Name: Miss Moana
Sire: Uncle Mo
Dam: Coral Reef
Trainer: John Sargent
Foal Date: 16/9/2015
SELECTED OUT OF THE NEW ZEALAND SALE
Tricolours Racing and Syndications new into the pubic syndication space, have teamed up with John Sargent. Operated by James Moss, who headed to New Zealand in February to source this filly by Uncle Mo out of Coral Reef.
Undefeated as a two-year-old, Uncle Mo retired prematurely at three and immediately became the champion freshman sire in the United States in 2015.
Uncle Mo has shown he can do the job on both sides of the Pacific with the stakes winners Man From Uncle and Moqueen down under adding to his tally in the Northern Hemisphere.
A son of the In Excess horse Indian Charlie, Uncle Mo won his only three starts as a two-year-old, including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, by a total of 23 lengths, earning himself early favouritism for the 2011 Kentucky Derby.
A rare liver disease caused him to miss the Derby and although Uncle Mo came back to racing, the decision to retire him was made at the end of 2011 and was sent to serve his first book of mares at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Kentucky.
From that initial crop, Uncle Mo has the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist (ex Seeking Gabrielle by Forestry), and two more American Grade 1 winners in Gomo (ex Gentle Audrey by Elusive Quality) and Outwork (ex Nonna Mia by Empire Maker). That trio is among 33 stakes winners up to mid-August 2017 world-wide and are among the 153 individual winners, from 260 runners with earnings of more than $28.4million.
In the southern hemisphere Uncle Mo has sired 18 winners from 41-runners with the best performed of them being Man From Uncle (ex Derelique by Danehill Dancer) Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1200 m.) and the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1400 m.). The other is the filly, Moqueen (ex Money Begets Money by Bite the Bullet) with the bay breaking her maiden in the best possible way winning the Listed Dulcify Quality Handicap.
In addition, Hollywood Mo (ex Coral Reef by Galileo) finished runner-up in the Listed Geelong Classic during the spring last year too.
NOT ENOUGH? The dam of this filly, Coral Reef, a bay by Galileo retired from racing as a four-year-old with a record of two wins from eight starts that netted owners $22,925.00.
Coral Reef is a proven producer, being the dam of four foals, two have raced and they are Hollywood Mo (by Uncle Mo), runner up in the ListedGeelong Classic last spring and Sons of Glory (by Duke of Marmalade) a winner.
John Sargent is a record-breaking trainer in New Zealand, outstanding success in Asia and now the trainer of a growing band of high-class winners in Australia.
John Sargent began his training career in New Zealand in the mid-1980’s and has now trained in three different jurisdictions during a career that has been marked by consistent high-achievement.
Sargent has sent out more than 200 winners and regularly been among the top 10 trainers in New Zealand before accepting an opportunity in 1998 to relocate to Malaysia where he immediately began producing big-race winners.
From his base at Matamata, Sargent’s early winners in New Zealand included Vedodara (by Kreisler) in the country’s richest two-year-old race, the Magic Millions Classic, the Group 1 Captain Cook Stakes. Along with the Group 2 Wanganui Stakes and Taranaki Stakes with Super Crest (by Super Imposing), the Group 2 Queensland St Leger (Filament (by Lord Ballina)), the Group 3 Canterbury Gold Cup (Whey To Go (by Sound Reason)) and the Group 3 White Robe Lodge Stakes (The Big Bopper (by Zabeel)).
Major victories in Malaysia including that country’s richest race, the Penang Gold Cup, as well as the Perak Cup and the Selangor Gold Cup. Sargent won the trainers’ championship in Malaysia at just his third season in that country.
On returning to New Zealand in 2002, Sargent immediately began turning out major winners, most notably Successor (by Bahhare), a $21,000 purchase who took out the $500,000 Mercedes Super Bonus Classique.
Other significant winners of that era included the Hawke’s Bay Guineas stakes-winner Shastri (by Stravinsky), the New Zealand and the Brisbane Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup winner, Tickle (by Danasinga).
Success in many of New Zealand’s biggest races followed with Sharvasti, Everswindell, Young Centaur won major Cup races and others like Il Quello Veloce, Banchee, Red Ruler and Choice Bro followed, while in 2012 Sargent broke new ground with his first Group 1 victory in Australia with Quintessential (by Fast ‘n’ Famous) in the Queensland Oaks and returned some 12-months later to claim the Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap three-weeks before Quintessential won the Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup.
In 2012 he won his first NZ trainers title, setting a national record of 111 wins for the season, an effort which prompted his permanent move to Sydney where his Randwick stable has since turned out a string of big-race winners.
Among them, and perhaps the most notable of all, is the 2013 Group 1 VRC Oaks and Group 2 Wakeful Stakes winner, Kirramosa (by Alamosa). The following spring, Sargent returned to Flemington and won a second Wakeful Stakes with Thunder Lady (by Mastercraftsman). Then in 2015, Sargent saddled up Gust of Wind (by Darci Brahma) to a memorable win in the Group 1 ATC Australian Oaks.
Gust Of Wind has the distinction of being the last horse to beat Winx before the daughter of Street Cry began a magnificent run of success that led to her becoming the world’s champion race mare in 2016.