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THERE is a lot of Sangster input in the immediate family of two siblings by Host, an imported Chilean bred son of Hussonet (USA), who were winners at Moonee Valley on Saturday January 24.The successful runners are Marli Magic, a John Sadler conditioned 4-year-old mare who recorded her second win for the month in winning over 1600m, and Hong Kong Captain, a David Hayes/Tom Dabernig trained 3-year-old gelding who made it two from three in taking the $150,000 Vobis Gold Star (1500m.).
Part owned by Hong Kong identities, Hong Kong Captain ($85,000), a runner hailed by the stable as an Australian Guineas prospect, and Marli Magic ($50,000) are both graduates of Adam Sangster’s Swettenham Stud at Nagambie, the home of Host, and of the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. They are the first two foals of the Swettenham bred Unlimited Passage (started twice), a half-sister by Giant’s Causeway (USA) (Storm Cat) to Recast (champion Hong Kong twice) and Gonski (Listed winner Melbourne; sire).
Also dam of an Equiano (Fr) filly who is lot 770, on account of Swettenham, in the 2015 Premier Yearling Sale catalogue, Unlimited Passage is from Abonnement, a Marauding half-sister to Schubert (won Group 2 Bill Stutt Stakes at Moonee Valley and runner up Caulfield Guineas) from Rossignol, by Bluebird (USA). The latter was from River Dane (Fr), a half-sister to the dam of Lion Hunter, a brilliant Danehill racehorse and one of the best sires to stand in Queensland in recent years.
Abonnement and Rossignol were both bred by Swettenham when it was headed by Adam’s now deceased father Robert Sangster.
Host, the sire of Hong Kong Captain and Marli Magic, has also supplied Philippi (dam by Encosta de Lago; 6 wins Aust-HK, $805,000, won STC Tulloch S-Gr.2, MVRC Alister Clark Stakes-Gr.2, second ATC Australian Derby-Gr.1; won in Hong Kong on Saturday under the name of Vanilla), Hosting (Zabeel; 5 wins from, 14 starts, two in succession last spring in Melbourne including Weekend Hussler Stakes-LR, also won Sydney, third VRC C.S. Hayes Stakes-Gr.3, MRC Manfred Stakes-LR twice) and other Melbourne winners in Mighty Like (7 wins, 16 starts, won Melbourne races November 22, December 13, third Flemington January 10; also winner Adelaide), Flying Hostess (5 wins, including Caulfield, Flemington, second Moonee Valley – 3, Caulfield – 2), Anfitriona (won Caulfield, Flemington, second and third Kensington, also third Flemington) and Tronador (won Caulfield, Kilmore, Ballarat, second Sandown).
He is also also sire of winners Player One (Hobart), Miss It and a Bit (Hobart), Surprise Us (Adelaide), Lizana (Adelaide), Name the Day (Adelaide), Host of the Party (won Nothern Territory Derby, Darwin Guineas, Listed fourth Flemington) and Super Kenny (six wins Singapore).
Host, a sire who stood at Swettenham in 2014 on $8.800, was a prominent performer in Chile (champion at two and three), North America and Dubai. His ten wins included two Group1s, the Chile Guineas and Keeneland Turf Mile, while among other efforts were a second in the Canadian Turf Handicap and fourth in the Dubai Duty Free.
He is very much like his genetic three-quarter brother Husson (Arg) (at Vinery) and their sire Hussonet.
The relationship to Husson, an Argentinian unbeaten champion at two and miler at three who ran one of the fastest seven furlongs ever registered, flows from them being by the same sire and from mares by the Mr. Prospector grandson Roy, a South American super sire.
One of five yearlings by Husson in the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale catalogue is from Soorena, the Encosta de Lago mare who produced Philippi (Vanilla) to a mating with Host. Both sires are represented in the catalogues for most 2015 yearling sales.