First Stakes Winner for Magali Sire

First Stakes Winner for Magali Sire
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Good Journey

Grade I winner Good Journey was represented by his first stakes winner Feb. 16, when his 3-year-old son Sound Journey won the Top Cut Alister Clark Stakes (Aust-II) at Moonee Valley for trainer Mick Price.

Bred in Australia by The Written Bloodstock, Sound Journey is owned by the partnership of P. Grech, R. Whatmough, P. Sherlock, N. Forster, N. Mortlock, M. Mirabelli, and M. Howard. He is the first foal from his dam, Written by Sound, whose last reported offspring, an unraced 3-year-old, is a full brother to Sound Journey.

A half-brother to champion sprinter  Aldebaran (by Mr. Prospector) and two other stakes winners, Good Journey is by Nureyev out of the English and French champion Chimes of Freedom (by Private Account). Good Journey's second dam, Irish champion Aviance, produced two other stakes winners, including British group I-placed  Imperfect Circle, who is the dam of European champion Spinning World.

Twelve-year-old Good Journey, whose big win came in the Atto Mile Stakes (Can-IT), won or placed in 15 of 16 races and earned $1,733,058 in North America and France. He also captured consecutive runnings of the Citation Handicap (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park, as well as the Firecracker Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT).

Since 2007, Good Journey has stood at Magali Farms near Santa Ynez, Calif., where his 2008 fee is $7,500. Good Journey previously stood at Ealing Park in Victoria, Australia from 2003 to 2006. He sired 110 live foals during that time.

Of Good Journey's 17 foals to race, nine are winners. Magali Farms manager Tom Hudson said the stallion covered 81 mares last year.

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