Stallion Station produces two heat winners

01:23 AM 02 Feb 2010 NZDT
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The heats of the prestige Victoria Derby, run at Tabcorp Park Melton last Friday (January 29), proved a triumph for Stallion Station sires. The giant harness racing breeding conglomerate produced two heat winners in Lanercost (by Courage Under Fire) and Lincoln Royal (by Mach Three), while another three Stallion Stallion sired colts qualified for the $200,000 Group 1 Final at Moonee Valley next Saturday (February 6).

Of the 36 Derby contestants, no less than eight were sired by Stallion Station sires - Courage Under Fire (5) and Mach Three (3).

In the first heat Stallion Station produced three of the first four finishers in Lanercost, Heza Panamach (by Mach Three) 2nd and Courage To Rule (by Courage Under Fire) 4th.

Lanercost, who started a raging hot favourite at $1.40, never gave his army of supporters a moment's concern. Pinging straight to the front from the pole, the brilliant Queenslander was able to dictate his own terms and allowed to coast through the middle half in 63.3 seconds, he reeled off a 55.5 seconds last 800 metres to leave his rivals gasping for breath.

Lanercost bristled over the last quarter in 26.5 - possibly a record for the new Melton track. He averaged a 1:59.2 mile rating for the 2240m mobile.

The Darrell Graham trained and driven colt is unbeaten in three attempts this season. He boasts a lifetime record of 13 starts for 11 wins and two seconds for $127,962 in stakes.

Bred in New Zealand by Mike Stratford, Lanercost is out of the New York Motoring mare Lanoch 2:01.l (2 NZ wins), the dam of seven winners from seven foals including the five-time Harold Park winner Thornycroft 1:59.9.

Fresh off his record-breaking win in the Waikato Guineas (Listed) at Cambridge, Lincoln Royal (Sir Lincoln in NZ) was forced to work overtime to find the lead from his wide front row draw. Once settled in the vanguard, the Mach Three colt ambled through the first half of the last mile in 64.4.

He unwound a sizzling last half of 56.9 (29.8 and 27.1) to win, eased down, by two-and-a-half lengths.

Sir Lincoln rated 1:58.3 - the equal fastest of the three qualifiers - and posted his seventh win from 15 starts. He boosted his stakes tally to an impressive $176,114.

Bred by John Street, Sir Lincoln is the second foal of the unraced Clare De Lune, a Beach Towel mare from the Canadian bred Armbro Moonlight, by Cam Fella from the Albatross mare Shimmer Hanover. It is the family of champion sire Fake Left, and other sires in Fast Knight and Double Century.

The remaining Stallion Stallion sired Derby finalist is Wartime Sweetheart (by Courage Under Fire), who finished a flying fourth in the second qualifier.

Peter WHARTON

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