Amadeus Wolf a coup for Chatswood Stud

Chatswood Stud has forged a successful link with the Irish National Stud and the partnership has enabled the Seymour based nursery to stand champion sprinter Amadeus Wolf this year.

Amadeus Wolf (Mozart – Rachelle by Mark Of Esteem) was a Group 1 2YO winner of the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket and his signing is a coup for Chatswood owner Greg Willis.

The news comes hot on the heels of a successful week for the Irish National Stud – Chatswood Stud combination starting with the G1 win by Yosei in the AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.

Yosei is from the final Australian crop of Invincible Spirit who took the northern hemisphere by storm when a runaway winner of the 2006 European first-season sires’ premiership.  He shuttled to Chatswood for four seasons but the on-going insurance and associated costs for such a valuable asset meant he is now permanently based at the Irish National Stud.  

A son of Green Desert, he tops the roster at the County Kildare stud at a 45,000 euros (AUD 65,875) service fee.

Invincible Spirit certainly upgraded the pedigree of his AJC Sires’ Produce winner.  Yosei is from Fuji Fairy (Fuji Kiseki) who was beaten 11 lengths at Ballarat the only time she faced the starter while second dam Lilac Fairy is an unraced daughter of Rainbow Quest.  

Invincible Spirit also left brilliant sprinter I Am Invincible in Australia and he will continue the sireline when standing his first season at Yarraman Park this year.  I Am Invincible was a G3 winner of the Evright Stakes at Morphettville and the Listed Monash Stakes at Caulfield.  He was also runner-up to Takeover Target in the G1 Goodwood.

A day after Yosei sprang a surprise in the AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes, Invincible Spirit struck again in Group company when Kargali won the G3 Gladness Stakes at the Curragh.  The winner was ridden by Johnny Murtagh for part-owner and trainer Luke Comer.

Kargali (3c Invincible Spirit – Karliyka by Last Tycoon) was originally trained by John Oxx and he carried the Aga Khan’s colours to a Listed victory in the 2009 Heritage Stakes at Leopardstown.

Kargali landed the Gladness Stakes for his new connections after reeling in former stablemate Rayeni to score by nearly a length.  The latter was runner-up to Mastercraftsman in last year’s Irish 2000 Guineas.

Sunday also marked a important landmark for the Irish National Stud – Chatswood Stud shuttler Rakti when Carioca became his first stakes winner in the Listed Premio Seregno (1600m) in Milan.

Carioca (3f Rakti – Cidaris by Persian Bold) is trained at Newmarket by Marco Botti and was coming off a six-length victory at Kempton Park.  She was in total command a long way from home at San Siro and was much too good for her rivals winning by three lengths.

The Premio Seregno (1600m) is the main Milanese trial for the Premio Regina Elena (Italian 1000 Guineas) on May 1.  Carioca cost 95,000 euros (AUD 148,695) when purchased by Rathbarry Stud at Goffs Foal Sale in November 2007.  She is from the family of English 2000 Guineas winner Mystiko.

Rakti is a Danzig line sire through Polish Precedent.  His oldest Chatswood bred stock are two year-olds but he hasn’t had a runner in Australia to date.  That’s not surprising considering Rakti didn’t break his maiden until his was just a month away from turning three.  He then went on a rampage winning six in a row including the Italian Derby before owner Gary Tanaka transferred the colt to Michael Jarvis in England.

Rakti went from strength-to-strength and added elite level victories in the Champion Stakes at Newmarket, Prince of Wales Stakes and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot and the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.

He didn’t have any southern yearlings this year due to E.I. but has been very popular since then covering a total of 270 mares in the last two years at Chatswood.

Amadeus Wolf also represents the Danzig dynasty but is from a much more precocious branch of the sireline than Rakti.  He is by Danehill’s ill-fated son Mozart who was a G1 winner of the July Cup and Nunthorpe Stakes plus the G3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Mozart only stood one season at stud in 2002 but sired 57 winners at a 66% strike-rate.  His stakes winners to winners ratio was a remarkable 14%.

Amadeus Wolf was his best by far and was straight out of the blocks winning his maiden on debut at Ayr in May 2005.  He stepped up to stakes company to win the prestigious G2 Gimcrack Stakes at York’s Ebor Festival and then graduated to a G1 in the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.

Racing against older sprinters as a three year-old, Amadeus Wolf was placed at G1 level behind Marchand d’Or in the Prix Maurice de Gheest and twice behind Reverence in the Nunthorpe Stakes and the Haydock Sprint Cup.

His affinity with York was rekindled as a four year-old in 2007 when he won the G2 Duke of York Stakes from Red Clubs and Soldier’s Tale in arguably his finest performance.   That form-line stacked up a month later when Soldier’s Tale defeated Takeover Target in a thrilling finish to the G1 Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Retired to stud in 2008, Amadeus Wolf was embraced by buyers when his first-crop weanlings were offered for sale at the Goffs Foal Sale last November.

His colt from Kirk Wynd (Selkirik), who is a half-sister to Dubai Duty Free winner Right Approach, sold to agent Ross Doyle for 60,000 euros (AUD 95,890).  

Doyle captured the prevailing mood of buyers when interviewed after purchasing his Amadeus Wolf colt that topped Day 2 at Goffs.  “He’s a very nice sort with plenty of size about him,” Doyle said .  “And he’s by a sire whose first foals this week have been a good bunch.”

Amadeus Wolf joins a Chatswood roster that, apart from Rakti, includes stud stalwart Racer’s Edge, Lonhro’s Group 1 winning brother Niello, Flying Spur stakes winner Primus and Southern Halo Group 1 winner Masterpiece.