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By Brian Russell
Photo Dan Costello/editing and caption Phil Purser
John Sargent (pictured) trains tomorrow's short priced Oaks favourite Kirramosa.
One of the most striking looking colts to win the Golden Slipper was the Perc Galea raced big striding black Eskimo Prince, annexer of the rich juvenile event in 1964 by a dazzling four lengths. Also winner of eight other races, including the AJC Breeders’ Plate, Sires’ Produce Stakes, STC Rosehill Guineas, Canterbury Stakes and Silver Slipper, Eskimo Prince, tragically, was a stallion who disappeared into obscurity in America.
He was in the first crop of the inaugural Slipper winner Todman and was from the magnificent race mare Chicquita. She won 16 races, mostly in Melbourne, including the Oaks, Thousand Guineas, Wakeful Stakes, Edward Manifold Stakes and two renewals of the Craiglee Stakes. Also, in 1950 she finished second in the Caulfield Cup to Grey Boots and in the Melbourne Cup to Comic Court.
At stud Chicquita produced nine foals, all winners, including the stakes performers Eskimo Prince, King Nero and Comicquita and also the more modest Star Kingdom filly Starquita. The latter won two races at five furlongs and produced Mansingh (by Wilkes), a New Zealand Derby winner, and With Respect (by Rego), another winner of the Wakeful.
All told there are at least forty stakes winners under Chicquita with the others including No Wine No Song (first and third in the Sydney Cup), Geegees Blackflash (15 wins, Tasmanian Derby, Hobart Cup, Launceston Cup), Cheviot (South Australian Derby, Sandown Cup), Vacuum (19 wins, South Australian Derby, Victoria St Leger), Tristram Rose (Queensland Oaks), Easter (Spring Champion Stakes), Lights of Heaven (South Australian Oaks, Brisbane Cup, third Caulfield Cup) and most importantly Alamosa.
The special significance of Alamosa is that he is one of the best and latest stars descending from Chicquita and he looks set to give the family a top sire from use at Wellfield Lodge, Palmerston North, NZ. He indicated this on Saturday when his John Sargent, Randwick trained first crop 3-year-old daughter Kirramosa at her seventh outing scored a1.25 lengths win in the Wakeful Stakes (2000m) at Flemington. She earlier won twice at 1200m, on debut at two at Matamata and at Newcastle in September.
Passed in at $20,000 and a reserve of $40,000 at the New Zealand sales, Kirramosa is from Freyja, an unraced half-sister by the Danehill sire Danske to Zareyev, a Zabeel winner in Sydney of the Tulloch Stakes and runner-up in the Summer Cup. They are from Olga’s Pal, a mare by Straight Strike (also sire of the dam of Lonhro) whose six wins included the New Zealand 1000 Guineas and Desert Gold Stakes.
At the races, Kirramosa’s sire Alamosa won 10 of 26 starts and earned over $1million with Group 1 performances including wins in the Auckland Diamond Stakes (2yo), Wellington Thorndon Mile , Otaki Maori Stakes (3yo – track record time for 1600m) and Caulfield Toorak Handicap (4yo), seconds in the New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas (a head) and Caulfield C.F. Orr (a neck) and thirds in the Caulfield Futurity (long neck) and Awapuni Sires’ Produce Stakes.
Alamosa is bred on a cross of two horses sired in Australia who have done very well as sires in New Zealand, being by O’Reilly, a Last Tycoon New Zealand Horse of the Year at three, and from Lodore Mystic, a fourth generation descendant of Chicquita, by Centaine, a Century sprinter out of a mare bred on the brilliant Vain – Todman cross.
Although he was got in Australia, Alamosa’s sire O’Reilly, one of the standouts in New Zealand at this time, was bred in that country by the Waikato Stud. They sent his Waikato Stud bred dam, the Pompeii Court Golden Slipper winner Courtza, across the Tasman for a mating with Last Tycoon.
The sire of eleven Group 1 winners, O’Reilly’s racing career was restricted to six starts, all at three, a year he was named New Zealand Horse of the Year, Champion 3YO and Champion Sprinter Miler. He won four races, two of them Group 1s at home, and finished second in the Australian Guineas at Flemington.
Centaine, on the other hand, was Australian bred and raced, winning six sprint races to Group 3 in Melbourne and finishing second in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes. Deceased, he spent all his stud career in New Zealand and has been a champion sire NZ-Australian earnings combined, leading NZ sire of juveniles and broodmares.  

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