Although the Dubai owned visiting stayer Kirklees was sneered at for his effort in last Saturday’s Caulfield Cup, he was doing his best work in the straight, improving wide out from 12th at the turn to finish seventh.
It was a better performance than Viewed, the winner this year, gave in last year’s Caulfield Cup, a race in which he finished tenth. He went on to win the Melbourne Cup.
As he has had his stamina developed under the more demanding English conditions, Kirklees could be far more at home in the 3200m Melbourne Cup on November 3 if he takes his place in the field.
A good effort would throw the spotlight again on his sire Jade Robbery, a leading French 1600m 2-year-old by Mr. Prospector who left a legacy here of about 90 potential runners from visits to the Widden Stud in 2000 and 2001.
They have included three stakes winners and three others stakes placed.
As a superior racehorse and physical type by a giant of thoroughbred breeding, Mr. Prospector, and a product of a Nijinsky Group 2 winner related to Nureyev, Sadler’s Wells and Fairy King, Jade Robbery could make his biggest contribution in this part of the world as a broodmare sire.
His daughters have only had 11 runners here to date, but five have won and two others placed. His newest success as a broodmare sire came with the win of the Darryl Gollan trained 2-year-old Emerald Isle at Toowoomba on Saturday.
Appearing for the third time and following on a trial win, a debut second in the $75,000 Fitton Insurance Plate at Toowoomba and a fourth of 16 at Eagle Farm, Emerald Isle is by the Lyndhurst, Warwick,Qld based Carry the Flag and from Green Poles, a minor placegetter by Jade Robbery.
She was purchased as a yearling in Sydney for only $1,400 by Emerald Isle’s breeder and owner, Kim Mccasker of Toowoomba.
Emerald Isle could be the forerunner of a big year for Carry the Flag with his 2009-10 juveniles, a crop of nearly 100 youngsters.
Although up until this year he had been at Lyndhurst for seven seasons, he only had very small books in five of the others.
A winner in England of good handicaps, including the Shergar Cup at Goodwood, and later of the Singapore Gold Cup, Carry the Flag is by Tenby, an England champion 3-year-old France Group 1 juvenile winning son of the Nijinsky French Derby winner Caerleon, and from a mare by Dance In Time, a Northern Dancer Canadian champion at three.