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Name: Esteemed Elegance

Gender: Filly

Sire: Sir Percy

Dam: Egeria (Retired)

Trainer: Peter Moody

Foal Date: 17/10/2010

 

FILLY BY SIR PERCY EX EGERIA

This lovely grey filly is by Sir Percy, an undefeated juvenile that was crowned a Champion and returned in his classic year to win the oldest Classic, the English Derby at Epsom.  From just four starts during his juvenile year, Sir Percy won the Group 2 Vintage Stakes (1400m) at Goodwood at his third race start.  Then at his fourth race start Sir Percy was talented enough to win the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes (1400m) beating the highly touted Horatio Nelson at Newmarket.

Trained by Marcus Tregoning, the bay horse earned a timeform rating of 122 at the conclusion of his two-years-old season.  Returning, in his classic season it took the outstanding George Washington to get the better of Sir Percy in the 2000 Guineas up the famous straight-mile course at Newmarket.

A month later Sir Percy strode home first in the English Derby at Epsom defeating Dragon Dancer and Dylan Thomas.  Tregoning, signed off Sir Percy’s career as one of a few stallions that claims the Dewhurst Stakes-Epsom Derby double, and, joins sires in the ilk of Mill Reef and Nijinsky with the famous double.

During his freshman year at Stud, Sir Percy covered some quality mares and they included Miss Sandman (dam of four-time Group 1 winner and leading young sire Show A Heart) and Liberty Song (dam of Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes winner Sousa).

The dam of this filly Egeria (by Daylami) is out of the Sadler’s Wells mare Spring, a Group 3 winner in Italy, and, is a three-quarter-sister to the outstanding racehorse and successful sire, Pentire (by Be My Guest).

As a racehorse, Pentire (ex Gull Nook) won eight races and seven of his wins were in group company with victories at the elite level when claiming the Group 1 Ascot King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot and the Group 1 Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.   Since retiring to Rich Hill Stud in New Zealand, Pentire, is well known in Australasia as a versatile stallion.

Daylami, a King George V1 & Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner. is showing his worth as a broodmare sire down under.  The recent Group 2 Silver Slipper and Todman Stakes winner, Pierro is out of Miss Right Now.  As is the 2012 Zeditave Stakes runner-up, Specter (ex Woman in White).

Egeria is from a family of high performers as it includes; Shirley Heights (by Mill Reef) winner of the English and Irish Derbies.  The outstanding, Divine Proportions (by Kingmambo), a champion two and three-year-old.  Winner of the Prix Marcel Boussac and Prix d’Astarte as a juvenile, Divine Proportions trained on to win the Group 1 Prix de Diane (Oaks), Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (Guineas) during her classic season.

Whipper (by Miesque’s Son) is another.  The winner of six races including the Group 1Prix Jacques le Marois, Prix Morny and Maurice de Gheest.  Another, from a branch of the family is the SAJC Group 1 Derby winner, Markham (by Salieri).  Along with the stakes winners Fubu (by Last Tycoon), a Group 2 winner, as does the Moonee Valley Listed JRA Cup winner, Pavlova (by Singspiel).  A truly international family.

NOT ENOUGH?  The first crop of yearlings by Sir Percy (ex Percy’s Lass by Blakeney) that were offered in the Southern Hemisphere kicked off in New Zealand at the Premier yearling sale.  His stock were well received by Bloodstock Agents and trainers on the back of solid results by Sir Percy’s progeny in the Northern Hemisphere.

As of March 30th, 2012, from 33 runners Sir Percy is responsible for 14 individual winners, and among those is the Listed Montrose Stakes winner, Coquet (ex One So Marvellous by Nashwan).  A bay, the filly made it two wins in a row when claiming the black type event at just her third race start.

This grey filly is the third foal out of Egeria.  The first foal was a colt by One Cool Cat and is a winner named Freshwater Storm while the second, also a colt, is un-named as of early March and is by Thorn Park.

Peter Moody is one of Australia’s leading trainers – he is also the conditioner of the world’s highest-rated sprinter Black Caviar and the man who applied the polish to the 2009-10 Australian Horse of the Year, Typhoon Tracy.

Along with those two champion gallopers, Moody is again dominating the Victorian training ranks this season (2011-12) as he has past two seasons, from his base at Caulfield.  Remarkably, he had only eight horses a decade ago and since he has broken a 30-plus years worth of domination in the Victorian Trainers ranks by the Lee Freedman and the Hayes clan.

Moody’s rise has been dramatic and dynamic. So much so that rival trainers are agog with his success, work ethic and ability to churn out winners from maidens to the highest level.  An extensive apprenticeship, with the legendary Tommy Smith, Colin Hayes and his 10-years as Queensland foreman for Bill Mitchell, has paid dividends as he has drawn on those experiences.

Peter is also renowned task master and it’s a testimony to the harmony of his stable as many of his staff are loyal and long-serving members.