Day At The Track

Eisenhower from renowned family of fillies

04:39 AM 01 Jul 2009 NZST
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There have been no surprises while observing Eisenhower return strongly and running into some solid form after a break, but what is a little surprising is that it took his dam so long to produce a nice horse. The 3-year-old Presidential Ball colt is the sixth and last foal from Paula Michele, who died a couple of years ago, unfortunately without producing a filly.

Of Paula Michele's five previous colts, three were by In The Pocket and one by Troublemaker, but only Paula's Boy proved a winner and that was a battle over several years racing mainly at the Gold Coast track in Queensland.

This is a surprise because Paula Michele possessed a stout pedigree and she was such a fine filly on the track herself.

Apart from being a sister to a good sort in Ari Vance (4 NZ & 4 Aus wins, $55,466, US1.54) and three-quarter sister to Paula's Mate (2 NZ & 18 Aus wins, $231,310), Paula Michele was also a three-quarter sister to the dam of another quite brilliant filly in Tosti Girl.

Paula Michele and Tosti Girl were both bred and raced by the Pukekohe brothers Bill and (the late) Kerry Callaghan, and emanated from a mare they acquired some 20 years ago who wound up running around Townsville in the far north of Queensland in races worth $1000 for a time.

Aristocratic, bought by ‘Bunty' Hughes from a John F. Jones Waikato Yearling Sale in 1987 for $17,000, at a time when the sales were in a transitional phase and in turmoil but prices were at times overly inflated, was a Smooth Fella filly from a tough El Patron mare in Patrician bred by Brian Meale and Charlie Hunter.

A half-sister to Cup class pacer Deeside, Patrician was one of four winners and just five foals from Ulight, by Light Brigade from Undaunted, by U. Scott from the New Zealand and Auckland Cup winner Loyal Nurse.

Thus, Aristocratic may have been bred in the purple, but she had no claims to royalty on the track.

She won a race at Claudelands and another on that course that season during an Inter-Dominion Junior Drivers' Series, but followed Kerry Callaghan to Queensland when he moved to the Gold Coast.

Aristocratic won a couple of mile races at Albion Park for Kevin Thomas during 1990, but was generally finding the going a bit heavy and wound up her career with five races at Townsville, about 1500km north of Brisbane, winning four of them.

Returning home for a stud career, Aristocratic's first foal in the Vance Hanover colt Ari Vance was more than useful, but the second and a sister in Paula Michele was special.

After winning the Sires Stakes Fillies Championship at two and three and the Great Northern Oaks when it was run in March, Paula Michele then won consecutive heats of the Fillies series before heading south, but she was out of luck in the New Zealand Oaks won by There's A Franco and Fillies Final won by Party Party.

She later finished second to Adio Routine in the NZ Standardbred Breeders Stakes, but her career was curtailed to 36 races, from which she won $206,228.

Two foals later to Soky's Atom, Aristocratic produced the fine WA performer Paula's Mate, who won most of his races at Gloucester Park and finished third in a Golden Nugget and two WA Cups.

Two foals later to Jaguar Spur, Aristocratic produced a three-quarter sister to Paula Michele and Paula's Mate in Delightful Paula, who was unraced.

Delightful Paula's first two foals, by Christian Cullen, were the fillies Whambam (3, 1.56.1, 7 NZ wins, $66,672, US1.54.6) and Tosti Girl, who won a Great Northern Oaks and NSW Oaks in a career restricted to just 19 races.

Her first foal is a colt by Red River Hanover this season.

The third in a daughter of Soky's Atom in Delightful Soky was also a winner here before being sold to Australia.

That filly was line bred 2x3 to Albatross, something the Callaghans were not aware of at the time, but they have bred Delightful Paua entirely to Christian Cullen since, for a colt and a 2-year-old filly.

Jaguar Spur, for such a great racehorse by Albatross, was of course a major disappointment at stud, and his fillies could be best described as a disaster.

He left 278 foals during his five seasons at stud here for 72 winners (25%), including good sorts in Anvilanunoit, Jagged Account, Jag Star, Jaguar Royal, Matai Mackenzie and Mick Jag (US1.50.2), but no fillies of any note.

He has 25 New Zealand-bred broodmare credits to date, and it comes as no great surprise that Tosti Girl and Whambam stand out from them like a sore thumb along with the trotter King Charlie.

Paula Michele and her qualified Falcon Seelster half-sister Paula's Way were both leased to Alabar Stud a few years ago at a time when the Callaghans were getting a few too many foals around them.

Alabar bred Eisenhower before returning Paula Michele in foal to Armbro Operative, but she died foaling.

Eisenhower is just the latest class performer to emerge from Loyal Nurse's branch of the Dusky Morn family.

Loyal Nurse, a black mare by Grattan Loyal from War Maid, by Man O'War, also had a chequered career at stud, producing just six foals during 15 years for Methven's Tom Harrison.

With Honours was a Stormyway daughter who was the dam of a good sort in Guard Of Honour and granddam of Auckland Cup winner Enterprise, but the line has been strongest in descending through Undaunted, Ulight and Patrician.

Defrost was a Thurber Frost daughter of Undaunted who to Local Light left Local View, the dam of good, tough pacers in In To View and Localism along with Quick View, the dam of a top juvenile in Australia in Just A Peek and handy sorts in Atomic View, Glimpse and New York Style.

Faye Hanover, a Bachelor Hanover daughter of Ulight, left the good mare Faye's Image, while a half-sister to Devastate left five winners.

But it is through Patrician (3 wins & 26 placings) that the family has rebounded to its earlier glory.

She left seven winners including good pacers in Lavros Cameleon (6 NZ wins from 12 starts, Sires Stakes 3yo heat) and Noble Alba (US1.57.2f, $118,146) and trotter The Patriot (9 NZ wins, US1.59.4).

Class Act is a sister to Aristocratic who won a race and she figures as the dam of none other than former star filly Classical (Caduceus, NZSS 2yo Fillies Championship, 2nd NZ Oaks) along with The Lead (5 NZ wins, US1.52) and Evening Class (Aus1.56.5, 15 NZ & Aus wins, $94,015).

Civic Leader, a qualified daughter of Vance Hanover and Patrician, is the dam of Southern Ruler (1.56.6, 11 NZ & Aus wins, $110,810) and another good sort in Mach Ruler (11 Aus wins, $67,120).

There are several other successful branches to the Dusky Morn family, but none more so than that coming through Rosalie Morn, who was by First Lord (by Dillon Hall) from Una Morn, by U. Scott from Royal Morning, by Grattan Loyal.

Rosalie Morn is the fourth dam of none other than Mainland Banner, so it could be said that this family is renowned for producing star fillies.

All of which suggests that Paula Michele might have been unlucky as much as disappointing when she never left one herself.


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