Coronet caps encouraging season for Econsul

Woodside Park’s G1 winner Econsul is making encouraging headway with his first crop and his third winner arrived when Coronet Bay won the Whitson & Associates Hcp (1300m) at Sandown on Wednesday.

Coronet Bay (2f Econsul – Kelision by Keltrice) is trained by Eric Musgrove for Innisfree Thoroughbreds owners Andy and Carol O’Shea and connections expect she will keep improving over longer trips than 1300m.

“She can really gallop and Lisa Cropp jumped off and said she will run a mile all day long,” Andy O’Shea said.  “We will give her another start and, all going well, tip her out and come back for the spring.”

O’Shea owns Innisfree Thoroughbreds at Pakenham and he bought a share in Econsul when the Caulfield Guineas winner retired to Woodside Park.  “He was a Group 1 winner and is by Pins,” O’Shea explained.  “Plus, he’s a cracking individual.  Given time, I reckon he will make a stallion.”

Econsul has sired three winners from a handful of starters and stands at a $4,400 (inc. gst) fee alongside Foreplay (Danehill) and Irish Derby winner Grey Swallow (Daylami) at Woodside.

Coronet Bay was racing second-up at the Lakeside circuit on Wednesday and scored an all-the-way victory over Annario (Ad Valorem) and Rocksan (Fastnet Rock).

O’Shea bred Coronet Bay from his Pakenham winner Kelision.  She is the only foal to race from the mare who was put down last October.  “We also lost the second dam Lyrical Laughter a couple of years ago,” O’Shea said.  “Both mares were plagued by hoof problems but Coronet Bay hasn’t got any issues at all with her feet.”

O’Shea has another filly from the family named Regal Laughter.  She is a half-sister to Kelision by Innisfree stallion Regal Shot.

Regal Shot (Clay Hero) was a Listed winner of the Sir John Monash Stakes at Caulfield and has sired 59 winners of 127 races.