Guineas winner evokes memories of champion filly

| May 28, 2013
Stage Hit, an Australian champion juvenile filly of the late 70's.

Stage Hit, an Australian champion juvenile filly of the late 70’s.

Taxmeifyoucan came from near the rear 200m out to easily win the richest race over the $2million two day Scone Cup carnival, the $500,000 Inglis Scone Guineas-RL (1400m).

The three-year-old gelding evoked memories of champion juvenile filly Stage Hit who was one of the early stars sired by great Australian stallion Century. Second dam of Taxmeifyoucan is Miami Vice, a full sister to Stage Hit.

Stage Hit was foaled in 1976 and was by Century out of the mare Oh Calcutta (by Streetfighter).

Trained by Cliff Fahler she won races like the Rosemount Classic, Canterbury Stakes and Edward Manifiold Stakes (all Group 2 races), the Ottawa Stakes, Silver Jubilee Stakes at Moonee Valley, Starlet Handicap and ran 2nd in the Blue Diamond and 4th in the Golden Slipper. She also won the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas and $164.445 in career stake money.

DESPITE the fact that there has been a big capital gain on investment, the taxation gougers won’t be losing any sleep over chasing a share of returns from Taxmeifyoucan’s earnings.

For one, there is an exuberant tribe of owners to share the balance of $322,500 prize money after trainer and jockey rewards from the win in the Guineas, a race for graduates of the Inglis national yearling sale circuit.

Trainer Greg Hickman has always seen something in Taxmeifyoucan that others couldn’t.

Hickman purchased Taxmeifyoucan as a yearling for just $16,000 because he reminded him of former stable star Sportsman.

He told the horse’s owners to keep the faith when others didn’t and he targeted the $500,000 Scone Guineas (1400m) for months.

At Scone yesterday, Taxmeifyoucan, racing’s latest “Cinderella story” proved fairytales can come true when he defeated a crack field of three-year-olds to win the feature race.

The Guineas victory took Taxmeifyoucan’s record to ten starts, two wins, the other as a late 2-year-old at Warwick Farm (second start), five minor placings, including two stakes thirds, the Gosford Guineas and Royal Sovereign Stakes (Rosehill Gardens), and $439,900.

The money is a big capital gain on the $16,000 that he cost his trainer Greg Hickman (Warwick Farm) at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale in Sydney. It is a sale series that has earned Greg a reputation as one of the most astute bargain buyers in the business. An earlier acquisition at the Classic sale at only $8,000 was Sportsman (by the Mr. Prospector grandson Supremo), a winner of ten races and earner of nearly $800,000.

Greg Hickman was stimulated to buy the yearling out of the Toolooganvale Farm, Scone draft at the 2011 Classic sale that was to become Taxmeifyoucan by a resemblance to Sportsman (dam by Centaine), a quality that may have flowed from appearance in both their maternal pedigrees of the prepotent sire Century, a brilliant Australian champion racehorse.

Although Taxmeifyoucan is a bargain buy, an even bigger one was his dam Tis Hopeful, a mare who cost his breeder G.K Harris only $2,500 at the 2005 Inglis Australian Select Broodmare Sale carrying a foal by Danehill’s brother Nuclear Freeze. Tis Hopeful has produced a foal every year since – two died just after birth – and is due to foal in September to Taxmeifyoucan’s sire Ad Valorem (USA), a Darley, Hunter Valley Danzig Group1 winning visitor.

Both Ad Valorem (also won Queen Anne Stakes) and Lycius (USA), the sire of Tis Hopeful, won England’s premier sprint for 2-year-olds, the Middle Park Stakes. A Mr. Prospector product who placed in the English and Irish Two Thousand Guineas at three, Lycius paid one visit to Australia, standing at the Inverness Stud at Bowral, NSW.

The success to date of Taxmeifyoucan brings fresh black type to an immediate family that has thrown up a lot of good winners. A winner at Ballina, runner up at the Gold Coast and a debut third at Kembla Grange, his dam Tis Hopeful is one of ten winners produced by Miami Vice, a Century filly who won one race but who picked up four minor stakes cheques at Flemington at two.

She is a sister to Stage Hit, a champion Australian juvenile filly and producer of three stakes winners, and Indian Raj, a winner of the Newcastle Gold Cup and STC N.E. Manion Cup and runner up in the AJC Metropolitan and Spring Champion Stakes.

Their dam Oh Calcutta (by Streetfighter (GB), won five sprint races in Tasmania and also supplied ten winners.


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