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27/05/02 Titanic Jack Adds to Stallion's Sizzling Run

r1titanicjack.jpg (15812 bytes)The Encosta de Lago roll continued at Moonee Valley on Saturday when one of his well bred young two-year-olds led home a quinella for the Blue Gum Farm based stallion.

In a further boost for Victorian breeders who have supported the son of Fairy King, Titanic Jack and Costalette led home an Encosta one-two in the Carlton Draught Handicap (1000m).

Despite covering ground at his racetrack debut the beautifully bred gelding Titanic Jack proved too strong for the last start city winner Costalette.

Titanic Jack, who is from the Stage Door Johnny mare Gold Tunic, is tipped to have a bright future according to his trainer Tommy Hughes Jnr.

"He's a nice horse this fellow," Hughes said after the win. "To win on a slow track at his first start is certainly a good effort."

r1rtosc.jpg (12714 bytes)The strongly built chestnut youngster showed connections he had plenty of ability from an early age.

"We were originally setting him for the Inglis Classic race at Flemington in February," Hughes recalled when explaining the natural ability of his charge.

Titanic Jack, who was ridden to victory by Jason Patton, was no doubt the best bred of the runners in Saturday's opening Melbourne event.

Not only is he by Victoria's hottest sire in Fairy King's Group One winning son Encosta de Lago, but he is from an exceptional female family.

Gold Tunic, the gelding's unraced dam, is already twice proven as a black type producer. She is the dam of the Group One winner Sober Suit and the Group performing juvenile Titanic Rose. She is the dam of six runners, five have been winners.

r1titanicjack2.jpg (12186 bytes)A daughter of Stage Door Johnny, Gold Tunic is a three quarter sister in blood to the exceptional Northern Hemisphere performer Johnny D (Champion American Handicapper in 1977) and the Group Two winner Stardusk.

Encosta de Lago's early performances as a sire of top gallopers is equally matched by his ability on the track and top class pedigree.

In recent times the star Encostas have included Lashed, Gold Lottey, Chong Tong, Night Chaser, Circumnavigating, Delago Brom, Largo, Maicostus, Costalette, Mystic Elle, Malapert, Lady Mulroy and the Adelaide Magic Millions hero Milkshake.

Encosta de Lago will again be standing at Victoria's Blue Gum Farm for the 2002 breeding season.

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