Mockingbird on Cloud 9

Victorian breeder David Addison is back on Cloud 9 after brilliant mare Vain Queen soared sky-high at Flemington this week.

Vain Queen (Artie Schiller) was bred and sold by Addison and she won the G3 Mumm Stakes (1100m) with a spell-binding sprint down the straight course on Thursday.  Trainer John Sadler predicted he would be saddling her up for a Group 1 at some stage next year.

That’s good news for Addison and Adam Sangster who has just welcomed her dam to Swettenham Stud for a cover to Equiano this month.

“Vain Queen was very impressive,” Addison said 24 hours after the mare scored one of the easiest wins at the carnival.  “We needed a good result after our Ustinov mare Albonetti sustained a fractured humerus in an incident during the Moonee Valley Gold Cup. ”

Veterinarians are guardedly optimistic regarding her eventual return to racing.

Addison has been a TBV member since 1974 and operates Mockingbird Hill Stud just off the Hume Freeway at Longwood.  “I must be the oldest member alive,” he claimed.  “We have about five mares and breed to sell but we take the yearlings home if they don’t make the right price.

“Vain Queen’s dam Our Teneriffe has been a wonderful mare,” Addison explained.  “I got her for $1,000 at Oaklands Junction back in 2000.  Her older half-sister Card Queen had won the Blue Diamond Prelude a year before and I went along specifically to buy her.  I couldn’t believe my luck when there were no other bids.

“I bought her from the McNamara family who ran Riverdale Stud at Werribee.  She had injured a shoulder as a foal as was a sold as a two year-old purely for breeding.

“Card Queen and Our Teneriffe came from what had been a very successful family in the previous decades but which had gone into a period of quintessence for some years.  I am a believer that these families come again.”

Card Queen gave the family a boost when her filly Karuta Queen came out and won the Magic Millions 2YO Classic and G3 Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley.

Our Teneriffe did her bit delivering Don Caudillo (15 wins) first-up and Vain Queen made it five foals to race for five winners.  The Flemington Group winner was knocked down to clients of trainer John Sadler for $42,000 at the 2011 Inglis Classic yearling sale.

“The mare has an outstanding colt on the ground by Mulaazem,” Addison said.  “I think Equiano is a good fit for Our Teneriffe – he’s had a very promising start in England and his first yearlings made good money here.”

Our Teneriffe’s link with Swettenham could go full-circle next year.  Vain Queen will embark on a Group 1 campaign and a likely target is the Robert Sangster Stakes at Morphettville in April.