Off-shore double for Stromberg Carlson

Stromberg Carlson struck twice on Friday when Hauturu opened his account in New Zealand and Super Velocity won on debut in Singapore.  Stromberg Carlson is a son of Redoute’s Choice and he stands at Basil Nolan’s Raheen Stud in Queensland.  The off-shore double increased his individual winner total to 21.

Hauturu (3f Stromberg Carlson – Always Smiling by Devorant) scored an effortless three length victory at Te Teko yesterday.  The Kiwi filly is a homebred for Daile and Sandy Casson.  They sent her across the Tasman to Cambridge based trainer Don Sellwood in April last year.  

The Cassons have bred numerous good gallopers over the years like old marvel Marwin Gold who won 20 sprints in NSW and Victoria.  He bowed out of racing as an 11 year-old with a gutsy front-running victory at Moe in October 2008.

Raheen Stud forged another winning link with New Zealand last week when their promising Zabeel filly Too Ra Loo broke through in a 2025 metre maiden at Cranbourne on May 30.  Raheen’s Basil and Diane Nolan and their son Basil jnr bought Too Ra Loo from Masterton nursery Little Avondale Stud for $150,000.

The Nolans sold a bargain when they accepted $34,000 for Super Velocity at the 2008 Gold Coast Magic Millions.  He is trained by Stephen Gray for the Amigo Stable and was very impressive on debut at Kranji on Friday night.

“I reckon Super Velocity has a future as a fast stayer,” Gray predicted. “I thought 1200m might be too short for him so the 1400m was perfect.  But it’s always hard for any horse to win first-up over that distance.”

Grey flew to Brisbane to inspect Super Velocity on the recommendation of Lyle Plumb.  The gelding reminded him a lot of Imperial Green who has won five races for the stable up to 1800m in Singapore.  Imperial Green (Senor Pete) was also G2 placed in the G2 Queen Elizabeth 11 Cup last year.

Super Velocity (3g Stromberg Carlson – Genet by Yeats) is a half-brother to the winners Pisani Bay (Spritely Native), Forever Amen (Forever Regal), Altao (Flying Tycoon), Regenet (Forever Regal), Herdsman (Semipalatinsk) and Naval Port (Admiralty).

Second-dam Bouilleur (Grand Chaudiere) is a half-sister to the stakes winners Roulette, Skalato and Turvey.

Stromberg Carlson is by emerging breed-shaper Redoute’s Choice and is a half-brother to G1 racehorse and sire Testa Rossa.  He was owned by John Messara and Alan Jones and, in a career restricted to 8 starts, won at Rosehill and was stakes placed at Doomben.

The Nolans placed a $5,500 (inc gst) fee on Stromberg Carlson when he retired to stud in 2005.  That helped him cover over 470 mares in his first four seasons at Raheen which is situated in the Gladfield Valley some 130km west of Brisbane.