Hard Spun off the mark at Haydock

Darley sire Hard Spun moved off the mark with his first winner when Mabroor scored on debut at Haydock on Saturday.

Mabroor (2c Hard Spun – Mayfield by Exploit) was always in touch with the leaders and made progress to hit the lead in the final 100 metres.  He is trained by Mark Johnston for Sheikh Hamdan.

Hard Spun (Danzig) was a G1 winner of the King’s Bishop Stakes at Saratoga and he has shuttled to Darley Australia for the last three years.  His first southern bred yearlings sold up to $100,000 at the 2011 majors.

Both his six-figures yearlings where sold at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.  The colt from Much Better (Red Ransom) was offered by Musk Creek Farm and was purchased by Paul Moroney.  The colt out of Am Crazy (Bluebird) was part of the Three Bridges draft and he was bought by Inglis as agent.

Mabroor was a $300,000 buy at the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale.  He was bred in Kentucky and is from Aqueduct winner Mayfield.  The mare has already foaled winners by Golden Missile and Saint Liam.

Hard Spun was one of the toughest three-year-olds of his generation, filling the frame in a half-dozen Group 1 events from 1400m (King’s Bishop) to 2400m (Belmont Stakes).  In all, he won 7 times in 13 starts.

One of the last major sons of Danzig to retire to stud, Hard Spun will cover his fourth book at Northwood Park this year for a $16,500 (inc gst) service fee.