Tagus tops Cup day for Patinack Farm

Tagus topped a memorable day for his dam Lady Capel when he scored a three length win in the Listed Melbourne Cup Day Plate (1800m) at Flemington on Tuesday.

Tagus (6g Encosta de Lago – Lady Capel by last Tycoon) cruised home in the feature stakes race to beat last year’s winner Right Fong and last start stakes winner Hidden Wonder.

Winning trainer John Thompson was pleased to be able to break through at the Flemington carnival for Patinack Farms owner-breeder Nathan Tinkler.  “We’ve been competitive with no luck, but we got the job there so it was a good effort by all the team,” he said.  “Tagus has been very consistent since being gelded.”

The win capped a top day for his dam Lady Capel.  Earlier in Brisbane, her record breaking colt Metallurgical broke through in style at Eagle Farm.

A full brother to Metallurigcal and half brother to Tagus will be one of the headline lots of an outstanding draft from Baramul Stud at January’s 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

The Redoute’s Choice – Lady Capel colt bound for the sale is also a half brother to Patinack Farm’s first G1 winner and foundation stallion Casino Prince.  A stakes performer in her own right, Lady Capel is also the dam of Sydney stakes winner Lord of the Land.

Lady Capel is a full sister to the Group winner Palia – dam of another Patinack Farm G1 winner in Onemorenomore as well as the stakes winning sire Dr Green.  She is also a full sister to the stakes winning sire Just Awesome as well as the dam of globetrotting sprinter Green Birdie.