Press-button colt wins Sandown Guineas

Pressday’s victory in the G2 Sandown Guineas proved once again that Domesday is Victoria’s value sire, bar none.

Domesday stands at Darley’s Northwood Park at Seymour for an $11,000 (inc gst) fee.  He was booked out at that price which isn’t surprising considering Perth breeder Bob Peters paid $41,000 for a Domesday nomination in August.

Pressday (3c Domesday – Kaaptive Empress by Kaaptive Edition) was set for the G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes first up but missed the start and was never in contention at Flemington.  He jumped cleanly at Sandown and relished the step up to 1600m to score a convincing victory over Chasse (Octagonal) and Bigelow (Al Maher).

“He is a stallion so we have got to look after his value and keep building it up a bit higher,” trainer Chris Waller said.  “We will concentrate on the Sydney autumn carnival and set him for the Randwick Guineas and the Doncaster.”

Pressday sold for $38,000 at the 2009 Inglis Classic yearling sale from the Glenarvon Park draft.  He won a Randwick maiden in February and blossomed at the Brisbane winter carnival winning the G2 Champagne Stakes and G2 Queensland Sires’ Produce before graduating to a G1 victory in the T.J. Smith at Eagle Farm.

Domesday has sired three stakes winners so far this season including Darley stablemates Backgammon (LR VRC Myer Fashion Stakes) and Divorces (G3 MRC Caulfield Fillies Prelude).

A son of Red Ransom, Domesday was a high class juvenile winning the G2 Silver Slipper Stakes in a career that spanned just eight starts.  He hails from the influential stallion making family of Redoute’s Choice, Umatilla, Hurricane Sky, Al Maher and Spinning World.