Christmas comes early for Captain

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Queensland trainer Roger Milne was a guiding force behind Captain Sonador during his rise up the ranks to a Group 1 victory in the 2010 Epsom Hcp at Randwick.

Milne is still hands on but this week he helped deliver the first foals from locally based mares Coral Trout and Hello Christmas.

The Captain Sonadors will arrive in numbers throughout August.  The majority will be born at Raheen Stud in Warwick but Milne welcomed the first of them further up the New England Highway at Westbrook.

“The filly from Coral Trout was first cab off the rank,” Milne said.  “She’s out of a maiden mare and looks a lovely type.

“The next was a nice colt out Hello Christmas.  Apart from being a chestnut, he’s a lot like his father.”

Both mares are owned by Gregg Wagner who raced Captain Sonador to 6 wins and $730,000 in prizemoney.  He was the highest rated miler to retire to stud in Queensland since Show A Heart.

Coral Trout is an unraced Testa Rossa mare related to Flemington stakes winner Spellmaker.  Hello Christmas (Iglesia) won four races on the provincial circuit for Wagner and Milne.  She is from the immediate family of LR Gosford Classic winner Stay Tuned.

“Gregg sent 25 mares to Captain Sonador last year,” Milne revealed.  “They were all positive after 45 days.  His fertility is tremendous and I’m really looking forward to training some of them down the track.”

Captain Sonador is a son of former Darley shuttler Shamardal who is about to steamroll through the 300 individual winner barrier at a sky-high 69% strike-rate.  Fully 39 of those winners have graduated to black-type success.

Captain Sonador covered 119 mares in his first book at Raheen Stud last year.  He will stand for an $11,000 (inc gst) service fee again in 2012.

Group 1 winning Raheen stallion with Roger Milne