One of New Zealand's most famous studs, Trelawney, brought off a classic coup when fillies bred at the historic Waikato establishment finished one-two in the Queensland Oaks (Aust-I) June 5.
Vouvray provided a going-away present for Paul O'Sullivan in defeating Zumanity by a short head in the 2,400 meters classic at Brisbane's Eagle Farm oval. He is setting up a barn in Hong Kong. O'Sullivan was co-trainer with his father, Dave, of Horlicks when she triumphed in the 1989 Japan Cup (Jpn-I).
Until recently, O'Sullivan had Vouvray and Zumanity in his barn at Matamata. He purchased Zumanity for $52,000 (New Zealand funds) and Trelawney selected him to train Vouvray.
Zumanity (7-1) is by O'Reilly, whom the O'Sullivans prepared to win the New Zealand 2,000 Guineas (NZ-I). She was sold to clients of John O'Shea's Sydney barn during the fall.
The Chris Munce-partnered Vouvray (16-1) is the third Queensland Oaks winner for her sire, Zabeel. The Cambridge stalwart is also the sire of the third-placed filly, Winning Belle. The 7-4 public elect headed the remaining 17 fillies, three lengths adrift of the first pair. The 2:27 final time equaled the race record.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Success Express sired the dam of the 53rd Oaks winner, Real Success, a winner of the Dulcie Stakes (NZ-II) and five other races. Her fourth foal has increased her dam's value, not to mention her own, in snaring the $325,000 (Australian funds) classic as her third success in seven starts.
It completed a grand day out for O'Sullivan. A race earlier Tale of the Cat colt Falkirk won the QTC Cup (Aust-II) after a successful objection against first-past-the-post Patong (by Royal Academy).
The stewards room success ensured Falkirk a start in next Saturday's $1-million Stradbroke Handicap (Aust-I), the 3-year-old needing a win to qualify. He had failed by a short head. O'Sullivan will already be in Hong Kong by June 12.