Congratulations to the Moodie family on winning the 2010 AAMI Golden Slipper with their filly Crystal Lily.
David (left) and Jenny have both been outstanding supporters of the Victorian thoroughbred industry with their breeding and racing enterprises contributing a great deal to the local economy as investors and employees.
Not surprisingly, the victory was emotion charged as this was clearly their biggest ‘pay-day’: due recognition for decades of persistence.
It was a kind of pay-day for all breeding enthusiasts, as a matter of fact given that if ever a horse should win a Golden Slipper, it’s Crystal Lily.
First of all, she has a double cross of Vain, winner of the 1969 chapter and possibly the greatest Golden Slipper winner of all time, her sire Stratum won the 2005 Slipper and is out of a Luskin Star (1977 winner) mare.
Meanwhile, Stratum’s sire – Redoute’s Choice was sensationally scratched when hot favourite on the morning of the 1999 Slipper and would have become one of six winners of the race by legendary sire Danehill.
Redoute’s Choice is out of Shantha’s Choice, a daughter of Canny Lad (1990 Slipper).
Crystal Lily’s damsire – Snippets – could only managed fifth in the Slipper, but would subsequently win the AJC Sires’ Produce, Galaxy and Oakleigh Plate, while Crystal Lily’s mum – Crystal Snip – is out of a Century mare, who didn’t make the trip to Sydney after winning the Blue Diamond, but would produce 1979 Golden Slipper winner Century Miss.
For a great read on the Moodie quest to win a Slipper - written in light of their decision to knock back a $2 million offer for Crystal Lily - earlier in the week, click here.
Interesting to note that Magnus is bred on similar lines to Crystal Lily, being a grandson of Danehill, out of a Snippets mare, with Vain up close.