“We were looking to buy a few nicely bred young mares to send to Vanbrugh (Encosta De Lago) in his first season at Windsor Park”’ said Schick.
“Vanbrugh is a particularly good type, very strong bodied and correct with a great temperament so he fitted well with the natural athleticism Cream Of The Crop has.
“We also liked the genetic background of the mating as we were linebreeding directly back to Benediction, Might And Power’s dam, who also features in Vanbrugh so the mating was a bit like a homecoming for us”.
Windsor Park’s connection to the family doesn’t end there either. Benediction comes from the same family as Windsor Park’s former great sire Star Way (Star Appeal), broodmare sire of Champion Encosta De lago, the sire of Vanbrugh.
Like Mustang Valley, Vanbrugh was an Autumn 2YO winner himself before becoming Sydney’s dominant Spring 3YO when successful in the Gr.3 Gloaming Stakes prior to winning the Gr.1 Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick, a route successfully negotiated by Champion Sire Savabeel (Zabeel).