Thursday, December 3, 2009


“Whip rule! What whip rule?” remarked an ecstatic Rob Crabtree following the victory of his Distant Music filly, Scarletta, at Warrnambool on 23 November.
The Jason Warren trained 3YO had just scored over 1100m at the ‘bool, winning by four lengths … “untouched”.
Rob, who has raced many a fine neddy over the years, is not about to get carried away with a maiden victory (albeit at the filly’s third start after running third at Sandown on debut) but marvels at the sheer pre potency of Scarletta’s family.
Rob bred Scarletta’s grand dam, Scandinavia, racing the mare in partnership with Eliza Park’s owner, Lee Fleming, and cheering on as the ‘blue hen’ won four of 17 starts (including the QTC Cup-G2) and placing in four Group Ones.
Since retiring to stud in 1999, Scandinavia has produced seven named foals:
  • Danavia (placed at Flemington; 2 winners from 2 to race including Scarletta)
  • Helsinge (unraced; dam of unbeaten filly Black Caviar)
  • Magnus (won or placed in 12 Group One events; standing at Eliza Park)
  • Baltics (one start; dam of 2 foals yet to race)
  • Ibsen (winner of 3 city races)
  • Wilander (4 wins including MRC Schillaci S-G2)
  • Vasa (unraced)
Unquestionably one of the ‘hottest’ families in the Australian Stud Book.

Magnus (ex. Scandinavia), G1 winner & Eliza Park based stallion

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