March Stable News – A Special Journey

Golden Slipper Day 19th March 2022 will forever be etched into our memories as the day we achieved our first Group winner. What a win it was!!!
Monegal was on the quick back up. She lined up in the Group 3 Epona Stakes after running a gallant 5th in the Canberra Cup only 6 days earlier
With Rachel King in the saddle, it was a pretty easy watch. Monegal cruised into the race and drew clear half way down the straight. Nothing was ever going to run her down. Winning by a dominant 2.17 lengths it was a great way to win our first Group race!!!
Words cannot describe how special Monegal is to us or how special the journey she has taken us, her owners and our staff on.

A $3,000 yearling purchase on Day 2 of the Scone Yearling Sale, it took Monegal 8 starts to break her Maiden. Admittedly, she was luckless in a number of her early runs. But when she did win her Maiden, she did it in style!  She bolted in at Sapphire Coast, winning by 6.26 lengths for Kayla Nisbet.
She then lined up at Warwick Farm in a 5 horse field ridden by Rachel King. Whilst finishing 5th of 5 that day Rachel, was quite positive about her ability. She stated that once Monegal matured and strengthened, she would be up to this grade! She has definitely proven up to that grade and more!!!
Monegal recorded wins at her following 2 starts at Sapphire Coast, winning a 1600m Class 1 by 5.16 lengths before a spell. She resumed in a Class 2 over 1208m.She never looking a winning chance in the running and was off the bit throughout. But then Vega unleashed her now customary finish for a sensational win.
She then stepped straight up to Saturday grade and was far from disgraced finishing 3rd at Rosehill on a Heavy 9, beaten less than a length. Three starts later she picked up her first metropolitan win in a mid-week at Canterbury defeating Positive Peace.
The following preparation we set our sights on the Bega Cup. After two nice lead up runs, Monegal and Brock Ryan pushed their way through a gap to win our first Bega Cup!  
First up the following preparation with Brock Ryan injured, Andrew Adkins took the reins at Rosehill. After the betting opened at $101, Vega found support to start at $31.She relished the conditions winning easily by 1.5 lengths to provide the stable with its first Saturday metro win. Further Saturday metro placings followed.
The following preparation we set our sights on the second edition of The Gong meeting at Kembla Grange, targeting a 1400m race first up. Given a gun ride by Brock Ryan, Monegal stuck her head out where it counted to win on her home track’s biggest race day!
Despite many good performances including two great efforts in the Group 3 Belle of the Turf, it would take 15 months for Monegal to return to the winners circle. But when she did, “Vega” did it in style. With Sam Clipperton having his first ride on Monegal, he made a bold move putting her into the race before the turn. She won easily over the 1500m, notching up another Saturday win at Rosehill.
Now a 6 year old mare, Monegal has produced her best preparation ever! Three starts later Monegal took her place in the $150,000 Canberra Mile. In deteriorating conditions, she showed a great turn of foot racing away to win by 1.55 lengths for Brock Ryan.
Then two starts later Monegal finally achieved well deserved black type winning the Epona Stakes decisively. She has now established herself as quite a valuable broodmare proposition as well as banking over $650k in prizemoney.
Monegal is currently enjoying a well-deserved freshen up at Kooringal Stud. I am sure there will be more to add to the Monegal story yet. These stories are what makes racing so enticing. The enjoyment simply cannot be put into words.