Guineas Win For Fabulous Relative

Promising three-year-old Hightail, who hails from the same family as a number of high-class South African runners, showed his mettle when he won the G3 Brandons Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) at the Gold Coast Turf Club on Saturday.

A son of Woodside Park Stud’s Written Tycoon, who will stand the 2020 breeding season at Arrowfield Stud, Hightail was given the run of the race by jockey Ryan Maloney before he wore down the unlucky The Odyssey on the line in the Gold Coast Guineas.

The three-year-old has been to the Gold Coast twice before for a third behind Exhillirates in last year’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic and a fourth behind Alligator Blood in this year’s Magic Millions 3YO Guineas.

It was the third win in the race for co-trainer Peter Snowden who took it in 2008 with El Camino and 2013 with Academus- Hightail’s win was his second in partnership with his son Paul.

One of 33 stakes winners for his sire, the gelded Hightail has now won five of 14 starts, with Hightail having scored over 1250m at his previous start.

A $520 000 buy from the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Woodside Park Stud, Hightail was produced by the unraced Falveon mare La Paris. The latter is a half-sister to G1 BRC T J Smith Classic runner up Ringa Ringa Rosie, and La Paris’ dam, the winning La Guichet, is a half-sister to G1 AJC Flight Stakes winner Dashing Eagle, the dam of the talented Johan Janse Van Vuuren trained runner Being Fabulous.

A daughter of High Chaparral, Being Fabulous won five times in South Africa, with her wins including a triumph in the 2019 Listed Syringa Handicap.

Dashing Eagle, in turn, is also a half-sister to the Daytona based broodmare Pacific Sunrise -dam of stakes winners Pacific Warrior, Pacific Charm and Stonehenge.

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