Group One trifecta for Windsor Park sires

English Derby winner High Chaparral stormed to the top of the Australian General Sires List on Saturday when his New Zealand-bred son Descarado led home a Windsor Park Stud-sired trifecta in the $2.5 million Gr.1 Caulfield Cup, the richest mile and a half handicap race in the world.

The Gai Waterhouse trained gelding made light of the testing conditions to defeat tough Kiwi stayer Harris Tweed (by Montjeu, who also stood at Windsor Park and currently leads the General Sires list in NZ) by a length with High Chaparral’s Windsor Park-bred, dual Group One winner Monaco Consul in third place.

All three horses are grand-sons of the legendary Sadler’s Wells, whose global influence was again to the fore yesterday in the Gr.1 Canadian International at Woodbine, where Joshua Tree (by Montjeu) was successful over Mores Wells (Sadler’s Wells) and the fast finishing favourite Redwood (High Chaparral).

Withdrawn from the Windsor Park Stud draft at the 2008 NZB Select Yearling Sale, Descarado started his racing career in New Zealand before being purchased privately. Second in the Gr.1 AJC Australian Derby last autumn when he split fellow High Chaparral three year-olds Shoot Out and Monaco Consul, Descarado indicated he had come back in good order when easily winning the Gr.2 STC Hill Stakes at Rosehill last month. His prizemoney earnings now total $2,046,083.

High Chaparral is enjoying another outstanding season. His progeny also include Australasia’s highest rated galloper So You Think, recently successful in the MRC Underwood S. and MRC Yalumba S., both Gr.1 events and Shoot Out winner of both the Bletchingly and Liston Stakes earlier this spring.

Like Descarado and Monaco Consul, So You Think is a graduate of Windsor Park Stud and he currently heads the market for this Saturday’s Gr.1 MVRC Cox Plate as well as the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup on November 2nd.

High Chaparral will be well represented at the 2011 New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sales series at Karaka next January where his draft will include a sizeable consignment from 2010 Breeder of the Year Windsor Park Stud.