|The progeny of Group One
winning and producing stallion Umatilla have starred at Melbourne's premier track today.
Umatilla, a beautifully bred son of the champion Miswaki, took the
honours at Flemington today with a winning double on the final day of the season.
A decision by Adelaide trainer Peter Jolly to head to
Melbourne to tackle one of the last Super Vobis races this season was rewarded when the
outsider Manilow won the Vecci Handicap.
With Stephen Baster in the saddle, the Adelaide visitor
proved a half nech too good Raami Romancer, despite starting at $31.
After a third placing with Prospector's Dream in the very
next race, Umatilla was soon back in the winner's stall at Flemington.
The double was completed when Twigum topped off a big 24
hours for veteran trainer George Hanlon to win the Retireinvest Handicap (1730m).
Last night Hanlon was one of five legendary trainers to be
inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame at the Australia's Racing Champions Night
Incredibly Stephen Baster rode both winners as well as
Umatilla's minor placegetter Prospector's Dream.
And to round out a big day for the sire, Lightuma also ran
a placing in the Teac Rising Stars Final (2000m).
It's been another big season for the Karrakatta Plate
winner. This racing season his best performers have included Umaline, Li Lo Lill, Oronoko
and Stand by Me.
He is of course already the sire of Group One gallopers
including Streak, Umrum, Bohemiath, Special Edition and Lisa's Game.
Umatilla comes from one of the best stallion families in
the world. As well as being a half brother to Hurricane Sky and the dam of Redoute's
Choice he is from the family of Gielgud, Xaar, Masterclass, El Gran Senor, Try My Best,
Great Regent, Spinning World, Alex Nureyev and Dr Johnson.
Umatilla is standing alongside Encosta de Lago, King
Charlemagne, Last Tycoon and Rubiton at Blue Gum
Farm for a service fee of $10,000 (inc. GST with free return).