Continuing what has been an exceptional season, graduates carrying the Windsor Park Stud brand have enjoyed yet another successful weekend of racing.
Specifically, the Cambridge-based stud was seen to the fore with
1. Growl winning the A$173,000 Albury Cup
2. Casabella Lane winning the Gr.2 at Tauranga
3. Gold Onyx Gr.3 win in South Africa on debut
4. Centennial Park’s narrow miss in the Gr.2 Ajax at Rosehill.
Gold Onyx, a son of Black Minnaloushe, showed that he is one for the future with a debut win in the Grade 3 Protea Stakes over 1100m under Felix Coetzee.
Trainer Sean Tarry's charge showed no inexperience on debut and finished powerfully to reel in the free-striding front-runner Legislature a few strides short of the post.
Tarry thanked his owner, Chris van Niekerk, and brother Mark, the pedigree expert who has always been excited about Black Minnaloushe as a stallion.
Gold Onyx, bred in New Zealand by Windsor Park Stud and Phil Newman, was sold at the 2009 Karaka yearling sales to Mark Tarry for NZ$80,000.
The Tarry brothers were very keen to secure the well bred colt as Sean had previously trained Gold Onyx’s half brother Keith's Choice (Montjeu).
Keith’s Choice was a brilliant debut winner over 1200m at Clairwood, but later died of travel sickness without having another run.
Their dam Egoli Lass, a stakes winning daughter of Kaapstad, is a half sister to Wise Lass the dam of the Greyville Gold Vase Gr.2 winner Wise Son (Montjeu).