Winning week for Stromberg Carlson

Stromberg Carlson completed a winning week when Dusty’s Felt carried top weight to win the Men Of League Foundation (1615m) at Doomben on Wednesday.

Dusty’s Felt (4g Stromberg Carlson – New Yeats by Yeats) camped on the leaders before Glen Colless sooled him to a determined victory over The Clandy Man Can (Clang) and Cape Chivas (Cape Cross).

Dusty’s Felt broke his maiden as January juvenile at the Gold Coast in 2009 but he went another 20 starts before notching his second win at Toowoomba last month.

“He’s a much more mature horse this season,” trainer Brett Baker revealed.  “He was always in the money or thereabouts as a three year-old but kept running into one better on the day.”

Baker has always had a good opinion of Dusty’s Felt and that was confirmed when the gelding ran fifth to Sanderson in the G3 Gunsynd Classic at Eagle Farm in May.  “I’ve changed his workload and that’s helped, too,” Baker added.  “He’s all heart and I wouldn’t mind more like him in the backyard.”

Stromberg Carlson stands at Raheen Stud and Baker is a big fan of the Redoute’s Choice horse.  He owns the Doomben winner’s dam New Yeats and she has a Stromberg Carlson 2yo colt named Carlson’s Felt and a ripper colt by him foaled last month.

Baker prepares Dusty’s Felt for his wife Christine and her parents Arnold and Marlene Carne.  “We were confident he would go well at Doomben but then they bumped up the weights and he had to shoulder 57kg.  He’s not a big horse and it was a huge effort to hold them off with top-weight.”

Dusty’s Felt has built up a 24: 3-4-4 record and has earned over $94,000.  He is one of 29 winners from Stromberg Carlson’s first two crops and, all up, they have won 48 races in five countries.

“Stromberg Carlson stands for $4,400 and I reckon that’s real value for money,” Baker said.  “We raced New Yeats and she won races at Cairns and around the Tablelands but Stromberg Carlson has definitely upgraded her foals.”

Stromberg Carlson is also building a big reputation in South East Asia and that was evident when his colts and geldings were targeted at the Magic Millions HIT Sale last week.

Apart from his Australian based stock, the Raheen Stud sire’s winner count is rising week by week in Singapore, Macau and South Korea.

Topping his draft at the Gold Coast last week was a chestnut colt from Balaka (El Qahira) that made $51,000 to the bid of Rodolfo Mendoza.  “He paraded beautifully,” Raheen Stud’s Basil Nolan jnr said.  “We sold him for $22,500 to Washpool Lodge at the Magic Millions QTIS 600 yearling sale in March.

“Kevin Thomas and his Washpool team did a tremendous job prepping him for the HIT Sale and we will be keeping an eye on the Singapore results for him next year.”

Singapore trainer Brian Dean also weighed in with $47,000 for two Stromberg Carlson colts from Raheen Stud’s consignment at the Gold Coast.

“They were both good types and will really furnish with another six months development,” Nolan explained.  “In some respects, it’s a pity when the Strombergs are sent off-shore.  It doesn’t help promote the stallion locally but it’s a plus when the overseas buyers come down for the Ready to Run Sales.”

Dean’s first buy was the colt from Victory Bleu (Lot 136).  The dam is by Zeditave and she is a winning half-sister to stakes winning filly I Got Chills (General Nediym).

Dean also purchased a colt out of Lady Of Jules (Lot 324).  He’s the first foal of a Danzero mare related to Melbourne Group winners Miss Jugah (Jugah) and Exclusive Halo (Don’t Say Halo).

Stromberg Carlson’s status in Singapore received a boost when Super Velocity scored over 2200m at Kranji recently.  “I reckon Super Velocity has a future as a fast stayer,” trainer Stephen Gray predicted.  “He reminds me of Imperial Green who was Group 2 placed for me in a Queen Elizabeth Cup.”

Super Velocity (4g Stromberg Carlson – Genet by Yeats) was a $34,000 buy from the Raheen Stud draft at the 2008 Gold Coast Magic Millions yearling sale.

Stromberg Carlson has also been represented by five individual winners of 10 races in South Korea and they have earned the equivalent of more than $360,000.