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Cardinal Virtue To Stud At Waterford In WA

Wednesday, 18th May 2011

Newcastle-based Australian Bloodstock & leading West Australian farm Waterford Stud announced regally-bred stakes-winner & last month’s Gr1-placed 5YO sprinter Cardinal Virtue (Elusive Quality-Valourina, by Snippets) will stand his 1st breeding season at Waterford's Waroona base (100km south of Perth) for $7,700. Cardinal Virtue is the the only son of former shuttler Elusive Quality (sire of this year’s multiple Gr1-winning 2YO Sepoy) at stud in Australia this coming season; Elusive Quality is also the sire of Gr1-winning stallions Smarty Jones, Raven’s Pass & Elusive City. And Cardinal Virtue’s dual stakes-winning dam Valourina (sold for $1.6 million as part of the Tyreel Stud reduction at the 2008 Inglis Broodmare Sale) has produced Gr2-winning & dual Gr1-placed Timbourina, Gr2-winning & 4-times Gr1-placed Media, plus stakes-placed Rubric & Gallantree. On the track himself, Cardinal Virtue (a $260,000 yearling at the 2007 Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney) boasts 4 wins (including 2009’s Listed Redelva Stakes over 1000m at Cheltenham Park) & 12 placings (including both April’s Gr1 The Galaxy over 1100m at Randwick & Gr3 Sebring Stakes over 1100m at Rosehill, February’s Gr3 Southern Cross Stakes over 1200m at Randwick & both January’s Listed Kensington Stakes over 1000m at Flemington & Listed Carrington Stakes over 1100m at Randwick, plus 2010’s Gr2 Premiere Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill & Listed City Tattersalls Lightning Handicap over 1100m at Randwick, as well as 2008’s Gr3 McNeil Stakes over 1200m at Caulfield) from 27 starts for $329,355 earnings. Trainer David Payne reported Cardinal Virtue “constantly broke 33 seconds for his final 600m & broke 32 seconds on a number of occasions” & summed up: “If we had a little more luck with him, I have no doubt that he would have won a Gr1 race. He had definite Gr1 ability & was a very, very good sprinter. As far as conformation goes, he is a magnificent horse & has one of the most perfect heads you will ever see. He is a very good looking boy & had a terrific temperament; he was a dream to work with & I'm sure  he will pass these traits on to his progeny.”

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