Saturday, February 20, 2010


The Eliza Park website is not a forum for tipping racehorses
(thank God, otherwise we’d all be out of a job).
However, we strongly urge you to keep an eye out for the Gai Waterhouse trained 2YO, Crystal Empire, a flashy filly by Statue of Liberty.
Bred and owned by long-time Waterhouse clients, Gooree Park Stud, the stable has had huge wraps on the filly since she entered the stable.
The Gai Waterhouse website continually supplies updates, stating that Nash Rawiller was “full of praise for the rising star”, “Nash messaged me that Crystal Empire was the best (worker) of the morning” and “is definitely one of the black book”.
Crystal Empire stepped out in public for the first time yesterday (Friday) and did her rapidly growing reputation no hard whatsoever. Racing in Heat 13 (lucky 13 as it turns out), this is what Gai had to say:
“Crystal Empire was most impressive as she settled in about fifth position, racing just off the speed. She was brought to the outside on straightening and, in a faultless display, finished over the top of her opposition to score by a length and a half.”
Although Statue of Liberty is renowned for his ‘mature’ sprinters such as Mic Mac, Hay List, Tempest Tost and Solchow, it’s worth remembering that Elysees was a stakes winner at two and Dan Baroness was stakes placed as a juvenile before tasting Group success as a spring 3YO.
Crystal Empire should go very close to adding to Statue of Liberty’s black type cabinet.
As with the majority of Gooree stock, Crystal Empire is exceptionally well bred and a dream for pedigree buffs.
Line bred to world champion sire, Storm Cat, through a son and daughter, Crystal Empire is very closely related to Preakness Stakes-G1 winner and Kentucky Derby-G1 runnerup Summer Squall.
In turn, Summer Squall is a half brother to AP Indy, while other near relatives include 3-time Group One winner Court Vision.
Hailing from Statue of Liberty’s final Aussie-bred crop before returning to Eliza Park in 2009, Crystal Empire is out of the Danehill mare, My Little Girl, a cross which has also produced 3-time French winner Magnetic Storm ($160k).

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