|Hot on the heels of the
debut win of I Scream, a half brother to Flavour, at Sandown on Saturday the John Hawkes
and Ingham Brothers are set to unearth another of their beautifully bred youngsters at the
track just a few days later.
This time the attention
focuses on another two-year-old by the Woodlands Stud based sire Quest for Fame,
Nostalgic. The juvenile is from the brilliant producer Awards Ceremony.
Nostalgic is at last a half relation to three stakes
winners and a stakes placed performer, all of which have shown above average ability both
throughout Australia and Asia.
Awards Ceremony, a daughter of Kaoru Star, has had eight
foals to the track and six have won. Leading the way is the Group One winning star
Dracula, fellow stakes winners Sash and The Oscars and the stakes placed Vampire.
Her first foal a colt would later be gelded and named
Benefit. The son of Star Watch was a winner at Rosehill among four career victories. He
was placed in both Sydney and Melbourne at least five times in all.
Next along was a filly by Zeditave who was called Thespian.
She also proved herself a handy performer with a Randwick win and five other Sydney
The Ingham brothers didn't have to wait long for the mare
to produce her first stakes winner. Her third foal, a filly by the former brilliant
galloper Dr Grace, The Oscars was a stakes winner in her first season. She captured the
listed Canonbury Stakes as a two-year-old as well as being placed in the Sliver Slipper
Stakes and Kindergarten Stakes as well as the Brian Crowley Stakes at preparation number
two. She ended up in Hong Kong, proving to be a strong performer there with multiple
victories after her Aussie career.
Her next foal, in 1994, a full relation to The Oscars was
another filly who would race under the name Sash. She also showed plenty of promise during
a five race winning career. Her feature win came in the Toy Show Quality Handicap in
Stakes winner number three came with her very next
youngster, a strongly built son of Quest for Fame. He was destined to draw blood after
being named Dracula. The talented galloper is now best known as winning the group one
treble of the Champagne Stakes, George Main Stakes and Sires' Produce in Brisbane.
Next up for Awards Ceremony was a Jade Hunter filly
Titania. During a short career her best performance was a placing.
A date with Flying Spur saw Awards Ceremony present the
chicken kings with a colt which would be named Vampire. As well as registering four wins
Vampire, was placed at both Group and Listed level on the track.
So when Nostalgic steps out onto the track at Sandown
tomorrow there's little doubt big brother Dracula, who's gearing up to serve a quality
book of mares at Woodlands Stud, will be cheering along with the Inghams, Hawkes' and
anyone who has their hard earned on the youngster.