Mr. Prospector Line Hot in Australia

The Mr. Prospector sire line captured the $300,000 (Australian funds) South Australian Derby and $250,000 Oaks (both Aust-I) in Adelaide, Australia May 15 and 17.

Geiger Counter son Hard To Get easily accounted for his 15 Derby rivals at the Morphettville oval to win the 130th Derby renewal. Over the same 2,500 meters 48 hours later, New Zealand filly Dowry completed the 1-2 with a hard-fought victory in the Oaks at 40-1.

At the wire, she and Rhys McLeod held on by a neck from first-crop Generous daughter Tingirana. Dane Belltar (by Danewin) reprised her Australasian Oaks (Aust-I) third a farther half-length away.

The deep track influenced the Oaks time of 2:38.15 and certainly played into the winner's hands.

Dowry is by Bahare, the Woodman son who commuted between Sheikh Hamdan's Derrinstown Stud in Ireland and Rich Hill Farm in New Zealand's Waikato region for three years from 1999.

Hard To Get (11-1) is a $60,000 yearling from the eighth and final southern crop of Geiger Counter, that price paid by handler Mark Kavanagh in Adelaide.

Geiger Counter died in September, 2000 at 18. He covered six mares, but none conceived. The Mr. Prospector horse joined the shuttle after his results at Park Stud, Ontario, Canada demanded attention and saw him sold to Coolmore.

For his fourth and easily most important success the Starventure-bred gelding won by 1 3/4 lengths from On a Jeune (by Jeune), another longshot. Better Jetsetter (Jetball) was a similar distance away in third in 2:37.10.

Joe Bowditch paved the way for success with a bold move from mid-pack to take up the running 1,000 meters out.

The handicap group I double fell to sons of Pentire and Danzig horse Mister C. Pantani won the $400,000 Adelaide Cup two years after his success in the SA Derby. The gray 5 year-old was 33-1 and wore down pacemaker Danestorm (Danehill) to win by a half-length at the end of the 3,200 meters . Super Elegant blew the sprinters away in the 1,200 meters Goodwood Handicap to win by 2 1/4 lengths from Pentire distaffer Recurring. A 6 year-old, Super Elegant had won seven group races prior to the Goodwood, but none at group I. His belated career-high took the Fred Peisah-bred gelding past $1 million.

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