Eagles party at Vermont

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Black Caviar’s enormous entourage has got nothing on the syndicate that races her stablemate Sino Eagle.

A day after Black Caviar’s moving feast at Moonee Valley, Sino Eagle gave her owners another reason to party following the Winning Edge Cup (1400m) at Caulfield.

Sino Eagle (3f Casino Prince – Vermont Eagle by Octagonal) has only been beaten once in four starts since a successful debut at Benalla last month.  The Melbourne Herald-Sun reported “wild scenes erupted when a huge contingent of owners from the Vermont Eagles Football Club celebrated the win of the Peter Moody trained Sino Eagle”.

Vermont is in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs and syndicate manager Matt Ryan agreed it was a lively trip back to the club from Caulfield.  “Everyone was in high spirits on Saturday,” he said.  “More than half the owners have never raced a horse before.”

The Casino Prince filly was bred and reared at Raheen Stud in Queensland.  “We leased her dam off Basil and Di Nolan and she won a couple of races for us at Terang,” Ryan recalled.  “I noticed Vermont Eagle’s filly had been passed in at the 2011 Magic Millions, so I rang Basil and he said there was a $30,000 reserve on her.  We came up with cash and she’s already banked over $84,000.

“Peter has tipped her out for six weeks and she will be back in August / September,” Ryan added.  “She’s a flighty filly and will hopefully return more relaxed as a four year-old.”

Sino Eagle was a handful for stable apprentice Jake Duffy on Saturday.  She reared and dislodged him from the barriers and then had to pass a vet exam to start.  A slow getaway didn’t help and she was also hampered by Tyanna in the straight.

“Peter hopes she can measure up to some nice races next season,” Ryan said.  “At worst, he reckons she will mature into one of those mares that regularly races in town on a Saturday.”

Raheen sold an Excites – Vermont Eagle colt to Mackay trainer Darren Symons for $25,000 at the QTIS Yearling Sale earlier this month.  The mare has a filly foal by Red Element and is carrying a PPT to Raheen’s Group 1 winning stallion Captain Sonador.

Sino Eagle continues Raheen’s recent success at the QTIS Sale.  A year before she paraded, Raheen sold Magic Millions 3YO Guineas winner Punch On and QTIS 600 star Rocket To Glory for a combined $36,000.  They have earned a sum total of $1.27 million.

– Karl Patterson