Distorted Humor Gets Classic Winner in Australia
by Peter Tonkes
Date Posted: 5/10/2004 8:20:26 AM
Last Updated: 5/10/2004 9:21:57 AM

Until Elusive Quality   struck gold in the 130th Kentucky Derby (gr. I) with Smarty Jones, Distorted Humor   was the only sire of the Derby winner to have been rostered in Australia.

And, now, Funny Cide's sire has a group I classic winner in west of the Pacific Ocean. Rinky Dink won the 23rd Australiasian Oaks (Aust-I) at Adelaide's Morphettville oval May 8.

The 23rd winner of the $250,000 (Australian funds) set-weight contest for 3 year-old fillies is similarly bred to Smarty Jones -- by a grandson of Mr Prospector and from a mare by an In Reality son.

In her case it is a hard-working South Australian family which had, until now, lacked stars. Rinky Dink is the fourth winner from Peebinga Princess, stakes-placed on debut at two but only a one-time winner from 16 starts. She by Southern Appeal from a daughter of unraced Bold Ruler son Abdicating.

Rinky Dink won her Oaks as betting favorite and by a neck from Star of Gretchen (by Bahhare). Dane Belltar (Danewin) headed the remaining 14 a farther half length away. The 2,000 meters was run in 2:4.37 a slightly damp track. Dane Belltar had finished second to Special Harmony in the Victoria Oaks (Aust-I) last spring as Rinky Dink wound up sixth.

The winner was the 64th group I success for Greg Childs, formerly the regular partner of Sunline. Rinky Dink was bred by the Liston family's Lakewood Stud. The farm established by the owners of Tobin Bronze is also the home of Mr. Prospector son Bellotto.

Rinky Dink was bought privately by Melbourne handler Ricky Hore-Lacy after being an RNA at $25,000 as a yearling in Adelaide. She is a winner of six races from 24 starts

Distorted Humor   left 115 foals from 149 covers in his two Australian seasons, in 1999 and 2000.

Rinky Dink came from the first of his two years rostered at Peter and Pauline Liston's Grand Lodge in Victoria, and Prestonwood Farm, as WinStar Farm was then known.

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