At least three of Saturday’s Golden Slipper contenders have had ownership changes as some of Australia’s biggest racing names look to buy a piece of the glory. Foremost among the buyers is John Messara’s Arrowfield Stud which has bought 50 per cent of David Hayes’ top chance All American.
Also into the action is John Singleton who has claimed a share of the Melbourne filly Sugar Babe and Nathan Tinkler, who has bought into the Anthony Cummings-trained Sidereus. It is believed John Messara paid $3 million for his piece of All American. Arrowfield said the colt would race on Saturday in their black and yellow colours and will be managed by them.
All American will continue to be trained by David Hayes and will stand at Arrowfield Stud at Scone, at the completion of his racing career. All American has won three of his four lifetime starts suffering his only defeat when a close second to Reaan in the Gr1 Arrowfield Blue Diamond Stakes.
He then handled the Sydney direction winning the Gr3 Skyline Stakes at Rosehill earlier this month.
“I think All American is a very prospective colt and being by Red Ransom out of a Strawberry Road mare, he is relatively free of Northern Dancer,” John Messara said.
“However, with the sire influences of Roberto and Mr Prospector close up, he is well served to make a stallion. There are outstanding performers in every generation of his pedigree and he looks like a colt for the future. “I hope he runs well in the Golden Slipper but I really think he’s more of a three year old and what he’s done to date has been achieved purely on class.”
For John Singleton, his $1.2 million investment in Sugar Babe represents a “buy-back” manoeuvre.
John Singleton bred the filly which was sold for $500,000 at his Magic Millions sale. By Exceed and Excel from former brilliant racemare On Type, Sugar Babe has already demonstrated her ability with two wins and two placings from five starts, her only unplaced effort a desperately unlucky fifth in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast.
The previous owners will retain 50% of the filly who will also have a change of silks to the blue and white John Singleton colours in Saturday’s race. The big-spending Nathan Tinkler started the buying when he took a controlling interest in Anthony Cummings’ Slipper hopeful Sidereus. It is also believed an offer has been made for a share in another Slipper runner Krupt.
Extract from Stallions Daily Bulletin