First NZ winner by Cape Blanco

Former Coolmore Stud shuttler Cape Blanco sired his first southern hemisphere-bred winner in NZ on Wednesday.

His colt Mongolian Sky started an odds-on favourite in the Northland Business Systems Maiden (1600m) and shared the spoils with The Chief (Darci Brahma) after the judge was unable to separate the pair at Ruakaka.

“He’s only going to get better as he continues to strengthen up,” trainer Donna Logan said.  “He’s an out-and-out stayer and is going the right way towards the New Zealand Derby.”

Mongolian Sky was purchased by the Inner Mongolia Rider Club for $140,000 from Phoenix Park at the 2015 NZB 2YO Sale.  He had been passed-in as a yearling when offered by Hallmark Stud at Karaka.

His dam Carib (Montjeu) won 4 races up to 2100m and she is a half-sister to G2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic winner My Tusker (Volksraad).  It’s the family of G1 Japan Cup winner Horlicks and her G1 Melbourne Cup winning son Brew.

Cape Blanco (Galileo) won the G1 Irish Derby and G1 Irish Champion Stakes in his classic year and then relocated to the USA for a Group 1 hat-trick in the Man O’ War Stakes, Arlington Million and Joe Hirsch Turf Classic.

Coolmore shuttled Cape Blanco between its Kentucky arm at Ashland Stud to Cambridge Stud between 2012 and 2014.  He was transferred to Shizunai Stallion Station in Japan after a third and final southern book in New Zealand.