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Million Dollar Colt & Crystal Lily Sister On Debut
The clash of Monkstone, a $1 million colt, & Crystal Ruby, a full-sister to Gr1 Golden Slipper-winning filly Crystal Lily, promises to provide one of the more interesting talking points of the day when they debut in the 2YO Procal Dairies Handicap at Caulfield tomorrow. Monkstone (Fastnet Rock-Catreign, by Tale of the Cat), trained by Peter Moody, was purchased by renowned bloodstock agent James Bester for $1,000,000 at the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Sale from the draft of Henry Field's Newgate Farm. By Coolmore's Fastnet Rock and stakes-winning Tale Of The Cat mare Catreign, Monkstone is from the family of Gr2-winning US sire Distinctly North. Monkstone will be Catreign's first foal to make it to the racetrack. Crystal Ruby is trained by the two men who guided her sister to Slipper success, Matthew Ellerton & Simon Zahra. Crystal Ruby, by Gr1-winning sire Stratum from the Snippets mare Crystal Snip, is also a half-sister to Listed winners Amaethon (by Al Maher) & Crystal Wit (by Distorted Humor).