LUCKY VEGA returns to YULONG
Bred by one of Ireland’s most respected breeders, Pat O’Kelly of Kilcarn Stud, who also gave the world top-class siblings Marju (Ire) and Salsabil (Ire), Lucky Vega is one of three winners out of the unraced mare Queen Of Carthage (USA), a daughter of top miler and Classic sire Cape Cross (Ire) and G1 Prix de l’Opera winner Satwa Queen (Fr).
Michael Donohue: “Lucky Vega was our pick of the Lope De Vega’s in the Sale. He was a beautiful yearling, just as he is now: well made, strong, precocious looking and in possession of a good pedigree. It was as easy as that.”
Donohoe continues: “He’s just been an exciting horse all along, and he’s lived up to that early promise.”
Lucky Vega won convincingly first time out over 1200 metres at Naas and was just edged out into second in the G2 Railway S. over the same trip at The Curragh on his next start.
He atoned for that by blowing away his rivals in the G1 Phoenix S. back over that course and distance on his third outing, storming clear to beat the smart The Lir Jet (Ire) by 3.5l. Previous winners of the race include breed-shapers Danehill Dancer (Ire) and Johannesburg (USA).
Lucky Vega really did take the eye before his seasonal reappearance in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, he then finished a very close third.
It is not just Lucky Vega’s 2-year-old talent and sprinting ability that will likely make him hot property in Australia.
Local breeders will already be familiar with Lope De Vega’s prowess as a sire, as the aforementioned Archdemus is not the only top-notcher who was conceived during the son of Shamardal’s (USA) four-year stint shuttling to Patinack Farm; there was also Group 1 winners Gytrash, Santa Ana Lane, Vega Magic & Vega One, as well as Group 2 scorers and Group 1 placegetters Spanish Reef and Spanish Whisper.
It might not have escaped Australian breeders’ attention that Lope De Vega proved to be a good foil for Danehill blood, either. Gytrash and Santa Ana Lane are both out of Fastnet Rock mares, while Vega Magic’s maternal grandam was by Danewin.
Lope De Vega and Danehill have clicked when combined in European pedigrees, too. His first-crop Champion 2-year-old Belardo (Ire) is out of a mare by Danehill himself, while North American Group 1 winners Capla Temptress (Ire) and Newspaperofrecord (Ire) are out of mares by Danehill sons Dansili and Holy Roman Emperor (Ire) respectively.
Mares covered in Lucky Vega’s 2021 debut Australian season included the G1 winner Unforgotten and Miss Barley, dam of Gytrash.
Following a successful season in Europe at the Irish National Stud where he covered a full book, Lucky Vega is set to stand his second Yulong season in 2022.
Curragh Phoenix S., Gr.1 (1200m beating The Lir Jet and Aloha Star), Naas Irish Stallion Farms EBF (C & G) Maiden (1200m), 2d Newmarket Middle Park S., Gr.1 (1200m), Curragh Railway S., Gr.2 (1200m),
2d Royal Ascot St James’s Palace Stakes Gr.1 (1602m to Poetic Flare)
3d Newmarket The Two Thousand Guineas, Gr.1 (1600m to Poetic Flare and Master of the Seas)
4th Curragh Irish Two Thousand Guineas, Gr.1 (1600m to Mac Swiney, Poetic Flare and Van Gogh)
Lope de Vega’s Top Progeny
SANTA ANA LANE (12g, Fastnet Rock, Gulch). 10 wins from 1100m to 1400m, A$8,236,329, 1st ATC TJ Smith S., Gr.1, BRC Stradbroke H., Gr.1, SAJC Goodwood H., Gr.1, VRC VRC Sprint Classic, Gr.1, MRC Sir Rupert Clarke S., Gr.1, ATC Premiere S., Gr.2, MRC Zeditave S., Gr.3, Murrumbidgee TC Wagga Wagga Town P., 2nd ATC TJ Smith S., Gr.1, VRC Gilgai S., Gr.2, ATC South Pacific Classic, L, ATC The Everest, 3rd SAJC DC McKay S., Gr.3, MRC Heath S., Gr.3, MRC Testa Rossa S., L, MRC Regal Roller S., L, ATC E-Group Security H., 4th HKJC Chairman’s Sprint Prize, Gr.1, MRC Gothic S., L, MVRC Abell S., L, MVRC Bendigo Bank H., L
NEWSPAPEROFRECORD (16f, Holy Roman Emperor, So Factual). 5 wins from 1400m to 1700m, A$1,586,950, 1st Churchill Downs Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, Gr.1, Belmont Just a Game S., Gr.1, Belmont Miss Grillo S., Gr.2, Belmont Intercontinental S., Gr.3, 2nd Churchill Downs Churchill Distaff Turf Mile S., Gr.2, Churchill Downs Edgewood S., Gr.3, Belmont Wonder Again S., Gr.3, 3rd Keeneland First Lady S., Gr.1
VEGA MAGIC (12g, Magic Albert, Danewin). 14 wins from 1100m to 1400m, A$4,057,400, 1st SAJC Goodwood H., Gr.1, MRC Memsie S., Gr.1, WATC AJ Scahill S., Gr.3, WATC Colonel Reeves S., Gr.3, WATC Roma Cup, Gr.3, MRC Bletchingly S., Gr.3, MRC Regal Roller S., L, WATC Free Wi-Fi Available P., WATC Amelia Park 3YO P., WATC Hall of Fame Arthur Ward H., WATC Tabtouch H., WATC Vale Hana Dickson H., WATC Kirin Megumi H., WATC Westspeed 3YO H., 2nd ATC The Everest, WATC Westspeed 2YO P., WATC Sponsor a Race H., 3rd WATC Westspeed 2YO P., 4th MRC Memsie S., Gr.1
BELARDO (12c, Danehill, Marignan). 5 wins from 1210m to 1610m, A$1,763,152, 1st Newmarket Dewhurst S., Gr.1, Newbury Lockinge S., Gr.1, Doncaster Doncaster Mile, L, Newbury Washington Singer S., L, 2nd Ascot Queen Elizabeth II S., Gr.1, Royal Ascot Queen Anne S., Gr.1, 3rd Newmarket Challenge S., Gr.2, 4th Curragh Irish Two Thousand Guineas, Gr.1, Sandown Mile S., Gr.2, Newmarket July S., Gr.2, Doncaster Champagne S., Gr.2
AUNT PEARL (18f, Hurricane Run, Grand Lodge). 3 wins from 1600m to 1700m, A$923,496, 1st Keeneland Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, Gr.1, Keeneland Jessamine S., Gr.2
GYTRASH (15g, Fastnet Rock, Strawberry Road). 10 wins from 1000m to 1300m, A$3,199,050, 1st VRC Lightning S., Gr.1, ATC Concorde S., Gr.3, SAJC RN Irwin S., Gr.3, VRC AR Creswick S., L, ATC Yes Yes Yes S., VRC Ken Cox H., SAJC 2KW Bar & Restaurant 2YO H., SAJC Lynne-Maree & Nick H., SAJC M&B Stewart’s 61st Anniversary H., SAJC Heineken 3 2YO H., 2nd MVRC William Reid S., Gr.1, SAJC Goodwood H., Gr.1, MRC Heath S., Gr.3, MRC Skyline Education Foundation P., SAJC Holdfast Insurance 2YO P., SAJC Ubet H., 3rd VRC Newmarket H., Gr.1, SAJC Euclase S., Gr.2, ATC The Everest, SAJC Rebel Raider Series Final H., SAJC Darley 2YO H.
THE RIGHT MAN (12g, Warning, Arctic Tern). 10 wins from 1100m to 1400m, A$1,273,830, 1st Meydan Al Quoz Sprint, Gr.1, Maisons-Laffitte Prix de Seine-Et-Oise, Gr.3, Maisons-Laffitte Prix de Seine-Et-Oise, Gr.3, Maisons-Laffitte Prix de Bonneval, L, Deauville Prix de la Huderie, 2nd Deauville Prix de Meautry, Gr.3, Maisons-Laffitte Prix de Seine-et-Oise, Gr.3, Baden-Baden Silberne Peitsche, Gr.3, Maisons-Laffitte Prix de Bonneval, L, Deauville Prix Hampton, L, 3rd Meydan Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint
CAPLA TEMPTRESS (15f, Dansili, Shirley Heights). 5 wins from 1408m to 1700m, A$614,921, 1st Woodbine Natalma S., Gr.1, Gulfstream Park My Charmer S., Gr.3, Delaware Park Just a Kiss S., L, 2nd Saratoga Lake Placid S., Gr.2, Saratoga De la Rose S., L, 3rd Newmarket Sweet Solera S., Gr.3, 4th Longchamp Poule d’Essai des Pouliches, Gr.1
ZABEEL PRINCE (13g, Unbridled’s Song, Rahy). 6 wins from 1575m to 1850m, A$440,526, 1st ParisLongchamp Prix d’Ispahan, Gr.1, Newmarket Earl of Sefton S., Gr.3, Doncaster Doncaster Mile, L, York Unibet.co.uk H., 2nd Newmarket Joel S., Gr.2, 4th York Strensall S., Gr.3
PHOENIX OF SPAIN (16c, Key of Luck, Kaldoun). 3 wins from 1400m to 1600m, A$664,104, 1st Curragh Irish Two Thousand Guineas, Gr.1, York Acomb S., Gr.3, 2nd Doncaster Futurity Trophy, Gr.1, Doncaster Champagne S., Gr.2
JEMAYEL (13f, Homme de Loi, No Lute). 2 wins from 1600m to 2000m, A$471,619, 1st Deauville Prix Saint-Alary, Gr.1, Longchamp Prix de la Masseliere, 2nd Deauville Prix de la Nonette, Gr.2, Deauville Prix des Reservoirs, Gr.3, 3rd Goodwood Nassau S., Gr.1, Deauville Prix du Mezeray, 4th Chantilly Prix de l’Opera, Gr.1
LUCKY VEGA (18c, Cape Cross, Muhtathir). 2 wins at 1207m, A$411,598, 1st Curragh Phoenix S., Gr.1, 2nd Newmarket Middle Park S., Gr.1, Curragh Railway S., Gr.2, 3rd Newmarket The Two Thousand Guineas, Gr.1
ENDLESS DRAMA (12c, Green Desert, Last Tycoon). 5 wins from 1200m to 1610m, A$754,586, 1st Waikato RC Foxbridge P., Gr.2, ARC Easter H., Gr.2, ATC Apollo S., Gr.2, 2nd Curragh Irish Two Thousand Guineas, Gr.1, Curragh Tetrarch S., L, Leopardstown Two Thousand Guineas Trial, L, Hawkes Bay Finance Sprint H, L, 3rd Newbury Lockinge S., Gr.1, BRC Stradbroke H., Gr.1, ATC Apollo S., Gr.2, ATC Carrington S., L, 4th ATC Canterbury S., Gr.1, BOP RC Japan-New Zealand International Trophy, Gr.2
SPANISH WHISPER (15f, Encosta de Lago, Shirley Heights). 4 wins from 1200m to 1400m, A$469,214, 1st Matamata RC Matamata Breeders’ S., Gr.2, VRC AV Kewney S., Gr.2, VRC Let’s Elope S., Gr.2, 2nd MRC WW Cockram S., Gr.3, MVRC Typhoon Tracy S., Gr.3, MRC Jim Moloney S., L, ARC NZB Insurance Pearl Series 2YO H., 3rd ARC Diamond S., Gr.1, MRC Tristarc S., Gr.2
VERY SPECIAL (12f, Danehill, Taufan). 5 wins from 1210m to 1800m, A$861,267, 1st Meydan Cape Verdi S., Gr.2, Meydan Balanchine S., Gr.2, Meydan Cape Verdi S., Gr.2, Kempton Jack Berry House Fillies’ S., 2nd Newmarket Falmouth S., Gr.1, Lingfield Fleur de Lys S., L, Kempton Hyde S., L, 3rd Newmarket Tattersalls Millions 2YO Fillies’ Trophy
SPANISH REEF (13f, Lemon Drop Kid, Catrail). 7 wins from 1400m to 1600m, A$889,400, 1st MVRC Sunline S., Gr.2, MRC Ladies Day Vase, Gr.3, VRC Schweppervescence Trophy, Gr.3, VRC Schweppervescence Trophy, Gr.3, VRC Rivette Series Final H., VRC TCL TV H., MRC Clanbrooke Racing H., 2nd MVRC Sunline S., Gr.2, VRC Domain H., MVRC Ladbrokes Odds Boost H., 3rd VRC Empire Rose S., Gr.1, MRC Mannerism S., Gr.3, 4th MVRC Sunline S., Gr.2, MVRC WH Stocks S., Gr.2, MVRC WH Stocks S., Gr.2, MVRC JRA Cup, Gr.3, MRC Geoffrey Bellmaine S., Gr.3, MRC Mannerism S., Gr.3, MRC Mannerism S., Gr.3
DUKE OF HAZZARD (16c, Invincible Spirit, Seattle Dancer). 5 wins from 1400m to 1600m, A$540,162, 1st Goodwood Celebration Mile, Gr.2, Goodwood Thoroughbred S., Gr.3, Newmarket Sir Henry Cecil S., L, Deauville Prix Isonomy, L, Goodwood Qatar 2YO Maiden S., 2nd Goodwood Lennox S., Gr.2, Deauville Criterium du Fonds Europeen de l’Elevage, L, 3rd Ascot Summer Mile, Gr.2, ParisLongchamp Prix de Fontainebleau, Gr.3, Royal Ascot Chesham S., L
MANUELA DE VEGA (16f, Daylami, Barathea). 4 wins from 1394m to 2373m, A$491,550, 1st Haydock Lancashire Oaks, Gr.2, Haydock Pinnacle S., Gr.3, Pontefract Silver Tankard S., L, 2nd Munich Grosser Preis von Bayern, Gr.1, Goodwood Lillie Langtry S., Gr.2, Chester Cheshire Oaks, L, Chester Stand Cup, L, 3rd Goodwood March S., Gr.3, 4th Epsom The Oaks, Gr.1, York Yorkshire Oaks, Gr.1
HERO LOOK (12g, Daylami, Barathea). 4 wins from 1200m to 1600m, A$377,895, 1st Milan Gran Criterium, Gr.2, Rome Premio Parioli, Gr.3, Milan Premio SGA Asta Selezionata, Milan Premio Brissago, 2nd Rome Premio Daumier Memorial Marco Rinaldi, HKJC Chevalier Senior Housing H., 3rd HKJC Jardine H., HKJC Derby Restaurant & Bar H.
ANGEL POWER (17f, Aussie Rules, Montjeu). 4 wins from 1609m to 2062m, A$295,245, 1st Rome Premio Lydia Tesio, Gr.2, Newmarket Pride S., Gr.3, York British Stallion Studs Fillies’ H., 2nd Goodwood Fillies’ H., Haydock Crank H., 3rd Newmarket Prestige Vehicles 2YO S.
CADILLAC (18c, Dansili, Sadler’s Wells). 2 wins from 1408m to 1609m, A$269,300, 1st Leopardstown Champions Juvenile S., Gr.2, Leopardstown Foran Equine 2YO Maiden S., 2nd Curragh Futurity S., Gr.2, 4th Keeneland Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, Gr.1
KALIFORNIA QUEEN (17f, Sinndar, Dai Jin). 2 wins from 1700m to 2000m, A$78,872, 1st Hoppegarten Diana Trial, Gr.2, 3rd Hannover Brümmerhof Derby Trial, L, 4th Keeneland Bewitch S., Gr.3
FRENCH FERN (13f, Strategic, Danehill). 2 wins at 1200m, A$266,600, 1st ATC Reisling S., Gr.2, ATC Schweppes 2YO H., 3rd ATC Hyland Race Colours 2YO P.
ANTONIA DE VEGA (16f, Duke of Marmalade, Machiavellian). 5 wins from 1400m to 2419m, A$216,795, 1st Goodwood Prestige S., Gr.3, Newmarket Princess Royal S., Gr.3, Newbury Johnnie Lewis Memorial S., L, Pontefract Castle S., L, Newmarket Rossdales 2YO Maiden Fillies’ S., 4th Munich Grosser Preis von Bayern, Gr.1
ARCHEDEMUS (13g, Peintre Celebre, Centaine). 9 wins from 1100m to 1600m, A$1,158,330, 1st Hawkesbury RC Hawkesbury Gold Cup, Gr.3, Hawkesbury RC Hawkesbury Gold Cup, Gr.3, BRC Members’ H., L, Illawarra TC Gong H., Newcastle JC Polytrack Provincial Championships Qualifier, ATC Ranvet H., ATC Inglis Provincial Highway H., 2nd Hawkesbury RC Ladies Day Cup, L, 3rd MRC Weekend Hussler H., L, 4th Hawkesbury RC Hawkesbury Gold Cup, Gr.3
CANDY STORE (14f, Noverre, Spinning World). 8 wins from 1400m to 2000m, A$281,910, 1st Milan Premio Elena e Sergio Cumani, Gr.3, Milan Premio Luciano Mantovani, L, Rome Premio Repubbliche Marinare, L, Milan Premio Bellotta, Milan Premio Baggio, Rome Premio Saccaroa, Milan Premio Boffalora, 3rd Parx Racing PTHA President’s Cup, L, 4th Rome Premio Lydia Tesio, Gr.1, Milan Premio Dormello, Gr.3
LOPE Y FERNANDEZ (17c, Dansili, Rock City). 3 wins from 1200m to 1609m, A$621,319, 1st Curragh Round Tower S., Gr.3, Leopardstown Heritage S., L, Curragh Irish Stallion Farms 2YO Maiden S., 2nd Deauville Prix Jean Prat, Gr.1, Royal Ascot Chesham S., L, 3rd Keeneland Breeders’ Cup Mile, Gr.1, Curragh Irish Two Thousand Guineas, Gr.1, Deauville Prix Maurice de Gheest, Gr.1, Goodwood Vintage S., Gr.2
FELICIANA DE VEGA (16f, Oratorio, Pleasant Tap). 3 wins from 1400m to 1800m, A$132,077, 1st Newmarket Darley S., Gr.3, Deauville Prix des Sablonnets, L, Newmarket Prestige Classics 2YO Fillies’ S., 3rd Haydock Dick Hern S., L
STEEL OF MADRID – CALDERON (AUST.) (13g, Royal Applause, Kris S). 3 wins from 1207m to 2012m, A$180,189, 1st Newmarket Earl of Sefton S., Gr.3, Newmarket Fairway S., L, 2nd Haydock Pertemps Network H., 3rd Sandown Brigadier Gerard S., Gr.3, 4th Royal Ascot Tercentenary S., Gr.3
BLUE DE VEGA (13g, Montjeu, Acatenango). 8 wins from 1000m to 1408m, A$396,098, 1st Leopardstown Killavullan S., Gr.3, Ascot Neptune Investment Management H., Sandown Heed Your Hunch at Betway H., Ascot Sportsable H., Newmarket Godolphin Proud to Support the Community H., 2nd Curragh Tetrarch S., L, Leopardstown Knockaire S., L, Newbury Dubai Duty Free H., Kempton Ebfstallions.com S., Ascot Fortnum & Mason H., 3rd Curragh Irish Two Thousand Guineas, Gr.1, Naas Gladness S., Gr.3, Lingfield Hever Sprint S., L, Epsom Dash H., Haydock Be Friendly H., Haydock Coultree H.
ECRIVAIN (17c, Danehill Dancer, Sadler’s Wells). 3 wins from 1600m to 1900m, A$205,893, 1st ParisLongchamp Prix des Chenes, Gr.3, Deauville Prix de Montaigu, Chantilly Prix de la Premiere Route Ronde, 2nd ParisLongchamp Prix de Fontainebleau, Gr.3, Chantilly Prix Le Fabuleux, L, 3rd Saint-Cloud Prix Exbury, Gr.3, 4th ParisLongchamp Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, Gr.1, ParisLongchamp Prix d’Harcourt, Gr.2
RIDE LIKE THE WIND (12g, Kafwain, Caerleon). 3 wins from 1200m to 1400m, A$196,033, 1st Maisons-Laffitte Prix Djebel, Gr.3, Maisons-Laffitte Prix Carrefour Montesson, 2nd Longchamp Prix des Melezes, Deauville Prix du Perche, 3rd Longchamp Prix du Pin, Gr.3, Deauville Prix de Saint-Georges, Gr.3, Maisons-Laffitte Prix Servanne, L, 4th Longchamp Prix du Palais-Royal, Gr.3, Deauville Prix de Cabourg, Gr.3
SUMMERGHAND (14g, Xaar, Danehill). 12 wins from 1200m to 1225m, A$556,162, 1st Newmarket Abernant S., Gr.3, Goodwood Stewards’ Cup, Lingfield All-Weather Sprint Championships S., Haydock Betway Dash H., Newmarket Southend Airport to Venice H., Doncaster Sun Bets Like Us on Facebook H., 2nd Newmarket Hopeful S., L, Royal Ascot Wokingham H., Ripon Great St Wilfrid H., Newmarket Longholes H., Newmarket Weatherbys TBA H., Newmarket Betway H., 3rd Curragh Renaissance S., Gr.3, York Sky Bet Dash H., Haydock Bet365 S., 4th Doncaster Cammidge Trophy S., L
VEGADAZE (15g, Commands, Brief Truce). 5 wins from 1100m to 1400m, A$419,850, 1st ATC Star Kingdom H., Gr.3, ATC Doug Carroll H., ATC Countdown to Slipper H., ATC Schweppes H., ATC Summer Night Racing Maiden P., 2nd ATC Hobartville S., Gr.2, ATC Liverpool City Cup, Gr.3
SOUSTRACTION (15f, Galileo, Halling). Winner at 1600m, A$137,203, 1st Chantilly Prix d’Aumale, Gr.3, 2nd Longchamp Prix Vanteaux, Gr.3, Deauville Prix des Marettes, 3rd Longchamp Prix Saint-Alary, Gr.1
DIVINE UNICORN (14g, Barathea, Shirley Heights). 6 wins from 1200m to 2200m, A$508,720, 1st Qld Tatt’s RC Tattersall’s Cup, Gr.3, SCTC Maroochy Surf Club H., GCTC Hawkes Racing P., Ipswich TC Beach Party on Sale Maiden P., GCTC Don Alroe & Sons H., HKJC Lyndhurst H., 2nd Ipswich TC Burrell Industrial Development H., HKJC Volunteers’ Challenge Cup H., 3rd BRC Wayne Wilson P., L, BRC Led Superscreens H.
SOUTH SEAS (14g, Mizzen Mast, Atticus). 3 wins from 1207m to 1423m, A$181,652, 1st Sandown Solario S., Gr.3, Haydock Apollobet Daily Racing Refunds 2YO S., 2nd Saint-Cloud Criterium International, Gr.1, Goodwood Maltsmiths H.
LA BARROSA (18c, Montjeu, Zieten). 2 wins at 1408m, A$82,244, 1st Newmarket Somerville Tattersall S., Gr.3, Ascot Garrard Future Stayers’ 2YO Maiden S., 2nd Newmarket Craven S., Gr.3
MAX VEGA (17c, Dalakhani, Anabaa). 2 wins from 1605m to 2000m, A$105,484, 1st Newmarket Zetland S., Gr.3, 2nd Newbury Geoffrey Freer S., Gr.3, 4th ParisLongchamp Prix Chaudenay, Gr.2
BURNT SUGAR (12g, Titus Livius, Statoblest). 6 wins from 1011m to 1414m, A$634,370, 1st Kempton Sirenia S., Gr.3, Ascot International S., Newmarket Bunbury Cup, Leopardstown Sovereign Path H., Doncaster Blue Line Taxis Barnsley H., 2nd Goodwood Grosvenor Sport H., Newmarket Betway Price Blitz S., Newmarket L-3.co 2YO Maiden S., 4th Longchamp Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, Gr.1
ROYAL RAZALMA (12f, Flying Spur, Music Boy). 2 wins from 1006m to 1207m, A$116,538, 1st Newmarket Cornwallis S., Gr.3, Goodwood Markel Insurance Maiden 2YO Fillies’ S., 4th Ayr Firth of Clyde S., Gr.3
FOUR WHITE SOCKS (15f, Green Desert, Nashwan). 2 wins from 1891m to 1979m, A$92,065, 1st Gowran Park Lanwades Stud S., Gr.3, 3rd Goodwood Breeders’ Series Fillies’ H.
NAVARRA KING (14c, Singspiel, Leone). 2 wins at 1400m, A$51,493, 1st Baden-Baden Zukunfts Rennen, Gr.3