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Microphone retires to stand alongside his sire at Kelvinside

Mike Hedge

Microphone, the 2019 G1 Sires’ Produce Stakes winner and Australia’s Champion two-year-old of last season has been retired to stud.

A four-time winner in a juvenile season capped by his Sires’ win, and the first colt home when second in the G1 Golden Slipper, Microphone returned at three to win the G2 Autumn Stakes at Caulfield before finishing a gallant second in the G1 Randwick Guineas.

Regarded by his trainer James Cummings as “a clearly superior colt”, Microphone won twice down the straight at Flemington, returning to Sydney to take the G2 Skyline Stakes before finishing second to his stablemate Kiamichi in the G1 Golden Slipper.

“Microphone really was a very good, very tough colt who beat all but the winner in the Golden Sipper, and then beat her home in the Sires’,” Cummings said.

“His wins in Melbourne were very good and it was a shame to see him just fail in the Randwick Guineas where he beat home horses such as Warning who is a Victoria Derby winner and Castelvecchio who went on to win the Rosehill Guineas.

“He’ll stand alongside his sire Exceed And Excel and has everything necessary to be a worthy successor to him.”

In welcoming Microphone to Kelvinside Stud in NSW, Darley’s Australian Head of Sales Alastair Pulford described him as “a Champion colt in a stellar crop”.

“He’s superbly bred, by the world’s best sire of two-year-olds, there are Stakes winners right through his maternal family and he’s a very good-looking horse in the mould of his father,” Pulford said.