) and I couldn’t help but notice that the former smart Melbourne sprinter Due Sasso has 47 yearlings in the catalogue, a healthy number from 76 foals born in his first season. Due Sasso (pictured) stands in 2009 at Mungrup Stud for a fee of $5500 (inc. GST) – he stood for $9900 in his first two seasons (he only has 36 foals from crop two).
Ironically, as Due Sasso is about to launch his stud career at the yearling sales, his former trainer Brian Mayfield-Smith is about to bow out from training at the end of this month.
Due Sasso has a lot going for him that appeals to West Australian buyers – he’s a son of Scenic (IRE) (by Sadler’s Wells), a stallion that had an amazing impact on WA, and Australian, racing after he moved there from Victoria in 1999. Scenic covered three seasons in WA before returning to Victoria in 2003. Scenic, who died in March 2005, sired the outstanding WA gallopers Scenic Blast, Scenic Shot, Marasco, Idyllic Prince and Grand Nirvana – and of course, the 2007 Melbourne Cup winner Viewed.
Due Sasso is listed as one of Scenic’s fastest sons, which is a tick for his stallion potential – it’s amazing how many times a fast son of a leading sire, even if not Group winner of note, can emerge as a good/champion stallion. Think Danzig (Northern Dancer), Red Ransom (Roberto) and even Due Sasso’s barn mate at Mungrup Oratorio (by Stravinsky).
Due Sasso was a precocious juvenile, winning the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m, Caulfield), beaten subsequent Group 1 winners Nadeem (Blue Diamond Stakes) and Wonderful World (Caulfield Guineas).
Mayfield-Smith described Due Sasso, after that win, as a brilliant colt with natural speed at both ends of his races. He retired after only eight starts.
Due Sasso is out of the Rubiton mare Scarlet Bird, so he defied this part of his pedigree known for producing late maturers. He inherited his speed from his third dam, Sleepyhead, a slick daughter of the fast import Daybreak (IRE) (by Golden Cloud), although Sleepyhead’s dam Mintaway won the Group 1 VRC Oaks (2400m). Sleepyhead is best known as the granddam of the freakish juvenile Rancher (by Bold Lad (IRE), who was also a good sire for Arrowfield Stud.
Three other first season sires have big drafts in the Perth sale – the Fusaichi Pegasus stallion Flying Pegasus (54 yearlings), the stout Danehill son Saxon (34 yearlings) and Catbird’s brother Bearcat (27 yearlings).
Flying Pegasus (b h 2002, ex-Cashier, by Danehill (USA)) won the Group 2 Royal Sovereign Stakes (1200m) as a 3YO and the Group 3 Kindargarten Stakes (1200m) at two. His dam Cashier won the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m).
Bearcat (b h 1999, Danehill (USA)–Fitting, by Marscay) did his racing in Hong Kong where he won four races from 1200m to 1400m.
Saxon (b h 2001, ex-Jeanetta Cochrane (IRE), by Sadler’s Wells (USA)) won four races including the Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m).