Coolgardie Cup quinella for Alwyn Park

Alwyn Park sires have maintained their successful start to the season with Fair Sonari running out a ready winner of the $100,000 Coolgardie Cup (1600m) in Kalgoorlie.

Fair Sonari (Trade Fair) had been struggling during the winter season at Belmont but has recaptured winning form in the Goldfields.  He claimed the Tatts Cup (1606m) last month and defied running down again on Sunday despite drifting out to $15.

“Wet tracks were a problem in Perth,” trainer Stephen Miller said after the front-running victory.  “He loves it here and all credit to Jade (McNaught), she rides him very well.”

Fair Sonari has won 7 of his 29 starts for earnings of $234,013 for owners Craig Yeo, Neil Pinner and Tony Buhagiar.  That’s a tidy return on the $24,000 he cost from Blackwatch Stud at the 2016 Perth Magic Millions.

Double Digit filled out a Coolgardie Cup quinella for Alwyn Park.  The Demerit gelding was prepped for the 2015 Perth Magic Millions by Alwyn Park owner John Andrew and has improved a $10,000 price-tag into prizemoney of $347,630.

Other recent Alwyn Park graduates include Rivalry Galore (LR Belmont Classic), Pearl Trade, Demi Go Round, Akiko and Snowchino.

Trade Fair (Ire), who died in March 2018 at Alwyn Park, has sired the winners of 12 races this season and there’s some more black-type in sight when Fair Sonari steps up in distance for the LR Boulder Cup (2100m) on September 22.

Incumbent Alwyn Park stallions Maschino and Alfred Nobel (Ire) also have black-type gallopers gearing up for Ascot’s summer carnival.

Maschino’s LR Raconteur Stakes winner Cup Night ran into a place first-up at Belmont on Saturday and his G2 WATC Derby runner-up Cockney Crew couldn’t have been more impressive in a Lark Hill trial last week.

Prim And Proper led Alfred Nobel’s 2yo division last season winning the LR Supremacy Stakes.  Owner-breeder Lou Luciani will set her for the 3yo filly features coming up at Ascot.

Adam Durrant won two Ascot nurseries with Alfred Nobel filly Miss Ellmya in May and there’s black-type right back through her pedigree to G2 Edward Manifold Stakes winner Better Vain.

Maschino (Encosta de Lago) stands for a $4,950 service fee at Alwyn Park with Alfred Nobel (Danehill Dancer) who is priced at $2,200.

Trade Fair gelding wins the Coolgardie Cup
Photo / Tori O’Connor