Emirates Stud caps hat-trick at Caulfield

The NSW headquarters of Emirates Stud had a day out during Caulfield’s winter meeting on Saturday.

Al Maher’s first crop mares Dance With Her and Lady Mahler were on the mark with an early double and Secret Flyer capped a winning hat-trick in the Listed Sir John Monash Stakes.

Secret Flyer (7g Secret Savings – Lanadee by Snaadee) steamed home for an impressive win under Luke Nolan.  “I didn’t think he’d be able to finish off as well as he did after the slow speed,” Nolan said.  “But he let down strongly and got the job done quickly.”

Trained at Colac by Mark Young, the gelding failed to reach a $50,000 reserve at the 2005 Gold Coast Magic Millions but has now earned over $528,000.  His previous success at stakes level was in the Listed Kensington Stakes at Flemington.

Secret Flyer is by deceased sire Secret Savings and is a half-brother to Hong Kong winner Supreme Class (Redoute’s Choice).  Their dam Lanadee is a half sister to G3 Emancipation Stakes winner Almazyoon.  Darley shuttler Hard Spun is further back in the family.

Emirates owner Nassah Lootah imported Secret Savings (Seeking The Gold) from North America to win the 1997 Doncaster Handicap at Randwick.  He died in January 2009 after 11 very successful seasons on the roster at Emirates Park.

Al Maher was a G1 winner of the VRC Australian Guineas and is in the prime of his stud career at Emirates.  There have been 98 individual winners to date from three crops and they have won 211 races at a 53% strike-rate.

Al Maher (Danehill) will stand for a $24,200 (inc gst) fee in 2011.