A filly by deceased End Sweep is the toast of New Zealand after downing the colts in the 2,000 Guineas (NZ-I) Nov. 10.
The Mike Moroney-trained Clean Sweep recorded her fourth win from 11 starts in capturing the $300,000 (NZ-funds) classic over 1,600 meters at Riccarton, the premier oval at the major South Island city of Christchurch.
Clean Sweep is from the second of three sourthern generations by End Sweep from Arrowfield Stud, prior to the Forty Niner son's death at Shadai. His 2000 season cost was $30,000 (Australian funds), but New Zealand agent Paul Moroney was able to secure the sixth foal from Eidercrown for just $20,000 (NZ-funds) at the New Zealand premier yearling sale.
U.S. fans of Happyanunoit might recall that Moroney found the grand dame by Yachtie in the same Karaka ring six years earlier, at precisely the same price. Handled by Bobby Frankel, Happyanunoit won the Gamely, Beverly Hills Handicap and Matriarch Stakes (all gr. I) for John and Jerry Amerman.
Moroney also sold French Lady to George Strawbridge before the filly signed off with a second in the Australian Oaks (Aust-I) before heading to the U.S. The reported price was $500,000 (NZ funds). He mined the the compact Entrepreneur filly at Karaka in 2002 for $40,000.
Clean Sweep is prepared by Paul's brother Mike Moroney in partnership with Andrew Scott. She is raced by M.P. Brown, G. J. Duff, and L. Petagna. Her breeder is Graeme Stubbings through his Classic Bloodstock.
Eidercrown is a three-time winner and a half-sister to Kentucky Oaks (gr.I) winner Gal in a Ruckus. She is line bred to the Princequillo mare Quillopoly, who features as the fourth dam of Eidercrown's sire Regal Classic, and his successful sibling Sky Classic. Regal Classic shuttled to Muranna in Victoria for several years.
Eidercrown is now at Windsor Park Stud. She is due to foal any day to Volksraad and will be mated this spring with six-time group I winner Montjeu.
Clean Sweep (15-1) came off a fourth in the 1,000 Guineas (NZ-I) to defeat Ambitious Owner (by Towkay) by a half length in 1:34,92. The Raj (Grosvenor) was third by another 1 1/4 lengths. Betting favorite Keeninsky was a tired 12th of the 14 runners after duelling for the lead mid-race.