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Classy quartet on show at Rosehill

Mike Hedge

It is to be expected that a thoroughbred breeding operation such as Godolphin Australia will produce crop-after-crop of magnificently-bred racehorses.

But there could hardly be more graphic confirmation of the fact than that provided by the  outstanding colts Telperion, Astern, Tessera and Impending who carry the royal blue of Godolphin in the G2 Run To The Rose at Rosehill on Saturday, August 27.

As well as all being stakes performers sired by Darley stallions, the quartet carries the blood of some of the most influential maternal families in Australian thoroughbred breeding.

When Telperion (Street Cry) steps out for his return to racing at Rosehill, his claims will be backed by a pedigree heavy with the influence of G1 producer and four-time G1 winner Denise’s Joy.

Telperion’s grand-dam Wild Queen collected G3 success in her own right and is one of seven foals produced by her mother Crowning Jewel, all of which were winners, including So Gorgeous, the winner of five stakes races.

Likewise for Astern (Medaglia d’Oro), who has a pedigree that features the outstanding racehorse Triscay, the winner of five G1 trophies among her 13 stakes wins and 15 victories.

Astern’s dam Essaouria has made a strong start to her career as a broodmare with her first three foals to race all being successful, including the stakes-placed Mogador (Lonhro).

The female ancestry of Tessera (Medaglia d’Oro) contains winner-after-winner. Her dam Chatoyant won four times, grand-dam Decidity was a winner whose seven foals to race have returned six winners. Among them is Bonaria whose eight successes include G1 VRC Myer Stakes, along with the stakes winners Legally Bay and Time Out.

Tessera’s fifth dam, the Irish-bred Gypsy Moss, was a G2 winner in Australia who in turn produced the G1 winner Our Planet and the stakes-winner Gypsy Kingdom.

There is little need to look back further than one generation to discover the strength in the pedigree of Impending (Lonhro) – but if you do there is a lot to admire.

His mother Mnemosyne was a G1 winner of the 1000 Guineas and the Queen Of The Turf Stakes among five graded victories and Impending is the fourth winner from her five foals to race.

“She has the potential to be an absolute blue-hen broodmare,” says Godolphin Australia Managing Director Henry Plumptre.

“Her third foal, Memorial was a lovely horse who showed a lot of potential and Kim Waugh has done a great job with Forget who’s won a Cameron Handicap, and her first foal Eleuther was also a winner.

“And we still have Impending coming through.”

Impending’s grand-dam My Juliet produced seven foals for seven winners, she in turn is a daughter of Perfect Draw who has had six winners from seven foals to race while his fifth dam Better Draw won 10 times before producing the G1 Golden Slipper winner Full On Aces and his brother Top Of The Pack.

The four colts are headed toward Australia’s major three-year-old races and the chance to enhance their already illustrious families.