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Equiano Sires First Winner

Thursday, 1st May 2014

Dual King's Stand Stakes winner Equiano (Acclamation-Entente Cordiale, by Ela-Mana-Mou) was represented by his first winner on Tuesday when his daughter Moving Melody won a 1000m maiden on debut at Newcastle, reports bloodstock.racingpost.com. The Richard Fahey-trained Moving Melody is out of the Kheleyf mare Luxuria, a half-sister to the Listed National Stakes winner Sweepstake and hails from the family of Coolmore's Gr1 Phoenix Stakes winner Zoffany. Equiano, who shuttles between Newsells Park Stud in the UK and Swettenham Stud in Australia, began his career in Spain with Mauricio Delcher Sanchez, for whom the horse won his first King's Stand Stakes. After switching to the stable of Barry Hills, Equiano captured the Abernant Stakes and Palace House Stakes before winning his second King's Stand Stakes. The southern hemisphere progeny of the French-bred stallion have been in tremendous demand from buyers, with Equiano topping the first-season table at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale earlier this year with 15 yearlings selling at an average of $105,200. His son from Hidden Energy (Dehere) set a record for the highest price ever paid for a yearling by a first season sire in Victoria when selling for $420,000. Equiano will stand at Swettenham Stud this season for $16,500.

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