Wall Street's breeders thrill of a lifetime

Wall Street and Hugh Bowman (purple and white stars) have the crucial short half-head at the line wining the Group 1 Emirates Stakes at Flemington on Saturday, picture


The win by six-year-old Montjeu gelding Wall Street in the $1m, Group 1, Emirates Stakes over 1600m at Flemington on Saturday has true international flavour.

Wall Street is trained by Jeff Lynds at Awapuni; he was ridden by leading Sydney jockey Hugh Bowman; sired by former shuttle sire Montjeu and he was bred by Singaporean CW Wong who is a great enthusiast and investor in the New Zealand breeding industry.

Mr Wong breeds under his WH Holdings banner which he commenced ten years ago as a small commercial operation in North Canterbury in conjunction with his Angus cattle farm.

On Sunday he described Wall Street’s win as a lifelong dream to breed a Group 1 winner in Melbourne which is where he was first introduced to racing when he was a university student in Melbourne. He went on a distinguished career in the hi-tech electronic world with considerable interests in China.

In a short space of time he has bred a number of quality horses including Champion New Zealand 2YO Jokers Wild (Black Minnaloushe) in partnership with friend Jo Wilding, Moonee Valley Group 3 winner Millbank (Keeper) and others. He was a great fan of Montjeu when he was standing in New Zealand at Windsor Park Stud, Cambridge, so Saturday’s win was a special thrill.

WH Holdings sell their yearlings through Te Mania and the Emirates Stakes win caps a great start to the season for graduates of the Te Mania sales draft with a string of recent winners. These include Ab O'Reilly who is out of Wahaha, a Stravinsky half sister to Wall Street; Quins Post (Postponed); Win Practitioner (O'Reilly) who is now the winner of HK$5.3million in stakes; Chaparro (High Chaparral) a recent Victorian winner, and Auburn Beauty (Black Minnaloushe) who has had just the two starts looks a filly of potential.

 Ab O'Reilly has a half brother by No Excuse Needed entered in this month’s NZB Ready To Run Sale, lot 139, who breezed up in 10.60 for his 200m and Te Mania will offer another half-brother at the 2011 Yearling Sale by young sire sensation Iffraaj. Also entered for Karaka 2011 is a half-brother to Auburn Beauty by Keeper, a colt by Shaft, a colt by Gallant Guru and a filly by Perfectly Ready.

Mr Wong currently has a three-year-old Black Minnaloushe half-sister to Wall Street who is in work with Lynds and is very close to lining up at the trials and he breeds from Wahaha (Stravinsky) who is now in foal to Tavistock. He also races with success in Singapore.

Mr Wong’s use of Montjeu might have taken some years to pay off, but that is the nature of producing good mature racehorses, and the industry can be thankful that he invested the time and thought into the matings even when they might not have been the current flavour of the season.