BREEDER Vaughan Koster of Cheveley Stud was over the (Twilight) Moon when the colt by that name dead-heated with the smart Frosted Gold to share honours in the Listed Storm Bird Stakes over 1000m at Turffontein last Saturday.
Twilight Moon, trained by Paul Matchett, gave freshman stallion Wylie Hall his first stakes winner and Koster commented: “He’s only had seven runners for two winners and three individual places, and of course now including a stakes horse. This gives us more than a glimmer of hope for his future.”
Wylie Hall (photo, top) is impeccably bred – he’s a Gr1 winning son of Australia’s renowned superstar stallion Redoute’s Choice from Beauty Belle, a mare that also produced Champion Sprinter Absolute Champion who broke the Sha Tin 1200m track record winning the Gr1 Cathay Pacific Sprint.
While it’s simply all there in his pedigree and he’s enjoyed three full books of mares, Wylie Hall’s first crop was received with a measure of uncertainty and some of his foals went for low prices at their first auctions.
That’s just the way it goes with some stallions, but Wylie Hall’s progeny is certain to attract their deserved share of attention now that he’s chalked up a quick stakes success.
Koster said: “There may have been a perception that Wylie Hall, as a Derby winner, would produce predominantly stayers, but of course he won also over 1400m and a Gr1 mile and his own sire is known for throwing speed horses.”
Koster added: “Redoute’s Choice gave Australians the opportunity to breed speed horses with a possibility of classic horses and stayers and it’s the same with Wylie Hall. He is producing horses with good bone, strength, depth and nice feet and he suits a slightly scopier type of mare.
“We are delighted that he’s had an early speed stakes winner, it’s such a good early sign and the trainers and breeders are very positive about what they’re seeing in the paddocks and on the training tracks.
“Wylie Hall has good representation at the forthcoming few sales, including the Cape Yearling Sale this week where we at Cheveley have two nice colts bred from mares by Argonaut. We’ve given him a range of mares to see what results from it, where his strengths will lie.”